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From bloody cocktails to spooky dances, a roundup of all things Halloween in the coming week.

It’s that time of the year—when you bare your fake fangs and cackle over a cauldron. For some added horror, splash on some faux blood or go nerdy with cosplay. While the darkness of Halloween seems to be in jeopardy, thanks to the festival of lights, spook lovers still have quite a few reasons to rejoice. From haunted malls and vampire salsas, to zombie punch, blood pudding and poetry slams, we bring you our pick of hair-raising experiences to try in the city.

Twinkles: Being called a pumpkin is a compliment this season, says Deoli Kohli. “Witch and pumpkin outfits are our bestsellers, besides our usual scare accessories,” says the owner of the costume and accessories store on RK Salai, pointing out that demand is higher this year, despite Diwali falling on the same weekend. From Rs 20. Details: 9841092673

Vishwaroop: This Mogappair store’s clientele goes from two-month-old tots to pre-teens. According to owner, Jyothi Venkat, though witch and vampire costumes are trending, non-spooky outfits (think doctors and tigers) are also quite popular this year. Rs 250 onwards (rental). Details: 33891332

_o2a3694Online: From mangled nails to sliced organs, the internet has it all. Log on to costumeconnexions.com and partymanao.com for some interesting Halloween costume and decor options. And why should kids have all the fun? We like the  cool cosplay options at buycostumes.com for adults. Moreover, they also have discounts up to 90 per cent.
Halloween and plush surroundings come together with the Leela Palace’s special Sunday brunch. Expect themed sushi counters, cupcakes, pumpkin carving and much more. Rs 1,225++ onwards.
Details: 33661234

bloodbankIf you’re low on energy, head to Hoppipola for the Blood Bank—with Bacardi, cranberry and pomegranate juice—the perfect refresher for this weekend. Also try the Grim’s Pumpkin Cocktail loaded with Bacardi, Old Monk, Malibu, Cranberry and Pineapple juice. Rs 250 onwards.
Details: 33011638

After some gorgeous Onam special fondant cakes, home baker Lavanya Ravindran from The Cupcake House is back with her Halloween-themed specials. Try her spiced pumpkin cupcakes besides her usual populars. Rs 1000 for a box of six.
Details: 9841276452

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Crowne Plaza promises a Halloween weekend to remember, with their spook party at Gatsby2000. Get your outfits on point with  their nail and makeup fixes available at the venue. Also expect club music, courtesy DJ Rudy and DJ Prashanth. Exciting goodies await the best-dressed person of the night.
On November 4-5. Details:  24994101

Put on your salsa shoes. The people at Salsa Madras and Drizzle Bar and Restaurant have a scary night in store for you today. Expect Halloween-themed treats and drinks, in addition to some high energy African and Latin music. Free entry. Details: 8122072572

We dare you to enter the Forest of Fright, at Sera – The Tapas Bar & Restaurant. True to spirit, expect an enchanted forest theme, costume contests and more, with DJ Vijay Chawla setting the mood. Guests are expected to come in costumes. Food and drinks are a la carte.
Details: 28111462.

With their Ouija boards, animated props and special effects, Haunted, the restaurant, is the place to be. Stick around for tarot card reading, black magic, face sketching and themed dishes next week. Also indulge in some poetry, comedy and art with the Open Sky slam at the venue on November 6. Entry at Rs 150.
Details: in.explara.com

With a fun Trick or Treat trip to seven toy stores, including Hamleys, Gini and Jony and the Lego Store, Phoenix MarketCity’s Halloween party is the place to be. Also expect Jack-o-lanterns, creepy bats, games like Hitting the Witch, and plenty of ‘creepy’ treats to snack on. Don’t forget to wear a fun costume. Rs 600 for children between four and 14.
Details: 8939933433

Head to Jaishri’s Premium Rejuvenation for all your Halloween makeover needs.  “We have a variety of makeup options for kids and adults. Go beyond fake teeth and scars to animals and popular comic characters,” says owner Jaishri Rao. The biggest draw, however, is their glow-in-the-dark hair colours. Choose between pink, green and purple to up your party game. Rs 500 onwards. Details: 43535636

Text: Lavanya Lakshminarayanan


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