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...
Sweeney Todd Pies
So if you're really looking to make an impression with a dish, we think this is going the right way. It's the Sweeney Todd pie from New Street Warehouse (just near Liverpool Street) and is diced wild boar, venison, partridge and pigeon, with two partridge legs on top. It's available until 4 November at £21. Erm, not for the vegetarians...
Bloody scotch eggs
This Halloween, Mac and Wild are serving up their Bloody Scotch Egg - a new take on their venison, haggis and black pudding scotch egg with a "haggis blood" (really sauce) for that proper effect. Available up to the 31st.
The Halloween burger
At their Camden Assembly residency, Burger and Beyond have their limited-time special Halloween burger. It's The Treacle Treat and is made of aged beef patties, treacle bacon, mozzarella cheese, strawberry jam & bone marrow butter. Only available until the 31st.
Covent Garden's Balthazar really does get into the spirit of Halloween with Balthoween. They've a special new dessert which is the Baltobombe (a chocolate sphere disguised as a pumpkin) but it's the Boulangerie which has been given a proper makeover. There you can also get a spiced dinner party pumpkin and pecan pies, spiced macarons and pumpkin muffins. Available now until 4 November.
A Japanese haunted house
Chotto Matte is looking to Japanese horror movie The Grudge for its Halloween inspiration. The outside looks like a derelict Japanese house and UV lights inside will reveal the new Halloween-inspired graffiti. Plus expect lots of mist. Also special Halloween cocktails from Johnny Walker. And on top of that, there's a new amuse-bouche (in two parts) - the Blood Leche, a syringe filled with red Amazonian leche and Your Grudge, a test tube filled with black potato soup, green squash and truffle. From 24-31 October.
Paul A Young has put on some special Halloween chocolates for the season. They'll have Three Spooky White Chocolate Skulls (£6.95), White chocolate Pumpkin Lollipops with Dark Chocolate Pearls (£3.95) and if you're going all-out, dark chocolate Haunted House (£19.95). And on top of that, there are orange splattered Halloween Caramels (£10.50) and his pumpkin pie truffle is returning. They're all in the shops until the 31st.
More Halloween events
The Athenian will be serving up their souvlaki in black pittas for from 29-31 October. Available at all their locations.
In Archway, Lost Boys Pizza will be screening the film they're inspired by, with bottomless prosecco and pizza throughout.
The Edition hotel is running an immersive theatre experience called The Curse of The Red Kiss, which runs into their Halloween Ball and can be paired with a special meal at Berners Tavern (inc the Graveyard pumpkin pie ).
Dominique Ansel Bakery has special treats on for the occasion. The main attraction is the Halloween Religieuse (a traditional French double-decker cream puff) is dressed up as a Jack-o-Lantern and filled with milk chocolate ganache and blood orange jam with a little bat filled with blueberry ganache sitting on top (£6.60 to take away). Available up to the 31st.
Smoke and Salt are putting on a special Halloween menu on 31st and 1st - dishes include ‘Bloody Beet Tartare’, ‘Cod Head Taco’ and the ‘Witches Brew’ main course.
All the All Star Lanes will have a Stranger Things inspired menu until 4 November - including The Stranger Pin burger (beef burger with Monterey Jack cheese, guacamole and Bloody Mary relish, served in a bloody red bun,) with Terror Tots (crispy potato tots with Bloody Mary relish).
In Shoreditch, Iron Bloom is bringing in a range of black-coloured dishes right up until 10th November (taking in Guy Fawkes night too). That includes the black wagyu and bone marrow burger, homemade black tagliatelle tossed in garlic parmesan and black ravioli with crab and tuna in a rich rosé sauce.
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