By Matt Mueller Culture Editor Published Sep 15, 2022 at 4:31 PM

Spooky season is upon us – and already we've got a scarily good Halloween pop-up bar concept thanks to Lost Whale, which will turn into a "What We Do in the Shadows"-inspired hangout next month.

From Oct. 28 to 30, the Bay View bar will transform into Nadja's, Staten Island's hottest nightclub for Nandor, Laszlo and the rest of the day-fearing vampires on FX's acclaimed comedy. 

"We'd been flirting with maybe 'Stranger Things,' and in the past we've done some 'Nightmare Before Christmas' stuff, but then it just kind of struck us: What better than 'What We Do in the Shadows,'" said Tripper Duval, Lost Whale co-owner as well as a major fan of both the TV show and the 2015 movie that inspired it.

"Even before we were going to do the pop-up, it's one of those shows that Dan (Beres, co-owner) and I are just yelling quotes back and forth to each other all the time. So for us, it's just strictly fun. We've always done things that, if we have to be in our bar at all hours of the day, we might as well do stuff that we want. Hopefully there's other people who will identify with it."

Come Halloween weekend, the Nadja's-themed pop-up will be all decked out in its "What We Do in the Shadows" finest, along with several new themed specialty cocktails – such as a take on "Throat Juice" – bringing fresh blood to the Lost Whale's drink menu. The Transylvanian transformation will come with some other fun vampire-themed festivities and excitement as well, Duval teased. 

"We've got some blood sprinklers being worked on – but they tend to get clogged so who knows what's going to happen," Duval joked. 

Stay tuned to OnMilwaukee for a first tour through Nadja's when the Lost Whale's new look debuts next month. And for those hoping to catch up on "What We Do in the Shadows" before Halloween hits, you can currrently stream the show on Hulu. 

Matt Mueller Culture Editor

As much as it is a gigantic cliché to say that one has always had a passion for film, Matt Mueller has always had a passion for film. Whether it was bringing in the latest movie reviews for his first grade show-and-tell or writing film reviews for the St. Norbert College Times as a high school student, Matt is way too obsessed with movies for his own good.

When he's not writing about the latest blockbuster or talking much too glowingly about "Piranha 3D," Matt can probably be found watching literally any sport (minus cricket) or working at - get this - a local movie theater. Or watching a movie. Yeah, he's probably watching a movie.