Free Halloween Under the Stars at III Forks Steakhouse 10.31

Complimentary Hors d’ Oeuvres and Costume Contest

Monday, October 31

5-7 p.m. Complimentary Hors d’ Oeuvres
5-11 p.m. Halloween Celebration

No cost to attend

Newly opened III Forks Steakhouse will host a Halloween party on Monday, October 31 from 5 to 11 p.m. Ghoulish guests are invited to come dressed to impress, as a costume contest will take place on the heated rooftop lounge. Dinner for two at III Forks will be awarded to the best female, male and couples costume. This fun-filled evening will feature complimentary hors d’oeuvres from 5-7 p.m. and the bar will offer a bevy of cocktails perfect for sipping by the fire on all hallows’ eve.

III Forks
333 East Benton Place
Chicago, Il 60601

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Pumpkin Carving Contest 10.21

Where: Timothy O’Toole’s Pub Chicago
622 N. Fairbanks Court
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 642-0700

When: Friday, October 21
7 p.m.

Timothy O’Toole’s Pub in Streeterville will kick-off the Halloween holiday with their sixth annual pumpkin carving contest on Friday, October 21. Beginning at 7 p.m., competing carvers may enjoy $10 pitchers of Miller Lite and $4.50 Absolut cocktails while preparing their ghostly gourd.  O’Toole’s will provide the pumpkins and carving materials, while carvers simply come with creative ideas. Prizes (and bragging rights) will be awarded to the top pumpkin creators. This event is free to attend.


Karaoke Costume Party 10.29

Where: Timothy O’Toole’s Pub Chicago
622 N. Fairbanks Court
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 642-0700

When: Saturday, October 29
10 p.m. to 3 a.m.

On Saturday, October 29, Timothy O’Toole’s will hold their annual Halloween Karaoke Costume Party, complete with a $200 cash prize for the best dressed guest (judging takes place at midnight). In addition to checking out all the costumes, guests are encouraged to select a song and grab the mic for the karaoke party that starts at 10 p.m. Saturday’s drink specials include $4 Miller Lite and Coors Light stadium cups. This event is free to attend.

Halloween Party at Cactus for Greater Chicago Food Depository 10.28

Where: Cactus Bar and Grill
404 South Wells
Chicago, Illinois 60607

Halloween Celebration for Charity at Cactus Bar and Grill!  Donations Collected Benefit Greater Chicago Food Depository


When: Friday, October 28
11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Free to attend – donations of canned goods encouraged!

The spirit of Halloween (and the spirit of giving) will take over the Financial District on Friday, October 28. Cactus Bar and Grill will hold an all-day celebration from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. that benefits The Greater Chicago Food Depository.

Before Halloween was associated with candies and costumes, people once gave food to the poor on behalf of dead souls on Halloween. Cactus Bar and Grill will combine that old tradition with today’s way of feting the holiday – killer drink specials, spooktacular costumes, raffles, giveaways and to-die-for dishes.Drink specials for the night include $2 jello shots in festive flavors (candy apple, candy cider, orange and black liquorish) and $4 Blue Moon Winter Ale pints. Costumes are encouraged, as the Cactus Bar and Grill staff will be dressed to the nines.

Guests who bring in a canned good for The Greater Chicago Food Depository will receive a complimentary appetizer (menu listed below). Cash donations (purchase a paper pumpkin with your name on it) will also be accepted.

The Greater Chicago Food Depository, Chicago’s food bank, is a nonprofit food distribution and training center providing food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community. The Food Depository distributes donated and purchased food through a network of 650 pantries, soup kitchens and shelters to 678,000 adults and children in Cook County every year.

Appetizer Menu

Free with Canned Good Donation

Salsa & Chips

Hot or mild, tortilla chips

Artichoke Jalapeno Dip

Tortilla chips

Cheese Quesadilla

Monterey jack and cheddar cheeses, pico de gallo and salsa

Cheeseburger Sliders

Order of three with lettuce, tomato and American cheese

Death Valley Wings

Your choice of bbq, spicy bbq, sweet thai chili, garlic honey mustard, chipotle lime garlic, mild, hot, or insane sauces with ranch or blue cheese dressing

Day of the Dead Dining at Zocalo10.28-11.2

Where: ZOCALO Restaurant and Tequila Bar
358 W. Ontario
Chicago, IL 60610
www.zocalochicago. com

When: Friday, October 28 through Tuesday, November 2

“Dia de Los Muertos” Menu

Day of the Dead Dining at Zocalo Restaurant and Tequila Bar

Mexico’s Day of the Dead (“Dia de Los Muertos”) celebration is a popular and fascinating cultural holiday. People who have passed on are honored, remembered and prayed for by friends and relatives. The celebration, which traditionally takes place November 1 and 2, is more festive than somber, as many believe that during these two days the souls of the deceased return to visit their living relatives to eat, drink and be merry – as if they were living. Traditionally, families gather around the “ofrenda” or altar dedicated to the deceased, which is decorated with sugar skulls, candles, and a display of their favorite foods and drinks. In some parts of Mexico, families gather outside the home at the grave sites of their loved ones.

Zocalo Restaurant and Tequila Bar will offer a special “Dia de Los Muertos” menu featuring Oaxacan cuisine, from Friday, October 28 to Tuesday, November 2. The special menu is outlined below. The full regular dinner menu will also be offered. Dinner is served Sunday-Thursday from 5-10 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 5 p.m.-midnight.

“Dia de Los Muertos” Menu at Zocalo
Offered During Dinner Service October 28 – November 2

Antojito / Appetizer

Ceviche con Pasilla de Oaxaca $9
Seared scallops tossed in a citrus-pasilla dressing with orange segments, red onion and cilantro; served with malanga and plantain chips

Platoes Fuertes / Main Course

Mole Negro $18

Braised beef short ribs in a rich, flavorful black mole prepared in the traditional style of Oaxaca; served with a caramelized sweet potato puree and seasonal roasted vegetables

Pescado en Mole Verde Oaxaqueño $20
Pan seared halibut in green Oaxacan mole served with a fava bean puree, sautéed baby carrots and asparagus

Quesadillas de Flor de Calabaza $17
Zucchini blossom quesadillas served with garlicky white rice and fresh cactus salad

Postre / Dessert

Flan de Calabaza $6
Pumpkin flan infused with autumn spices and garnished with cinnamon whipped topping and candied pumpkin seeds

Photos: Halloween Decor Inspiration

(photo: HGTV)

Halloween time is here! As Poor Girl’s favorite season, we’re gearing up for a month chocked-full of (Poor Girl friendly) decor inspiration, DIY projects and Halloween party tips!

To kick-off the 2011 season, take a look at these table settings and decoration ideas from HGTV.


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