Hash Over: First Annual CFS Day and Halloween Parties

Dust off those costumes and break out the fun-size candy, Halloween is just days away. We have plenty of spooktacular food events to tell you about, but first let's talk about another holiday that's happening this week.

We love us some good chicken-fried steak, and we've been waiting for someone to celebrate this fried gift from the gods. Thankfully, Norma's Café understands our love of CFS and is hosting the First Annual Chicken-Fried Steak Day on Tuesday, October 26. Stop by the Oak Cliff location (1123 West Davis St.) or the North Dallas location (17721 North Dallas Parkway) to feast on a Texas favorite. Don't forget to vote for your favorite waitress as one will be crowned Miss Chicken-Fried Steak tomorrow. Had we known there was a competition, we'd be waiting tables right now.

Also going on this week...

We have some Halloween events to tell you about that are all treat and no trick, plus a Dia de Los Muertos party that will make your weekend come alive. (We promise that will be the last wordplay.) Kick off your week by grabbing the kiddos and heading to Uncle Julio's for Halloween fiesta. All locations are offering a weeklong special featuring orange margaritas and free meals for kids in costumes. On Sunday, the restaurants will host a costume contest for kids, and your little Superman has a chance of winning a $100 gift card.

Are you the type who starts hanging plastic skeletons and bats on your home before October rolls around? Can you start decorating our house? Well, if you're like us, then you still need to make your home look festive. Tonight at 7 p.m., The Libertine Bar (2101 Greenville Ave.) will hold its 4th Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest. They'll give you the pumpkin and the knives, but it's up to you to make a masterpiece worthy of a comped bar tab. First place gets a $100 bar tab, and the second and third place winners will also enjoy free drinks. Ah, the sweet taste of victory, and you get a nice decoration for your porch.

Of course you can't commemorate Halloween appropriately without a little alcohol. That's why we have some unique drink specials to make you less self-conscious in that Snooki costume. From Friday, October 29, to Sunday, October 31, the Plano Blue Goose Cantina (4757 W. Park Blvd.) will offer some ghoulish drink concoctions and fruity Jell-O shots. Imbibe cocktails like the Alien Secretion (vodka, melon liqueur, amaretto and pineapple juice) and the Open Grave (Baileys, Rumplemintz, and Jager). Cocktails are $3 and Jell-O shots are $2, so you can afford to buy an extra bag of candy for those darn trick or treaters.

You probably have things to do and people to see this weekend, but don't let that stop you from enjoying the Dia de Muertos festivities. Well, if you need to do some grocery shopping and want to sample some sangria, head to Whole Foods Lakewood (2118 Abrams Road) on Saturday, October 30, from 7 to 9 p.m., for the Day of the Dead Sangria Bar. Sip on six different blends of sangria and listen to music from a mariachi band. It'll be the most relaxing trip to the grocery store you've had in years.

On Sunday, put a bowl of candy by the front door and get out of the house to celebrate in style. You'll thank us when you avoid that kid who's had too much sugar. RA Sushi (7501 Lone Star Drive) is hosting Boo Bash, complete with drink and food specials, plus music by DJ rob.M. Specialty cocktails are all priced below $6, and select sushi rolls and appetizers are half-priced. Make sure to visit the fortune teller early in the evening to see if you have a chance of winning the costume contest and a $100 RA Sushi gift certificate.

Considering all the events you'll be attending, we wish you a happy and safe Halloween. Don't forget to sign up for Hot Off the Grill, our food newsletter, to discover more food events happening this week. It's a treat that's delivered to your inbox every Tuesday.

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