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 Savory Sips - As the darkest of nights creep in sooner, witches, ghosts and goblins are ready to emerge on Hallow’s Eve. With every spook and trick, there’s a stupendous treat - so fear not, as we guide you to the best places in the DC Metro area, where incredibly talented chefs whip up wicked sweets. Leave it to Louisiana-influenced Acadiana in Washington, DC, to herald in a “haunted” Happy Hour with $5 drooling drinks. You’ll be under their swampish spell after taking a monstrous gulp of The Night Walker, with Sparkling Wine, St. Germain, and Lemon. No clowning around with Pennywise, as it will sour your taste buds to the perfect pucker with Jim Beam Apple, Mint, and Sour Mix. And the Blood Moon glows with punchy flavors of Vodka, Blood Orange Liquor, and Pomegranate Juice. (901 New York Avenue NW; 202.408.8848; www.acadianarestaurant.com)

Halloween Tea -11:30 AM - Sunday, October 29, 2017. Enjoy a fun, festive and fright-less Halloween Tea perfect for ghosts and goblins of all ages. Come to tea dressed in your favorite costume and be entertained by a talented magician, a haunted house, a Halloween movie and more. Delight in spooky treats along with tea and hot chocolate. Suitable for children ages three and above. $64 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity. Reservations required, please dial 703.917.5715. (1700 Tysons Boulevard, McLean, VA; www.ritzcarlton.com)
Pumpkin Patch Menu - Available at Entyse Wine Bar & Lounge now through October 31, 2017. The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner is pleased to announce the official launch of their debut Pumpkin Patch Menu, inspired from places and cultures all across the globe. Unlike any fall pumpkin offerings you have ever seen, the property’s new menu boasts decadent pumpkin offerings - both savory and sweet - with globetrotting ingredients, including Pumpkin Curry with chickpea, coconut and jasmine rice; Pumpkin Ravioli with duck confit and sage brown butter; Bacon Mac and Cheese served in a baby pumpkin; Bourbon and Pumpkin Ice Cream Float with artisanal ginger ale - and more. (1700 Tysons Boulevard, McLean, VA; 703.506.4300; www.ritzcarlton.com)
 

Buttery Goodness - As the darkest of nights creep in sooner, witches, ghosts and goblins are ready to emerge on Hallow’s Eve. With every spook and trick, there’s a stupendous treat - so fear not, as we guide you to the best places in the DC Metro area, where incredibly talented chefs whip up wicked sweets. Chef David Guas is conjuring up something special at Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar and Eatery in Arlington, VA. The Dat-o-Lanterns put a terrifying twist on the classic Oreo Cookie, featuring a bright orange Whipped Buttercream and Vanilla Bean Filling, sandwiched between two pumpkin-shaped Dark Chocolate Cookies. At his newest venture, Lil’ B Coffee & Eatery, located inside The Darcy Hotel in Washington, DC, guests can snag eye-catching Sugar Cookies, ever-so buttery and sweet, in shapes of colorful pumpkins and ghosts. (Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery: 1515 N. Courthouse Road, Arlington, VA; 703.243.2410; www.bayoubakerydc.com and Lil’ B Coffee Bar & Eatery: 1515 Rhode Island Avenue NW; 202.521.7181; thedarcyhotel.com)

Bar Goers - Head bartender, Jessica Weinstein, is toasting the Day of the Dead at Hank’s Cocktail Bar with a spirited, blood red Sangritaoozing with Tomato, Cucumber, Lime, and Worcestershire, served alongside a split base shot of Avion Silver, Jalapeno Aguardiente, and Ancho Reyes. The heat of this concoction slips oh-so-easily down the throat. ( 819 Upshur Street NW; 202.290.1808; hankscocktailbar.com)
 
 
Freaky - Unleash your inner ghoul at PassionFish in Bethesda, MD, with their festively named cocktail, The Mummy. Guzzle down the lethal mixture of Petty Island Silver and Dark Rum, Pecan Orgeat, Dry Orange Curacao, Lime, and Mint ­– and be prepared for strange things to happen. PassionFish isn’t stopping there with the spirits – they’re brewing up several potions for you to imbibe. Order the Bride of Frankenstein, and you’ll unearth a bloodcurdling blend of Beefeater Gin, Del Maguey Mescal, St. Germaine, Lemon-Simple, and Pineapple. (7187 Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda, MD; 301.358.6116; www.passionfishbethesda.com)
 
Halloween Trick-or-Treats - At Centrolina, from Thursday, October 26-Tuesday, October 31, Pastry chef Caitlin Dysart scares up a selection of Halloween treats available for purchase in the mercato, including: Devil's food cupcake with mocha ganache and devil horn garnish - $3.50; Ghost-themed lemon cupcake with raspberry jam and coconut frosting - $3.50; Spider web pizzelle cookies - $2; Chocolate witch's hat shortbread topped with chocolate-covered marshmallow - $3.50; and Caramel popcorn balls - $3. (974 Palmer Alley NW; 202.898.2426; centrolinadc.com)

 Halloween Fun & Frights - Rí Rá The Irish Pub, Georgetown, is getting scary for Halloween with a weekend of activity. The fun kicks off at 11pm on Saturday, October 28th with a Fancy Dress Halloween Ball. Delight in gruesome tunes from DJ Beats and enjoy ghoulish cocktails from the bar with prizes for best costume on the night. Monday, October 30th, stop by the pub after the Georgetown Parade for some frights & bites and on Halloween Night, Tuesday October 31st, dress up again for our Halloween Party with prizes for best-dressed male and female. (3125 M Street NW; 202.751.2111; rira.com)

Celebrations - Dirty Habit is inviting Halloween celebrators to party all night long on Saturday, October 28 in its fully-enclosed patio! The celebration promises to be a wicked good time with an assortment of treats for guests aged 21 and up. Similar to the brunch punches that Lead Bartender Sarah Ruiz mixes up every weekend, Ruiz will be brewing a Halloween-themed punch in her cauldron exclusively for the event. Dishes from Executive Chef Kyoo Eom’s new fall menu will be available a la carte. Arrive early and enjoy a proper sit-down dinner before heading to the patio for the night’s festivities. Live DJ entertainment, dancing, and costumes will be celebrated from 9:30 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. Guests donning the most unique and eye-catching costumes will be surprised with Dirty Habit gift certificates. This event is free, non-ticketed, and open to the public. Must be 21+ to attend. (555 8th Street, NW; 202.449.7095; dirtyhabitdc.com

Espookio - Through Halloween, Estadio will be transformed into “Espookio,” celebrating the spooky holiday with ghoulish décor, a special menu of festively decorated pintxos, tapas, desserts and “boos”y drinks, and capping off the month with its 2nd Annual Halloween Spooktacular Bash. Estadio’s Executive Chef Rufino Bautista and Pastry Chef Rene Abarca have created 16 haunting savory and sweet bites for the holiday. The Vampire Bitespintxo features skewered Gotas “eyeballs” with goat cheese and chives, while Guaca-monsters!* are topped with piquillo peppers and olives, served with tortilla chips.Through the end of the month, Estadio is also raising money for Earthquake Relief in Mexico, and will donate $1 from each item with an *asterisk (the Guaca-monster, Sea Monster slushito and Nightmare on 14th St. gin-tonic) to the International Disaster Relief Fund, to help the rebuilding & recovery in Chiapas & Oaxaca, Mexico. (1520 14th Street NW; 202.319.1404; estadio-dc.com)

B00s - For drinkers looking for the “boos,” bar director Adam Bernbach has created a special Gintonic – the Nightmare on 14th St.* -- made with Plymouth Gin and Hibiscus-Ginger tonic. Estadio’s famed Slushitos get bone-chilling, featuring the Jack O’ Lantern (pumpkin, Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale, scotch & lemon) and the Sea Monster* (tequila, blue curaçao, crème de violette & green apple). And for groups of prefer to enjoy their drinks in fun, communal format, the Dread Red ¡REBUJITO! porron, served in the glass Catalan drinking vessel, is made with oloroso sherry, beet juice & lemon soda.Through the end of the month, Estadio is also raising money for Earthquake Relief in Mexico, and will donate $1 from each item with an *asterisk (the Guaca-monster, Sea Monster slushito and Nightmare on 14th St. gin-tonic) to the International Disaster Relief Fund, to help the rebuilding & recovery in Chiapas & Oaxaca, Mexico. (1520 14th Street NW; 202.319.1404; estadio-dc.com)

Halloween Specials - The St. Regis Washington DC has exciting specials planned for Halloween. During the month of October, guests are invited to try Halloween cocktail offerings like the autumn leaves cocktail made with cognac, apple brandy, Italian liqueur, and an apple cider reduction and a barrel aged old-fashioned made with Filibuster barrel-aged bourbon. On Halloween (Tuesday, October 31), guests and locals alike can swing by The St. Regis Washington DC and receive a special treat for their in-costume furry friends – no tricks required. (923 16th Street NW; 202.638.2626; stregiswashingtondc.com