Zombie Brains. Blood Sucker. Purple People Eater. Yup, it's time for bars to start scaring up Halloween-themed cocktails, and the lounges at St. Charles' Pheasant Run Resort are serving spooky sippers through Oct. 31. The Scarecrow, for example, is made with Sauza Gold Tequila, Cointreau, cinnamon syrup and wedges of lemon and orange. The scarier-sounding Zombie Brains get flavor -- and a brain-like look -- from Peachtree peach schnapps, Bailey's, Jagermeister and grenadine. Pheasant Run Resort is at 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles, (630) 584-6300, pheasantrun.com.
More creepy cocktails
Bartenders at Tuscany Restaurants in Wheeling and Oak Brook are also mixing it up this Halloween season. Throughout October, the restaurants are showcasing seasonal cocktails for $10 each. Options include the Dark and Stormy, the Apple Cider Moscow Mule and the Devil's Margarita, which draws color from red wine added to tequila blanco, lime juice and simple syrup. Tuscany is at 550 S. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling, (847) 465-9988, and 1415 22nd St., Oak Brook, (630) 990-1993. tuscanychicago.com.
Punt, pass and pizza
The Bears' season isn't off to the most promising start, but watching the game at Tap In Pub & Carvery is a clear win. The bar puts out a buffet at halftime that includes rotating selections like hot dogs, specialty pizzas and meatball subs. It's free with the purchase of a beverage. While you graze, you can watch the game on the pub's 15 HD TVs. Tap In Pub & Carvery is at 2155 CityGate Lane, Naperville, (331) 457-5798 or tapinpub.com.
Step up to the mic
Ever dreamed of your moment in the spotlight? Here's your chance. Thursday is open mic night at Geneva's Flagstone: Crafts & Cocktails. Belt out that power ballad or rock out to your own material starting at 8 p.m. Who knows? It might be the first step toward stardom. Flagstone: Crafts & Cocktails is at 101 W. State St., Geneva, (630) 232-7238 or flagstonecrafts.com.