Nowadays, my children are too old for trick-or-treating. They still obsess over their costumes, which have grown increasingly sexy over the years (you won’t see any teenage girl wearing a sheet). They gather for parties, driving themselves, no longer in need of parental participation in the Halloween rituals.
My friends and I, although saddened that, for us, this fabulous holiday is no longer kid-centric, all do the adult thing: we make our own Halloween party and drink martinis. I always dress in my (menopause-appropriate) witch costume. I dust off my black hat, put on some scary shoes and a bad attitude, and, bearing a broom as a hostess gift, I go off into the night, to my friend Linda’s.
Linda decorates the bejeezus out of her house, and serves a wicked Witch Martini. Here’s how to make it:
2 Tbls. gin
1 Tbls. dry vermouth
2 Tbls. olive juice
2 eyeballs, preferably fake
1. Decorate a cocktail shaker with cobwebs, fake spiders, etc.
2. Put a little water, an ice cube and an eyeball in a each of a couple of cocktail glasses, and stick ’em in the freezer.
3. Shake up the gin, vermouth, olives and olive juice, say three or four good shakes, in your witchy shaker. Take the glasses out of the freezer and pour that martini.
Variation: If you prefer, you can substitute worms for the eyeballs, although this may alter the favor, not necessarily in a good way.
Note: Try not to drink too much or you might say something insulting to a friend who is costumed as Sarah Palin.
Extra note: If you havenâ€™t yet read about the consequences of serving popcorn balls to trick-or-treaters, click here.