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I think is best to NOT throw your party on same night the kids Trick-Or-Treat, if you can help it.  For several reasons, one,

is, it's harder to get things around while answering door every 2 minutes for hours, and trying to get things ready for your party takes away from the fun of seeing the kids and passing the treats out, if you are also cooking or whatever.

Another, is, it is often easier for your pals who are parents to get themselves ready for your party, if they are not out Trick-Or-Treating that evening.

Well, it's just easier for me, to throw it on another evening, than the Trick-Or-Treat evening, *IF* i can the option.



Is fun to give prizes for Best Costume.  The prize can be a bottle of wine, or an award ribbon, or whatever.

  You can have various catagories, too, like Funniest, Sexiest, Scariest, whatever.. 

Is great to have a bonfire in the backyard for Halloween parties.   Seems wrong not to. 

Is nice to fill up Paper Luminaries with kitty litter or sand, and put votives in them, to light up the walkway to your door.

Is fun to fill in your upstairs windows with those shadow liners, and leave upstairs lights on that night, makes silhoettes in each window, of Frankenstein, Vampires, etc.  Lotta bang for small effort.

And stretch that gauzy cottony stuff across your shrubs outside, but, i do find it kinda hard to get back off if i leave it on too long.


I love motion activated decorations, too, at Halloween.  I have wayyy more Halloween decorations than any other holiday.

............I have motion-activated talking skeleton head/skull, which says funny stuff out loud,

and i always set that on the back of the toliet.  I'm immature that way...

Sydni, are we posting recipes HERE in this thread? or is there going to be a separate Halloween recipe thread? Ey, Sydni, PLEASE start a Halloween cocktail thread?  you always have the BEST cocktail recipes!

We never really had formal games at our Halloween parties, that i can remember anyway, we just turn on the music, drink, and dance around and joke around, sometimes "in character", i LOVE Halloween.

but, here is list of some games for Halloween parties, for those who like games:

Halloweegan Bat Pancakes - Vegan



Halloweegan Bat Pancakes


I made silver dollar Pumpkin Pancakes and replaced three tablespoons of flour with three tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder + two tablespoons of sugar. The buttercream was Chocolate Buttercream Frosting from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World. Only the bottom of the buttercream got a little melty this time which left me with round heads!

To plate the pancakes, cut them in half (straight or zig-zag) and place them on a plate like this:

Headless Bats


If you want to decorate the plate with a strawberry or raspberry or cranberry sauce for a bloddy effect, that makes them look extra creepy! I was really winging it with the sauce, but it was similar to this allrecipes sauce. Use a cookie scoop or ice cream scoop to, well, scoop little frosting heads right in the middle of each set of wings.


Halloweegan Bat Pancakes


The eyes? They're dried cranberries. Yuck. They're only there for decoration and I ate around them to avoid chewing on a piece of evil. You can use whatever you want though, raspberries, nuts, chocolate chips...

Jack-O'-Lantern Squash


Quinoa Stuffed Mini Jack-O'-Lanterns  or Halloweegan Peppers (vegan)

Prepare the squashes:

  • 2 gold acorn squashes
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • black pepper

If you're going to bake them in a conventional oven, preheat it to 375ºF.

Slice off the bottom tip of the squashes to create a flat base. Cut off the tops and use a spoon to remove the seeds. Save the tops for later!

Use a pencil to draw the faces on the squashes, and use a small serrated knife to carve out the faces. Luckily, carving a small acorn squash is easier than carving a big pumpkin!

Brush a little olive oil all over the inside of the squashes and lightly sprinkle them with salt and black pepper. At this point you can choose to bake them in a conventional oven for an hour or until soft, or you can cook them in the microwave like I did. Place the squashes in a microwave safe bowl, add about 1/2 cup of water and microwave for 5 to 8 minutes or until soft.

In the meantime, make the quinoa stuffing:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, minced
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 cup vegetable broth

Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and saute for about five minutes or until soft. Stir in the mushrooms and saute two more minutes. Stir in the garlic and saute for just about 30 seconds.

Add the parsley salt, black pepper, quinoa, and vegetable broth. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 to 18 minutes or until all the water is absorbed and the quinoa is soft and fluffy. If the quinoa is still crunchy you can add more broth and simmer it for a few more minutes. 

Spoon the quinoa stuffing into the acorn squashes and cover them with the reserved squash tops. Reheat the finished dish, if necessary, and serve. 

For Tiny Appetites: You can make those mini pumpkins instead of the bigger acorn squashes. You can stuff 6 to 8 mini pumpkins with this recipe, depending on their size.

Halloweegan Peppers: You can also stuff a carved orange bell pepper. Carve, stuff, and bake in a covered casserole dish at 350 degrees F. for 25 to 30 minutes.

Vegan Jack-o-Squash Recipe

Yields 2 servings

Apple Cider Cocktails (And Mocktails) For Autumn

Autumn's in the air, and with the break of fall comes the quintessential sipper of the season -- apple cider. Not the frozen, just-add-water mixes, but the blink-and-you'll-miss-it rustic, earthy juice of freshly pressed apples that only appears this time each year. Adding a bounty of concentrated flavors to cocktails and mocktails, here's a crop of recipes that offer the perfect backdrop to a cool autumn day. Have a bushel of fresh apples on your hands? Click here for a simple recipe for DIY apple cider.

And for more of the best liquid culture, click here



Miel Picante Punch
Aged rum brings out the natural spice flavors in fresh-pressed cider, and this crowd-ready combo gets an added punch from a jalapeño- and rum-infused honey. Click here for the recipe.



Nice settings....

Witches Brew Hand


Witches Brew


  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen raspberries, thawed
  • 2 1/2 cups cranberry juice
  • 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 2 liters ginger ale
  • 2 liters sparkling apple cider (non-alcoholic)
  • 6 gummi snakes candy


  1. To make the frozen hand: Wash and rinse the outside of a rubber glove. Turn glove inside out and set aside. In a 4 cup measuring cup, combine the thawed raspberries and cranberry juice.
  2. Pour 2 cups of the raspberry mixture into a small saucepan. Sprinkle the gelatin over and let stand 2 minutes. Warm over low heat, stirring constantly, just until gelatin dissolves. Mix back into the reserved raspberry mixture in the measuring cup.
  3. Pour raspberry mixture into the inverted glove. Gather up the top of the glove and tie securely with kitchen twine. Freeze until solid, for several days if possible.
  4. To serve: Carefully cut glove away from frozen hand. Place frozen hand, palm side up, leaning against side of a large punch bowl. Pour in ginger ale and sparkling cider. Garnish with gummy snakes.


  • Editor's Note  
  • To avoid issues with people who may have allergies to latex, use a disposable glove that is latex-free. There is usually an alternative available in the cleaning department of your grocery store.

Potent Potions for Grown-Up Ghouls

You may have put a lot of thought into your Halloween costume, but don't forget to dress up your favorite cocktails, too!

  • Make a batch of gelatin shooters in red, green or black cherry flavors. When they are set but not yet firm, place a gummy worm "crawling" out of each one.
  • Serve samples from your mad scientist's lab: buy plastic beakers from a party supply store or florist. Pour shots of brightly colored punch into them, and invite your guests to take part in your "experiments." (For the kids and non-drinkers in the bunch, serve vivid, fizzy drinks in the beakers. Try adding color to lemon-lime soda with food coloring or flavored syrup.)
  • Float colored liqueurs and mixers in your punch bowl (some will sink to the bottom, but that's even creepier). Try grenadine syrup (to look like blood), crème de menthe or melon liqueur (to look like green slime!), or sour peach or orange schnapps (for pumpkin guts).
  • For an over-the-top centerpiece, rent a champagne fountain from a party supply store. Fill it will a blood-red punch.



You have such wonderfull ideas for Halloween fiesta... I love the look of those bat looking pancakes...  and all these creepy drinks when we know the ingredients even if they look awful I would love to take a sample of all (there so many); you're definitely a cocktail wonder....

OOH! SQUEAL!!  Sydni always has best cocktail recipes!!

wow, those pancakes are "to die for"!!  I'm so making THOSE!!



I will have to scrap around for a recipe to add, too.

okay, here's one: 

MIX candy corn with peanuts.  yum!! 





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