You can't always sip a cocktail with a safe-to-eat severed "finger" in it, a hot chocolate with a spooky "eyeball" floating atop the cup, or a cocktail served in a fresh pumpkin. But this time of year, anything is possible.
Here are three ways to get in the Halloween spirit that don't involve dressing up or trick-or-treating:
Spooky hot chocolate at Lindenhurst Diner (195 E. Montauk Hwy., Lindenhurst): What’s a cup of hot chocolate nowadays if it isn’t spiked or topped with some sort of confection? At this nearly 70-year-old diner, customers can, for the first time, order a 16-ounce cup of the chocolaty drink that’s served with a white chocolate powder- and marshmallow-filled white chocolate “bomb” that’s decorated as an eyeball. The glass is rimmed with icing and Halloween-colored sprinkles; it's then topped with candy corn, M&Ms, whipped cream, caramel and chocolate sauces. Available for $5.25 through Thanksgiving; dine-in only. More info: 631-991-8600; lindenhurstdiner.com
“Pumpkin pie cocktail” at Montauk Distilling Co. (24 E. 2nd St., Riverhead): Two servings of spiced rum, vodka, pumpkin puree and pumpkin creamer are poured into a medium-sized pumpkin and served as the “pumpkin pie cocktail” ($15) for the duration of the month at this distillery. The pumpkin base comes from 1760 Homestead Farm in Riverhead, and is topped with whipped cream, a dusting of cinnamon, graham cracker crumbs and sprinkles. More info: 631-727-6326; montaukdistillingco.com
“The Uber to Crystal Lake” at Bar Grazie (5074 Sunrise Hwy., Massapequa Park): For $39, up to four people can have themselves a rum-based cocktail with edible floating "body parts." “The Uber to Crystal Lake” features white rum, melon liqueur, 7-Up, pineapple and fresh lime juices with gummy brains, fingers, eyeballs and bones. Dry ice is added for a smokey effect. The drink is comes in an oversized glass with “poison flasks" for individual sipping. Available Friday and Saturday nights through October. More info: 516-799-5200; bargrazie.com