Spooktacular Roundup: Halloween special events and promotions in DC area restaurants.

Celebrate Halloween with all Treats … and no Tricks! Many DC restaurants and lounges will celebrate Halloween with everything from a Ghost Roast at Poste, to a Doggie Happy Hour Costume Contest at Jackson 20, Pumpkin Carving competitions at Helix Lounge and Bar Dupont, a Veuve Clicquot Champagne party at Urbana and the new Co Co. Sala boutique will offer seasonal spooky treats. Have a hauntingly good time while getting into the spirit of Halloween.

Chef Rob Weland and team will host a Ghost Roast at Poste with Heirloom Pumpkin Soup, roasted capretto (goat), pumpkin cocktails, beer and wine. Cost for the roast with pairings is $48 exclusive of tax and gratuity. Space is limited (30 seats total) and reservations are required. (Poste Modern Brasserie, 6:30 p.m., Oct 30 and 31).

Co Co. Sala, DC’s only chocolate boutique and lounge, will be celebrating Halloween with treats of plenty (see menu). Retail offerings include their seasonal special Somethin’ Pumpkin Bar, a sweet combination of chocolate and spiced pumpkin; caramel apples, Chocolate and Pumpkin Seed Brittle Bark. Treat your little ghosts, goblins and ghouls to Co Co. Sala’s Chocolate Spook Pops to make your party special with Co Co. Sala’s customized edible plaques decorated with pumpkins, ghosts and bats. Indulge in our special Vampire’s Kiss Kupcakes, perfectly moist chocolate delights complete with a touch of raspberry. On Saturday evening, try their specialty Trick or Treat Tinis and Spooky Sips cocktails. Come back and enjoy a spooky Sunday Brunch from 11 a.m. -2:30 p.m. (202-347-4265; www.cocosala.com).

Masa 14 is celebrating the Halloween tradition with a costume party on Saturday, October 30th. Regular dinner service will be available along with a variety of specials in the city’s premier 74-seat Tequila Lounge. Guests can indulge in tequila specials which range from $5 to $7 which pair well with the restaurant’s Latin-Asian dishes such as Bloody Sunset Kobe Dogs, Grave Robber Empanadas and Yucca Bites for $6 each. Additionally, diners are encouraged to come in costume for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate. (Masa 14, 5 p.m.-midnight, Oct. 30).

Helix Lounge will host its sixth annual Pumpkin Carving Contest. With the lounge providing pre-scooped pumpkins, carving tools and great prizes, all patrons will need to bring are creative ideas and a steady hand. During the pumpkin carving, patrons will enjoy seasonal cocktails including the Pumpkin Martini, featuring vanilla vodka, pumpkin liquor and cream, garnished with a cinnamon stick ($7); and the Jack-O-Lantern, a Jack Daniels and Coke ($7). Happy Hour prices will be offered for the duration of the event, including $7 burgers, $7 specialty cocktails, $4 bottle beers, and $2 PBRs. (Kimpton’s Helix Lounge, 6-8 pm, Oct 27).

Doggie Happy Hour Costume Competition benefiting the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria. Prizes will be awarded to the best owner/dog couple, the most glamorous canine, the overall top dog, and the best pound puppy. The event is open to the public with a $10 registration fee for all participants, and a $10 suggested door donation for non-participants. During the evening’s festivities, guests can purchase Halloween-themed cocktails and light bites from Jackson 20 restaurant, while complimentary doggie treats and fresh water bowls will be available for all canine friends. (Hotel Monaco Alexandria/Jackson 20, 5-8 p.m., Oct 28).

Urbana Restaurant and Wine Bar will partner with champagne house Veuve Clicquot to host their 26th annual Yelloween, a night of champagne specials, all-night happy hour (food and drink), tarot card readers and a costume competition featuring champagne and dinner prizes. For those guests who want a bit more of the Veuve experience, a $20 fee (not mandatory for admittance) will provide: A complimentary glass of Veuve Clicquot, party favors, Yelloween mask designed by Alexis Mabille, Boa and more. (Urbana, 4 pm, Oct 28).

Pastry Chef Kate Baltren of BRABO by Robert Wiedmaier will lead a red wine/caramel apple-dipping demo in the restaurant’s adjoining wine and food shop, The Butcher’s Block. Baltren will demonstrate to guests how to perfectly dip a fall favorite, caramel apples, and for a grown-up twist, she’ll also showcase dipping of red wine caramel apples. The Butcher’s Block will have house-made versions of both varieties available for sale at $6 a piece. This is a free demonstration and no reservations are required. (The Butcher’s Block, 3 pm, Oct 30).

The Grille at Morrison House and Chef Dennis Marron will host a Halloween Story Time Tea featuring a reading of Corduroy’s Best Halloween Ever! A full tea featuring sandwiches, house-made cookies, sweets and scones are included. Reservations are required, and the cost for the tea is $38 for adults and $28 for children. (The Grille at Morrison House, 2 p.m., Oct 30).

Kimpton’s Topaz Bar will host a Heaven and Hell Halloween Party, with themed complimentary treats, all-night happy hour pricing, and a free drink for patrons dressed in angel or devil costumes. (Kimpton’s Topaz Bar, 8 p.m.- 12 a.m., Oct. 31).

Cafe Dupont and Bar Dupont, located in The Dupont Hotel, are spicing things up this All Hallows Night with a few tricks, treats and a contest for guests of all ages. Enjoy Sunday Brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. After brunch, patrons can enter a Pumpkin Carving contest for the chance to win a Cafe Dupont gift certificate. Starting at 2:15 p.m., contestants will have 30 minutes to carve their best jack-o-lantern. Enjoy Halloween-themed specialty drinks, including Bloody Marys with a twist! Adult guests in costume will receive one complimentary drink and happy hour pricing throughout the day, while kids eating in the restaurant or bar will receive a sweet treat. There will be an outside grill set up on the patio for passer-byers to purchase something to snack on and free hot cider on the sidewalk for trick-or-treaters at sundown. For dinner, Executive Chef Silvan Kramer has crafted a Prix Fix 3 course menu available for $35/person.

2941's Eye Scream Dessert

The “Eye Scream” Returns at 2941: Pastry Chef Anthony Chavez is once again brewing up his whimsical Halloween dessert the entire month of October. Available during dinner only, this bone-chilling confection features Valrhona white chocolate, pistachio mousse and raspberry-lychee coulis, presented on a bed of dry ice to resemble a pair of smoking eyeballs. This frighteningly festive dish is priced at $15 (or as a $10.00 supplement on any Prix Fix menu). Valrhona white chocolate, pistachio mousse and raspberry-lychee coulis create the frighteningly delicious dish, priced at $15 and presented on a bed of dry ice to resemble a pair of smoking eyeballs.

The Alexandria neighborhood haunt, the Columbia Firehouse is throwing a Halloween party in its Atrium on the eve of the holiday. Revelers can bolster their courage with Foggy Punch, Candy Corntini and He’Brew Freakotoberfest Blood Red Lager before hitting the haunted dance floor. Guests can also compete in a costume contest with categories such as Best Costume and Best Group Costume among others. On Sunday, the restaurant will focus on family-friendly Halloween activities including story time with ghost stories being read every 30 minutes starting at noon, and a make your own trick-or-treat bag. Columbia Firehouse will also serve a special Halloween brunch with made to order Bloody Marys for parents and Brain Yogurt Parfait for kids. As a sweet end to the spooky holiday, young diners can also decorate their own Halloween cupcakes for dessert.

2 Responses to “Spooktacular Roundup: Halloween special events and promotions in DC area restaurants.”

  1. Noel Dickover

    Oct 19. 2010

    Feel free to mention my pumpkin carving patch in Centreville, VA. Always free, with about 30 carved pumpkins. Highlight this year is R2D2, which you can see on my website, fantasypumpkins.com. Address is on the front of the website.

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  2. Barb Dickey

    Oct 09. 2011

    Top DC Chef David Ivey-Soto and his team will be scaring up some Howlin’ Good Eats like mouth-watering Braised Brisket Beef with Texas-Style BBQ sauce and Southern Style Beef Chili at Rave Cuisine’s The Cauldron at Nightmare ScreamPlex.

    Nightmare Screamplex is Maryland and DC’s one and only Haunted Scream Park. With 3 separate attractions all at one location, Nightmare Screamplex is the Biggest and Scariest Haunted event in the Tri-State area. This is a 6-weekend event where Discovery’s Maryland SoccerPlex tranforms into the Ultimate in Terror and Entertainment.

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