Top 3 Halloween Food Events: Day of the Dead Feast, Costume Parties + Zombie Crawl

sugar skulls for Day of the Dead
sugar skulls for Day of the Dead
Nanette Gonzales

Day of the Dead at Border Grill

Besides being a day to recover from Halloween festivities, Nov.1 is, of course, Dia de Los Muertos. Border Grill is throwing a Day of the Dead celebration, with traditional Mexican foods; each of their locations has a different menu. Border Grill Santa Monica will be serving a prix fixe menu, with pulpo a la parilla and barbacoa short rib, while Border Grill downtown will serve a la carte black paella and a "bloody" sangrita sampler. These special menus will also run throughout the week.

WHAT: Day of the Dead at Border Grill

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 1, 4 p.m.-11 p.m.

WHERE: Border Grill, 1445 4th St., Santa Monica; 310-451-1655. Border Grill, 445 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles; 213-486-5171.

COST: Santa Monica prix fixe is $42; downtown menu is a la carte.

Bittersweet's Spooky Ice Cream Social

Light on scares but heavy on sugar, Danielle Keene's Bittersweet Treats in Pasadena will feature ice creams, milkshakes and floats, though the new flavors remain a secret. The bakery will also serve Halloween-inspired savory dishes. Guests are encouraged to come dressed up and participate in the costume contest -- the top three winners will receive Bittersweet gift certificates in $75, $50, and $25 increments. Expect live music from local cover band Stone Soul and even a special spooky appearance from Elvis Presley.

WHAT: Bittersweet's Spooky Ice Cream Social

WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 29, 5-9 p.m.

WHERE: Bittersweet Treats, 1731 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena; 626-796-8655.

COST: Free to public.

213 Zombie Crawl

On Halloween night, downtown will be overrun with zombies, even more than usual, thanks to 213 Zombie Crawl. Hosted by 213 Ventures in conjunction with Seven Grand, Las Perlas, Cole's, Golden Gopher, 4100 Bar and the recently opened Honeycut, zombified guests will receive $5 punch at each location. The crawl also features a costume contest facilitated by Instagram -- guests pose with the bartenders and tag their pics #213ZombieCrawl to be entered in the competition. First place wins $666, second place receives $666 worth of drinks and third place gets $66.60 in drinks.

WHAT: 213 Zombie Crawl

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 31.

WHERE: Seven Grand, 515 W. 7th St., dwntwn; 213-614-0737. Other bars include Cana Rum Bar, Las Perlas, Broadway Bar, Cole's, Golden Gopher, Casey's, Tony's, 4100 Bar and Honeycut.

COST: $5 punch for zombies, extra for all other drinks.


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