When I was a kid, Halloween wasn’t about shortcuts. Everyone enjoyed giving and receiving freshly baked cookies, popcorn balls and shiny red apples. But somewhere along the way, packaged Nerds and Jolly Ranchers from large-sized Costco candy bags became the standard treat. Tomorrow, give Halloween back its charm. Without overly complicating the movement, let’s dress our treats up in theme. Spruce up your treat basket with candy corn, candied apples, Witches’ Fingers in Bandages, which are essentially pigs in a blanket, and Vampire Teeth – red syrup covered marshmallows. If you’re planning a treat for the adults of your neighborhood, pick up some Black Vodka (Blavod) and concoct some spooky libations.
Try this Screwed-Up Screwdriver from Martha Stewart. You'll need:
- 1/4 cup ice
- 1/2 cup freshly squeezed tangerine or orange juice
- 1 1/2 ounces black vodka
- 1 black licorice twist
Place ice in a tall glass. Pour juice into glass. Pour vodka over the back of a cocktail spoon into glass so it sits on top of juice and creates a layer of black. Slice 1/4 inch off each end of licorice, and use as a straw. Serve immediately.
This year, give Halloween back its charm and enjoy in traditional neighborly style.