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Although Halloween may inspire us to stay home and toast pumpkin seeds, drink Pumpkin Ale, and gorge ourselves on miniature candy bars, there are some dining-out alternatives in town that celebrate this spooky time of year. Here are a few of the restaurants in LA that are offering up specials and running events for kids big and grown in honor of Halloween.

Our first pick is Luna Park, where Halloween fun runs from October 28 to 31. Costumed diners will receive a complimentary Make-Your-Own Caramel Apple dessert. Each table will be presented with a dish of bite-size apples on Popsicle sticks, a ramekin of melted caramel sauce for dipping, and a dish filled with toasted nuts for rolling. Not in a costume? That's okay. Luna Park has added a special Halloween dessert: Decorate-Your-Own pumpkin cookies, with a selection of frostings, sprinkles and candies, to either eat at the restaurant or take home—could be more fun than carving a pumpkin! Various Halloween-inspired cocktails will also be offered and staff members will be in costume. We love Luna Park's home-style menu choices (the Mac & cheese is fantastic), so we know this is a fun spot to hit when you're on the prowl for a cozy, comfy meal.

Luna Park
672 South La Brea Avenue
(323) 934-2110

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Next, if you find yourself westward in Venice, you can celebrate Halloween a day or two early with a special four-course pumpkin menu in addition to the regular menu at Joe's Restaurant. Come in costume, and they'll treat you to a drink or dessert. Hey, that's free food or drink! Sort of an adult's trick-or-treat. If you bring a creatively carved pumpkin before 4 p.m. on Sunday, you'll qualify for a chance at a prize of either $50 or one of the restaurant's tasting menus. Halloween specials at Joe's are good this weekend, October 29-30.

Joe's Restaurant
1023 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice
(310) 399-5811

This Sunday, kids can have some sweet fun at Boule's Halloween Candy Apple Decorating Party. Here, they will be able to decorate gooey caramel-covered heirloom apples with various types of Halloween treats. Cost is $20 per child--supervising adults are complimentary. The decorating party goes on from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., and RSVP is required.

Boule
420 N. La Cienega
To RSVP, email info@boulela.com, or call (310) 289-9977.

Halloween with a Latin American twist is being served up now through November 3rd in honor of Dia de los Muertos at Santa Monica's Border Grill. Enjoy a festive lunch or dinner and celebrate departed loved ones at their traditional Dia de los Muertos altar decorated with sugar skulls, maize, pumpkins, bread, and of course, tequila. Various specials are on the menu including Pumpkin Soup, Chimayo Pork Tamales, and Chile En Nogada, a poblano chile stuffed with beef, raisins, pine nuts, and onions, and served with black bean and orange yam succotash. Desserts include Candied Pumpkin Sundaes with homemade cardamon ice cream and Sweet Yam Flan. Plus don't miss an enticing array of Day of the Dead cocktails like our Bloody Maria, Zombie, and Yellow Devil.

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Border Grill
1445 4th Street, Santa Monica
(310) 451-1655

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