A late-October treat doesn’t have to be limited to a fun-size candy bar. This Halloween, Washington restaurants and bars are serving everything from “brain parfaits” and “edible eyeballs” to a bevy of pumpkin-inspired dishes and drinks. Many spots have also created kid-friendly items, so the whole family can take part in the fun.
The Butcher’s Block, A Market by RW
Learn how to make the most quintessential of fall treats on October 30 at 3 PM when Brabo pastry chef Kate Baltren leads an apple-dipping course. Kids can get their requisite sugar rush from the caramel variety, while the over-21 set can enjoy a red-wine-dipped version of the classic confection. Apples are $6 each, and the demonstration is free.
Tricks and treats are no longer just for kids, especially at this swanky restaurant’s Potions and Brews event October 30. Come dressed as your favorite villain and try the spooky sips the bartenders have designed: Devilish Sake Sangria, Bloody Halloween Brew, and pumpkin-spice martinis ($4 to $8). The best-dressed guy or gal gets a $500 gift certificate for the restaurant. 10 PM to 3 AM.
Get an early start on Halloween at Columbia Firehouse’s family brunch. Kids can munch on “brain” yogurt parfait and decorate their own cupcakes while parents relax with a made-to-order Bloody Mary. The brunch is from 11 to 3; call 703-683-1776 for reservations.
Columbia Room at the Passenger
With its frightening ingredients and storied past, El Zombie—a mix of Mezcal tequila, overproof rum, and infierno—is perhaps the perfect Halloween cocktail. Legend has it that the drink was concocted by Dr. J. Duran, a chemist working in Mexico, with the hopes of bringing the deceased back to life. But when the potion turned imbibers into zombies, he was forced to flee the country. On October 29, El Zombie rises from the dead at Columbia Room, where the beverage will be served in a room designed to look like Dr. Duran's lab. There'll also be a Mariachi band, roasted pork tacos, and drink specials. $10 entrance fee.
This downtown DC nightclub (1716 I St., NW) is scaring up some very creative cocktails. Try concoctions such as Vampire’s Blood (red berry Ciroc vodka, Chambord, and lime juice) or the Seven Deadly Sins (vodka, gin, tequila, rum, and vermouth). The cocktails are available for the whole month.
The cupcake craze continues at Frosting this month, where seasonal varieties ($2.75 per cupcake) include pumpkin pie iced with vanilla cream cheese; double maple; and apple topped with vanilla and caramel butter cream.
The Grille at Morrison House
Story Time Tea at the Grille goes festive this month with a reading of Corduroy’s Best Halloween Ever, written by Don Freeman and illustrated by Lisa McCue. Chef Dennis Maron created two special tea menus—one for adults ($38) and one for children ($28)—to accompany the reading. Call 703-838-8000 for reservations. October 30 at 2.