Indulge in Spooky Local Treats This Season

From zombie cocktails to monster bonbons, it's all treats and no tricks here with these Halloween-themed goodies

From zombie cocktails to monster bonbons, it’s all treats and no tricks here with these Halloween-themed goodies

1. Coho Cofffee

From Panela Lemon, face your fears this Halloween with a vegan “spider” cookie at Coho Coffee. This delicious vanilla oatmeal recipe includes natural dehydrated apples and are stuffed with a creamy cinnamon spread, decorated with two “spiders” on each with chocolate quinoa gems and dark chocolate.
1370 East Georgia Street, Vancouver; Limited quantities available for walk-ins

2. Beaucoup Bakery

Get spooky this Halloween with sweet treats from Beaucoup Bakery like monster bonbons (box of six for $24). Three flavours include chewy pumpkin caramel with pecan praliné crunch, apple cider pâte de fruit with lime marshmallow, and chestnut with whiskey ganache; spooky canelé ($3.75) with spiced pumpkin custard and a crispy exterior and creamy interior; plus their ‘bone appetit’ croissant ($5.95), filled with a spiced pumpkin mascarpone cream, and topped with honeycomb pieces. 
2150 Fir Street, Vancouver; Pre-order online

3. Downlow Burgers

For one day only on October 31st, Downlow Burgers‘ popular Monster Mash makes a return. The Halloween dinner features a dry aged beef patty, boneless fried chicken thigh (spiced medium), slabs of crispy fried pork belly, house jalapeño ranch, Canadian cheddar, lettuce and tomato.
The American, 926 Main Street, Vancouver

4. Ladurée

Laduree’s limited edition Halloween gift box ($40) is the ultimate seasonal treat. Fill it with your choice of macaron flavours, from passionfruit, matcha, pistachio, salted caramel and chocolate.
1141 Robson Street, Vancouver; Also available at Holt Renfrew pop-up, with nationwide shipping; Details online

5. Glowbal

This Halloween head to Glowbal and try out a variety of themed cocktails, including the Zombie ($18), with Goslings black seal rum, absinthe, house-made falernum, pineapple juice, lime, pink grapefruit and grenadine; a Maple Roasted Pear Mule ($15), with Stoli vodka, maple roasted pear lime juice, maple syrup and fresh ginger beer; and a RIP Smoke Pick Me Up ($18), with Kahlua, espresso, spiced pumpkin foam, coffee bean and coffee smoke.
590 West Georgia St, Vancouver

6. Temper Chocolate and Pastry

Created by Temper owner and lead chef Steven Hodge and his talented team of pastry chefs, new seasonal creations include novelty tricks and treats as well as full-sized baked goods to enjoy with the whole family at home. The signature lineup includes a chocolate pumpkin ($35), a small hollow chocolate pumpkin available in milk or dark chocolate, airbrushed in bright orange with decorative edible foliage and filled with miniature chocolates; Halloween frictures (125 grams for $9), a bag filled with assorted bite-sized chocolates in spooktacular ghost, tombstone and skull shapes; and chocolate lollipops (small for $3.75, and large for $5.50), available in milk or dark chocolate.
2409 Marine Drive, West Vancouver

7. Kafka

Kafka pastry chef Adi Kesslemen is up to some sweet tricks this Halloween with treats that will leave you spellbound. The themed goodies include ‘Spooky Chocolate Cupcakes’ ($4.25), with a salted caramel centre, Swiss meringue buttercream frosting and decorated in Halloween colours; Halloween sugar cookies ($3.50), shaped and dressed up as bats, pumpkins and ghosts; and ‘Spider Web Alfajores’ ($3), featuring dulce de leche sandwiched between two melt-in-your-mouth cookies adorned with dark chocolate webs.
Various locations; Available October 25th to 31st

8. Viaggio Hospitality Group

From the Viaggio Hospitality Group, their ‘Boos and Booze’ Halloween cocktail features are sure to get you in the mood this season…

Ancora Ambleside lead bartender Katie Slacks has created a ‘Creature of the Night’ cocktail (available October 31st) that will look right back at you as you clink glasses this Halloween, and features Casamigos mescal, Cazadores tequila, plum liqeur, ginger honey syrup, lemon and pineapple star anise bitters. From their False Creek location, bartender Matt Spring’s ‘Vampire Kiss’ feature—also available October 31st—includes pisco, house-made Nikkei syrup, Angostura bitters, pumpkin pie essence and more to leave you feeling mesmerized. 

Toast the season with terrifying film-inspired cocktails at Cibo Trattoria and Uva this Halloween. The team have combined forces to pay homage to their personal favourite Halloween classics, which include ‘Georgie’s Nightmare’ and ‘The Carrie White’ (with nods to Stephen King classics It and Carrie respectively, and a ‘Bacon Bourbon Barber’ inspired by Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd (available October 24th to 31st).

9. Chez Christophe

Available in-store and online, Chez Christophe‘s Halloween collection features skull and ghost lollipops made of milk and dark chocolate, and two signature showstopper pieces: the ‘Mummy’, made from entirely 29 percent white chocolate, with a 63.6 percent dark chocolate base, and the ‘Jester’ made from 63.6 percent dark chocolate with a 29 percent white chocolate base. 
4717 Hastings Street, Burnaby and 1558 Johnston Road, White Rock 

10. Buttermere Patisserie

Created with fall and winter flavours in mind, the team at Buttermere Patisserie have put together a ‘Team Spooky’ Halloween gift box ($60), featuring a sesame sponge with cherry compote, sesame hazelnut praline and sesame mousse wicked witch, a caramelized apple, vanilla mousse, chestnut cream and buttercream bandage mummy biscuit, and more! Buttermere has also created two cakes designed after the popular Netflix series Squid Game ($65). Both unmistakably visual representations of the gripping series, the ‘Masked Cake’ is a sesame hazelnut praline cake that features shapes presented on the players’ invitations and the game guard masks, while the ‘Player’s Casket’ is a twisted take on a traditional tiramisu, directly displaying the eventual fate of all but one playerdeath.
636 Main Street, Vancouver

11. Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts

Treat yourself to some spooktacular goodies from PICA‘s Blue Hat Bakery and Cafe this Halloween and indulge in ‘Witchy Witches’, a chocolate, cherry cream puff and pistachio financier covered in pistachio butter cream, or ‘Ghostly Ghosts’, a dark noir chocolate cake covered with marzipan and Frankenstein cookie pops. 
1505 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver

12. The Bench

Sink your teeth into the sweetest Halloween cookies from The Bench this year. Their freshly baked sugar cookies in spooky ghost, bat and Jack-o’-lantern silhouettes are hand-decorated and ready to be devoured by goblins and ghouls, and eager trick-or-treaters of all ages.
$4.50 to $5.50; Pre-order online for pickup now through Sunday, October 31; 1641 Commercial Drive, Vancouver


13. Mon Paris Pâtisserie

Chocolate Jack-o’-Lantern’s fill the pastry case at Mon Paris this Halloween. Made exclusively with Cacao Barry chocolate and available for a limited time, their milk chocolate Jack-o’-lantern lollies are filled with spellbinding pumpkin spice caramel, and their charming Jack-o’-lantern statue enchanted with a howling wolf silhouette is complete with a sinfully good caramel truffle.
Order online, by phone at 604-564-5665 or in-person; 4396 Beresford St., Burnaby