Tag: Halloween

How to Cure a Halloween Hangover

Halloween is by far my favorite holiday.  Wearing a costume, doling out candy, and partying like a pagan are activities that I relish each last day of October.  The only problem is, November 1st often turns out to be my least favorite day of the year.  Racked by headaches, nausea, and often embarrassment; Halloween hangovers are no joke.  Luckily, last year, I finally stumbled up on the cure…

In my experience, folks generally fall into two camps: those who starve a hangover and those who eat their way through it, devouring a smrogasbord of greasy, salty goodness.  If you belong to the former camp, I can’t help you.  However, if you belong to the latter, read on!

Halloween Hangover Cure

What you’ll need:

1 can of chili (I’m partial to either Stagg Ranch House Chicken Chili or Hormel No Beans)

2 cans of corned beef hash (it will shrink at you cook it)

1-2 eggs (per person you’re feeding)

A handful of sharp cheddar cheese, grated

A handful of scallions (or green onions), finely sliced

Optional: hot sauce

Preparation is simple (after all, you won’t be operating at your best when you make this meal):

Brown the corned beef hash in a frying pan, while simultaneously bringing the chili to a soft boil in a separate pot.  Make sure you leave one burner for a second frying pan.  When the 2 aforementioned items are almost ready, cook the eggs sunny side up.  Then, it’s just a matter of layering.  Place the corned beef hash at the base, sprinkling it with some shredded cheddar.  Then, ladle the chili over top–again–sprinkling more cheese.  Next, the egg(s), which are topped with scallions.  Hot sauce is optional–as is a bib.  DIG IN!

To your sober, healthy ear, this recipe may seem a little…unhealthy or even…unsophisticated.  Still, I guarantee you that your hungover self (and even your drunk self) will love it!

Of course, it never hurts to hydrate.  Plan ahead by drinking water all Halloween day before your ghoulish night activities.  Chug water before going to bed and leave a full glass (and a couple of Advil) on your nightstand.   Maybe even keep some coconut water in the fridge.

And poof!  Your hangover is cured.  You’re welcome.  Happy (early) Halloween!  Be safe.

Halloween-Inspired Tabletop Finds You Can Enjoy All Year

These tabletop items and entertaining essentials are perfect for Halloween, but pretty enough to use year-round.

crystal skull decanter

This crystal skull decanter lends itself to the Day of the Dead or just adds some edge to your home bar every other day of the year.

Orange glasses

Used as drinking vessels or candle votives, Moroccan tea glasses add a bohemian flair to your decor or–in the case of these orange beauties–pull double duty on Halloween.

black feather placemat

These black iridescent, feathery placemats can feel either haunting or glamorous depending on the day.

spooky bar tools for Halloween

This clever bar tools set imparts a spooky, Halloween-appropriate vibe, but can also feel whimsical & fun in a different setting.

spidery centerpiece bowl

On October 31st, this centerpiece bowl from Crate & Barrel recalls a holiday-inspired spider web, but can also serve as an abstract focal point.

labra candle holder

The translucent arms of this candelabra can give the illusion of floating candles (perhaps held by ghosts) or offer an updated take on classic dining.

creepy hand vase

Creepy one day and Victorian the next, this milk glass hand vase is perfect for Halloween or any day of the year.

onyx cocktail glasses

Crystal cut onyx rocks glasses would be at home on a Halloween-themed tablescape or just plain chic at any cocktail party.

 

Happy (early) Halloween!

Halloween Party Playlist

Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday and, corny as it is, I usually spend the morning listening to “The Monster Mash” on repeat.  However, even I can only listen to it so many times before going crazy.  To that end, I keep a list year-round of Halloween-appropriate songs.  Here’s my 2016 Halloween Party Playlist, from the most obvious to the (perhaps) most unexpected…

The Monster Mash by Bobby (Boris) Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers

Thriller by Michael Jackson

Original Ghost Busters Theme Song by Ray Parker, Jr.

Paint It Black by The Rolling Stones

Enter Sandman by Metallica

Dragula by Rob Zombie

Dark Lady by Cher (not me, the other one)

Ava Adore by Smashing Pumpkins

Werewolves of London by Warren Zevon

Howl and Shake It Out both by Florence + the Machine

Hotel California by The Eagles

Back in Black by AC/DC

Disturbia by Rihanna

Hungry Like the Wolf by Duran Duran

Back to Black by Amy Winehouse

Demons by Imagine Dragons

Le Freak (Freak Out) by Chic

Like a Stone by Audioslave

You Can Do Magic by America

Jump in the Line and Banana Boat Song (Day O) both by Harry Belafonte (from the Beetlejuice soundtrack)

What songs will you play at your Halloween party?

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