According to a recent study, Americans will spend over 2.2 billion dollars on candy this year. Because of this, Americans will want to think frugal elsewhere. Where else can one save some money? Luckily for us, many food businesses will offer deals on this spooky holiday. Check out the list below for some great food deals, most of which will require costumes.

All ages:

  • Arby’s: Say “Trick Or Meat” to add bacon to any sandwich for free.
  • Chipotlé: After 5pm, receive a burrito, bowl, salad, or tacos for just $3 for anyone in costume.
  • Famous Dave’s BBQ: Get a free pumpkin when you purchase an All-American BBQ Feast.
  • Krispy Kreme: One free donut for anyone in costume.
  • Morton’s Steakhouse: Three-course meal for $35.
  • Red Robin: Get $3 off your meal when you upgrade your side to Garlic-Herbed Fries.
  • Sonic Drive In: Corn dogs cost $0.50 all day.
  • Starbucks: All grandé Frappuccinos will cost $3 after 2pm.
  • Wendy’s: $1 gets you a booklet with vouchers for free Jr. Frosties, and you get a Jr. Frosty for free for purchasing the booklet.

For kids 12 & under:

  • Baja Fresh: Two deals that both requires a printed coupon from their Facebook page. 1) Receive one free order of churros with a catering order of over $50, 2) Kids in costume receive a free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult entrée. <this feels like the most lackluster deal of all>
  • Black Angus: Kids in costume receive one free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult entrée. Valid on dine-in only. Families may receive up to four free kid’s meals.
  • Boston Market: Receive one free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult entrée. Must print a coupon from their website linked to the left.
  • Carrabba’s: After 3pm, receive one free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult entrée. Valid on dine-in only. Families may receive up to two free kid’s meals. This deal expires on November 2nd.
  • Hometown Buffet: Kids in costume dine in for free with the purchase of an adult entrée.
  • IHOP: Receive one free “scary face” pancake with the purchase of an adult entrée. Valid on dine-in only. No costume required, but encouraged.
  • Jamba Juice: From 2pm to 7pm, kids receive a free 9.5oz smoothie at participating locations, limit four.
  • Olive Garden: Receive one free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult entrée. Valid on dine-in only. Must print a coupon from their website linked to the left.
  • Outback Steakhouse: Receive one free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult entrée. Valid on dine-in only. Families may receive up to two free kid’s meals.
  • Sbarro: Kids in costume receive one free cheese or pepperoni pizza slice with the purchase of an adult entrée.

Now that you have this list, start planning your meals for the rest of today!

The night market trend continues to gain popularity, as it exponentially attracts more and more visitors with each passing event. Derivating from populated Asian countries, a night market represents a food & entertainment festival packed with many different types of food, vendors, and various forms of entertainment, including live performances and games. In the past few years, night markets have spread globally due to the increased desire for Asian food, one of which has landed in Koreatown just west of Downtown Los Angeles. This past weekend, the folks over at the Ktown Night Market hosted a Halloween Food Fest, a variety of the night market that closed off a sizable stretch of 6th Street in Koreatown. This weekend-long all-ages festival brought the nightlife of the east to the west, and showed the locals what goes on at night in populated Asian cities. Admission only cost $3 per person, while guests had to pay for everything else once inside. As an event with “Food Fest” in the name, visitors could expect to discover tons of authentic and interesting foods here. While most of the food found here derived from Korea, visitors could find cuisine from other regions of Asia, such as Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, and more. The organizers did not categorize any sections of the street – visitors could encounter food, merchandise, food trucks, games, and more all scattered throughout the area.

Miss out on this night market? Keep in mind that many other night markets take place, now that its popularity has risen substantially. In Southern California alone, in addition to Koreatown, night markets occur in Arcadia, Downtown LA, Costa Mesa, Monterey Park, Westminster, and San Diego. I believe that within a year from now, many more night markets will pop up – a quick search revealed at least two more in Northern California, so look up some night markets in your area, and experience how locals celebrate their culture in the far east.

The 14th Annual Haute Dogs Howl’oween Parade returned to Long Beach this past Sunday afternoon. Now located at Marina Vista Park at the end of Marine Stadium, this special Halloween precursor event invited pet-owners to doll up their dog(s) and bring them to stroll in the parade of dogs. Over 500 dogs got registered to participate in this poochy parade, along with all of the humans that also wanted to dress up for the parade.Completely free to attend for all ages, this festival at the park featured a handful of pet-related vendors and miscellaneous activities, such as a dachshund race. The actual parade would not begin until 2:30pm.

Following up from last year’s parade, this paw march returned to Marina Vista Park for the second time, a step away from taking place on 2nd Street in Belmont Shore, causing street closures for the duration of the parade. It appears that with every year, this parade draws more and more people to come watch. This year, I clearly witnessed more spectators crowding the sidelines, and this year’s parade ended within 45 minutes, whereas previous years’ parades would last over an hour. Has the novelty worn off, or have people decided not to pay the price of showing off their creativity?Either way, this move did not daunt the parade, which still contained hundreds of dogs for everyone’s viewing pleasure.

As featured on the Kevin & Bean Show a few years ago, the Haute Dogs Howl’oween Parade brings a unique spin on the classic Fall Parade that many towns across the country host. Around this time every year, local towns host some sort of Fall festival, either to celebrate the changing seasons or to celebrate some other purpose. Some of these festivals even come with a parade. While Long Beach may not have a festival like that, other independent events like this one contribute to the diversity of the city. Mark your calendars next year for the Haute Dogs Howl’oween Parade, which normally occurs on the last weekend or second to last weekend of October.

With Halloween right around the corner, why not start preparing yourself for what may transpire? Whether you will indulge on sweets, booze, or other like-minded individuals on such a holiday, the lucky visitors to L.A. Foodie‘s Treatoberfest could partake in a preview of all sorts of adult Halloween celebrations rolled into one. This past Saturday night, the L.A. Foodie crew strutted into Angel City Brewery, where the crew and a slew of great chefs, bakers, and caterers from all over Southern California set up along the back to prepare for a night of serving up all the delicious sweet treats that attendees could handle. L.A. Foodie encouraged attendees to don their best costumes and have some fun among the crowd, as well as take photos in front of the green screen. All throughout the night, attendees could go trick-or-treating by visiting all of the tables and selecting any treat they desired. General admission cost $12, and included unlimited food & dessert samples from all the vendors while supplies lasted. As an added bonus, L.A. Foodie provided to-go boxes so that attendees could take home as many treats as they could fit into the to-go box. Talk about sweetening the deal!

As L.A. Foodie’s second run at this event, they made some changes to go in a different direction this time around. First off, they nixed the $40 VIP package, which included all of the general admission goodies, plus a goodie bag, an LA Foodie t-shirt, a fashionable wristband, and Angel City Brewery goodies. Second, this year’s event utilized the new private space adjacent to the brewery, as opposed to last year’s event in the open tasting room. Most importantly, admission did not include beers this time – last year, admission included three beer tasters. Personally, I noticed fewer dessert vendors than last year… or at least fewer vendors with food we could take home in our provided to-go boxes. Last year, I took home more than could fit in the box. This year, we really could only take home goodies from one of the vendors, as all the other treats likely would not make the ride home due to spilling or melting. This year’s vendors included some from last year, but otherwise mixed it up to include:

 

 

When L.A. Foodie throws an event, they do it right. Although they have not held an event since April, know that they all constantly search for the best of Los Angeles, whether they record podcasts, scout out new restaurants or bars, or put random food in strangers’ mouths. They currently do not have plans for another event, but when they do, they will blast it out to all of their followers. Make sure you like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter to ensure you will know firsthand when they will hold another event.

Voodoo Glow Skulls & Guttermouth – Mini Tour
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 28, Brick By Brick, San Diego http://www.ticketfly.com/event/662639-voodoo-glow-skulls-san-diego/
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 29, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/180335
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 30, M15 Concert Bar & Grill, Corona http://www.m15concerts.com/events/guttermouth/

Voodoo Glow Skulls and Guttermouth team up to headline three punk shows in Southern California this week all before Halloween. Each show’s ticket price varies, so click on each link for ticket info. All of these concert venues have free parking available in some form. No one under 21 may attend any of these shows.

1st Annual Hello Kitty Con
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 30 – November 2
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art), Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.sanrio.com/hellokittycon/

The Hello Kitty franchise turns 40 this year, and to celebrate, Sanrio will hold the first ever Hello Kitty Convention this weekend in Downtown Los Angeles. Featuring all things Hello Kitty, attendees will receive the ultimate fan experience, complete with exhibits, arts & crafts, workshops, lectures, panels, merchandise, and more.

All Hallows Eve – Free Punk Show
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 30
The Down & Out, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/265217153679307/

Enjoy a free show with local bands this Thursday night in Downtown Los Angeles, which will also include a Halloween costume contest. Guests can park at street meters for free after 8pm. No one under 21 may enter.

Spacewaster @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 30
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/719170798173925/

Get your weekly fill of punk rock this Thursday night with Spacewaster, here all the way down from Seattle. The cover for this show costs only $5. No one under 21 may enter.

A Spooky Halloween Show of Epic Proportions
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 30
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/185930

Celebrate Halloween Eve at Alex’s Bar this Thursday night, where costumed customers receive a dollar off PBR tall cans or well drinks. The cover for this show costs only $5. Guests should park in the neighborhood across the street, or on Orizaba Avenue. No one under 21 may enter.

Halloween
October 31

Happy Candy Day! Have fun, and stay safe on this night.

Stan Lee’s Comikaze 2014
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, October 31
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, November 1
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 2
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://comikazeexpo.com/

One of the west coast’s largest multimedia pop culture expos returns to Downtown LA this weekend. Whether you like comics, video games, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, or anything else in the pop culture realm, anyone will surely find something to enjoy at the expo this weekend. A cosplay contest will take place on Saturday at 6pm, but you have to register on the website to participate! Passes to Comikaze cost $30 for single days, or $70 for the entire weekend.

Timeless Pints Halloween Party
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 31
Timeless Pints Brewing, Lakewood
http://www.facebook.com/events/347360192097341/

Timeless Pints will join in on the Halloween festivities that many other businesses will throw on Halloween this year. Over at Timeless Pints in Lakewood, they will have a basket full of things to do, such as try their new pumpkin porter, show off costumes, listen to live music, snack from the food truck, toss candy around, and more.

Trick or Treat on 2nd Street
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 31
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/events.html

Trick or Treat with the family in Belmont Shore for free! Local businesses will participate by handing out samples and candy during the evening.

Boos & Brüz 2014 & Lost Abbey Tap Takeover
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 31
Brü Grill & Market, Lake Forest
http://www.facebook.com/events/743838382355673/

Craft beer and Halloween go together like Christmas and fruitcake. Celebrate this luscious holiday in style at Brü this Friday night with a Lost Abbey tap takeover, a costume contest, live music, goodie bags, and more.

Halloween Costume Party At The Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 31
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/719732734763337/

If Halloween had its own music like Christmas does, Halloween music would embody punk rock. Live that life this Friday night at the World Famous Doll Hut in Anaheim, complete with a FREE local punk rock bands show and a costume contest. No one under 21 may enter.

Cafe NELA Halloween Extravaganza
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 31
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1471715793081244/

Punk rock bands and a costume contest? What more could one ask for? Celebrate Halloween with The Gears as they headline a show in Northeast Los Angeles. The cover for this show costs $10, or $7 with a costume. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking around the area.

Urban Waste Halloween Show
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 31
American Legion Post 241, Baldwin Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/1533972263482879/

Sacrifice your body at this hardcore punk show in Baldwin Park this Friday night, complete with a costume contest. The cover for this all-ages show costs $5. Guests can find plenty of free parking in the area.

5th Annual Fall Pet Days
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 1-2
Orange County Market Place, Costa Mesa
http://www.ocmarketplace.com/contents/Entertainment.aspx

This weekend-long event focuses on pet care, pet adoptions, pet services, and more about pets. Donate two cans or one bag of unopened dog or cat food to enter for free; otherwise, admission costs $5.

Fullerton Pumpkin Launch
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, November 1
Discovery Science Center, Cal State Fullerton
http://staging.discoverycube.org/oc/exhibits/pumpkin-launch/

At this FREE event (requires registration at their website), witness hundreds of pumpkins getting thrown, launched, catapulted, and more from the Discovery Science Center on the CSUF campus. Food trucks will open their windows to serve food to guests.

15th Annual Dia De Los Muertos
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 1
Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood
http://www.ladayofthedead.com/

Celebrate this cultural holiday at this all-ages festival this Saturday in Hollywood. Attendees will find arts & crafts, art exhibits, costume contests, music, live entertainment, food, drinks, and more. General admission costs $20 per person.

Beat Swap Meet
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 1
East End, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/344611409021078/

Free to attend with the donation of one canned food, this outdoor event will celebrate traditional music through vinyl, records, mix tapes, and other mediums of all genres.

Skalloween 2014
5:00 pm – 2:00 am, November 1
Seaport Marina Hotel, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1525902280974211/

Featuring over 25 bands on three stages, this killer all-ages ska show will definitely please any fan of ska and/or punk. Admission costs $10 presale or for anyone with a costume, or $13 at the door for non-costumed people.

The Burton Show
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 1
Rothick Art Haus, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/363752387116831/

Check out art of Tim Burton works curated by local artists at this free art exhibit this Saturday night in Anaheim.

Día De Los Muertos Art Walk After Party
6:00 pm – 2:00 am, November 1
The Copper Door, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/769204563142887/

Cap off the monthly Downtown Santa Ana First Saturday Art Walk with this after party at the Copper Door with face painting, an art gallery, live music, and burlesque performances by the Dirty Little Secrets.

Nekromantix @ House of Blues Sunset
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 1
House of Blues, West Hollywood
http://www.houseofblues.com/losangeles/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=09004D1425DF57EA&oid=0

Celebrate Dia De Los Muertos the right way with Nekromantix, Manic Hispanic, and more at the House of Blues on Sunset this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $32.

Punk Show @ 13th Frame Lounge
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 1
13th Frame Lounge, La Habra
http://www.facebook.com/events/731455733587821/

Check out some awesome local punk rock bands this Saturday night at 13th Frame Lounge in La Habra. The cover for this all-ages show costs $5.

Pinup Girl Clothing @ Disneyland
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, November 2
Disneyland Park, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1443815552543157/

Pinup Girl Clothing will head to Disneyland Park this Sunday, where they will do lots of things in the park, such as hand out goodie bags, hold pop trivia sessions, host meet & greets, and more.

Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 2
Marine Park/Mother’s Beach, Long Beach
http://dearhandmadelife.com/patchwork-show/

This semi-annual arts & crafts fair consists of a series of Sunday fests at different locations: Long Beach, Oakland, and Santa Ana. As with any typical arts & crafts fair, Patchwork will feature many traditional forms of art and merchandise, but also mixes in alternative art – thinking outside the box, or Rebel Art. Featuring clothing, accessories, home goods, jewelry, pet items, and more, this FREE fest caters to a wide & diverse crowd. Food trucks will serve guests during the fest. Always remember to carry cash, since most vendors only accept cash. The surrounding neighborhood contains plenty of free street parking. Please note the NEW location of Patchwork Long Beach, as it will take place at Marine Park, on the other side of the bridge from the previous location.

The Fall Of Troy @ Glass House Pomona
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 2
Glass House, Pomona
http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/685135-fall-troy-pomona/

Post-hardcore band The Fall Of Troy will headline their only Southern California show of the year at the Glass House in Pomona this Sunday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $20.

Lindsey Stirling performing Shadows at House of Blues in Anaheim, CA. Filmed on April 2, 2013.

If you had the ability to eat any food in the world without getting sick or hurt, would you do it? Would you eat foods not deemed safe for human consumption? Before you start thinking about that, I only refer to things that qualify as food, or things the human body can digest. For example, humans cannot digest gum or wood. Organisms can, for the most part, eat and digest most foods in its raw or uncooked state. However, this poses great problems as far as food-borne illnesses concern. In fact, in today’s dining society, one cannot go to a restaurant without seeing warnings on menus regarding consuming raw or undercooked foods. If raw meat did not potentially contain pathogens, I bet some people would not mind eating it. Sadly, the media has trained society to dislike raw or undercooked foods, especially meat. Switching to another food, people would love to eat cookie dough if it did not contain food-borne illnesses. We hear it all the time – do not consume raw cookie dough for risk of salmonella. Most people cannot resist the urge to dive into a batch of raw cookie dough, for that contains the most amount of flavor before the baking process takes some of the flavor out. What if I told you can you can have you cookie dough, and eat it too? If you have heard of Edoughble, then you know what I refer to.

Only last week did I discover the unique company known as Edoughble. Based out of Los Angeles, this company that started in 2008 artisanally crafts edible cookie dough. At first, you may ask yourself, “Can I not eat all cookie dough?” In a sense, yes, you can eat all cookie dough, but you risk getting salmonella from the eggs in the cookie dough. At Edoughble, they make small batches of all-natural cookie dough without eggs or preservatives. However they came up with their recipe, they produced gooey cookie dough without the risk of salmonella, and with all the awesome characteristics of regular cookie dough. At the time of this post, they currently sport eight flavors:

  • Chocolate Chip
  • Birthday Cake
  • S’Mores
  • Chocolate Peanut
  • Strawberry Shortcake
  • Peanut Butter & Berry Jam
  • Cookies & Cream
  • Almond Joy (dark chocolate, almonds, coconut)

However, as I discovered after I ordered my cookie dough, they have a special seasonal flavor: Pumpkin Pie! I originally wanted to order just one, but shipping would have cost the same if I ordered three, so I added two more. Edoughble kindly sent me a a bonus sample of their Pumpkin Pie flavor dough too! The jars arrive as shown in the below picture – caps on, padded with confetti paper, and in a cardboard box. Customers must make an important note that Edoughble does NOT seal the jars, so the cookie dough’s moisture can still escape the jar, and air can seep in. As a result, the cookie dough may smell like cardboard when you first receive it. For those that live further away from Los Angeles, you may risk receiving the cookie dough drier than anticipated. For all customers regardless of location, I highly recommend packing up the cookie dough in your own tupperware to maintain the moisture that keeps it gooey.

For a company that started back while I still attended college, I cannot believe that I only just discovered Edoughble. Perhaps I do not see them at enough local events, such as Renegade Craft Fair, Unique LA, or Artisanal LA? I sincerely hope that they consider obtaining a booth for more events in and around Los Angeles, as that would greatly increase the awareness of this company and product. If you want to taste the Edoughble difference, check them out on Facebook or Twitter, then visit their website (linked above) and order some for yourself!