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Zombie Pumpkins In The New York Botanical Garden

Think you know Halloween decorations? Take a look at this: Using a 1,693-pound pumpkin, Ray Villafane created a life-size zombie art exhibit that is now on display at the New York Botanical Garden.

The carving process began on October 20 and ended on October 21, during which Villafane and his team spent hours scraping, cutting, tearing, de-seeding, and constructing numerous pumpkin pieces, the most impressive being the aforementioned life-size zombie.

Villafane’s exhibit is part of the New York Botanical Garden’s Haunted Pumpkin Garden, an event that promotes the artistic uses of pumpkin in displaying the holiday’s themes.

Check out the video below the following photos to see Villafane working away on the life-size zombie.

Taking a look at Villafane’s artistic studio, Villafane Studios, one sees that the man’s passion for pumpkin art goes well beyond the New York Botanical Garden. Here are some of our personal favorite:

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.

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.

Bomb Squad Called Due to Halloween Costume

It wouldn’t feel like October if someone somewhere weren’t having a bomb squad called due to hyper realistic Halloween costumes. Thankfully, in San Mateo, California, that’s exactly what happened.

At 9:30am today, a man identified as Gilberto Masias was driving around town while wearing a gas mask with grenades hanging from his neck. This freaked out some of the locals, who immediately called the police.

The police called the sheriff’s department, which responded by sending out a bomb squad to find the guy. After evacuating about a half-block area, the bomb squad members detained Masias, where upon they discovered that he was wearing a Halloween costume.

“Sir, I’mma have to ask you to tone down your costume’s awesomeness.”

But it gets better: bomb squad members also discovered an inert grenade in his car, according to UPI.com.

When asked about the gas mask and grenade, Masias claimed to be a costume shop worker wearing an early Halloween costume, so as to get into the mood for the month.

Now, let’s talk for a minute about this guy’s dedication to Halloween costumes. I understand wearing a costume around to get a feel for it, to get into the character, and so forth. But an inactive grenade? Where the hell does someone get an inactive grenade? And why would you carry it around?

Plus, the bomb squad claims to only have found one inactive grenade, yet locals claimed he wore a necklace of grenades. Did he purchase the necklace and accidentally end up receiving an actual grenade? If so, that’s awesome.

I wonder if the police would have reacted the same way if Masias were a woman.

Well, maybe not too awesome, since Masias was cited for possession of an inactive grenade.

Regardless, this is definitely a sign of things to come, this month. It’s time to bust out those costumes, people, because Halloween is only 28 days away. Get those Halloween decorations up, finalize those costumes, and start preparing for the madness, because it’s only just begun.