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Haunting Halloween bashes and other food and drink events

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Thursday25
Cigars & Stripes ushers in Halloween in fittingly freaky fashion with its fourth annual Freaktoberfest beer tasting. The spooky celebration is hosted by Happy the Human Pincushion, with brews from Coney Island, Three Floyds, Revolution, and more, all under a heated tent. 6 PM, Cigars & Stripes, 6715 Ogden, Berwyn, $30 for 18 beer tickets, $17 for nine, $8 no beer.

Saturday27
Two Brothers Tap House Brewery offers two free guided tours of Illinois's largest craft brewery. The 45-minute tour includes three samples of Two Brothers beer or soda. The brewery also contains a full-service restaurant for those who want to dine before or after the tour. 1 PM or 2:30 PM, Two Brothers Tap House, 30W315 Calumet, Warrenville.

The 2012 Chicago Cooking Expo provides 45,000 square feet of cooking culture to the curious epicurean. Local chefs from Le Cordon Bleu, College of Culinary Arts Chicago, Cooking Skills Academy, Momma Cuisine, ManBQue, and more are on hand to mingle with attendees and judge the CCE Culinary Challenge, a competition between Le Cordon Bleu students. Food trucks will also be present, including Falafel Brothers, Fire It Up, and Soup in the Loop. For adventurous eaters, there's also a mysterious Bizarre Food Eating Competition. Sat-Sun 10 AM-5 PM, Arlington Park Racetrack, 2200 W. Euclid, Arlington Heights, $25, $20 in advance, kids 15 and under free.

O'Donovan's Pub and Restaurant throws a Halloween Monster Mash Bash for the ghoulish gourmand. An optional party package includes unlimited beer, wine, and well drinks along with themed treats; specially priced Halloween-inspired drinks, served a la carte, include Rum Chata, Bacon and Bourbon, and pumpkin pie martinis. Becostumed attendees can compete for best dressed, and a DJ spins scary tunes all night. An all-you-can-eat "hangover brunch" follows the festivities Sunday morning from 10 AM-2 PM ($13.95, $6.95 for kids under 11). 8 PM-1 AM, O'Donovan's, 2100 W. Irving Park, $40.

Sunday28
Quartino Ristorante invites all aspiring pumpkin-carving artists to its fourth annual Pumpkin Carving Festival. Free snacks including homemade candy apples and candy corn are available for all, and pumpkins for carving, stencils, and safety gloves are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Costumes are encouraged. Noon-5 PM, Quartino Ristorante, 626 N. State.

Monday29
Spacca Napoli Pizzeria hosts a night of Italian food, music, and art as the restaurant unveils its new outdoor mosaic, inspired by the ancient fresco Primavera di Stabiae. Domenica Mazzella discusses Pompeii and the food of the ancient Romans. The menu features Pecorino sandwiches with peppery dipping wine, marinated zucchini, aged Pecorino with honey, pork chops, stewed asparagus, and more. Tickets available here. 6:30 PM, Spacca Napoli Pizzeria, 1769 W. Sunnyside, $100.

The host of Fear No Art, Elysabeth Alfano, invites three local creative types and a chef to a filmed dinner party, where conversation flows over food, wine, and chocolate. Impromptu performances, appetizer and entree tastings from Browntrout, wine pairings from Vin Divino, and chocolate samplings from Vosges are some highlights. Buy tickets here. 7 PM, Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse, $25.

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