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11 Recipes For Creatively Creepy Halloween Cocktails

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No Halloween party is complete without some kind of creepy cocktail. Whip up these drinks to impress your guests—or maybe just frighten them!

1. THE CHROMA COOL

Hi-C Ecto Cooler is chartreuse green in normal light, but the Chroma Cool cocktail is reported to turn a glowing purplish-blue under a black light. The key color-altering ingredient is the quinine in your tonic water, so don’t substitute your mixer.

2. VAMPIRE KISS MARTINI

To make a Vampire Kiss Martini according to Delish, layer raspberry liqueur, vodka, and champagne in a chilled martini glass and garnish with your choice of Halloween candy.

3. HALLOWEEN PUMPKIN PUNCH

HonestlyYUM brings us a rum punch with real pumpkin and spices. First, create a spiced syrup by following this recipe (but leave out the rum). Combine the syrup with spiced rum, orange and lemon juices, pumpkin puree, and sparkling water. Stir well, then strain through a fine mesh and chill until party time. Instructions for the spooky presentation in a mist-covered pumpkin are here.

4. CANDY CORN MARTINI WITH POP ROCKS

Toni Dash has a sweet Halloween treat for grownups. Rub the rim of your glass with a lemon slice and dip it into the Pop Rocks, then shake the other ingredients together with ice, and strain it into the glass. The tricky part is the candy corn-infused vodka, which takes about five days to make. You'll find the process, with pictures, at Boulder Locavore.

5. THE WITCH'S HEART

Dini at The Flavor Bender concocted a beautiful cocktail with horror overtones. Pour apple vodka and Viniq in a cocktail glass, leaving some room at the top. (If you don't have Viniq on hand, you can follow these instructions to make your own.) Add grenadine by spoon and allow it to settle at the bottom. Add dry ice just before serving for a spooky effect. Note: always tell your guests to wait until the dry ice is completely evaporated before drinking. Do not touch dry ice with bare fingers.

6. THE NEGAN COCKTAIL

Fans of The Walking Dead will appreciate the appearance of the tasty yet dread-inducing Negan Cocktail from The Boulder Locavore. Pour the bitters and water over the swizzle stick into a glass and stir with Lucille, er, the swizzle stick. Add rye and an ice cube. As the sugar on the stick begins to melt, it will look a little gross, just like in the show.

7. THE MORPHING MARTINI

This dirty martini is all about the presentation. The Color Changing martini by makendo at Instructables uses the cabbage as a pH indicator for the color change. Chop and cook the cabbage with some water until the juice is purple, and discard the cabbage leaves. Place a small amount of cabbage juice in a glass and add baking soda until the juice turns blue. Add gin (or vodka) and vermouth and serve. Then add the dry ice, which will turn the drink back to purple. (There's also a non-alcoholic version.)

8. PUMPKIN SPICE COCKTAIL

2 oz. Casamigos Blanco
1 oz. Agave Nectar
0.25 oz. Almond Liqueur
2 Heaping Bar Spoons Organic Pumpkin from Can
2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
1 oz. Whipped Cream
1 Pinch of Nutmeg
1 Pinch of Cinnamon

When you want something more than a pumpkin spice latte, check out this cocktail recipe posted by Instagram user thelittlemarket. Combine Casamigos Blanco, agave nectar, almond liqueur, organic canned pumpkin, and Angostura bitters in a shaker with ice, shake for 10 to 12 seconds, then strain into a glass and add whipped cream, nutmeg, and cinnamon. For an additional spooky effect, rim the glass with a little black sugar before pouring.

9. MR. HYDE POTION

One of the scariest horror stories of all involved a potion, so it only makes sense to serve it at your Halloween party. To make this cocktail, combine vodka, parfait amour liqueur, blackberry liqueur, tarragon simple syrup, fresh lemon juice, and lavender. Before pouring, rim your glasses in purple sugar, skewer blackberries on a sprig of lavender, or add dry ice. (Or do all three!) This drink can be served in clean chemistry beakers for maximum effect.

10. BLOODY BRAIN SHOOTER

The Bloody Brain Shot is the classic disgusting Halloween drink more famous for its appearance than its flavor. Mix strawberry vodka and lime juice in a shaker with ice and strain into a glass. Carefully add Bailey's Irish cream with a spoon, straw, or pipette which will curdle and form a brain-like shape as it floats on top. Dribble some grenadine carefully over the top to add the look of blood. Drink it quickly, because it tastes almost as disgusting as it looks. You can also add blue Curacao to make it an Alien Brain Hemorrhage.

11. ORANGE PUMPKIN SMASH

Captain Morgan

This cocktail was created by Captain Morgan for its limited edition Jack-O'Blast pumpkin spiced rum. Combine 1.5 ounces of Jack-O'Blast with 2 ounces of orange juice in a glass of ice and stir. Finally, top with 2 ounces of club soda. Bottoms up!

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10 Facts About Hocus Pocus
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In a 2014 Reddit AMA, Bette Midler said she'd be interested in doing a Hocus Pocus sequel. "You have to go to send in your cards to the Walt Disney company," she said. "The ball's in their court." While you get those cards ready, here are some facts about the original, which arrived in theaters 25 years ago today.

1. THE STORY ORIGINATED AS A BEDTIME STORY.

The story for Hocus Pocus came about after writer David Kirschner invented a bedtime story for his kids. He later wrote the story up and submitted it to Muppet Magazine (why does this not still exist?), where it gained recognition.

2. THE WRITERS USED PROPS TO PITCH IT TO STUDIO EXECUTIVES.

Bette Midler in 'Hocus Pocus' (1993)
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To pitch the story to Disney, the writers had execs enter a dark room with broomsticks and a vacuum cleaner hanging from the ceiling. They also scattered 15 pounds of candy corn throughout the room in an effort to invoke Halloween nostalgia. It obviously worked!

3. IT WAS NOT AN IMMEDIATE HIT.

Though it’s a cult classic now, Hocus Pocus didn’t do that well when it first came out in 1993, perhaps because it was released in July instead of September or October. Though it didn’t have a terrible opening—$8,125,471, putting it in fourth place at the box office that weekend—it fell to $2,017,688 a few weeks later, and bad reviews from the critics didn’t help matters.

Entertainment Weekly was particularly put off by the movie, calling it a “piece of corny slapstick trash” and saying that “It’s acceptable scary-silly kid fodder that adults will find only mildly insulting. Unless they’re Bette Midler fans. In which case it’s depressing as hell.”

4. BETTE MIDLER LOVES IT.

Bette Midler, by the way, has said that Hocus Pocus is her favorite film out of all of the films she’s ever done. (At least as of 2008.) Thora Birch agreed, recently saying, “The most fun I ever had on a film was Hocus Pocus.”

5. KATHY NAJIMY LOVES IT, TOO.

Midler isn't the only star of the film who isn't immune to its allure: Kathy Najimy has said she watches the movie with her family every year on August 15.

6. IT COULD HAVE STARRED LEONARDO DICAPRIO.

The role of Max was originally offered to Leonardo DiCaprio. He turned it down to do What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.

7. SARAH JESSICA PARKER IS RELATED TO A WOMAN FAMOUSLY ACCUSED OF BEING A WITCH.

Had Sarah Jessica Parker known then what she knows now, she might have approached the role of Sarah Sanderson a little differently. When the actress went on the show Who Do You Think You Are to trace her family history, Parker discovered that one of her ancestors was Esther Elwell, one of the women accused of being a witch during the Salem Witch Trials. After a young girl said she saw Esther’s “spectre” strangling neighbor Mary Fitch, Elwell was arrested, but escaped going to trial.

8. THORA BIRCH REVISITED THE NEIGHBORHOOD IN AMERICAN BEAUTY.

While the kids are prematurely celebrating victory against the Sanderson sisters after locking them in the kiln, they’re shown talking in front of a house as they walk to a park. The house was later used as the house Thora Birch’s character lived in for American Beauty.

9. THE KIDS WEREN'T HUGE FANS OF THE CATS.

The kids all hated working with the cats. Many different cats were used to represent Binx, and each one served a different purpose—one was good at cuddling with the kids, one would jump on command, etc. Every time a new cat was used, the children would have to coerce the kitty to trust them by using treats and a clicker. They got sick of it.

10. MUCH OF THE ORIGINAL CAST REUNITED FOR A 20TH REUNION.

Most of the cast participated in a 20th anniversary event for D23 (the Disney fan club) members. Sarah Jessica Parker and Bette Midler were not in attendance, but pretty much everyone else was, including Kathy Najimy (Mary Sanderson), Vinessa Shaw (Allison), Omri Katz (Max), Thora Birch (Dani), and Doug Jones (Billy Butcherson). You can watch some of that reunion above.

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Here's What to Do With Leftover Halloween Candy
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Americans indulged their sweet tooth in a major way this Halloween, spending an estimated $2.7 billion on candy intended for front porch distribution. Rather than confronting a weepy child with an empty bowl because they bought too little, shoppers tend to buy in bulk. Come November, that can mean pounds of sugar-packed temptation still sitting in the house.

The good news: You can remove the risk to your waistline and do some good at the same time. A number of charitable organizations take leftover candy and send it to troops stationed overseas. Operation Gratitude has set up a number of drop-off centers around the country—you can search by zip code—to accept your extra treats. Once collected, they’ll send them to both troops and first responders. Last year, the group collected nearly 534,000 pounds of goodies.

Often, drop-off locations will be located in dental offices as a way of reminding everyone of the perils of tooth decay from excess sugar consumption. Some dentists even offer buy-back programs, paying $1 for each pound returned.

If donating to a national program is proving difficult, you can always deliver the extra candy to local food pantries or homeless shelters.

[h/t weartv.com]  

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