Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Age Appropriate

Some say that Halloween is for the kiddos -- or for those who have them.

That may be true of trick or treating, but when it comes to throwing a spooky fete, it's anyone's game. And with just six days left until October 31, it's not too late to round up the gang and open the doors to your own haunted house. Only this year, you may want to ditch the witches hat and broom and spin the cobwebs into a sleek and sophisticated candy binging bash.

Here are a few ideas that we have come up with to guarantee your guests a good time.

If you want to keep it light and pretty, instead of the usual pumpkins full of candy in the middle of the table, check out this beautiful candy topiary and delicious candy apple centerpiece.

And for those of you who want to go a shade darker, we have come up with a couple of Gothic drink recipes for you to try out.

The Ghoul-itini -- A Bloody Mary in a martini glass with a couple of large black olives for garnish.

1 1/2 ounces of vodka
1/2 cup of tomato juice
2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice
Worcestershire to taste
Tabasco to taste

The Brain Bender -- Add a shot of the Green Fairy as an homage to Gothic literature.

1 ounce Absinthe
1/2 ounce

Pour the
Amaretto into a shot glass and then drizzle Absinthe on the inside. Next, slowly pour in the Bailey's allowing it to form a cloud on top of the Amaretto. Splash a couple of drops of Grenadine on top and there you have it --- a floating brain.

Have fun pumpkins!

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