Pumpkin spice macaron at Olivia Macaron
This mini-treat packs plenty of sweet spice, but thankfully not a ton of calories — each macaron is only 80 calories, and gluten-free, to boot. Sandwiched between the pillow-soft pastry is a creamy pumpkin filling bursting with cinnamon spice and nutmeg. And the macaron’s bright pumpkin-orange hue also evokes a cheerful fall spirit. The pumpkin spice macaron tastes feather light while also not skimping on flavor. $2.97. 3270 M St. NW; 1961 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean
; 7101 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. oliviamacaron.com.
Pumpkin cinnamon milkshake at Toby's Homemade Ice Cream
Toby Bantug says that the seasonal pumpkin flavored ice cream isn’t quite the home run hit compared with the other flavors at the Westover ice cream shop that bears his name. But it should be — the silky ice cream is still satisfying as fall’s chillier temperatures kick in. When blended together with the store’s cinnamon ice cream, a magical milkshake is made. The finished product tastes like a hulking slice of Thanksgiving pumpkin pie — it’s not as sweet, but just as comforting. Top it off with a dab of whipped cream, and you’ve got yourself a dreamy, creamy dessert. $4.77 for a regular, $5.68 for a large. 5849 Washington Blvd., Arlington. tobysicecream.com.
The Great Pumpkin at Baked and Wired
Baked and Wired serves up some of the best and most inventive desserts in town, especially once fall arrives. Its seasonal offering, the Great Pumpkin, doubles down on toasty fall flavoring: The hearty pumpkin cupcake is topped with a rich pumpkin spice cream cheese frosting, a sprinkling of cinnamon and toasted pumpkin seeds. It’s also big enough to split with a friend — but you’re probably going to want to eat the delectable dessert yourself. If you’re hankering for more pumpkin treats, Baked and Wired also offers pumpkin whoopee pies for $3.75 a pop. $4.10. 1052 Thomas Jefferson St. NW. bakedandwired.com.
Pumpkin spice latte
crème brûlée doughnut at District Doughnut
Biting into District Doughnut’s playful take on a pumpkin spice latte unleashes a menagerie of flavors. The pumpkin-based dough and crunchy caramelized sugar are intense enough on their own. But the real kicker is when you get to the center, which reveals a spicy yet sweet pumpkin pie filling. Besides selling its pumpkin spice latte crème brûlée, District Doughnut offers other seasonal treats such as the pumpkin glazed and sweet potato pie, which is made with pumpkin dough, stuffed with sweet potato pie filling and topped with marshmallow glaze. $3.85. 749 Eighth St. SE; 3327 Cady’s Alley NW; 5 Market Sq. SW; 1309 Fifth St NE; 4238 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. districtdoughnut.com.
This is Halloween at Beetle House DC
After opening locations in New York and Los Angeles, Beetle House has made its way to D.C. as what promises to be the city’s only year-round Halloween bar. The first level is reserved for dinner, but if you want just drinks, make your way to the second floor. Stroll inside the dimly lit interior — past the coffin and wall of decorative human skulls — and order This is Halloween. Beneath the thin layer of dry ice fog is a festive cocktail made with pumpkin liqueur and Fireball Cinnamon Whisky, which is given an extra sweet kick with apple cider and sour apple. The apple flavor keeps the Fireball from overpowering the drink, while not being too cloying. And though it doesn’t quite have the zesty pumpkin taste of the other spiced treats on this list, it’s still an honorable take on a storied seasonal flavor. $14. 816 H St. NE. beetlehousenyc.com.