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Halloween Cocktails: Ponche de las Brujas

October, it’s such a magical time of year. Pumpkins are out, horror movies are on.. it’s totally bewitching!

Two of my favorite holidays happen during this most wonderfully creepy season: Halloween on October 31st and Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)– it’s like Halloween, but more prettier (lol) on November 2nd.

Some of you will be hosting parties for your ghastly ghouls and frightening fiends or maybe you just feel like having a hauntingly good cocktail and some creepy crawly treats while bingeing scary flicks, either way I have the perfect combination that will totally put a spell on you!

When the days grow shorter, the nights longer, and the air begins to cool I start to think of two things- candy (because who doesn’t?) and cocktails so I collaborated with Lindsay Lazar mix-master at Neiman Marcus Cafe in Fashion Show to create the perfect cocktail recipe to take you all the way through this creepiest of seasons: Ponche de las Brujas aka Witches Brew.

For me it’s really just one long perfectly spooky costume packed holiday-  Hallo-los-Muertos- so when we started to discuss what spirit we would use there was only one real, logical choice: tequila. In this case, a clear, clean, slightly sweet, blanco tequila like Casamigos works perfectly.

To create the ultimate witches brew Lindsay added an easy-to-make homemade Blackberry Simple Syrup, “I like using Blackberries for the syrup because they give the cocktail a great mysterious hue which helps to keep things spooky plus it tastes AMAZING!”

The recipe is a one to one sugar and water combination which you bring to a boil, then turn off the heat and add in blackberries.  Let the blackberries steep for about five minutes then muddle them, strain and pour into a jar to cool.  (You can make the Simple Syrup up to 2 weeks before your event as long as you keep it in a jar and refrigerate it.)

Put a spell on them….when entertaining the glass you serve the drink in plays a huge role, just like with anything else it’s all about the presentation.  This stunning Gothic style vintage inspired smoked glass goblet from Anthropologie creates the perfect “mood” for the drink.

Dust the rim with candied “fairy dust” from Lolli & Pops and then serve with vintage inspired Halloween Cocktail Napkins and Halloween Broomstick Picks from Sur la Table– so cute right!

To dust the rim:

 Sprinkle a tablespoon or two of the sugared fairy dust onto a small serving plate.

Cut a lime into quarters.

Then cut a notch or 1/2 slice into one of the quarters

Set the notch on the rim of the glass and slide it until it has wet the rim the way around.  By using the notch method you get a little further down the glass then just swiping a lime along the rim.  This allows for the sugar to go a bit further down the glass and really make a statement.

Turn the glass upside down and set it onto the plate of sugared fairy dust.  Swirl it around like you would a cookie cutter then turn your glass upright and you are ready to pour your drink!

Finally to make it extra creepy garnish with a giant gummy snake!  Wrap the snake up the stem of the glass and then perch it’s head on the rim.

What is a Halloween party without some treats?  End the night with a sweet touch by giving out adorable, themed goodie bags. These scary/cute sacks from Sur la Table are the perfect size to hold creepy crawly gummy worms, gummy frogs and gummy brains. Wrap them in a piece of parchment paper and then drop them inside. Send your guests home with one, pass them out to trick-r-treaters or bring them along for a ghouls night out!

Did I mention that everything you need to garnish this Spectral Spirit is Available at Fashion Show?

Goblet- Anthropologie

Fairy Dust for Rim- Lolli & Pops

Gummy Snake for Garnish and Gummy Frogs, Brains and Worms for Treat Bags- Lolli & Pops

Cocktail Napkins, Treat Sacks and Witches Broom Picks- Sur la Table

While you are there gathering the ingredients to spell your guests, stop in to Neiman Marcus Cafe to enjoy a custom blended cocktail from Lindsay!

This post was created in partnership with Fashion Show. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Halloween Margarita

6 Spots in Vegas to Get You in the Halloween Mood


6 Spots in Vegas to Get you in the Halloween mood

In the mood for some creepy Halloween Fun?

*updated Sept. 26, 2020

I have trembled, shaken, screamed and scared my way through Las Vegas to gather for you the ULTIMATE list of spots to get you in the Halloween Mood!

Mwah ha ha ha!

ONE: Haunted Vegas Tour

Hear real accounts of local paranormal activity while visiting locations of known ghost sightings and haunts.

Your evening begins inside the Tuscany Casino where your guide will supply you with ghost hunting equipment including EMF meters, temperature guns, and dowsing rods. Whether you are a seasoned ghost hunter or a novice, your tour guide will instruct you in their proper use. This tour is not a theatrical show, you will hear true accounts of both hauntings and the history of Las Vegas’ supernatural side.

Upon boarding our shuttle, your ghostly adventure begins with a brief video about paranormal activities. Then you will be transported to a mysterious part of a famous casino where a celebrity apparition is known to roam. The evening is filled with multiple stops including 2 infamous parks known for their ghostly sightings, we explore various locations and conduct EVP sessions.

The tour visits many legendary locations including the haunting grounds of Bugsy Siegel, Liberace, and Redd Foxx. Hear stories about Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson who allegedly appear regularly and learn who haunts “The Motel of Death”.

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6 Spots in Vegas to get you in the Halloween Mood

TWO: Zak Bagans’ The Haunted Museum

Are you ready to be perfectly and completely terrified.  Then a trip to Zack Bagan’s Haunted Museum is just what the witch doctor ordered. Located in downtown Las Vegas the an 11,000-square foot property built in 1938 was originally owned by Cyril S. Wengert, a prominent businessman. Through the years, hostile spirits have been rumored to roam the halls terrorizing past occupants, family members who passed away there whose energy remains. Long-time Las Vegans even claim dark rituals took place in the home’s basement during the 1970’s.  You may recognize Zak as the host of Travel Channel’s hit show: Ghost Adventures. Paranormal enthusiasts visiting Zak Bagans’ The Haunted Museum will venture down creepy winding hallways and secret passages into more than 30 rooms that rival scenes from Hollywood horror films, setting the stage for frightening facts about each paranormal pieces.

600 E. Charleston Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89104

Must be 16 Years of Age to enter

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6 Spots in Vegas to get you in the Halloween Mood

THREE: Gilcrease Orchard Pumpkin Patch

Did you know that Las Vegas has an orchard where you can not only pick your own pumpkins and in-season veggies but go apple picking, play in the hay maze and take a hay ride and snack on the MOST delicious apple donuts ever?  I love the Gilcrease Orchard year round, but it’s become a tradition to head out every October to pick my own pumpkins off the vine.

Location: 7800 N Tenaya Way, Las Vegas, NV 89131

Hours:  Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 7:00 am until   2:00 pm. 

All Ages

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FOUR: Hallowheels TRAPPED!

Trapped is a one-of-a-kind Las Vegas drive in haunted experience opening October 8 and running through Halloween at The Industrial Event Space.  Created by top Las Vegas entertainment industry professionals and presented by Findlay Volkswagen and Wahoo’s, the show is designed to be experienced from the safety of guests’ cars.

Trapped is an innovative and unique attraction intended to thrill, amaze and scare while complying with current safety regulations.  Upon arrival, cars will be guided to a haunted pod where the action unfolds around the vehicle. Trapped tells the story of a desolate earth where governments have fallen and order has been replaced by chaos, hope by fear, life by death.  The journey is wrought with Hekuri conversion mobs, bombs, hostiles and deadly traps, all presented through state-of-the-art projection technology.  The spooky soundtrack will be available through each vehicle’s radio.

Oct. 8-31

Adult Halloween Event (16+)

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6 Spots in Vegas to get you in the Halloween Mood

FIVE: Moapa Valley Corn Maze

Just 59 minutes from the strip, located on Lewis Ranch Road in Moapa, Nevada the Moapa Valley Corn Maze has been a family run ranch since the 1950s. The maze was originally made as a special Halloween treat for Farmer Paul and his wife’s grandchildren but since has become a yearly tradition.  Open only in October, the family-oriented farm opens to the public where you can get lost in the corn maze during the day and scared at night. The day version is great for all ages but the night version will scare the corn right out of you!  Get lost in the pitch black maze as the ghosts, goblins, and chainsaw massacre artists, make even the bravest of hearts cringe in terror!

1500 Lewis Ranch Road
Moapa, NV

All Ages

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SIX: Fright Ride

From the creators of Fright Dome comes a socially distanced Halloween experience. Fright Ride is Las Vegas’ largest immersive socially-distanced haunted attraction. Are you brave enough to join the experiment? Test subjects needed. Take a ride on one of their research transport vehicles and participate in their “fear diagnosis” as you cruise through 75,000 scare-feet of Dr. Craven’s top secret research lab.

Oct. 1-31st

Age Restrictions: Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Guests under 18 will need a parent or guardian present to sign waiver.

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Socially Distanced Halloween Activities Las Vegas