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THE DISH: A spooktacular grand opening set for So-Cal Tamal

It's Halloween time and we're ready to snag some deals and special events before the witching hour strikes.

Promising all treats and no tricks is So-Cal Tamal and Churro Co., which will hold a grand opening today for its brick-and-mortar location on Pacheco Road.

The local business, whose food truck has made a name for itself in the southwest for its L.A.-style street food, has set down roots at this new spot with a drive-thru.

It will offer a free Hot Cheetos burrito (one per person) during the event. The menu also highlights its Tijuana dogs and tacos, la papa guapa (loaded baked potato) and specialty coffees in flavors such as mazapan, chocolate abuelita, horchata and caramel.

The event, running from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., also will have a car meet with trunk-or-treat and music courtesy of Hot 94.1.

So-Cal Tamal is located at 3401 Pacheco Road. Visit, or @socaltamal on Instagram for more information.

Applebee's Grill + Bar (9000 Ming Ave., Suite M): This is the last weekend to get $5 Spooky Sips  — "Dracula's Juice," a wildberry cocktail with Patron Silver margarita and Bacardi Superior daiquiri, or "Tipsy Zombie," with Bacardi Superior, passion fruit, pineapple, cherry, lime and a gummy brain, topped with melon liqueur. On Halloween, wing lovers can score a free order of 10 boneless wings with any purchase of $30, plus free delivery. That offer is valid only for online orders via to go or delivery through or the mobile app. 

Baskin-Robbins (multiple locations): Get $5 off any Halloween cake of $35 or more when you order through the Baskin-Robbins app.

Chili’s Grill & Bar (8950 Rosedale Highway and 5443 Gosford Road): The chain has its spooky $5 margarita of the month through this weekend. The Spider Bite ’Rita is made with a mix of Lunazul Blanco Tequila, Monin blood orange syrup, triple sec and fresh sour.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit (3505 Coffee Road): Kids enjoy a free kid’s meal on Sundays (including Halloween) with a minimum purchase of $10.

El Pollo Loco (multiple locations): For Dia de los Muertos on Monday, the chain is offering two personal-sized loaves of its festive and delicious pan de muerto bread with every familia dinner purchase. The Mexican sweet bread, traditionally prepared as part of the holiday's ofrendas (offerings), is flavored with orange blossom and anise, pairing well with El Pollo Loco signature fire-grilled chicken.

Eureka! (10520 Stockdale Highway): Heat up your holiday with limited-time-only items at the restaurant. Its scary hot fries — tossed in ghost pepper spice blend, then topped with cheddar and Jack cheeses, bacon, chipotle aioli and chives — and Chasing Ghosts cocktail — made with Del Maguey Mezcal, coconut milk, ghost pepper tincture, orgeat and lime — are only available through Tuesday.

Ike's Love & Sandwiches (9000 Ming Ave., Suite H4; 2701 Ming Ave., Suite F4): Children eat free with purchase of any regular sandwich on Halloween. They can enjoy a free kids sandwich with a choice of turkey, salami, grilled cheese, chicken strips, PB&J or vegan chick’n nuggets. All day long, guests can also come into Ike’s for a free lollipop.

Krispy Kreme (9410 Rosedale Highway): Wear your costume to the shop on Halloween to receive a free doughnut of your choice.

Marie Callender’s (3801 California Ave.): The chain's Fall Pie Sale wraps up this weekend offering made-from-scratch pies like pumpkin, apple, Kahlua cream cheese or pecan starting at just $9.99 plus tin.

Pieology Pizzeria: The chain wants guests to guess what their ghost mascot, Pie the Friendly Pizza Ghost, looks like so they're offering them a chance to draw out their ideas.Visit the “Kids Activities” page at to download the Pie coloring sheet. Share your creation on Instagram or by email at for a surprise offer and be entered to win a $100 Pieology gift card. The contest ends on Halloween.

Red Lobster (8180 Rosedale Highway): Take advantage of free delivery on to-go orders placed through on Halloween. 

Rubio's Coastal Grill (9200 Rosedale Highway): The Mexican fast-casual chain is offering Halloween Booritos for $6.99 all day. Any burrito, from the burrito especial with all natural chicken to the Puerto Nuevo burrito made with langostino lobster, is covered by the offer, which can be redeemed using the coupon at or code BOORITO when ordering on the Rubio's website or via its app.

Stefani Dias can be reached at 661-395-7488. Follow her on Twitter: @realstefanidias.

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