Think Halloween is tacky? Think again.
Enjoy all the ghoulish fun you remember from your younger days, but take it up a notch. So why not swap out the bags of rockets and boxes of raisins for Risotto Pumpkins and Ghostly Cheesecake Truffl es or whip up some Halloween cocktails like Gory Be! and Snake Bite?
This Halloween, it’s time for the grownups to have some fun. So sit back and relax. Our guide to throwing a fantastic Halloween soirée has you covered.
JUST FOR STARTERS
Why not make Halloween a gourmet affair? It’s a great excuse for couples and empty nesters to get together for an evening featuring seasonal falls fl avours. After an evening passing out candy, why not plan on a post trick or treating dinner party? Sit down with friends and enjoy a Halloween themed meal featuring these devilishly good appetizers.
CLASSIC VAMPIRE MOVIES
Nosferatu (1922, Directed by F.W Murnau)
This silent fi lm is a cinematic landmark as it’s a precursor to all vampire movies that have come since. Who says you need sound to create drama or a sense of horror? The fi lm made actor Max Schreck’s performance feel so eerily real that many people, as seen in the movie Shadow of the Vampire (2000, Directed E. Elias Merhige) question if the actor was, in fact, indeed a vampire or the ultimate method actor.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992, Directed by Francis Ford Coppola)
Gary Oldman’s sinister yet humanistic portrayal of Count Dracula and Anthony Hopkin’s compelling performance as vampire-hunting Professor Abraham Van Helsing, along with the fi lm’s stunning cinematography, makes this an epic motion picture regardless of genre.
Interview with the Vampire (1994, Directed by Neil Jordan)
Few critics predicted that pretty boys Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt could pull off their roles as aristocratic vampires. The movie, based on the novel by Ann Rice, showcased the lives of the vampires from their point of view, exposing the inner turmoil of living a life of immortality.
Others worth watching include: The Lost Boys (1987, Directed by Joel Schumacher), 30 Days of Night (2007, Directed by David Shade), Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter (2012, Directed by Timur Bekmambetov) and John Carpenter’s Vampires (1998, Directed by John Carpenter).
For the designated drivers, you can easily exorcise the spirits from your Halloween cocktail routine. A dash of perfectly bloody looking Grenadine goes a long way to satiating the other worldly thirst of young trick-or-treaters. Simply fi ll glasses with orange juice. Pour an ounce of Grenadine down the side of the glass for a blood streaming-like effect and top with soda. Alternatively, punch bowls full of a gory mix of cranberry and
pomegranate juices complete with fl oating eyeballs (lychee fruit* fi lled with maraschino cherries) should get the appropriate “that’s creepy” reaction. *Fresh lychees can occasionally be found at Asian food stores. Canned lychees in syrup are regularly available in the international food aisle of most grocery stores.
THE WITCH’S BREWS
This Halloween, put a spell on your guests by serving them seasonal brews. You can’t go wrong by serving festively packaged brews such as Boneshaker Unfi ltered IPA, or if you prefer to take a more global seasonal
approach, opt for a selection of Germaninspired Oktoberfest beers. By tradition, the latter are beers brewed in spring that were kept in cool caves or cellars and allowed to slowly ferment during the summer months. While
German versions have grown paler overtime, most North American craft brewers keep the tradition of a malty, richly coloured lager like the original German versions. Other seasonal brews to include in your Halloween party planning include Pumpkin Ales, which veer from sweeter edge versions with a pumpkin pie filling flavour to more balanced attempts such as Propeller Pumpkin Ale.
Boneshaker Unfiltered IPA, 6 x 355 ml, $16.99
Propeller Pumpkin Ale, 6 x 341 ml, $13.74
Samuel Adams Oktoberfest Ale, 6 x 355 ml, $15.49
SIPS & BITES
Channel your inner vampire with these spooky sips and bites.