Alameda: Halloween at Forbidden Island

Voodoo Priestess at Forbidden Island, photo by Liz Hafalia for SF Chronicle
Voodoo Priestess at Forbidden Island,
photo by Liz Hafalia for SF Chronicle

Tuesday night, Forbidden Island is hosting a Halloween party, complete with costume contest, in Alameda (just east of San Francisco). The Jab will be DJing — he’s sure to bring out some obscure and danceable records. We’ll be there — I put the finishing touches on my costume on Saturday, it’s the first time I’ve put effort into a Halloween costume in years, and it feels good. I guess I’ve had so many opportunities to wear costumes over the past few years that Halloween has felt skippable, but I’m really happy to be throwing myself into it again.

The current drink specials at Forbidden Island are Halloween-themed, with each drink special being the concoction of a different member of the FI staff. This month’s standout has to be Thayer’s Voodoo Priestess — the drink calls for spiced Voodoo Rum, and “voodoo spices” (hint: in a pinch, pumpkin pie spice mix does the trick). In an ingenious touch, the drink is rimmed with red brick powder (or, sugar), to keep out uninvited spirits. Thayer put a lot of effort into creating this drink and it shows — and even the San Francisco Chronicle has noticed. They wrote up the Voodoo Priestess in today’s issue. Congratulations, Thayer!

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