Although the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting colder, there’s no need to despair. This time of year offers us endless magic tricks to make the season bright. There’s the delicious bite of our first orchard-picked apple, the endless opportunities to indulge in spicy warm lattes, and there’s no shortage of Halloween fun for the inner child in all of us.

KNOCK-KNOCK, WHO'S THERE?

Congratulations! Hosting your first Halloween party is a rite of passage! There’s really not much to it, you just need a spooktacular costume, a great playlist, classic horror flick scenes looping on a screen, and, of course, just the right mix of people. But if you’re ready to host an “A” game party, there are a few other things you’ll need to do.

FUN & EASY FINGER FOODS

When planning a Halloween party, think finger foods. For guests covered in face paint and draped in wigs and clunky costumes, serving finger foods is both practical and easy to clean up. Finger foods mean easier cleanup, as no dishes or cutlery are needed. An assortment of sushi, mini quiches, gourmet pizza bites, deli trays of cheese, crackers, charcuterie, and fresh fruit and veggies with dip are always a hit.   

THE BELLE OF THE BALL

Whether it’s their secret hot sauce, or their apple jalapeño smoked ribs, every great party host has a hat trick up their sleeve. There’s no better way for you to wow your costumed crowd than with unique fall beverages. Here are two of our favorite cocktails that you can master in minutes.



APPLE CIDER & SPARKLING WINE COCKTAIL

·      Dry sparkling wine

·      1 oz. apple brandy

·      1 oz. apple cider and more for rimming the glass

·      1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice

·      1 tbsp raw sugar


1.    Gently combine pumpkin pie spice and raw sugar on a small plate and set aside. Pour some of the apple cider into a shallow dish.

2.    Holding a champagne flute by the stem, dip the rim of the glass in the apple cider and then rim the glass with the spice mixture.

3.    Fill each flute ¾ of the way with dry sparkling wine and top with 1 oz. apple cider and 1 oz. apple brandy.


 

SPOOKY GHOST COCKTAIL

·      2 oz. vodka

·      1 oz. vanilla simple syrup

·      1 oz. cream

·      2 oz. club soda

 

1.    Chill martini glass in freezer while preparing cocktail.

2.    Put ice in cocktail shaker.

3.    Add vodka, vanilla simple syrup, cream and club soda in shaker.

4.    Shake until blended.

5.    Strain into chilled martini glass.