Ghoulish Grub: Scary Portland Dishes to Try Before Halloween

Blood sausage pasta and toffee mealworm ice cream, anyone?

By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Vampires will rejoice in Montelupo's blood sausage tagliatelle

While there’s no shortage of pumpkin and pumpkin spice dishes this fall, some Halloween die-hards might be looking to eat something a little more ghoulish. Not only can you eat things that look like eyeballs, but you can also indulge yourself in straight-up blood sausage, chocolate-covered bugs, and bloody chamoy floats from Portland’s brand-new vegan paleteria. We’ve rounded up a few frightening but tasty picks.

Black and orange tagliatelle with blood sausage from Montelupo


We imagine vampires would approve of this handmade fresh pasta featuring inky-black slices of blood sausage enrobed in a sanguine bordelaise sauce and topped with fried sage. It’s available through the month of October. 344 NE 28th Ave

Spooky Float from Ice Queen


A timely reason to hurry to vegan paleteria Ice Queen’s brand-new storefront, which opened last week: the shop is offering spooky floats made with vegan vanilla soft serve, Jarritos, and blood-red locally made chamoy from Pica Drip. 2012 SE 11th Ave

Eye Scream Sundae from Cheese and Crack


Cheese and Crack’s notoriously decadent sundaes strike again for Halloween. Between layers of vanilla soft serve live layers of purple witch goo (pudding made with the increasingly popular ube), chocolate cookie dirt, raspberry blood sauce, and topped off with a chewy eyeball gumball. 22 SE 28th Ave

Creepy Crawly Critters ice cream from Salt and Straw

Various locations

This returning Salt and Straw October special features chocolate covered crickets and toffee mealworms from Don Bugito, a San Francisco-based self-described Prehispanic Snackeria that aims to promote the sustainable and nutritional benefits of eating insects. The bugs are suspended in a matcha ice cream base. Maybe they’re not so creepy crawly after all.