Somehow during my lifetime, Hallowe'en, which used to be spelled with an apostrophe, has blown up from a second-tier children's holiday into one of the most celebrated festivals of the American year. Like Christmas, Hallowe'en is a whole season now, starting well before the official All Saints Day Eve the night before November 1 and going on through All Souls Day on November 2, celebrated as Dia de los Muertos.

However you look at the celebration or feel about having to put on a costume, you have to be glad that the annual menu has expanded beyond caramel apples, popcorn balls and Tootsie Pops. At least I am. And if you do love to dress up, going to these SLC events allows you get good use out of that zombie blood you purchased.

October 26-31
Tin Angel's Blackout Dinner has become a tradition: During one course, guests are blindfolded before they are served. Here's this year's menu:
First Course: Choice of tapa or soup
Second Choice: Blindfold
Third Course: Choice of jack o' lantern risotto with porcini crusted sea scallops and tomato buerre blanc or blackened wagyu NY steak with scarlet béarnaise and shallot noir
Fourth Course: Dessert of choice
Call 801 3284155 for reservations.

'Eat, Drink and Be Scary' is the invitation to Log Haven's annual Haunted Haven events, possibly the only local Hallowe'en celebration that comes with a resident ghost.
The Villains and Vixens Hallowe'en Ball takes place Monday and Tuesday October 30th October 29th & 30th. There will be music and dancing from 7:30-10pm, special prizes for most villainous and vixenish costumes–including prizes awarded for best individual theme costume, best couple costume, and most original costume–a cash bar, fiendish finger food, complimentary Tarot reading
Cost is $25.00 per person, all inclusive (tax & gratuity). The legendary silent film Nosferatu will be screened, too.

On Monday, October 29th, the Villain and Vixen Student Ball from 8-10 pm will feature snacks and demonic but non-alcholic drinks, dancing to a DJ.  Admission is $10.00 per person. Haunted Haven (regular dining with Halloween specials) available in the main dining area.

This is the 12th year that Rico Brand (and now Frida Bistro) has presented their Dia de Los Muertos Customer Appreciation Event
in Rico's Warehouse. All proceeds will benefit the Utah Food Bank.
Last year more than 800 people attended and the event raised more than $20,000 for the Utah Food Bank. This year they expect more than 1,000 guests on November 2, 6 p.m.-11 p.m. to the party with live music, a cash bar, a mercadito with cool Day of the Dead stuff and a taste of Rico's Mexican cuisine. Plus special kids' activities.
For admission, children bring 10 cans of food or $10; adults bring 15 cans of food or $15. Questions? Call  801.433.9923.
(And if you love the paper mache Frida skull above, it was made by local artist Veronica Perez)