If you are anything like me, Halloween creeps up on you. I have great intentions in August, when Halloween candy starts taking over aisles at the supermarket, reminding me that I should start plotting a costume and party plans. And yet, in what seems like the blink of an eye of newt, the holiday is only a couple days away and I haven’t figured out a costume, the opportunity to host a party has past, and the day just kinda… happens.
So this year, I’m excited that two of my friends decided to dedicate 31 days of Halloween in two very different ways:
First, my friend Stephanie Oliveri is thrilling and chilling us with “The Daily Ghost”- 31 days of short ghost stories to get us in the Halloween mood. I love a good ghost story and she captures enough spooky in a short format that will have you coming back each day for more! Stephanie and I were both at Disney Feature Animation at the same time, yet we ended up connecting through my husband when the two of them met at a writer’s event. Its a small world after all (cue collective groan.)
Another friend, event planner Brian Worley of YourBash!, is launching his event blog and the theme for the month is Halloween: party themes, costumes, decorations – you name it, Brian will talk about it. In fact, post a comment about what you want to see in his blog, and inspire the next post!! I met Brian when he produced a launch party at The Ebell for a short-lived television show. Let’s just say that if they had built the show around HIM, it would have lasted on air a lot longer than it did. Luckily, Hollywood did take notice of Brian: you’ve seen him host Party Monsters: Cabo, Shedding for the Wedding, and a competitor on Battle of the Wedding Planners. Brian knows his stuff, he has a fantastically fun personality, and his clever ideas are bound to translate into his blog posts – so keep watching!
So are you ready to get your spook on? Would it help if a cocktail were in hand?
Since today (October 4) also happens to be National Vodka Day, I thought I’d send you on your way down Halloween Lane with a couple cocktail recipes for the holiday:
The first, is a Candy Corn Cordial (via FoodNetwork.com). Make the infused vodka in advance using 1/2-cup candy corn to 1 1/2 cups vodka, sealed in an airtight container; set aside for at least 3 hours then strain. For the cocktail you’ll need:
4 ounces candy corn infused vodka
2 ounces orange liqueur (I like Grand Marnier)Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 large egg white
Candy corn, for garnish
- Add the candy corn vodka, the orange liqueur, lemon juice and egg white to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
- Shake vigorously for at least 30 seconds.
- Strain into 2 chilled martini glasses and garnish with candy corn.
Wanna get really specific and have your cocktail actually look like candy corn? Try this Candy Corn Cocktail, created by Alex Straus, Suite 700 at the Hotel Shangri-La in Los Angeles courtesy Skyy Infusions (via DrinkoftheWeek.com):
2 oz. SKYY Infusions Pineapple
1 1/2 oz. Orange Sherbet, softened
1 oz. Pineapple Juice
1 oz. Milk
1 oz. Simple Syrup
- Combine SKYY Infusions Pineapple and pineapple juice in cocktail shaker with ice. Strain over fresh ice into a clear Collins glass.
- Combine softened orange sherbet and ice in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Strain, and pour over bar spoon to layer in the rocks glass.
- Combine simple syrup and milk in cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Layer milk mixture on top of sorbet mixture.
2 oz black vodka
0.5 oz Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur
2 oz blackberry or grape juice
black licorice and sugar for garnish
- Combine vodka, Chambord, juice in an ice-filled cocktail shaker.
- Shake well and strain into a sugar-rimmed martini glass.
- Garnish with black licorice and add a plastic black spider to the stem of the martini glass.