Gruesome But Delicious – Kiddie and Adult, Halloween Cocktail Ideas


Here’s a gruesome twosome of festive Halloween drinks – one spirited and one not – plus presentation ideas that will have your party guests squealing in delighted surprise.

Ghoul Aid Punch
Perhaps the best part of this recipe for kids is the face of ice floating in it!

What you need: For the face, gather a Halloween mask, duct tape and plastic wrap. The punch starts with syrup of ½ cup sugar, zest of an orange, 6 cloves and a cinnamon stick, which you combine with a quart of cranberry juice, 25.4 oz. bottle of sparkling cider and a liter of club soda.

What to do: Seal the eyes and any other holes in the mask with duct tape. Line the inside with plastic wrap, add water and freeze it overnight.

Cook the syrup by combining ½ cup water with the sugar in a saucepan. Add orange zest, cloves and cinnamon stick. Stir to help the sugar dissolve while heating; at a boil, remove it from the heat and let cool at least five minutes. Strain out the solids and chill the syrup thoroughly.

For presentation, combine syrup, cranberry juice, cider and club soda in a punch bowl. Release the ice from the mask and gently float it face up in the punch.

Black Cauldron
We’ve unearthed a frightfully indulgent ice cream-and-coffee cocktail for you. Halloween only comes once a year, right?

What you need: It will take 2 cups vanilla ice cream, ¼ cup vodka, ¼ cup brewed espresso, and 24 ounces (usually 2 bottles) of an oatmeal stout to conjure up 4 of these delicious drinks.

What to do: Place ½ cup ice cream in each of 4 tall glasses or float mug favors. Add 1 tablespoon of the vodka and espresso to each glass, and finish by carefully pouring 6 ounces of stout over each top.

Speaking of Cauldrons
Create a “mist” to rise from your Halloween punch with dry ice.

For this effect, you’ll need two punch bowls, one larger than the other. Nest the smaller bowl into the larger one, mix your punch ingredients in the smaller, and add dry ice to the larger.

Dry ice can cause burns and other damage. Understand and follow safety recommendations for its use.

Eeek! There’s a Spider in My Martini
We adore using herbs in adult cocktails so were thrilled to come across this cute idea for marrying a rosemary martini (like this one from Martha Stewart) to a spider made of an olive.

Take any olive and use a toothpick to poke 4 holes on either side of it, then stick rosemary leaves into each of the 8 holes as legs. Use another rosemary leaf as a pick to attach a caper to the end of the olive as the head. That’s it!

In addition to swimming in martini glasses, the critters can populate appetizer trays or an antipasto platter.

Creepy Credit Goes To…
We couldn’t have brought these ideas to you without the Halloween collection at MyRecipes.com and supplies from Cocktail Accessories and Catering Supplies.

Quick and Easy Halloween Party Foods


We’ve gathered quick and easy Halloween party recipes that cover all major Halloween food categories: savory, spicy, spooky and sweet!

For Kids: Mummy Dogs
This recipe, adapted from one we found at Holidays Central, is a humorous cousin to pigs-in-a-blanket. Kids might help assemble them, too! Serve them up on Boo Crew or other cheerful Halloween themed tableware, and provide drinks in one of our chillin’ Witch Cauldron inflatable coolers.

What you need: An 8-ounce can of crescent roll dough, 10 hot dogs, ketchup and mustard.

What to do: Preheat the oven to 375°F. Unroll the dough into its four predefined rectangles and seal perforations. Cut each rectangle into 10 strips. Wrap each dog with four strips Ace bandage style, only messier. Leave gaps in the “bandages” near one end of each dog as a “face.” Bake about 15 minutes until they are golden brown and the dogs heated through. When cooled a little, place dots of mustard on each “face” as eyes. Serve with mustard and ketchup.

For Grownups: Bleeding Heart Brie
Despite the name, this twist on the classic Brie en croute is visually appealing, and you’ll love how Taste of Home found a simple yet clever way to play sweetness against the salty Brie.

What you need: An 8-ounce can of crescent roll dough, an 8-ounce round of Brie cheese, 1/3 cup cherry preserves, a lightly beaten egg, and assorted crackers for serving.

What to Do: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a baking sheet. Divide the dough into two squares and seal the perforations. Cut the corners off the squares to get two circles, setting aside the scraps for something else.

Assemble by placing one circle on the baking sheet, centering the Brie on it and topping the cheese with the preserves. Bring the edges of the dough up and around the sides of the cheese. Cover with the remaining dough circle and press to seal the edges.

Brush the pastry all over with the egg and bake for 20-30 minutes until nicely browned. Cool for five minutes before serving.

You’ll love how it looks, so present this party food prominently on an appetizer table gussied up ghoulishly with one of our Halloween centerpieces.

For Everyone: Bat Wings and Swamp Dip
Chicken wings become bat wings just because we say so. Behold the power of Halloween!

We like that these wings are flavorful and spicy without a lot of heat, so most party-goers can enjoy them.

What you need: Four pounds of chicken wings, 2 minced garlic cloves, ½ cup soy sauce, 1 teaspoon 5-spice powder, ½ teaspoon ground ginger, and ¼ teaspoon ground red pepper (optional). For the dip, mix a pint of sour cream with a couple tablespoons of stone ground mustard.

What to do: Let Evette Rios show you the ropes on the wings!

Easy Halloween Sweets
What you need: Halloween lollipops and candy bars in designs that are fun to personalize and present.
What to do: Visit Halloween Favors ASAP!

Living on Elm Street Has Benefits This Halloween


Every Halloween, those living on Elm Street in cities across the U.S. have an advantage that adds to the creepiness of the holiday. Their address might be right out of the 1984 movie Nightmare on Elm Street. In that classic Halloween horror film, a spectral child murderer stalks the children of the members of the lynch mob that killed him.

Create a Halloween Banner for Just $1

Those living on Elm Street can create a personalized Halloween Banner for just $1

What’s the advantage of living on a street with an ominous name? “Everyone that lives on Elm Street should get a Halloween party banner for just $1,” says Keith Bansemer, Director of Internet Marketing at Shindigz, the world’s largest online party store. “Why not celebrate the macabre holiday by letting every Elm Street household create their own personalized party banner. Whether they use the banner for trick-or-treat or their next birthday party, we’ll leave that up to those residing on such a notorious street.”

Shindigz sells unique party supplies with custom 18×54-inch vinyl banners being one of their most popular products. “Party hosts become the artists and design their banners by adding their own words, photos, and colors online,” notes Bansemer. “The banners normally sell for $14.99 each, but are $1 for anyone living on Elm Street.”

Almost every large American city has an Elm Street. Those living on Elm Street can redeem their banner by visiting http://www.shindigz.com/servicepage.cfm?pgp=SZELMSTBAN and use the promotional code ELMSTREET at checkout. This opportunity is available to the first 1,000 banner orders.

Fun Activities for Halloween Parties


Halloween parties are great for celebrating, socializing, and having fun, but what is there to do at Halloween parties? Here are some spooktacular activities to keep your guests happy and entertained.

Pumpkin Carving

A classic Halloween activity that’s loved by people of all ages, pumpkin carving can bring out the creativity in your guests. To make carving pumpkins even more entertaining, make it competitive. Have a time limit and have guests race to see who can make the best pumpkin in the allotted time. Or, to really keep guests entertained and creative, simply have a pumpkin carving contest where the best-looking pumpkin at the end of the party wins. Here is a video to inspire you and your guests to strive for the best when carving pumpkins.

Bobbing for Apples

Bobbing for apples has been a game played at many autumn festivals over the years, not just Halloween parties. For guests of all ages, this game is an excellent addition to a fun-filled Halloween party. Make sure to keep some towels handy, since this game can get a little wet! For competitive versions of apple bobbing, have two or more  guests (depending on the size of your water container and amount of apples available) stand with their hands behind their backs to start the game. Whoever can collect the most apples wins. For a less competitive game, have one guest bob against the clock to see how many he or she can get within the time limit.

Ghosts in the Graveyard

Tombstones

For a game that gets your guests active, try ghosts in the graveyard. The game is played in a large field with many places to hide if your party is occurring during the day, or played at night where places to hide can be scarcer. To add spookiness, make the field a cemetery! First, a base is established. One person is elected the first ghost or ghosts, depending on the size of the group that’s playing. The group (which should be around 10-20 people) counts (usually for 30 seconds) while the ghost(s)  find(s) a place to hide. One way to count that’s been used when playing this game is saying the phrase, “One o’clock, two o’clock, … eleven o’clock, midnight! Hope I don’t see a ghost tonight!” When done counting, the group begins to try to find the ghost. When found, the finder shouts, “Ghost in the graveyard!” and then the ghost(s) try to catch that person or anyone else before they can reach base. If tagged, that person is the new ghost. If not, the ghost remains a ghost. There are no winners, so just have fun!

Piñata

Spider Piñata

A piñata adds a tasty element to your Halloween party. With a haunting piñata and a bat, guests can be entertained for hours. Make sure not to let the guests break open the piñata too early into the party! Fill your piñata with delicious candy that your guests can take home to enjoy.

Costume Contest

At the end of the party, host a costume contest. Categories for costume judging can range anywhere from “spookiest” to “most original” to “craziest” to simply “overall best.” Tell your guests ahead of time that there will be a costume contest so that they can choose their best costumes. Give a trophy to the winner as a keepsake and as motivation to the other guests to dress their spookiest!

10 Creative Halloween-Themed Adult Alcoholic Drinks


To many, Halloween is for the kids and about ghosts, pumpkins, candy and costumes. But children aren’t the only ones who are entitled to enjoy themselves on All Hallow’s Eve.

Create Your Own Halloween Bottle Labels

Create Your Own Halloween Bottle Labels

According to a 2010 survey conducted by BIGresearch, Americans spent $200 million MORE on adult Halloween costumes than children’s costumes. In addition, a larger percentage of American adults attended or hosted a Halloween party than took their children trick or treating. So, it’s pretty safe to say that Halloween has become a holiday for adults.

Recognizing this trend, Shindigz, where the world comes to party, has partnered up with PartyAndEventGuide.com to come up with a list of dastardly adult drinks that are spooky, fun and full of Halloween “spirits.” PartyAndEventGuide.com has a drink recipe guide that features hundreds of unique drink combinations. While perusing through their list, Shindigz came up with their own list of blood curdling concoctions that are sure to please the guests of any party or night club.

1. The Witch’s Brew
This popular drink can be found in almost any bar and with 100 different recipes. We like this recipe because it really focuses on the spices that make up a true cauldron of taste.
Ingredients:
2 oz Yellow Chartreuse
1 1/2 oz Blue Curacao
1/2 oz Brandy
1/4 tsp cloves
1 dash nutmeg
1 dash allspice
Instructions: Mix Yellow Chartreuse, Blue Curacao, Brandy and the rest in a shaker. Shake well and serve in a chilled glass. Alcoholic Cocktail, served in a Highball glass.

Create A Poison Wine Bottle Label

Create A Poison Wine Bottle Label

2. Vampire Juice
If you’ve got fangs, this is the drink for you! It’s just the right mix of alcohol and juice. Don’t worry; no blood is in this recipe.
Ingredients:
1 oz Coconut Rum
1 oz Blue Curacao
1 oz Bacardi Rum
8 oz orange juice
Instructions: Mix Rums and Blue Curacao in shaker over ice. Fill up with orange juice, shake well and strain into a glass. Alcoholic Shot, served in an Old-fashioned glass.

3. Snakebite Cocktail
This mixture of beer and cider has the spicy taste of fall with the bite of a good beer.
Ingredients:
1 part Beer
1 part cider
Instructions: Pour all ingredients carefully down the side of the glass to make two distinct layers in a glass. Alcoholic Cocktail, served in a Highball glass.

4. Pumpkin Pie Cocktail
It’s not Halloween without the pumpkins. This drink actually uses pumpkin pie filling for a true pumpkin taste with an adult twist of Malibu and Kahlua.
Ingredients:
1 oz Malibu Rum
1/2 oz Kahlua
3/4 oz canned pumpkin pie filling
2 oz cold milk
cinnamon
Special Equipment: Blender
Instructions: Mix Rum, Kahlua, milk and pumpkin pie filling in a blender with ice and blend well. Pour into graham cracker-rimmed highball glass and garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Create A Devil's Drink Bottle Label

Create A Devil's Drink Bottle Label

5. Death in the Afternoon
We have one thought about this drink – it ought to be against the law to consume. Read the ingredients and you’ll see why. Here’s to Fridays!
Ingredients:
1/2 oz Baileys Irish Cream
1 oz Kahlua
1/2 oz Crème de Cacao
1 oz Chocolate Syrup
2 oz milk
4 oz Ice Cream
whipped cream to garnish
chocolate flakes to garnish
Special Equipment: Blender
Instructions: Blend all ingredients. Garnish with whipped cream and sprinkle chocolate flakes on the top. Alcoholic Blended and Frozen, served in a Margarita glass.

6. Zombie Cocktail
If there were ever a Jamaican Zombie, I’m sure he was the creator of this crazy concoction of fruit and rum. If you weren’t a zombie when you ordered this drink, you might be one when you’re finished.
Ingredients:
3/4 oz Light Rum
3/4 oz Dark Rum
1 1/2 oz Jamaican Rum
2 oz pineapple juice
1 oz lime juice
1 oz orange juice
a pineapple slice or cherry
Special Equipment: Shaker
Instructions: Mix light rum, Dark Rum, Jamaican Rum, and juices. Shake and strain into a highball glass over fresh ice. Serve with a straw. Alcoholic Cocktail, served in a Highball glass.

7. Gates of Hell
We have two words that explain the title of this evil drink: Tequila and Brandy.
Ingredients:
1 1/2 oz Cuervo Tequila
2 tsp lime juice
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp Cherry Brandy
Special Equipment: Shaker
Instructions: Mix tequila, lemon and lime juice in a shaker over ice. Shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass with crushed ice. Pour cherry brandy over top. Alcoholic Cocktail, served in a Cocktail glass.

Create A Witch's Brew Bottle Label

Create A Witch's Brew Bottle Label

8. The Undertaker
Just as the profession is a combination of macabre and compassion, this dark shot is a perfect mix of darkness and sweetness.
Ingredients:
1 part Jagermeister
1 part Cointreau (or Triple Sec)
1 part Bacardi Rum
Instructions: Pour liqueurs layer after layer in a shot glass. Alcoholic Shot, served in a Shot glass.

9. Tootsie Roll Cocktail
It’s one of America’s favorite Halloween treats. So why not enjoy a glass of this classic chocolaty goodness?
Ingredients:
1 1/2 oz Kahlua
1 1/2 oz Dark Crème de Cacao
orange juice to fill
Instructions: Mix liqueurs and juice. Shake with ice in a highball glass. Alcoholic Cocktail, served in a Highball glass.

10. Black Magic Cocktail
This vodka and Kahlua mixed drink creates a bit of black magic with a lemony loop.
Ingredients:
1 1/2 oz Vodka
3/4 oz Kahlua
1 dash lemon juice
lemon twist
Instructions: Mix all ingredients in a shaking glass with ice and stir gently. Strain over ice into a highball glass. Garnish with a lemon twist. Alcoholic Cocktail, served in a Highball glass.

Shindigz and Party and Event Guide would like to remind you to please drink responsibly. Getting home safely ALWAYS makes life more fun.

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