Wednesday, October 24, 2012

7 Nights of Creepy Cocktails and Halloween Hauntings

I am not going to lie Halloween is, hands down, my all-time favorite holiday. Due to home renovations last year, I totally missed out on some of the Spooktacular fun that I normally partake in and decided to make up for it this year. Since I had so much fun putting together my 12 Days of Christmas Cocktails and Fun list, I thought it would be amazing to do a similar one for Halloween (once again,  I will post pictures as I drink drink along!!  ). So grab your goblins and get ready for… cue the animated witch's cackle please… The 7 Nights of Creepy Cocktails and Halloween Hauntings (obviously, I didn’t get my act together in time to do a full 12 nights but I’m thinking it will be fun nonetheless)! Next year, there is always next year... ENJOY!

Thursday, October 25: Green Goblin and Troll 2 
There is no way to describe the awesomeness that is Troll 2. You simply need to watch for yourself and decide whether or not this film makes it into the annual Halloween movie night rotation (yes, since its discovery it’s been watched every year in my home). Now, don’t be alarmed that the movie is called Troll 2 and is actually all about Goblins or that there is an entirely separate documentary about this movie literally called, Best Worst Movie. All you need to know is that there is an amazing 90’s workout scene, a deceased-talking-grandpa and some of the best quotable lines ever seen on TV (“you can’t piss on hospitality. I won’t allow it.” Ha, you’ll see). Since I’ve never found/seen it on regular TV, you might have to purchase it through Amazon, but trust me, it’s totally worth it. So grab that delicious Green Goblin and get yourself ready for a little trip to Nilbog.

Friday, October 26: Poisoned Apple Pie (Moonshine) and Campfire Ghost Stories 
When I was younger, I was absolutely terrified of “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.” Maybe it was more so the pictures (which can still manage to creep out 30 year olds, apparently) than the actual stories but all I know is that when I was digging through a box of stuff from my childhood and came across this book I thought, “Oh my word we have to read this.” I couldn’t help myself and had to sneak a peek at some of the stories beforehand but from someone who once found these tales terrifying, I have to say, you will laugh Now onto the cocktail, I wound up making my own Moonshine (because I’m part hillbilly) but Binny’s does sell a brand that it pretty fantastic, around 100 proof (make sure you don’t sit too close to the fire) and comes in a plethora of flavors (cheery, apple, blueberry…etc). So grab yourself some Haunted Hooch and try to not scream when you realize, “that the call is coming from inside the house!!”

Saturday, October 27: Costume Party and Halloween Jell-O Shots 
Even though I'm almost 30, dressing up for Halloween is still the best part of the holiday (hands down). It also doesn't hurt to hang out with people who cherish the idea of dressing up. Thus, I am spending the Saturday before Halloween attending a costume party at a friend's house and what goes hand in hand with a house party, Jell-O shots, obviously. These Jell-O shots will be festively black and orange with a touch of spookiness. If you don't have a party to attend, there are a plethora of events happening at a local bar near you. Although, you might have to enjoy this special Haunted treat before you leave the house. Either way, its always fun to throw on a costume, act like you're still in college and have a good time hanging out with friends!

Sunday, October 28: Bloody Marys and Pumpkin Carving 
I feel like Bloody Mary’s can be suited to fit any occasion but how can they NOT be included on a Halloween cocktail list?! I did these Bloody Mary’s up a little differently than I did the ones we had a Christmastime and replaced the usual fixin’s with some zombie eyeballs, witches fingers and pickled hearts J Because I'm not actually Martha Stewart (apparently, I can't widdle a pumpkin nor "mimic the lacelike openwork of 18th-century pierced creamware" on a pumpkin... I mean really Martha?! Are these really your suggestions?!), I generally carve out a big eyed Jack O' Lantern with a goofy one toothed smile (it always starts out with two buck teeth but something ALWAYS goes wrong) and this year is no different. Maybe I'll be inspired to try something new but I'm going to predict that once that Bloody Mary kicks in Jack's one toothed grin will probably be a no toothed grin :(

Monday, October 29: Dearly Beloved Wine and Halloween Headband 
Thanks to Trader Joe's, the Dearly Beloved (or as I call it, the Day of the Dead wine) is always a fun wine to buy during the Halloween season. Its reasonably priced ($6.99) and the label is amazing (even though real wine drinkers say that choosing by the label is exactly how you're not supposed to pick out wine, meh) . So, since I always drink wine when I craft (is there any other way?!), I figured this would be the perfect accompaniment to crafting my Halloween headband. I came up with this idea the day I thought it was still appropriate to wear a costume to work... on the el... oh wait, its not. However, I was faced with a conundrum: not celebrate Halloween all day long or be socially appropriate? Ahhh. Therefore, I devised the perfect solution! With the headband, I can celebrate Halloween when I want (ie: the safety of my office) and take it off when I need (ie: public). The best part of the headband is that it is really, really easy because all you have to do is hot glue a bunch of spooky items to a headband. Blam-o, craft is done, now we can focus the rest of our attention on this festively delicious bottle of wine.

Tuesday, October 30: The Shadowy Figure and Ghost Adventures Bingo 
If you read my Redneck Bingo post, you will know that I am a huge fan of cheap and easy games that allow you to combine adult beverages and amazing television (I am very much aware of the fact that my definition of “amazing” and others might vary slightly, considering my affliction for the Real Housewives, Bridezillas, and the like…), so I decided to repeat the process with another one of my favorite shows, Ghost Adventures (download game board here)!! Ohhhh-eeeeeee-ooooooo I thought this was the perfect time to set up the tivo and record as many episodes as I could and since it is indeed Halloween season, the Travel Channel is running a marathon on Saturday, October 27 starting at 4pm eastern. You can read up on the show here. So grab yourself a Shadowy Figure and let the ghost hunting (or as my viewing partner calls it, “the dust hunt”) begin!!

Wednesday, October 31: Trick-or-Treaters and THE Trick-or-Treat 
One of the reasons I was so excited to buy my house was that I would have my very own Trick-or-Treaters coming to my door on Halloween night. So, to prepare, I made sure that the house was extra spooky for them and got a trick-or-treat give-away that will surely (hopefully) be memorable. I racked my brain to come up with the perfect Halloween treat that would make our house the go-to house on the block (however, I do think I’m competing against houses that give out actual cash and king sized candy bars, so this might be a pipe dream) and came up with Zombie Hands (aka: surgical gloves filled with candy)!! Not only do you get a plethora of candy but it looks SUPER creepy… come on, the kids will have to love it, right?! As for my treat, I decided to amp up the usual chocolate martini with something a little more festive. I don’t know about you but anytime I can enjoy some chocolate sweets and a cocktail, I am one satisfied customer. Let’s hope the little devils who come to my house feel the same way. 


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