trick or treat?

Can’t de­cide what to do to cel­e­brate Hal­loween this year? Florence Der­rick has five fang-tas­tic ways to en­sure you have a sim­ply spook­tac­u­lar time

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GHOUL WITH A VIEW There’s noth­ing scary about the river­side views and in­dus­trial decor that ac­com­pany the Fright Fest party on Oc­to­ber 27 at 28West in West­ferry Cir­cus.

A £5 ticket gets guests a free “zom­bie shot” on ar­rival at the Ca­nary Wharf venue and DJ-spun tunes from 9pm. There will also be dry ice Hal­loween cock­tails mixed at the bar and snacks in the form of hot wings, salt and pep­per squid and sweet potato fries – so pun­ters can slyly reach for the ketchup if they’ve left fake blood out of their cos­tumes.

Dress­ing up isn’t manda­tory, but if you’re not at least sport­ing fangs, what are you even do­ing there?

Our pick: Kick things off with a Black Devil Mar­garita (£12), which pairs punchy Pa­tron tequila with an or­ange-dusted rim. Go to 28-west.co.uk for more de­tails and tick­ets DEATH BY CHOCO­LATE Make a bee­line for Char­bon­nel Et Walker in Cabot Place to snap up choco­lates far too good for trick or treaters. The tra­di­tional choco­latier has de­vised a se­lec­tion of hand­made sea­sonal treats – think caramel­cen­tred, or­ange web-dec­o­rated truffles (from £15 per box) or mini choco­late pump­kins (£8). Stock up, close the cur­tains and don’t answer the door to any evil spir­its. Our pick: Good luck stop­ping at just one, af­ter you tuck into a white mint choco­late truf­fle filled with thick dark choco­late goo that come along­side the or­ange ones in the box. Go to char­bon­nel.co.uk to or­der SUG­ARY AS HELL Sweet tooth still not sat­is­fied? Doughnut king Krispy Kreme – based in Canada Place – has re­leased a lim­ited-edi­tion Hal­loween range, from £1.90 a pop.

The sig­na­ture ring is pimped into the Frankie Franken­stein, topped with ap­ple ic­ing and cookie crumbs, or the deep-pur­ple Vimto Ring, while even sick­lier va­ri­eties in­clude the frosted Vimto Shim­mer, or the Jack-O-Lantern, which is shaped like a Hal­loween pump­kin and flavoured with or­ange choco­late. Drool­ing yet? Our pick: Vimto’s a bit take-it-or-leave-it in drink form, but melt it over the clas­sic ring and you’re onto a win­ner. Go to krispykreme. co.uk for de­tails SPICE OF DEATH Af­ter all that su­gar, thank good­ness Wa­haca hosts a fiery Mex­i­can feast, from Oc­to­ber 29 to Novem­ber 4, to mark the Day of the Dead. The spe­cial menu, at £25, is in­spired by one-off sup­per clubs set to be de­liv­ered by co-founder Thomasina Miers at the chain’s Soho and Manch­ester branches – and fea­tures sea­sonal in­gre­di­ents spiced up with Cen­tral Amer­i­can flavour. Char­grilled squash, chorizo que­sadil­las and marigold Mar­gar­i­tas (in the spirit of the fes­ti­val’s sig­na­ture flower) com­pete on the taste buds in pa­pel pi­cado-dec­o­rated sur­rounds. A Day of the Dead shrine will be set up, for guests to add pho­tos and mem­o­ries of lost loved ones, Mex­i­can-style.

Our pick: The freshly baked corn­bread topped with whipped goat’s cheese and chilli jam is the kind of com­fort food you crave on a cool Oc­to­ber night. Go to wa­haca.co.uk for more de­tails and to book SKELE­TON CREW The cel­e­bra­tions hit their peak at Sky­light, To­bacco Dock’s prime rooftop bar, which has a two-day party on Oc­to­ber 26 and 27. As part of the bar’s Har­vestFest theme, cos­tume pa­rades and prizes take place in the bar to a sound­track of deep house and 1990s club clas­sics.

Tick­ets (from £15-25) in­clude a spe­cial Hal­loween cock­tail on ar­rival and there’ll be prizes for the most out­ra­geous cos­tumes – so you’re go­ing to have to do bet­ter than your trusty an­nual Scream mask.

Our pick: Be­fore you bust a move, get silly on a Black Au­tumn Widow – a con­coc­tion of tequila, lime, basil and black­ber­ries, go­ing for £9.50. Go to de­sign­mynight.com for more de­tails and tick­ets

Wa­haca will be cel­e­brat­ing The Day of the Dead while Sky­light has some tasty treats in­clud­ing a Black Au­tumn Widow cock­tail, left

Be scared wit­less at 28West’s Fright Fest on Satur­day

Sink your fangs into a choco­late truf­fle box from Char­bon­nel Et Walker

Frankie Franken­stein

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