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Halloween Bar Essentials

If you’re hosting a Halloween Party for the over 21 crowd, a bar is a must, and with a few tweeks to your regular drinks cart, you can be Halloween ready before the first cork is popped.

While spooky, creepy and downright frightening cocktails are always fun to concoct, basic bar essentials can also have that Halloween vibe. Try these quick ideas to make your bar spooktactular this year!

Spiderweb Wine Glasses

Add some temporary spook to your every day wine glasses by making your own glass clings. Draw spider webs with glossy puff paint onto plastic page separators and allow them to dry completely. Once dry, these webs will easily peel off and cling to both plastic and glass wine glasses, high balls and shot glasses. After the party, simply peel off and toss, or store back on a page protector for next year.

Eye Ball Ice Cubes

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The perfect addition to your Halloween martinis, these ice cubes can be made by popping pimento stuffed olives into your regular ice cube tray, covering with water and freezing. Pile your eyeball ice into a bowl on the bar – part drink ingredient, part decoration!

Blood Rimmed Glasses

This looks especially bloodcurdling on martini glasses but can be used for any style of glass. Mix a few drops of red food coloring into light corn syrup and pour onto a plate. Twist the rim of an inverted glass slowly on the plate before pulling up and letting most of the excess drip off. Flip the glasses right side up and let the “blood” dribble slightly down the side of the glass.

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This subtle but fun addition to your bar will have your guests doing a double take. Type up a few ghoulish labels on your computer and print to size on antiqued or good quality paper. Use a glue stick to adhere right over the existing wine bottle label and line them up on your bar.

Make Your Own Slow Cooker Fog Machine

 

Looking to scare up some foggy fun this Halloween? Here’s how to do it – the easy way!

You will need:

  • A slow-cooker
  • Dry Ice
  • A hammer
  • A plastic cauldron or other prop container
  • Heavy-duty gloves

The method:

It’s easy to make fog just by dropping dry ice in warm water. The problem is that dry ice is so cold, it actually starts to freeze the water around it, which squelches the fog effect pretty quickly.

So how do you keep the water warm for hours? A slow cooker, of course!

  • First, fill your cooker about halfway with water and turn it on high.
  • Next, break up your dry ice into manageable chunks. You can get this stuff at your local grocery store – just ask the checker to have someone get it for you. You will need gloves – never ever touch dry ice with your bare hands. It is so cold, it will burn you.
  • Now pick up your hammer to take out your frustrations on the dry ice.

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  • When you have some manageable chunks, carefully drop them in and watch the fog bubble up. Because your home made fog machine works so well, it will gobble up dry ice fairly quickly, so be ready with more chunks.

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What you do with your fog machine is up to you. I suggest putting it in a cauldron or a pumpkin with holes in it for the fog to flow out.

This is low-floating fog, so if you want fog to flow out the top of a pumpkin, don’t put any holes in the bottom or it will all go that way. Small, single-serving slow cookers can fit in most pumpkins and can be purchased for less than $15 at many retailers.

Please remember not to touch the dry ice, and please crack a window if you run it inside. The dry ice produces a lot of carbon dioxide, which can push out the oxygen in a room and give you a headache. And the best reminder of all is to have fun!

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