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    RIGHT from Jack-oa��-Lanterns and getting your fangs in place to blood and eyeballs that are edible, herea��s our pick of Halloween solutions. Meanwhile, dona��t miss the parties in town, and our options for kids too.

    Text: Sneha Jalan

    Monster parade
    Clothes, accessories and more
    TWINKLES: Creative Deoli Kohli from the party store, Twinkles, is fully geared up for the season. a�?Halloween toys are the running trend this year,a�? says Kohli. a�?They are used as props for parties. We have toys which react
    to claps and sounds as well.a�? Twinklea��s skeleton balloons were big last year. So drop by the RK Salai store for quirky hats, finger extentions and creepy masks. Rs.20 onwards. Details: 9841092673

    VISWAROOP: Costumes are just a call away at the three-month-old Viswaroop in Mogappair West. The store has policies in place to maintain hygiene with the cosumes on rent. Jyoti Venkat, the owner, also takes orders and says witches and wizards are in demand right now. Rs.500 onwards (rental). Details: 08046066199

    FUNMILL: The activity centre in Kilpauk has a Halloween bash on October 31 (from 7.30 pm) for children from three to 14, with face art, dance, pumpkin carving, games, snacks and a sing-along. To get started on props and costumes (the craziest costume gets a prize) drop by this Saturday
    at 10.30 am. Rs.300 (workshop) and Rs.400 (party). Details: 9444407847

    Hair and makeup

    Salons have started keeping up with those who wish to rock the theme. Kris Allen, manager at Vurve Signature Salon, in Nungambakkam admits, a�?a�?Nail art is very much in demand. Our clients mostly go for Halloweenthemed miniatures like pumpkins and spider webs on their
    nails.a��a�� Details: 43148777

    Toni & Guy has special Halloween offers. a�?a�?The hairdressers and beauticians will be dressed as witches, zombies and wizards,a��a�� says
    Runima Biswas, Toni & Guy. Make-up director Ambika Dube, says, a�?a�?We advise our clients to try Aquacolour from Kryolan, which is easy to apply and remove. The voluptuous cherry-red lipstick is hot, and the hair is usually left loose or given a white or greyish effect. We add glitter too, for the party feel.a��a�� They also specialise in makeovers for an accident victim look, using artificial blood which stays on the skin for as long as the party lasts. From RS.5,000 onwards.
    Details: 28464550/51

    Black Magic
    At The Gateway Hotel IT Expressway Chennai, Swirl has themed music and dA�cor and pumpkin-carving activities. Dona��t miss their special
    brew, Black Magic, with whisky, espresso and almond liqueur.
    Details: 6680500

    Carnivals & photo booths
    HOTEL SOMERSET: Drop by with kids at Madras Ladies Circle twoa��s Halloween Carnival at Burgundya��s. Ritu Khanna, the chairperson, explains, a�?There will be retail, games, food and craft stalls, photo booths, themed
    make-up, a costume competition and a story- telling session.a�? At the Foodology (a recreational culinary studio) stall, chef Vinod Kumar from Aloft Hotel will teach children pumpkin-carving. 11.30
    am to 5 pm. Details: 9841334343

    HIPPOCAMPUS: Dona��t miss the Wizard of Oz party. Besides games and a photo booth, storyteller Padma Nagarajan will take children into the World of
    Oz with her lucid narration. At the centre in Nandanam. For four to eight-year-olds. 4.30 pm to 6.30 pm. rS.600 (for non-members). Details: 420671590

    Appetite for chills
    Restaurants, bars and nightclubs

    SPOONBILL: Halloween is popular here with both the customers and staff. a�?a�?Our chef will give a pumpkin-carving demonstration to our guests so they can try a hand at it,a��a�� says Charlie, MD, Spoonbill. Mummy sausages and
    Devil eggs will be back on the new menu by popular demand. For those who dona��t want to dress up for the occasion, there will be masks, broomsticks and witches hats on sale. rS.150 onwards for the food. Details: 42064442

    La��AMANDIER: Not far behind on the spooky feasting is La��Amandier. The restaurant will have a themed buffet on October 31, with dishes
    like the cemetery pie and a bloody corn pepper tomato soup. rS.400
    inwards. Details 30853590

    ANISE: At Taj Coromandel, Anise, the all-day diner, will offer themed dishes like asparagus red slime pesto and string mozzarella web and Vampire-resistant garlic roasted chicken. Dessert promises to be exciting, with Bloody Berry Mirror and Devila��s cake. rS.1,991 all-inclusive. Meanwhile, at Chipstead, African-Indian EDM maestro DJ Ma Faisa is in the house and guests are encouraged to come dressed to the ghoulish theme. Details: 66002827

    THE LEATHER BAR: The Park will be featuring DJ Ash Roy, one of the best techno-artists in the country, and he will spin some horror-inspired tracks. Get your face painted to blend. RS.550 onwards. Details: 42676000

    HAUNTED: A new restaurant in Anna Nagar comes with the ouija
    board theme, animated props and special effects. They serve Indian, Chinese, Tandoor, Italian and Arabic cuisines. Rs..190 onwards
    Details: 33011452


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