The Gent's Guide To Halloween

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<p>Halloween looms every closer, and just because you'll be costumed doesn't excuse you from doing it with style.</p>


        Not just any Halloween Guide

This year, we’re making sure October 31st won’t be just any Halloween by getting prepped in style. Suit up with tips on classic costumes, gentlemanly cocktails and even little-known Halloween lore to ensure you’ll have an unforgettable night.

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        Adult Costume Bingo

What’s a party without a challenge? Have each of your friends be on the lookout for each costume above, and when they spot them (you might even make them shoot a photo for proof), they can check off that square. The fi rst one of your friends to get a whole row marked off earns a well-deserved shot of Hornitos® tequila. Download the Costume Bingo Card

        Celebrate Authetically

Halloween’s the rarest of holidays—it’s as much fun as it is culturally rich. While today’s sophisticated gentleman thinks of it as a time to dress up and be social, we like to think of Halloween as a chance for cultural exchange with our neighbor to the south, Mexico. There, Mexicans have an autumnal celebration known as the Day of the Dead, a traditional holiday in which friends and family gather together to remember friends and family who have died. We’re wowed by the Day of the Dead’s elaborate preparations and pageantry, and have cribbed some of the highlights for our stateside Halloween party decor. The authentic Halloween

        Recipes

Your guests will know this isn’t just any Halloween party when you play bartender for them and serve distinctive cocktails using Hornitos® tequila. For an especially dramatic presentation, hide a few pans filled with dry ice underneath your bar table and behind jack-o’-lanterns. Throughout the evening, pour a bit of warm water on the dry ice so that spooky fog wafts over the bar.

        Dawn of the dead
        Not just any potion
        Midnight masquerade

        Halloween rituals around the world

We’re working on seeming like an international man of mystery by knowing a few tidbits about Halloween celebrations across the globe. Throw these facts into conversation and you’ll seem worldly. World rituals

        Not Just Any House Party

Forget the finger-shaped cookies and cheesy games. This is not just any night or party, so a few well-chosen upgrades will make it extra-special. How to put on the Greatest of parties

        Make Your Costume Special

It’s Halloween. The quickest way to signal that you’re ready for a good time—as the host of your own party, a guest at someone else’s or on a pub crawl with your friends—is to wear a costume. Trust us on this one. (And may we recommend a shot of Hornitos® tequila at home before you debut your new look for the general public.) We recommend going classic with your look—because a well-dressed man, even in costume, is the guy you remember. Classic Costume Tips

    Celebrate Authentically

Sugar Skulls — these small white calaveras de azúcar are made of granulated sugar and powder that’s mixed by hand then pressed into shaped molds. The skulls are left to dry overnight, then adorned with the name of the deceased written on them in bright icing. Make your own sugar skulls or buy them pre-made at any Mexican market.

Pan de Muerto (Bread of the Dead) — this traditional egg bread is an offering to the spirit world; it’s available at Mexican-American bakers around Halloween.

Tamales — After journeying back from the Great Beyond, spirits are hungry for this traditional corn comfort food wrapped in corn husks. Their starchy goodness makes a great party snack, too.

Tequila for the altar — On graves and altars across Mexico, bottles of tequila are left as offerings to the deceased— but we’re happy to have bottles of Hornitos® tequila on hand as an offering for our guests.

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                Dawn of the Dead

                    1 part Hornitos® Plata Tequila
                    1 part Kamora® Coffee Liqueur
                    1 part Hard Apple Cider

Build in a pilsner glass over ice.

Garnish with an orange slice.

                Drink Responsibly.
                Hornitos® Tequila, 40% alc./vol.

                ©2013 Sauza Tequila Import Company, Deerfield, IL

                Not Just Any Potion

                    1.5 parts Hornitos® Plata Tequila
                    2 parts Lime Juice
                    1 part Simple Syrup
                    1.2 part Raspberry Puree
                    1 part Dekuyper® Vanilla Liqueur

Shake and pour ingredients into a cocktail glass half rimmed with a thick layer of black lava salt.

Garnish with 2-3 chocolate/salt covered raspberries.

                Drink Responsibly.
                Hornitos® Tequila, 40% alc./vol.

                ©2013 Sauza Tequila Import Company, Deerfield, IL

                Midnight Masquerade

                    1.5 parts Hornitos® Plata Tequila
                    1/2 part Sweet Vermouth
                    1/2 part Dry Vermouth
                    1/2 part Campari® Liqueur
                    1 dash Angostura® Bitters

Stir all ingredients with ice, and strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice.

Garnish with a lemon peel.

                Drink Responsibly.
                Hornitos® Tequila, 40% alc./vol.

                ©2013 Sauza Tequila Import Company, Deerfield, IL

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    Not just another house party

Hire a mobile photo booth company for your party. Also, create a hashtag for the evening and post it around the party, so both you and your guests will be able to see all the shots later on Instagram or Twitter.

Have a live DJ. You’ll be too busy hobnobbing with guests to worry over a playlist, so hire someone to oversee the tunes, from campy Halloween classics like “Monster Mash” to charting singles.

For a guaranteed conversation-starter, serve Not Just Any Chocolate Chip Cookies, made by replacing half the chocolate chips in chocolate chip cookies with crickets (don’t worry—you won’t have to catch them, they are available via mail order).

Crickets are naturally high in protein and you can’t beat the shock appeal.

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    Make Your Costume Special
  1. Jazz Up Pin Stripes: Take a pin-stripe suit you already own and add a high-quality fedora from a hatmaker for a classic ’40’s gangster look.

  2. Basic Black: You look good in your favorite black suit. You know you look good in your favorite black suit. Worn with a white shirt and black tie a la any Tarantino henchman, everyone will know you look good in your black suit.

  3. Love The Leather: A leather bomber jacket plus a broad-brim fedora equals a rakish Indiana Jones.

  4. Hello, Slick: A handful of pomade in your swept-back hair worn with a gray suit channels Don Draper. In a good way.

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    Halloween Rituals around the world
    

In Singapore, the Hungry Ghosts Festival says that the gates of hell are opened and spirits come back to visit their families; it’s commemorated by Chinese opera performances.

In Colombia, there’s U.S.-style trick-or-treating, with children chanting “Tricky tricky Halloween, I want candy for me, and if there’s no candy for me, your nose will grow!”

In the Philippines, there’s an old custom of souling, similar to caroling in U.S. Christmas celebrations. In it, a group goes from house to house singing for money to pay for masses for the dead.

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