Creep it real while celebrating the season indoors – Fresh Brothers has new pumpkin-shaped pizzas for Halloween now through Thanksgiving (Nov. 26).  The gourd-shaped pizzas are available for all Fresh Brother’s signature and build-your-own large pizzas on original crusts with no price difference. Valid on dine-in, delivery and carryout/drive-up orders at all locations (except LAX) and makes for a ghoulish gift.

Also, throughout the month of October, Fresh Brothers is surprising customers with “BOO Bags,” treat filled goodie bags which will randomly be distributed with pizza deliveries … you may get lucky and find a $20 VIP dining card / gift card inside.

The new fall cocktail menu is on fire at Terra, the rooftop restaurant at Eataly L.A. Try a wood chip torched palo santo or bourbon-dipped cherry that lights up at your table. Pair a wood-fired pizza with the Le Chuck, featuring Plantation Rum, house made ginger syrup, Bordiga Aperitivo, Lucano caffe, and a burned caramel orange, or The Storyteller with Old Forester 100 proof Bourbon, smoked honey syrup, cherry morlacco, lemon, and a smoked rosemary cherry. The Once Upon a Time for Two features palo-santo-smoke-rinsed glasses, Italian wine-barrel-aged whiskey, and rosemary thyme syrup (seen here).

The Grove is  welcoming Lara Adekoya, a young BIPOC entrepreneur and overnight baking sensation, for an exclusive three-day residency for her business Fleurs et Sel at the property’s coveted Glass Box, from Friday, October 23 to Sunday, October 25. A former employee of Nordstrom’s at The Grove, Lara turned her passion for baking into a thriving small business and source of income, while on furlough earlier this year, with the support of her former client and mentor, celebrity and wedding event planner Mindy Weiss.

The space will feature a three-dimensional cookie display covering the back wall, alongside floral motifs in a palette of cream, pale pinks and craft browns. Having previously only been available for pre-order online, Lara’s cookies are known to sell out quickly.

Hatchet Hall Brunch (Pascal Shirley)

Hatchet Hall in Culver City has rolled out a new weekend brunch, popping up every Saturday and Sunday on their patio from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. (walk-ins only). Menu highlights include old-time American classics like a Ploughman Lunch – lodge bread, deviled eggs, pimento cheese, pickles, country ham, Welsh Rarebit – toasted lodge bread, raclette, shaved cremini, wild watercress, pickled red onions and Marinated Gulf Shrimp – white grits, bacon, holy-trinity and plenty of brunch cocktails like the Mezcal Mary.

The Gourmandise cooking school chefs will virtually walk guests through a three-hour DIY Halloween Candy course on Sunday, October 25 and a special Parent & Child: Halloween Treats! class on Saturday, October 31. Participants will learn the craft behind curating home-made treats like apple cider caramels, peanut butter cups and pumpkin spice Oreos. Registration for each class is available on the Gourmandise website.

And for some voter freebies, Poppy + Rose will offer 15 percent off the entire bill for those that wear their “I Voted” sticker or provide valid proof that they have voted. The offer is only available through election week from Tuesday, October 27 through Tuesday, November 3, available only for walk-up takeout order. Not available via delivery or online ordering.

The Albright on the Santa Monica Pier is offering guests $1 oysters for voting. Guests who come in with their “I Voted” sticker or proof of voting will receive their first oyster for free and then each oyster after that will be $1. The offer is available all day on November 3 for dine-in only.

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