Has Halloween snuck up on you this year? There's nothing scarier this time of the year than zombies, witches, monsters and celebrating without a killer cocktail!
Before some of us can indulge in tasty cocktails, we will be out and about with all of the little ghosts and goblins on a quest for candy. Trick or Treat is the name of the game for these little monsters ~ but let's hope for more treats than tricks! While Halloween is a super fun time of the year, safety is a huge concern, so we have a few ideas and tips for keeping everyone safe this Halloween night.
The costume and accessories for Halloween can be anywhere from excessive to relatively simple in design. As much fun as it is to dress up as your favorite character in an elaborate costume, be sure that when it comes to kids costumes the colors are bright and clearly visible with a proper fit. Costumes that don't fit well can cause trips, falls and and all-around back trick or treat experience. Most costumes these days are made from flame resistant material but if you're a do-it-yourself type of person, ensure that you take the same precautions. If reflective tape or material isn't part of the costume, purchase glow sticks, glow bracelets, glow necklaces or other neon glowing accessories so that your child is clearly seen by motorists and others.
Does your family have a plan? It's always a good idea to have a plan for hitting up the neighborhood that night. A neighborhood with sidewalks is preferable but if not available, be sure that you are familiar with the area and that each person knows what to do in the event of separation. With so many different costumes out and about in the dark, it may be difficult to determine who is who...have a plan!
Children will be extremely excited and ready to go but talk them ahead of time about pedestrian safety. It's never a good idea to run from house to house, even though the instinct may be there ~ walking in a group and on a sidewalk if possible or on the side of the street instead of the middle of the street is good advice. Teach kids not to run out from between parked cars, across some one's yard or across the street.
Traditionally, a house with some sort of light on will be available to trick or treaters. Teach kids not to go inside the house of a stranger, but to remain outside unless a responsible adult is with them. Stranger danger! When the candy fest is over and the kiddos crashed from the sugar-high, it's a great time to mix up a Skinnygirl Cocktail. You deserve it!
If you've opted to stay in on Halloween for a cool costume party or a night in watching scary movies, sip on something spooktacular! Skinnygirl has brewed up some Halloween themed cocktails to help celebrate the most frightening night of the year with the Spooky Sipper and the Fright-tini recipes below...Enjoy!
Skinnygirl Spooky Sipper
- 1 part Skinnygirl Tangerine Vodka
- 1/2 part grenadine
- 1 part orange juice
- Splash of pineapple juice
- Orange slice for garnish
Preparation: Shake all ingredients together in a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour over ice and garnish with an orange slice.
- 1 part Skinnygirl Cucumber Vodka
- 1 part DeKuyper Pucker Sour Apple Schnapps
- Squeeze of fresh lime
- 2 parts seltzer
- Apple slices for garnish
Preparation: Shake all ingredients except seltzer vigorously with ice. Pour mixture into a cocktail glass and top with seltzer. Garnish with apple slices and enjoy!