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Halloween cocktails in Tacoma

Grab a few ghouls and have yourself a creepy crawl

Swizzle of the Damned at Tacoma Cabana. Damned tasty.

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While mini-ghouls and goblins fill the streets to panhandle door to door for sugary sweets (affectionately referred to as trick or treating), those without children will come out to play. What better reason to play a little dress up and imbibe in treats of the adult variety with tasty specialty cocktails? Many South Sound hot spots are still putting some heavy consideration into what poisons and potions will be the featured flavors for the night, while a few have figured out how they intend to deliver a spooktacular evening. Tread lightly, though, otherwise a sinister dawn may await you and leave you feeling like the walking dead.

Here are a few Halloween drinks to sip:

The Social Bar and Grill specializes in moody ambiance and craft cocktails and is featuring a Spiced Pumpkin Martini made up of Crop Spiced Pumpkin Vodka, Canton Ginger liqueur and a house-made clove syrup with a cinnamon stick garnish ($8). I'd say this one is good until Thanksgiving! [1715 Dock St., Tacoma]

The Social's sister store, Paesan Kitchen and Bar, had to deliver its "A" game to compete and concocted the Ginger & MaryAnne ($8). Starring Bulliet Rye, with house-made ginger liquor and Mad Hat Masala Chai with a luxardo cherry garnish, it's just beggin' the Gilligan crew to pop in looking for a good time. Those fighting off the chill in the fall air can sip a lemon or orange cello hot toddy ($8). [1701 Dock St., Tacoma]

The Tiki Gods should demand a human sacrifice on All Hallow's Eve, or at the very least strongly recommend a cocktail at Tacoma Cabana. Not even needing to concoct a clever Halloween cocktail, the Cabana already serves up a 1934 Zombie Punch ... mmmm brains. To celebrate the evening, owner and booze slinger Jason Alexander will add a Modern Zombie and the 1950 Zombie (all $13). The Shrunken Skull ($10) will include rum and pomegranate syrup, among other things, and the Swizzle of the Damned is damned tasty and dangerous, comprised of lemon, cherry heering, cinnamon syrup, and house Jamaican punch mix with 146-proof Trinidad dark rum and Lemon Hart 151 ($10). [728 Pacific Ave., Tacoma]

Dirty Oscar's is a nightlife staple and is always entertaining to the max. It's notorious for late-night shenanigans, and the moonshine and tall boys shall floweth over like never before to celebrate Halloween. Specialty cocktails are mostly undecided, but I'm told you can count on a throwback from the ‘90s with orange and grape Jell-O shots for sure. [2309 Sixth Ave., Tacoma]

The Office Bar and Grill is good, casual fun in the heart of packed Pac Ave, and though it has yet to decide on a specialty cocktail, it will have stellar priced and appropriately named for the evening New Castle Werewolf Red Ales for $2 on tap. [813 Pacific Ave., Tacoma]

The Swiss has not just one special Halloween-y drink, but several because they know how to party. Grab a The Bacardi Bat Bite, Breaking Dawn, Wolf, Blue Moon Howl or Oak-tober (all $5), climb up to the loft and make creepy noises above the drinkers. [1904 S. Jefferson Ave., Tacoma]

The Mix will be serving up some of its popular Malibu cocktails with a twist in its Mali-BOO Buckets. Malibu Black, traditional coconut, pineapple and mango will all be mixed with yummy sweet fruit juices for your Halloween fun. [635 Saint Helens Ave., Tacoma]

Bonus: Here the the ingredients to The Swiss's scary cocktails

Bacardi Bat Bite

3 parts Bacardi Superior

1 part chambord

2 parts cranberry juice

Mix together in a shaker with ice and strain into a shot glass

Breaking Dawn

2 part Bacardi Wolfberry

4 part OJ

1/2 part grenadine


1 1/2 part Wolfberry

2 1/2 part sweet and sour

Top with Sprite

Blue Moon Howl

Bottle of Blue Moon

1 part Wolfberry


Shot of Bacardi Oakheart

Top with Coke

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