Five Sweet Picks for Halloween

Going to a party? Bring a gift box from Studio City's Big Sugar Bakeshop that includes mini-cupcakes, bars, fudge and candied pretzels. Available in two sizes: $25 and $50. 12182 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, 818-508-5855 ​Need a custom cake at a reasonable price point? Porto's Bakery in Burbank and Glendale has cakes of all sizes with spooky designs, such as skull, spider, graveyard […]

Going to a party? Bring a gift box from Studio City's Big Sugar Bakeshop that includes mini-cupcakes, bars, fudge and candied pretzels. Available in two sizes: $25 and $50. 12182 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, 818-508-5855

​Need a custom cake at a reasonable price point? Porto's Bakery in Burbank and Glendale has cakes of all sizes with spooky designs, such as skull, spider, graveyard and pumpkin themes available in favorite flavors including red velvet, Parisian, tres leches, pumpkin cheesecake and mango mousse. Prices start at $26.50 for a nine-inch cake. Order in advance or take your chances walking in. 3614 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, 818-846-9100; 315 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, 818-956-5996

Sidestep the cupcakes this Halloween and indulge in mini-pumpkin cheesecakes at Pacific Cheesecake Company, where individual three-inch cheesecakes are a specialty. An order of four is $13. If this flavor doesn't fit your fancy, there are nearly 100 other flavor variations available. Order 48 hours in advance. 4820 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Valley Village, 818-763-1488

Caramel-apple cake (apple cider cake with salted caramel buttercream) is only offered for a limited time from SusieCakes. Best to order in advance for Halloween. Free cake opportunity: Stop by on October 31 dressed up like a mini-Susie and be entered to win a nine-inch cake every month for a year! 23653 Calabasas Rd., Calabasas, 818-591-2223; 13029 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, 818-659-2253

Dia de los Muertos is best represented by Compañía de Café with this $49 platter filled with azulejo tile cookies, black cat cookies filled with housemade pumpkin ganache, La Catrina (Lady of the Dead) marshmallow lollipops, colorful sugar skulls and garabaldi cake. Order in advance. All items are available separately as well. Compete in the costume contest on October 31 beginning at 6 p.m. followed by a pumpkin carving contest—or bring in your pumpkin anytime before Friday. The celebration will continue all weekend long with face painting, pumpkin decorating, traditional altar adornment, lotería card games and trick-or-treating for children. (Read our article about the cafe here.) 110 N. Maclay Ave., San Fernando, 747-500-7102

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