There is a tradition ’round these parts. It starts about November 1st, and ends never… It’s the “How can we creep out mom and scare the bejeezus out of her on Halloween?” tradition. I am not a fan of this pastime. In fact, I’m certain that I hate it. Because they spend all year trying to figure out what will creep me out most. So Halloween turns into just another day for me because Halloween seems to last all year round. Except it’s ok to eat so much candy on October 31st. Not that I don’t eat candy the other 364 days – it’s just more acceptable to be so excited about it on this day.
(This isn’t about the candy, Kara. Back on track!)
Naturally, when gross and creepy things are constantly “shared” with me by my house full of boys, it makes it’s way into the yummy things I create. Of course I temper the “ew” factor with my own twist and try to make it fun for everyone. Even those of us who are easily bothered by spiders, webs, crawling things, bumps in the night… I do love Halloween and all the treats that go with it, but sometimes I want to create things that aren’t just baked goods. There is so much POSSIBILITY in this holiday that my creativity explodes and so I shall it with you 🙂
Let me take you
bake back a few days when I was strolling euphorically through the mecca of mom-distraction-shopping: Target. Yes. That big red bull’s eye pulled me in and said “Come shop with me and leave all of troubles at the door.” (It really did say that, and who am I to argue with such a point?)
I picked up my little red basket and walked lazily past the dollar section. I had already slipped into the shopping slumber and only by a glint of light did I notice all of the festive black, green, orange, and purple Halloween tchotchke that would only require me sacrificing a dollar at a time to make it mine. I didn’t really “need” anything as I had already procured some cool stands for Halloween cupcakes while at my other favorite place, Michael’s.
I was nearly out of the dollar section when something poked my leg and snagged my pants. There it was. A milk jug and straw turned precariously on it’s side and half hanging over the too-small rail around the shelf. Annoyed at the thing that gave me a little jump (for fear I would be THAT person shopping who knocks over an entire display and has to find a way to make it seem cool) I went to nudge it back into it’s poorly constructed shelf-y home, and the creativity began flowing.
Overflowing, really. I couldn’t help myself. These little milk jugs were only $1 each and they were PERFECT for a holiday party and the fun potions, boogey juices, slimes, and juices! A nice tiny little jug for about 6 oz of sugary liquid fun with sturdy plastic straws. AND THE STRAWS WOULD NEVER GET LOST! These are kid perfect! The little stoppers on the top of the lid and on teh straw itself made me shake with happiness. Moms out there, you get me. The cool things we find that are lost in bits and pieces nearly instantly when kids are around… it makes creative and well-intentioned moms sad.
So I grabbed a set and began day dreaming about how I would fill them, make them bubble over and take great photos of them and share them and then drink them. And then I went on my cupcake craze and kept saying “I’ll get to them soon”. But ya know what? Halloween, and every other holiday for that matter, seems to always arrive like 6 weeks sooner than I was ready for. So when the mood struck me today I simply jumped on it, even though I just released a new recipe and blog post yesterday. These things seem to cluster. Enjoy my craziness. 🙂
It may seem like a simple thing. Soda and ice cream or sherbet. But there are so many little touches that can be added to make these simple little party treats a thing to remember! Like adding worms to them. Not real worms, heaven help me if a little one is reading this thinking I’m telling mom to put worms in their treats. But gummy worms, sour ones no less. Served in a set of cute decorated milk jars?!? What an awesome party gift too! Kids love going home with that
I used a fun soda I haven’t tried before: Refresco from Goya. We have an awesome Latin foods section in pretty much all of our grocery stores here and the bright (albeit unnatural) colors of the Goya sodas were begging to be jazzed up in a fun drink. I love trying new things! Of course, you can pick your favorite brightly colored sodas to make these brews, and if your soda isn’t bright enough, add a drop or two of food color.
And before I forget… Grownups out there – this works well with malted “adult” beverages, too… Just sayin’.
You can probably tell that the mouth to the bottles here are kinda small, and using a measuring spoon would work to scoop your ice cream or sherbet into the bottle. I have a variety of cookie scoop sizes and I used my smallest squeeze scoop which is about 1.5 tsp. I wanted the ice cream scoops to look like little eyeballs in the soda. I gotta get creepy once in a while, too. 🙂
I made up some printable drink labels that you can download, print, cut and fold to use on your drink table. You know, so people know what grossness they are getting into before they grab a jug. 😉 Download the printable HERE.
I can think of TONS of ways to alter this and make it more grownup, more gross, more everything! How would YOU serve up these fun drinks at your Halloween party? Let’s hear it in the comments!