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Halloween Tricks, Treats, and Bug-infused Ice Cubes

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                            Seadog Sushi

Seadog Sushi

This Halloween, restaurants are going well beyond the call of candy duty with a slew of holiday events and more.

Sushi gets spooky at Seadog Sushi, where two specials this month serve as an homage to Halloween. One is the Spooky Salmon Bowl, an orange- and black-colored dish with salmon and black roe atop a bed of rice in a Halloween bowl. There’s also the Halloween maki roll, a pumpkin-wrapped creation with fresh salmon, spicy “Halloween” sauce, masago, and black tobiko.

In lieu of the standard candy bar, kids can visit Delightful Pastries (any of the three Chicago locations) for a fall sugar cookie in the shape of a pumpkin. Other items available at the bakery that are particularly Halloween-y include pumpkin cayenne cheesecake brownies.

One of the quintessential Halloween movies, Hocus Pocus takes the stage at Soho House’s Screening Room as part of a special holiday afternoon event open to the public. The movie screens at 1:30 pm on October 25, followed by a “sand-witchy” Halloween-themed afternoon tea in The Allis.

At Tanta, there’s a special Halloween cocktail on deck that’s not for the faint of heart. The Sangre de Tigre (tiger’s blood) contains Breckenridge Chili Vodka, cassis, chicha morada, lemon, simple syrup, and a bug-infused ice cube.

Heaven and hell converge in River North for one night only at sister spots Henry’s and Rec Room. Starting at 10:00 p.m. at Henry’s, things get heavenly with massage chairs, Rocky Horror-themed burlesque dancers, love potion cocktails, pumpkin spiced burger sliders, and red velvet cupcakes. Downstairs in The Rec Room, things are more hellish with Bloody Burger sliders, tongue tacos, Jell-O shot syringes, a midnight playing of “Thriller,” and more.

Build-your-own caramel apples are the festivity du jour at Ada St. On Halloween, customers can DIY their dessert with topping options like Butterfinger bars, Pop Rocks, Oreos, walnuts, pretzels, and more.

For Halloween this year, Trenchermen is dressing up as a fern bar and morphing into “Trenchermen Bar and Dreams.” From 5:00 p.m. until close on Halloween in the bar area, the drink list will feature the likes of Blue Hawaiians, Mud Slides, and Amaretto Sours. There will also be ’80s and ’90s music via DJ, and dishes like pulled pork nachos and smoked jalapeño poppers.

Things get spooky at County Barbeque, where dining by candlelight takes on an eerie meaning for Halloween. Come dinnertime, the lights will go out, leaving candles surrounded by spider webs, skeletons, and other creepy accents. On special for the evening: a Mexican tripe taco in smoked tomato sauce.

Seadog Sushi
1500 W. Division Street, Chicago
(773) 235-8100

Delightful Pastries
5927 W. Lawrence Avenue, Chicago
(773) 545-7215
131 N. Clinton Street, Chicago
(312) 234-9644
1710 N. Wells Street, Chicago
(312) 255-0724

Soho House
113 N. Green Street, Chicago
(312) 521-8000

118 W. Grand Avenue, Chicago
(312) 222-9700

18 W. Hubbard Street, Chicago
(312) 955-8018

The Rec Room
18 W. Hubbard Street, Chicago
(773) 397-3002

Ada St.
1664 N. Ada Street, Chicago
(773) 697-7069

2039 W. North Avenue, Chicago
(773) 661-1540

County Barbeque
1352 W. Taylor Street, Chicago
(312) 929-2528