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Top 5 Halloween Cocktail Recipes

According to my calendar, there are only nine days until Halloween. Nine days that’s one week and a weekend! Honestly, where has the month gone?

Anyway, hopefully you have all your Halloween decorations, costumes, and props set up, and now you’re putting the final touches on an upcoming Halloween party. Well, my party-hosting friend, we’re here to help you turn a good Halloween party into a great one, with our top 5 Halloween cocktail recipes. These drinks fit the holiday aesthetic, while giving guests the loosening up needed to relax and enjoy an evening of costumed fun.

So let’s get into it:

 

Pina Ghoulada:

Ingredients:

For the blood:

  • 3 tablespoons corn syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon red food coloring

For the drink:

  • 20 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1 can (15 ounces) cream of coconut
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 10 ounces good-quality rum

Directions:

  1. Pour corn syrup in shallow bowl. Dip a toothpick into food coloring, and stir a very small amount into the syrup to combine. Hold glass by the stem, dip rim into syrup mixture, and turn glass, coating entire rum. Turn glass upright, allowing mixture to drip down sides. Dip remaining glasses. Set aside.
  2. Whisk together drink ingredients. Place 2 ½ cups ice in a blender, and add 1 cup drink mixture. Blend until smooth; add more pineapple juice, if mixture too think. Repeat with remaining ice and mixture. Carefully pour into prepared glasses; serve.

 

Candy Corn Martini:

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup candy corn
  • 4 ounces Grey Goose Vodka
  • Tonic water
  • Garnish with orange sprinkles

Directions:

  1. Place candy corn into glass and pour vodka over candy. Fill glass with tonic water and garnish with orange sprinkles; serve. Easy!

 

Shrunken Heads in Cider:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons coarse salt
  • 8 large Granny Smith apples
  • 32 whole cloves
  • 2 gallons apple cider
  • 2 (12-ounce) cans frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 2 cups spiced rum (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside. In a medium bowl, mix together lemon juice and salt; set aside.
  2. Peel apples and cut each in half through stem; remove seeds and core. Using a sharp paring knife, carve a face, as desired, on the rounded side of each apple half. Place apples in lemon mixture for one minute; transfer to paper towels to drain.
  3. Place apples, face-side up on prepared baking sheet and transfer to oven. Let bake until apples are dry and begin to brown around the edges, about 90 minutes. Remove apples from baking sheets and press closed into the eye sockets.
  4. Combine cider, lemonade, and rum (if using) in a large punchbowl; float shrunken heads on top.

 

Hot Spiced Grape Juice:

Ingredients:

  • 1 gallon grape juice
  • 8 whole cardamom pods
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • ½ whole nutmeg, grated (1 to 2 teaspoons)

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large stockpot. Bring to boil, reduce to simmer, and cook for 20 minutes. Serve immediately. Super easy.

 

Blood-Orange Cocktails:

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups fresh blood-orange juice (from 7 to 8 blood oranges), chilled
  • 6 tablespoons Solerno, or some other orange liqueur

Directions:

  1. Combine blood-orange juice and liqueur in a large pitcher. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Pour into small glasses or test tubes.

Seattle Elementary School Bans Halloween

Released October 19, CBS Seattlereported that Lafayette Elementary School, in Seattle, has decided to not allow students to dress up in costume for Halloween this year.

Crazy, right? It gets better:

The decisions was first reported by the district (Seattle Public Schools) as being a preventative measure in the event that Halloween costumes could offend and upset students who come from other cultures,says CBS Seattle.

Sorry kids, your costumes are too offensive.

Many parents are still confused as to why the decision was made, though. Are Christmas hats going to be banned come December? Are people going to be offended by the five-finger hand drawings of turkeys made by children and the less artistically inclined during Thanksgiving, because it depicts a practice enjoyed by one culture and possibly not all cultures?

Shauna Heath, principal of the elementary school, sent out an email to all major media outlets. Here’s an excerpt:

This decision was made by the entire staff after two deep and detailed discussions. The initial conversation was initiated by staff members who suggested that since Halloween falls this year on a half day of school, we not allow costumes. It takes students a while to change into their costumes, and students are distracted taking away from their already limited instructional time.

Upon hearing the news, fourth-grader Leilani Nitkey said, I was just really sad and I had to fight back years.

According to KIRO 9 Eyewitness News, the school has announced a Harvest Party that will replace the Halloween celebrations. Not quite as exciting, to say the least, but I guess it’s better than nothing.

This one may actually offend those trying to forget about Episodes 1-3.

Some parents say that although Halloween has its roots as a religious observance, it’s now a secular holiday that shouldn’t be considered offensive, says CBS Seattle.

Parent Hart Rusen said, It seems like another one of those things where kids are no longer allowed to be kids.

Our Top 10 Favorite Pumpkin Carvings

Out of all the Halloween decorations people display, none match the artistic variety of carved pumpkins. Some make them simple “ two eyes, a nose, and a smile “ while others dig deep (no pun intended) into the pumpkins possibilities. These individuals use advanced techniques to bring out a specific image that makes onlookers stop and say, Wow, that awesome.

For those of us with little to no artistic ability, we can only stand back and admire the work of those willing to carve masterpieces out of pumpkin flesh. And today were looking at some of our favorite designs that have hit the Internet. So sit back, relax, and get ready for a whole lot of saying, Wow, thats awesome.

If anyone has a pumpkin carving design they want to show off, feel free to post it in the comments. We may even feature your work in a future blog.

Homemade Freddy Krueger Glove

Let’s talk for a minute about one’s dedication to Halloween costumes.

Obviously, here at FrightCatalog, we love us some costumes. The things are everywhere, and we’re practically swim in them. It’s ridiculous. And we love seeing individuals that have the passion and drive to create a homemade costume worth bragging about – costumes that are better than a white sheet with two holes cut out for the eyes. I mean, if that’s your costume this year, that’s great, I guess, but you better hope not to end up at the same Halloween party at this guy: aphatos, who earlier today posted step-by-step instructions on how he created a custom Freddy Krueger glove. (All captions are his directions on how the glove was created.)

Check it out:

the first thing i did was take apart one of the plastic gloves and trace the shapes for the fingers onto chipboard for a template (cardboard basically) to make sure the size was good, the smaller on if for the pinky.

i used a piece of 1 inch round bar and a dead-blow hammer to shape the metal. a dead-blow is a soft face hammer and wont mar the metal.

i did the same for the tips of the fingers, then used rapid rivets to make the hinges. you can't use pop rivets because they will lock the joints, and your fingers won't move...

again, i made a template for the blades from chipboard, then transferred the shape to the metal

i used a grinder and a flap disc to shape the blades

after i had the shape i wanted, i welded the blades to the fingers using low heat, its east to burn holes in the metal when you're welding sheet metal this thin

i used the same 1 inch bar to bend strips of sheet metal around to make the rings

after the rings were on, i joined the fingers to the back plate using rapid rivets again. i also used a torch to distress the metal at this point. that means i heated it almost red hot, then threw it into a bucket of water

the sheet metal will warp from the welding, so i had to open the joints up a little to make the fingers move freely.

Breaking News: Evil Dead Remake Trailer Leaked

I hope you got your Evil Ash mask ordered, because Evil Dead costumes are totally coming back. Why’s that? Well, as if summoned by yesterday’s blog post, the trailer for the Evil Dead remake has surfaced on the Internet.

And from the looks of it, this movie is going to be horrifying – and not in the jump-tactics kind of horrifying. No, this film looks to combine aesthetics with a tried-and-true story, revitalizing a classic for the modern era.

But enough chit-chat, watch the trailer, before it gets pulled for being leaked material.


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Evil Dead Halloween Costumes and The Film’s Remake

Created in the 1980s and early 1990s by Sam Raimi, The Evil Dead remains a solid horror film series with a diehard fan following. For those that don’t know, the films revolve around the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis, a fictional text that wreaks havoc on all that read from its pages. The films have always starred Bruce Campbell as Ashley J. Ash Williams, who would spit witty one-liners while fighting back supernatural forces of evil.

Many fans will claim the series leans more toward comedic horror, though others will quickly argue that films began as horror (The Evil Dead) and evolved into comedy (Evil Dead II, Army of Darkness). Regardless of where the films fall, one cannot argue the cult popularity that the series has reached, spawning video games, Halloween costumes, comic books, toys, and a musical that opened in Toronto in 2003.

The iconic Evil Ash.

But that’s not all: the film has now reached the critical mass so many fans detest, the remake/re-imagining phase. On the surface, such an act appears delightful, as it exposes a new generation to what they otherwise may have considered dated or old. On the other hand, many of the minutiae that made the original series so great could be lost during the remake’s translation, thus altering the original film’s intent or artistic meaning.

Then again, the remake of The Evil Dead, which is expected to hit theaters on April 12 of 2013, lists Sam Raimi as one of the four contributing writers, which are three more than the original’s one writer, Sam Raimi, who also directed the original. The remake lists Fede Alvarez as the director, putting even more distance between Raimi and his original creation.

Is this good? Is this bad? It’s hard to say, really. High resolution photos, such as the one located below, are starting to hit the Internet, already showcasing the differences between the original and the remake:

 

The remake.

The original.

Some defendants of the remake point toward Raimi’s involvement as a sign that the film holds good intentions. But a remake is a remake, and the stated purpose may be to use updated filming techniques to achieve a better version of the original film, but the underlying purpose will always be money. Why else would someone reuse a franchise as popular as The Evil Dead, and not create their own scenario? Was Raimi really not able to capture greatness with the original series? Looking at the current success the franchise as seen, that would be hard to argue.

Anyway, the remake stars Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Elizabeth Blackmore, Jessica Lucas, and Bruce Campbell (who is also producing the film). Here’s the film’s synopsis: Five Twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin. When they discover a Book of the Dead, they unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.

Expect the film on April 12 of 2013.

Munsters Remake Inspired by Burton and Hitchcock, Premieres 10/26

Along with the Halloween masks and costumes, October is rich with great television, and today’s news involves the iconic horror monster family of the 1960s, The Munsters.

Mockingbird Lane, the remake of The Munsters from creator Bryan Fuller (creator of Pushing Daisies), will premiere on NBC on October 26, just in time for Halloween.

But there’s some confusion as to whether this is a stand-alone reboot or the start of a series. According to the Los Angeles Times, the series reboot didn’t make it past the pilot stage, and NBC has been rumored to have already killed the project.

Hollywood Reporter, however, reports that Fuller tweeted news regarding NBC continuing the project.

I suppose we’ll simply have to watch the premiere episode to find out exactly what’s going on with this reboot. Regardless, of the show’s longevity, though, NBC has said that the reboot has a darker edge and tone.

We wanted this to look like if Hitchcock was directed a Harry Potter film, Fuller told Hollywood Reporter, claiming that he was inspired to retell the Munsters story after seeing Tim Burton’s art exhibit in New York.

This is about embracing the freak of your family and being proud, said Fuller, who hopes to incorporate famed monsters from Universal Studio’s horror library.

Here’s the reboot’s trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDmHcG8vq6Q

The episode is currently scheduled to air on October 26 at 8pm Eastern and Pacific times, followed by a Halloween-themed episode of Grimm. We’ll be watching. Will you?

Happy National Costume Swap Day

Surprised that there’s a National Costume Swap Day? You’re not alone  I only just found out. According to the holiday’s Facebook page (holidays have Facebook pages?), swapping Halloween costumes can actually reduce waste and save money.

Basically, it’s the green movement invading the dark depths of Halloween, trying to push its zen hippie agenda. What’s next? National Reuse Christmas Wrapping Day?

Stated on the holiday’s website, Swapping half the costumes kids wear at Hallowen would reduce annual landfill waste by 6,250 tons, equal to the weight of 2,500 midsize cars!

Okay, even I have to admit that that’s a lot of wasted Halloween costumes, and it doesn’t even include pet or adult Halloween costumes. Unfortunately, the official video of the holiday is…less than entertaining:

If you are actually interested in participating in National Costume Swap Day, here’s a list of towns and states that are holding swaps throughout October. And don’t fret “ all official swaps must have proper insurance and liability coverage, just in case some kids get rowdy over the same costume, I guess. =

And for my Canadian readers, you can always check out the Canadian version of National Costume Swap Day, which, I assume, involves maple syrup and hockey and all those other stereotypical qualities that make you guys such excellent attic neighbors.

Anyway, we are not only 18 days until the big dark day comes storming down city streets, so I hope you are making final preparations. Decide on which costume to wear, which candy to hand out, and which decorations go where, because Halloween will be here before you know it!

Alice Cooper Welcomes You to the Ship of Fear

So youve got all these Halloween costumes based off iconic horror characters (Jason, Freddy, Candyman, etc.) and you consider yourself the biggest fan of Halloween/horror, right? Well, what if I told you that next year, in 2013, you could spend Halloween night with the actors of your favorite horror icons?

Oh sorry  I forgot the best part: youd be spending this time on a cruise ship sailing from Miami, FL, on October 28 to Nassau, Half Moon Cay, and Freeport, before returning back to Miami on November 2.

Thats right  Alice Cooper is welcoming you to join him and a bunch horror icons on the Ship of Fear, the largest house of horror on the high seas. For 5 days and 5 nights, you can enjoy the luxurious amenities of a Carnival Victory cruise while enjoying the company of your favorite horror icons.

Want to soak in the sun while asking Kane Hodder what it was like to play Jason? Have a question for Mary Lambert about what it was like to bring King’s Pet Cemetary to life? On this cruise, youll have more than enough opportunities to do just that.

Plus, the cruise features various activities, such as live music from Cooper and Snider, in-depth Q&A panels with cast members and filmmakers, a zombie prom, and a classic horror reunion that features many of the genres biggest names in front of and behind the camera.

List of expected cruise horror guests:

  • Alice Cooper
  • Dee Snider
  • Joe Dante (Director of Gremlins)
  • Don Coscarelli (Director of Phantasm series)
  • Mick Garris (Director of The Stand)
  • Mary Lambert (Director of Pet Cemetary)
  • Belinda Balaski (The Howling)
  • Reggie Bannister (Phantasm)
  • Zach Galligan
  • Ed Gale (Chucky)
  • Kane Hodder (Actor behind Jason)
  • R.A. Mihailoff (Actor behind Leatherface)
  • Tony Todd (Actor behind Candyman)
  • And more!

Lastly, the Ship of Fear will celebrate Halloween with Screech On The Beach, an event that takes place at Half Moon Cay, Carnivals own private island, where you can party long into the evening with all the aforementioned horror icons.

Seriously, if you are in any way a horror fan, this is the way to celebrate your love for the genre. Plus, you can enter to win a free cabin“ right now! So what are you waiting for? Stop reading this blog and go kick your name into the mix. I already put mine in.

Halloween Drinks: The Pumpkin Keg and Good Shots

Get a bunch of inebriated adults in Halloween costumes together and fun is sure to follow. At least, that’s how it is with my Halloween parties. Anyway, today we’re assuming that all of our readers are adults and capable of making rational, responsible decisions. Don’t drink and drive, you get the idea. So enough boring talk, let’s get right into the booze-making!


First up, we got the Grape Eyeball Punch, a recipe taken from The Washington Post:

Start to finish: 2 hours (15 minute active)

Servings: 12

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups grape juice
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves
  • 1 tablespoon whole allspice
  • 3 one-inch slices of fresh ginger
  • 3 cups green grapes, peeled or not
  • 3 12-ounce bottles ginger beer or ale, chilled
  • Alcohol of choice

Directions:

In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the grape juice, cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice and ginger. Bring to a simmer, then remove from heat. Allow to cool to room temperature, at least 1 hour. Strain out and discard the seasonings, then transfer to a large pitcher or punch bowl and chill until cold. Once chilled, add the grapes and ginger beer or ale. Done add alcohol, and prepare for a wild ride. (Can be served as a non-alcoholic beverage, just negate addition of alcohol.)

 


Next, also from The Washington Post, we have the Orange Haze:

Start to finish: 10 minutes

Servings: 1

Ingredients:

  • ¾ ounce orange liqueur
  • ¾ ounce milk chocolate cream liqueur
  • ½ teaspoon honey
  • Orange zest, to garnish

Directions:

Pour the orange liqueur into a shot glass. Very slowly pour the chocolate liqueur down the side of the glass, then drizzle the honey over the top. Garnish with orange zest. It’s that easy.

 


Lastly, we got the most impressive creation from The Huffington Post, The Pumpkin Keg:

Start to finish: 30-45 minutes

Servings: N/A

Ingredients:

  • 1 large pumpkin
  • Carving knife
  • Spigot
  • Scooping spoon
  • Beer

Directions:

Carve the top off the pumpkin and scoop out the innards, as you would when preparing to create a jack-o-lantern. Cut a hole slightly small than the spigot near the bottom of the pumpkin. Then push the spigot into the hole, ensuring it’s tight and snug. Finally, fill the pumpkin with beer. (I know, I know this is blowing your mind. It blew mine, too.)