Pumpkin Carving Happy Hour

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Editorial Review

You may think that mixing happy hour drink specials and sharp objects would be a recipe for disaster. At the Helix Lounge, though, it's a Halloween tradition. The annual pumpkin carving contest always brings out the creative types, and why not? First prize is a weekend stay at Helix, while the "Spookiest Design" wins $50. Here's how it works: Show up at the Lounge's patio to pick out one of the 30 pumpkins -- this is first come, first served -- and carving tools. The innards are already scooped out, which means you can spend more time working on your design. Work must be finished by 8, with judging beginning shortly afterward. If you're not planning on participating -- or taking the event too seriously -- Helix is extending its half-price burgers-and-beers happy hour until 8 p.m.

-- Fritz Hahn