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Two Halloween Parties Promise to Scare Up Some Fun


Looking for some fun ways to celebrate Halloween this week? Here are two holiday-themed parties, and both are on Wednesday, which means you can have some more fun on Halloween.

jackolanternJason Dady is having a Halloween Eve dinner at Bin 555, 555 W. Bitters Road. The evening features five courses of fall fare, including Trout “Roulade” alongside local braised greens, lardons, and smoked tomato vinaigrette. Courses include wine pairings.

Reception is begins at 6:30 p.m. and includes wine and cocktails; dinner begins at 7 p.m. The price is $55 plus tax and 18 percent tip includes both dinner and wine pairings. It’s $25 extra for additional wine pours.

For reservations, call (210) 496-0555 or visit www.bin555.com.

The Brooklynite, 516 Brooklyn Ave., is having a costume party starting at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Spooky drink specials, available until 10 p.m., include Blood & Spice (Scotch, orange juice, Cherry Heering, sriracha syrup and a grind of cracked pepper) and the Sin Is In (Scotch, Sherry, maple vinegar, a local coffee cordial and chile de arbol) as well as some old favorites, such as the Corpse Reviver #2 (Gin, lemon juice, Lillet, Dry Curaçao, Absinthe), all of which are priced at $6 apiece.

Coinciding with the drink specials a horror movie marathon will be playing with seats available for reservation to get the best spot in the house!  A costume contest will be held at midnight with the winner receiving a gift certificate to The Brooklynite.

For reservations, call (210) 444-0707 or visit thebrooklynitesa.com.

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Tricks and Treats for Spooky Halloween Party


It’s the day before Halloween — and if you are just starting to plan your party you might need some last-minute help.

Here are a few suggestions, and two recipes, from Avocados from Mexico.

• Don’t just go door to door this year, get your neighbors together and plan a fun and spooky Halloween block party. Both kids and adults can enjoy fright night together.

Use an avocado shell as a bowl – for guacamole, of course.

• Organize a last-minute Halloween potluck. Each guest brings a different dish; whether an appetizer, main course, dessert or beverage. Don’t forget the Pumpkin Spookamole (recipe below).

• Remember the brews! Serve themed juices or soft drinks. Create creepy ice cubes by putting a plastic ant, bug or spider in each compartment before you freeze.

• Have a scary movie night. Screen showings of horror movies, like “Nightmare on Elm Street” and “Psycho.”

• Hold a neighborhood Zombie Walk. Have fun wrapping yourself and friends in toilet paper and then hit the streets in a group.

• Convert your dining room table into a buffet area, one of the easiest ways to host a party. Decorate the table with pumpkins and spider webs.

• Fill your fireplace with clusters of orange and black candles in different shapes and sizes.

Pumpkin Spookamole

Pumpkin Spookamole

3 tablespoons raw shelled pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
1/2 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon each cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper
4 fully ripened avocados from Mexico, halved, pitted and peeled
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
1/4 cup finely chopped white onion
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

In a small bowl, combine pumpkin seeds, oil, 1/4 teaspoon of the salt, cumin, paprika and cayenne; mix well until seeds are coated. In a skillet over medium heat, cook coated pumpkin seeds, stirring frequently, until seeds begin to pop and are puffy and golden. Remove from heat and set aside. To make guacamole, in a large bowl combine avocados, lime juice onion, cilantro and remaining salt. With a spatula or potato masher, coarsely mash mixture until well-combined and chunky. Sprinkle with reserved pumpkin seeds. Serve with warm tortillas or chips.

Witchy Fingers

4 avocados, peeled, pitted and halved
1 teaspoon lemon or lime juice
2 ounces goat cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 ounce prosciutto slices

Cut each avocado half into 4-6 slices. Place in medium bowl and gently toss in lemon juice. In a small bowl, combine goat cheese, salt and pepper. Fill the center of each avocado slice with 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon goat cheese mixture.
Wrap each avocado “finger” with 1/3 slice of prosciutto until the goat cheese is secured to the avocado. Make sure to leave the tip of the avocado exposed, to resemble a finger nail. Arrange the avocados in the shape of a hand on the plate to add extra spookiness.  Enjoy!

Photos and recipes courtesy Avocados from Mexico

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