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Ooh La La Dessert Boutique's take on Mexican sugar skulls.

Image: Kimberly Park

Turn on the porch light and leave out a bowl of Kit-Kats. This Halloween, you’re going out and not waiting at home for trick-or-treaters.

Donner, party of 50! To celebrate Halloween Radio Milano is hosting “A Cannibal’s Feast” during the evenings of Friday, October 28 through Monday, October 31. Course highlights with appropriately themed titles include the Pumpkin Witch’s Cauldron (pumpkin soup with pumpkin seeds and spaghetti squash); Bloody Duck (oven-roasted duck blood sausage with a blood orange gastrique, polenta and carrots); and Spooky Black Spider (Amedei chocolate mousse with pistachio brûlée). This love affair with (thankfully, cooked) flesh can be yours for just $80. Remember to make reservations and pair each course with a nice chianti.

Then, for a little “Mischief on McGowen,” head to the aforementioned boulevard for a Halloween pub crawl. Be sure to stop at Leon’s Lounge and Mongoose Versus Cobra, for both bars will be featuring spooky drink specials Friday, October 28th, Saturday, October 29, and Monday October 31 between 4 and 9 p.m. And, if you’re especially proud of your costuming prowess, show up at 10 p.m. on Saturday night at Mongoose Versus Cobra to compete in a costume contest with male and female individual $100 cash prizes plus a $200 award for the winners of the couples’ category.

Robbed of your rightful costume award at Mongoose Versus Cobra? You still have time to score because El Big Bad is also hosting a costume contest on Saturday night with prizes distributed every hour between 7 p.m. and 2 a.m. That's not all—your margarita will come in a blinking skull mug, the better to enjoy the live, four-hour DJ set that begins at 10 p.m.

Pro tip: reserve a bag of your favorite candy for post-party self-pity binging should you go home empty-handed. Or head to Ooh La La Dessert Boutique beforehand and stock up on shortbread cookies decorated for the season. And although we're well aware that Day of the Dead and Halloween are two very different holidays, we're fans of the Ooh La La's cute Dia de los Muertos-style sugar skulls—a far more palatable alternative to biting into straight sugar. 

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