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it's that time of year again! Where the puns all come out in force (let's see how many times the word "spooktacular" is used this year), fancy dress is an acceptable thing to have as a dress code for an event and restaurants all get a little out-there with their specials.

So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of the best specials you'll be able to grab as Halloween approaches - and a few ideas for a night out too...

Halloween specials

donaInside Old Street station, Dona Rita will be serving up Blood-Injected Charcoal Balls. OK -
that's actually melted cheese with jam and Sriracha sauce for the blood, but probably something that
you actively want to make a mess of eating. Starting 31 October (and staying there for a
month-long residency).

 

absurdAbsurd Bird are joining forces with Frank’s RedHot for the "Devilishly Hot" limited edition burger. It's "a black bun, two fire-cracking buttermilk chicken fillets, blood-red tomatoes dripping in Frank’s RedHot sauce and oozing with a bleeding secret sauce". £9 at Soho and Spitalfields.

 

galvinGalvin Hop in the City has a special Halloween menu which includes the "Halloween Dog" - which is blood sausage (of course), pickled red cabbage, spiced apple compote, crispy black pudding and
bacon.

 

fingerJim Thomlinson (Prawnography) and Miss Cakehead have teamed up with UberEATS for a special menu which includes "One Metre of Pork Intestine" (One metre of rare breed pork sausage, creamy
parmesan polenta and sticky onion jus) and a dessert of "Severed Fingers" (vanilla sponge
drizzled with edible blood and topped with severed human chocolate finger). It's £20 for the set
menu on 31 October - 6-10pm (within a two-mile radius of Dinerama, Great Eastern Street)

 

radiciOn 31 October, Francesco Mazzei's Radici in Islington has a limited-edition Halloween pizza, with black dough coloured with squid ink and toppings include anchovies, pumpkin, and mozzarella (£13). 

 

anselDominique Ansel Bakery is going all-out with Halloween specials at their Pimlico cafe. Expect a
Jack-o-Lantern Religieuse (a traditional French double-decker cream puff), a Halloween Food Fad
Graveyard Cake (cookie crumble “dirt," Mini Me ghost meringues, and salted butter cookie
tombstones of food trends that have come and gone) and more. Available from 27 - 31 October.

 

konditorWe're big fans of Konditor and Cook cakes, and we LOVE the look of these zombie Spice Girls cookies. Totally mad. Available now until Nov 1st. 

 

benscanteenBen's Canteen has the Off With Their Head burger special - an aged beef patty served with cider
braised pig cheeks, smoked habanero barbecue sauce, apple & fennel slaw, pickles and smoked
(£12). Available until the 31st.

 

fourwintersNitro Ice-cream specialists Four Winters have teamed up with Meringue Girls for the Dark Serve.
That's charcoal chocolate liquid nitrogen ice cream, blended with crushed cookies and popping
candy, topped with a handmade toffee apple ghoul and tombstone meringues, as well as a sprinkling
of cookie soil plus cobweb floss and shards of chunky black glitter. £6.90 for a cone from 20-31
October

 

Plus more Halloween events

Dine through the night at the rather approriately names Bloodshot Supper Club at The Dairy. Expect dishes like a "Parmesan ghost and worms", "Pig's head served on a pig's head", "monkfish jaws" and more. It's on 28 October, costs £70 and starts at 12.30am (Sunday morning). Book on 020 7622 4165.

Dead Dolls House in Islington are having a Halloween party with plenty of autumnul dishes on the menu, plus dancing after.

If you really fancy getting down and dirty, there's a taxidermy masterclass at the Zetter townhouse on 28 October. Yes, really.

Dirty Bones in Kensington and Shoreditch are having a Halloween party on the 28th and they'll have a special Smashed Pumpkin" on the menu from 26 to 31 October (£9) - Sugar Shine pumpkin pie moonshine, Velvet falernum, lemon, pear purée, muddled raspberries, chocolate bitters, Peychaud’s bitters and a cinnamon dusting.

On 28 October, the Curtain hotel in Shoreditch is hosting La Danse Macabre where the club transformed into a late-night den with cobwebs, candles, tarot readers and more.

Berners Tavern is hosting The Final Curtain, a murder mystery dinner party in the private dining room. It's a premium £2000 to host the party on 28 to 31 October.

Pop Brixton has a Crazy Circus Party on 28 October with immersive circus performers, aerial acrobats, roaming beasts and mystical monsters. And the Pop greenhouse will become a giant Gypsy Crystal with fortune-tellers and artists providing glitter tattoos. Tickets are £5 in advance.

Bluebird restaurant is putting on a Halloween afternoon tea - on the menu will be black iced ghoul cupcakes, brownie coffins, blood orange tart and pumpkin sponge rolls. And there's a pumpkin patch outside in the courtyard too. Their Trick or Treat Afternoon Tea is on 29-30 October at £21.50.

 

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