What's the weather like in your part of the world? Even if the cooler temperatures haven't quite hit, you can still celebrate and embrace fall in many ways.
There are so many fun fall activities for everyone to enjoy, including tailgating, planning a spooky Halloween Party, carving pumpkins or a fun, low-key Fall Festival. No matter which activity sounds like a winner to you (maybe all of them!), there's always a reason to enjoy each season. I personally love the entire Halloween season and view it as a reason to dress up in a cool or scary costume, carve pumpkins with my kids and take them on a trick-or-treating expedition. The thrill of a haunted house and scary movies never gets old for me. I never consider this holiday to be anything but fun and thoroughly enjoy celebrating not only with my children, but also with friends and family. While the ability to show off individual creativity and imagination is even extremely interesting and makes for a great bonding time, I also love to learn about the history behind events and holidays, including the Halloween season.
Let's talk Halloween History!
Dating back approximately 2,000 years, Halloween is also known as All Hallow's Eve. The tradition of dressing up in costumes is thought by some to go back to the practice of "mumming" and "guising," which is when people would disguise themselves and go door-to-door asking for food (trick-or-treat.) Those disguises or costumes were certainly not as extravagant as they are today and were usually woven out of straw. Others believe that the costume tradition began with the medieval custom of "souling" in Britain and Ireland. During this time, poor people would knock on doors on November 1st asking for food in exchange for prayers for the dead. Although either or neither may be the true history behind Halloween, it's interesting to consider how it costumes did come about.
The phrase, "trick-or-treat" usually doesn't mean anything more than hitting the streets on a quest for candy. It's not often that any pranks are involved these days, although in the past things like egging houses and wrapping trees and houses in toilet paper played a part in Halloween. Some believe that pranks started out of hand therefore, instead of pranking, kids were encouraged to dress up and ask for candy instead, as a much safer alternative.
No matter where the Halloween traditions began or how they came about, children and adults have come to enjoy and embrace new traditions and the festivities with games, parties and lots of fun! This Halloween, say hello to season and celebrate after the kiddos go to bed with a few Hornitos Cocktails and start your own traditions. See the recipes below!
Hornitos Black Barrel Cider
- 1 1/2 parts Hornitos Black Barrel Tequila
- 3/4 part apple cider
- 3/4 part cinnamon syrup
- 1 part lemon juice
- 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
- 2 parts water
*To make cinnamon syrup: Mix together 1 part sugar, 1 part water and 4 crushed cinnamon sticks. Bring to a boil (approximately 1-2 minutes). Once cooled down, strain into a glass.
Preparation: Combine all ingredients together and serve. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and an apple wedge. Can be served hot or cold.
- 1 part Hornitos Spiced Honey
- 4 parts Mexican Lager
- 1 part Apple Cider
- 1/2 part Lemon Juice
Preparation: Combine all ingredients except Mexican lager in a shaker. Shake vigorously, strain over fresh ice and add Mexican lager.
Potion de Muerto
- 2 parts Hornitos Black Barrel Tequila
- 3/4 part Orange Juice
- 3/4 part Lemon Juice
- 3/4 part Chipotle Agave
- 2 dashes Orange Bitters
- 1/2 part Beet Juice
*Substitute agave nectar for chipotle agave if unavailable.
Preparation: Serve in a tall glass over crushed ice with a beet juice float - the beet juice will slowly float down the glass through the crushed ice, making it look like blood dripping down. Garnish with an orange slice.
- 1 part Hornitos Black Barrel Tequila
- 1/2 part Simple Syrup
- 1/2 part Lemon Juice
- Rosemary sprigs
- Top with Ginger Beer
Preparation: Lightly muddle one rosemary sprig in a glass, combine remainder of ingredients except ginger beer in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously, strain into the glass over fresh ice and top with ginger beer. Garnish with a rosemary sprig.