Alternative ideas for Halloween

By Georgi Bomb

Halloween is fast approaching so now is the time to think about what to do this Hallow’s Eve? Getting dressed up as Edward Scissorhands, a cat or something slutty is getting a bit dated these days so how about trying something a bit different? Culture Bomb has come up with some rather er…novel ways to celebrate all things ghoulish. Happy Halloween!

Trick or Treat

YES! The age old tradition of dressing up as something cute but scary and terrorizing the neighborhood for free sweets. Better be cautious doing this as an adult unless you are able to accompany a group of kids; a bunch of adults with their faces disguised as something frightening and rapping on the door of the elderly to demand free stuff may have a different outcome than when you were ten!

Horror Film-Fest

The perfect way to celebrate Halloween on a budget, head down to your local rental store, download or steal from your friends a selection of horror films. Drink some booze and scare yourselves silly with the lights off. Take a look at Culture Bomb‘s top ten most underrated horror films for inspiration.

Create a Horror House

This may take some planning, but turn your home into your very own haunted house! It may come as no surprise that there are hundreds of videos online offering inspiration on how to scare the living fecal matter out of your pals.

Be Inventive

As mentioned earlier, think outside the box for halloween, there is so much more to the event than awkward plastic vampire teeth, Freddy Krueger masks or slutty cats. Quite frankly, it’s all a bit yawn and cats aren’t really that slutty to be truthful so grab some empty loo rolls, sticky back plastic and go all Blue Peter on its ass! Or you could dress up as an Angry Bird.

Ghost Walk

They may seem duff during the summer but what could be scarier than walking around old buildings and dark alleys, hearing horror tales on Halloween? Proper scary tales with a guy all dressed up and covered in flour. There are even some ghost weekends you and your friends can book. A whole weekend of fear, but get in early, clearly Halloween is going to be their busiest time of year.

Go Camping

Do the ultimate “no-no” that starts most tacky horror films and go camping in the woods in the middle of no where. Probably one for the tough-guys as you will have to go to the loo in the dark with a torch and any serious horror fan will know that this will be your demise in any slasher film. This option also leaves a wide opening for you to scare your friends and recreate a variety of horror classics although Culture Bomb does not advise you don a hockey mask and chainsaw and go chasing your pals through the woods.

Tell Ghost Stories

Similar to the above, set up a camp fire, go sit on the beach or your own back garden and scare each other senseless with scary tales of dead people. For added ambience, you could go visit a graveyard; with shadows casting over your faces from the gothic church will really add to the night of fear.

Head To A Party

Yes, the standard event: get dressed up and head to a party. A better option rather than hosting your own as there is less post-party clean up to get involved in. Go bobbing for apples, play pranks on your friends and be merry! Try and take some tips on creating a spanking costume to outdo all your friends and then insist a best-dressed competition is held.

COCKTAILS!

Create your own Halloween cocktails. The internet is full of themed recipes although select ingredients carefully, we found some of them a bit vomit-curdling! Here are a few ideas:

Hammer Horror

  • 1oz Vodka
  • 1oz Tia Maria
  • 4tbspn vanilla ice cream

Black Widow

  • 1 1/2 oz vodka
  • 3 oz dark grape juice
  • 1 teaspoon of raw sugar
  • 4 slices of fresh ginger
  • 4 blackberries
  • 2 blackberries to garnish
  • In a mixing glass, muddle together blackberries, ginger and sugar, add vodka and dark grape juice.
  • Fill with ice, shake well, and strain into a chilled Martini glass.
  •  Garnish with 2 blackberries.
Brain Float
  • 2 ounces Midori melon liqueur
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 ounce irish cream (bailey’s)
  • Small handful of grapes
  • Combine ingredients in a mixing glass.
  • Add ice and grapes, shake, and strain into a cocktail glass.

Vampire Blood
Hibiscus Syrup

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup dried hibiscus flowers (see cook’s note)
  • 2-inch piece fresh ginger, unpeeled and sliced

Cocktail

  • 4 cups white tequila
  • 2 cups freshly squeezed lime juice, strained
  • 1 cup orange liqueur, such as Triple Sec
  • Cubed ice, as needed
  • Thinly sliced lime, for garnish

For the syrup: Put the sugar, water, hibiscus flowers, and ginger in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and set aside to steep for 30 minutes. Strain and refrigerate until chilled.

To make the cocktail: Combine the tequila, 2 cups of the hibiscus syrup, lime juice, and orange liqueur in a large pitcher. (The vampiro can be made up to this point a day ahead and refrigerated.)

To serve, fill a cocktail shaker half way with ice, add the some of the vampiro and shake until chilled. Strain and serve straight-up in a cocktail glass garnished with lime slices. Alternatively, serve over ice in a rocks glass.

Cook’s Note: Hibiscus flowers can be found in most Latin markets and is often labeled by its Jamaican name Sorrel.

Whatever it is you chose to do this Halloween,just make sure you have fun, and send us the photos!

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