Food Fright

As culinary holidays, Halloween and D�de los Muertos don't often get their fair due. In the shadow of the feast-centric Thanksgiving, they're usually treated with no more than some black-and-orange candy and apple cider. A real shame, considering the fun culinary opportunities the spooky holidays could offer an open-minded chef. This year, a few restaurants are recognizing the haunted weekend's gastronomic prospects with some properly ghastly feasts. OCT. 31 Who says world-class restaurants must be stodgy? The Herbfarm buries that awful old stereotype once and for all with a Halloween theme dinner for the discriminating zombie palate. "Trumpet of Death Mushrooms," "CaCoffiny of Vegetables," and "Sturgeon Mummy" are but a few of the aptly named selections put together by chef Jerry Traunfeld; all you need to do is dress up (in a costume, that is) and chow down. Market Priced. 7 p.m. 14590 N.E. 145th St., 425-485-5300. WOODINVILLE OCT. 31-NOV. 1 The folks at Bandoleone will prepare their version of traditional Mexican Día de los Muertos foods. Look for a squash-based appetizer ($5.50) such as pumpkin soup; stuffed poblano peppers ($7.50); and baked sugar bread ($4-$6), a traditional offering to the dead to sweeten the annual path back to the living world. 5:30-10 p.m. 2241 Eastlake Ave. E., 206-329-7559. EASTLAKE NOV. 1 Pan-Latino powerhouse Gitano does its thing with Día de los Muertos, offering a $45 six-course prix fixe along with live music and a variety of "fun parting gifts." The devilish menu will include pork tamales, seafood posole, beef enchiladas, and chicken in a pumpkin-sesame sauce. $45. 5:30-8:30 p.m. 2805 E. Madison St., 206-709-8324. MADISON VALLEY

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