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Recipe Rescue: 7 Great Cocktails for a Grown-Up Halloween Party

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About 30 years ago, I thought I had this whole Halloween thing wrapped up like a Tootsie Roll. Put minimal effort into organizing a costume, (mostly going as a ‘hobo’ in my father's oversized clothes). Walk around the neighborhood on a freezing Ohio autumn night. Come home with a pillowcase full of more candy than I could comfortably carry. I didn’t even like candy. It was more a ‘hunter/gatherer’ thing -- a confection conquest. And thought is was awesome.

I was deluded.

Halloween, as an adult, is so much better! We still get to dress up, dress our kids up, walk the neighborhood taking pictures. But we also get to go to Halloween parties with other adults. (For many people, myself included, this is a rarity.)

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Halloween 2014 will be especially good since it falls on a Friday. After an epic trick-or-treat session, my husband and I will welcome the sitter, tuck the kids into bed and tip-toe down the street to my friend Monica’s house for a post-trick-or-treat drinks party.

Under a cloak of darkness, ghouls and goblins are welcome. Kids, however, are not.

Happy, grown-up Halloween!

Try One of These Halloween Cocktails Every Day This Week

Monday: Spiked Mulled Cider from Everyday Occasions

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Tuesday: Demon Cocktail from "Cocktails by Flavor," by Salvatore Calabrese

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Wednesday: Smashed Cherry Whiskey Cocktail by Remedy Quarterly

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Thursday: Clove-Scented Side Car by Shutterbean

Image via Shutterbean

Friday: Apple Cider Margaritas by How Sweet It Is

Image via How Sweet It Is

Saturday: The Jaded Lady Absinthe Cocktail inspired by Nick Tether

Image by Daniel Montoya

Sunday: Pomegranate Pear Bellini from One Hungry Mama

Image via One Hungry Mama

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