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Bloody good! A glow in the dark cocktail at Rancho Bernardo Inn. Photography by Tim King

Get Your Fright On!

by Emily Stanford | Riviera San Diego magazine | October 22, 2012

With Halloween right around the corner, our favorite local haunts are adding a helping of macabre to the menu. From creepy cocktails to frightful fare, here’s our hot list to a hip holiday weekend

1. THE SIP At Ocean Beach’s neighborhood bistro Bo-Beau, mixologists have concocted a trio of sips that use clever garnishes to spooky effect. The Bleeding Heart Martini is served with a picked red bean and the Lychee Eyeball Martini with lychee. Our pick? The Vampire Sangria made with brandy and fruit juice, because Halloween isn’t complete without a witch’s brew. bobeaukitchen.com

2. THE DINE Tucked in Mission Hills next to sister resto The Red Door, the Wellington Steak and Martini Lounge is a sultry den fit for a grown-up fright night. Jazz trio Gadjio and a fortune-teller set the mood, while costumed servers dole out chef Miguel Valdez’s macabre dishes, from swordfish marrow to beef tongue. Order trick-or-treat candy-inspired cocktails, like Reese’s Cup, Almond Joy and Lemon Drops. Oct. 31, thewellingtonsd.com

3. THE STAY Make it a weekend affair by scaring up some fun at the beloved Rancho Bernardo Inn for their Stay and Spook Halloween celebration package. The one-night accommodation offers access to the kiddo-friendly inn party (think carnival bites and a not-so haunted house) and adults-only glow-in-the-dark cocktails. End the night with a treat: The smores 'n' snore nightcap amenity. Yes, please! Oct. 26 and 27, ranchobernardoinn.com

4. THE HANG Downtown hotspot Searsucker is doling out a Femur Shot this October. Created by new cocktail slingers in town Pick & Rocks Cocktails, the shot lives up to its name and is served in steer femur bones stuffed with coconut, lime and vodka. Continue the theme and pair the buzzy shot with a marrow bone starter (served with sea salt and onion jam), courtesy of chef Brian Malarkey, who rumor has it just inked a deal with ABC to appear on its new cooking challenge show The Taste. searsucker.com

5. THE PARTY Oceanside Museum of Art is hosting their annual arty party-meets-monster’s ball Come As You Aren’t, inspired by the exhibition YOU: Investigating Identity. The night will feature a performance by rockers the Creepy Creeps and displays of thriller movie set props. No costume? No problem. Transform yourself on-site with the help of body painter Sean Selfridge. Oct. 26 from 7-10pm, oma-online.org