Holding your Halloween bag or bucket up at a front door while hoping for a couple of candy bars or lollipops?
It's the charming way of things come the last evening of October, each and every year. And while trick-or-treaters count on an array of sweets and suckers, they're not planning on seeing a scoop of ice cream inside their candy bag come the end of the night.
Because ice cream? It melts. It's gooey. And it's get-everywhere-y, too. But that shouldn't preclude the popular confection from having a role in the Halloween food fun, even if you probably shouldn't give it out, to costumed visitors, at your front door.
What to do, where to go and what to see
Enter Salt & Straw, the Portland-started, now-around-SoCal ice creamery that is always in the seasonal swing of edible things. The artisanal scoop shop now has a chilling 'n chilly line-up of flavors on, and you can find your freaky treat right through the end of October.
On the monstrous menu? Creepy Crawly Critters, a "grass-green" matcha that includes critters often found in grass: mealworms and crickets. They're real, though in this scoop they come enrobed in chocolate and toffee.
Dracula's Blood Pudding does, spoiler alert, include actual blood pudding, as well as a "heady combination of warm spices."
And The Great Candycopia, Essence of Ghost, and Freckle & Hyde Potion fill out the remainder of the eerie goodies, with each flavor offering something spooky or surprising, in terms of what you typically find in ice cream.
There's no need to hand out scoops at the front door, nor to expect it in your candy bucket; but if you saunter by the Salt & Straw locations on Larchmont, Abbot Kinney, Santa Monica, and Ventura Boulevards, as well as the shop in the Arts District, you'll find an icy and eeky expression of a holiday not known for its colder treats.