Whether you like it not, the end of the month always brings about excitement for children and adults alike, and not just because it is full of treats! This year Halloween has descended on us like the plague and before we jump straight in on the festivities… here is a quick update; of inspiration and ideas for 2016.
Fancy dress up
As well as your typical furry animals and zombie bride that remain a classic Halloween dress up, popular costumes this year may include…
There is no doubt you may see the odd Pokemon crawling about this Halloween; take your pick from the original 151! Apparently Pokemon mouths a.k.a Pokemouths are also a true thing… where you paint an entire Pokemon around your mouth!
And even pokeballs get their moment of fame:
The rise of snapchat filters in 2016 has been enormous and now they happen to be universally popular for all ages…
Pumpkin flavours and red and orange coloured liquids are always a go-to when treating your guests to spooky drink. Here we have:
Blood orange margaritas
This flavorful citrus fruit adds a dramatic ruby red color to recipes both sweet and savoury.
- kosher salt
- Crushed ice
- ½ c. fresh blood orange juice
- 2 oz. tequila
- 1 oz. triple sec or Cointreau
- Blood orange wedges (optional)
- Moisten rim of 2 margarita glasses and dip in kosher salt. Fill a cocktail shaker with crushed ice. Add orange juice, tequila, and triple sec. Shake well and strain into glasses. Garnish with orange wedges, if desired.
Bloody Black Currant Punch
- 1¼ c. brandy
- ¼ c. sugar
- 4 c. black currant nectar
- 1½ c. cold seltzer
- Stir brandy and sugar in a large bowl. Add nectar; stir to combine. Refrigerate until cold, about 1 hour. Punch can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to 3 days. Add seltzer just before serving.
Dark and Stormies
- 8 c. ginger beer
- 8 c. ginger beer
- 4 c. dark rum
- ½ c. fresh lime juice
- Thinly sliced lime
- To make ginger beer ice cubes: Pour 8 cups ginger beer into 4 ice cube trays and freeze.
- Stir ginger beer, rum and lime juice in a pitcher. Serve in tall cocktail glasses with 3 or 4 ice cubes each; garnish with lime. Try Barritt’s Ginger Beer, available at sodapopstop.com, and Gosling’s rum.
Trick or Treat?
Who knew how much you could do to a plain old apple!
“Poison” Candy Apples
- 12 baby Granny Smith apples
- 12 wooden candy apple sticks or dowels
- 1½ c. sugar
- ½ c. light corn syrup
- 1 tsp. black gel paste food coloring
- Wash and dry apples thoroughly. Place on a baking sheet and poke firmly with dowels. Line a second baking sheet with buttered parchment paper, and set aside.
- Place a candy thermometer in a medium saucepan and add sugar, 3/4 cups water, and corn syrup. Place over medium heat; whisk until sugar is dissolved. Let the temperature rise without stirring until it reaches the hard-crack mark at 310 degrees F. Remove pan from heat. Carefully remove thermometer, and add food coloring.
- Swirl pan to mix in the color completely. Swipe and twirl the apple through the candy, shake off excess, and place on buttered baking sheet. Repeat with remaining apples.
- 12 crisp apples
- 1⅓ c. dark corn syrup
- 1⅓ c. granulated sugar
- 1⅓ c. light brown sugar
- 1⅓ c. heavy cream
- ¼ tsp. salt
- 3 tbsp. butter
- ¾ tsp. vanilla extract
- Line a baking pan with a generously oiled sheet of parchment paper. Push a candy apple stick into the core of each apple.
- Combine the syrup, sugars, heavy cream, and salt in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Simmer until the mixture reaches 270 degrees F – about 15 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in the butter and vanilla. Let cool for 6 to 8 minutes, until caramel thickens to a toffeelike consistency.
- Dip and gently swirl the apples into the caramel and place on the prepared baking sheet. Let cool completely.
Ghostly Coconut Covered Apples
- 6 Fuji Apples
- 10 oz. white chocolate chips
- 4 c. shredded coconut
- Remove stems and skewer apples (see “Tricks for Sticks,” below).
- In a double boiler over low heat, melt white chocolate chips, stirring continuously.
- Dip an apple into the chocolate. Immediately dip the apple into a bowl of shredded coconut, rotating to coat evenly.
- Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat for all apples and refrigerate until set, about 15 minutes.
London Pop up screenings
You will not be stuck with what to do in London on Halloween weekend!
Watch the Little Shop of Horrors – a horror musical about a flesh eating plant than amid the flora and fauna of Farmopolis ~ October 28th, £15, North Greenwich
‘Nosferatu’ at the Royal Albert Hall
The birthplace of horror cinema. This screening includes haunting live piano . ~ October 31st £16.50
Teen Horror Pyjama Party
Six great movies, 11 hours. A room full of strangers in their jim jams.
~ October 29th, £20 The Prince Charles
More information here
The Cult of John Carpenter at the BFI
From ‘Halloween’ to ‘The Thing’, the king of indie horror gets his own season at the BFI Southbank. For more information please see here