Congratulations to our winner Josh, who loves to mix up pumpkin martinis with a cinnamon and sugar rim. Come back on November 1 for another great giveaway.
I tend to go a little overboard with Halloween party preparations. Partly because I’m a lifestyle editor and partly because Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday, I’ve been thinking about pumpkins, DIY costumes and creepy food for months. But you can still have a low-stress Halloween gathering even if you haven’t planned a thing until this very minute. Yes, really.
Here’s your game plan: Make a sweet and a savory snack (say, maple nut popcorn and creepy chips with guacamole) and both kid- and adult-friendly punches. Kids will love our cemetery slime punch (complete with gummy worms!), and adults will be crazy for this Pumpkin Spice Sangria served inside a pumpkin. For a large group, ask guests to bring an additional appetizer or drink to share.
To help you out with last-minute decorations, we’ve partnered with Target to give one lucky Design Happens reader a free party pack complete with plates, napkins, straws, decorations and more. Read on for the full Pumpkin Spice Sangria recipe, plus enter for a chance to win this party pack.
Here’s the full list of goodies you’ll receive from Target’s Halloween shop:
- 1 Skeleton Apron
- 1 Large and 1 Small Metal Talon Serving Bowl
- Halloween Claw Servers (Set of Two)
- Skull Martini Shaker
- Prebaked Sugar Cookie Decorating Kit
- Chocolate Haunted House Prebaked Cookie Kit
- 1 Pack Gummy Monster Meat
- 1 Jar Pumpkin Face Gumballs
- 1 Box Gummy Tongues
- Crepe Paper Skeleton Garland
- Black and Orange Paper Straws (pictured above)
- Black and White Halloween napkins (pictured above)
- Small and Medium Plastic Drink Tray (pictured above)
What are you waiting for? Mix up a batch of this Halloween-perfect sangria right now.
Pumpkin Spice Halloween Sangria
2 honeycrisp apples
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup brown sugar, or more to taste
1 cup bourbon
3 cups apple cider
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
2 bottles pinot grigio, chilled
1 pumpkin, for serving (optional)
Thinly slice apples, pears and oranges lengthwise, then place in a large bowl. Coat with lemon juice to prevent browning. Add honey, brown sugar, bourbon, apple cider and pumpkin pie spice, stirring gently to combine. Cover and refrigerate for 2-4 hours, or overnight. Top with chilled pinot grigio and serve.
Serve in a pitcher or punch bowl, or give the punch extra Halloween flavor by serving inside a Jack O’ Lantern. Cut a circle in the top of a large pumpkin, then completely remove seeds and pulp. Fill with fruit and punch, then enjoy!
Tip: Decorate the exterior of pumpkin using a silver paint marker. Here, the cocktail name lets guests know what’s inside.
To enter for a chance to win this prize pack, leave a comment below. This giveaway’s question: What’s your go-to Halloween party food or drink?
You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited by law. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S., D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win. All entries (comments) must be entered between 12:00 p.m. ET on October 18, 2013 and 12:00 p.m. ET on October 21, 2013. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of the prize: $100.00. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932