Hocus Pocus Party (with Drinking Game Printable!)

Hocus Pocus is one of my favorite childhood Halloween movies (Double, Double, Toil and Trouble is definitely on the list). if you haven’t seen Hocus Pocus, it’s the perfect blend of campy humor, silliness and plot holes that are fun to point out. Recently I found out that one of my friends has not seen the movie and that my husband was fuzzy on the details (indicating it has been too long since he’s seen it for my liking!) This inspired an afternoon dedicated to viewing Hocus Pocus. In typical fashion, I turned watching a movie into an Event!

An evening's entertainment - the perfect accompaniment to viewing Hocus Pocus!

I adapted a drinking game from PopHangover, made a printable (which I have since revised – you’re welcome!), and we had an afternoon of cocktails, wine, and witchy snacks. I have created an invitation and the recipe for our cocktail as well (modified from a McCormick’s recipe). I created some invites to introduce your guests to the fun.

THE GAME!

The game is the most important piece of the day. It is fun and silly even without the alcohol. Feel free to add any “house rules” you come up with. The PopHangover site has many more options, but I wanted some that were easy for everyone to remember. We added a prop, using a witch’s hat – anytime someone started chanting Amuck, Amuck, Amuck, the last to join in had to wear the hat. This was a really fun element in our party!

THE DRINKS!

Drinks can be anything you desire! Certainly we had witchy wine and bourbon, but our special cocktail was the Hocus Pocus Fizz. This was a very smooth (almost tropical) pineapple and coconut rum drink topped with sparkling wine and tinted  to a virulent shade of orange! You can make this with pineapple juice, coconut extract and top with sparkling juice if you have children/nonalcoholic party goers.  We also had wine, I used these labels. 

THE SNACKS! 

We don’t typically have Halloween parties, so I have a board of Pins that has been sitting around for precisely this occasion. I went a little crazy and may have made too many, but it was so fun! Some of them are so easy that they would be a great recipe for little hands to help with.

  • Witches Hats – I used Halloween Oreos instead of the upside Fudge Stripe Cookies. I found some orange glitter, Pumpkin Spice flavored gel frosting and couldn’t resist! You simply lay down a ring of the frosting on the cookie (or around the Hershey’s Kiss) and press into the center of the cookie. I used Hershey’s Dark Chocolate Kisses for extra impact!
  • Witches Brooms – Simple! Gently twist a thin pretzel stick into an upside down Reese’s miniature.
  • Veggie Tray with pumpkin dip holder – Carve the top off your tiny pumpkin, ensuring you make a wide enough top so people can dip within. If not, you can provide a spoon to assist them. Scoop out flesh and seeds. You can save the seeds for a roasted treat if you desire. Rinse and pat the pumpkin dry, then fill with your dip of choice.
  • Caramel Apples – Kraft now makes Caramel Bits – gone are the days of tediously unwrapping piece by piece to create meltable caramels. The bit-size makes for fast melting in the microwave. Melt a bag with 2 tbsp milk and stir. Dip in your apples, sprinkle with your choice of topping and let dry on waxed paper!  They are so beautiful whole, but I think my next event shall be a DIY caramel apple bar with wedges for dipping (they are SO much easier to eat!)
  • Cauldrons of chili – I also made my standard chili as well as a white chicken corn chili.
  • And of course lots of orange snacks and candies: Cheetos, Doritos, Sour Patch Kids, Skittles, etc. If I had more time, I would have created some creative tags describing them as some witchy potion ingredients.

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I hope you enjoy! Let me know if you have any questions!

Salted Caramel Apple Cider

Fall is here! And it brings the best flavors. And the coldness to merit some piping hot drinks.

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After taking USMLE Step 3, I treated myself with a visit to Whole Foods and squealed with glee at the jugs of cider arranged so neatly. My next reward was a visit to World Market, a premiere destination for home goods and kitchen finds. Lo and behold, Torani syrup in salted caramel flavor! Not only that, but sugar-free!

So I mixed the two and it was heaven in a cup! Up next: trying the syrup with some dark hot chocolate. I’m sure Hungry Girl will have more ways to utilize this awesome sauce (totally legit use! For my Parks and Rec peeps). I’m thinking about some Rice Crispy treats