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Homemade Halloween treats, gin and tonics and tacos

How is it the end of October? I know we’re seasonally challenged in Los Angeles, but somehow Halloween is next week, and some of my friends have already started planning for Thanksgiving. If you’re looking for something to do with the kids — or by yourself — in addition to the trick-or-treating, Test Kitchen Director Noelle Carter has a story on making your own Halloween candy.

And if all this holiday talk has you a little anxious, you could forget it all, momentarily, and head to Whittier to eat some tacos. We have a new Tijuana-style spot to tell you about. And some places around town making noteworthy gin and tonics. Have a fantastic weekend, eat well and go Dodgers!

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HALLOWEEN CANDY

Homemade Halloween candy.
Homemade Halloween candy. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

Be a super extra parent and make your own Halloween candy this year. It’s easier than you might think, and it tastes better. Here’s how to make your own marshmallow ghosts, spooky gummies and candy corn.

WHITTIER TACOS

Tacos from Carlos’s Tijuana Tacos.
Tacos from Carlos’s Tijuana Tacos. (Maria Alejandra Cardona / Los Angeles Times)

Food writer Hadley Tomicki has the deets on a new taco vendor in Whittier called Carlos’s Tijuana Tacos. Father-son duo Carlos Marquez and Carlos De La Rosa Marquez, specialize in asada tacos and mulitas.

BOTTOMS UP

The Gin Tonic Classico from Otoño restaurant.
The Gin Tonic Classico from Otoño restaurant. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

Have you noticed all the gin and tonics on menus around town lately? Writer Ben Mesirow reports on the ones we should all be drinking now.

The patty melt at Cassell's.
The patty melt at Cassell's. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

Hadley also reports on this week’s restaurant news, with a new location of Cassell’s in downtown L.A., a new updated diner called Easy’s at Beverly Center, Joss Bites in Beverly Hills, a fried chicken delivery/pickup-only restaurant in Koreatown and more.

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Feedback? We’d love to hear from you. Email us at food@latimes.com.

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