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Find out how to make spooky recipes like Spider Web Brownies and Vampire Blood Smoothies with Linda Sadler’s 101 Spooktacular Halloween Party Ideas.

Here’s an easy Black Magic Punch recipe that will cool down all your guests at your unforgettable holiday party.

Black Magic Punch

  • 1 liter bottle Ginger Ale (refrigerated in advance)
  • 1 small envelope unsweetened orange soft drink mix
  • 1 small envelope unsweetened grape soft drink mix
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 3 quarts cold water

1. In a large punch bowl, mix together orange and grape mixes, sugar and water—stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.
2. Add the ginger ale.
3. Serve and enjoy. Makes 20-1/2 cups of punch.

 

Ingredients:
46-oz. can pineapple juice, divided
3 oz. pkg. orange or lime gelatin
64-oz. carton orange juice
1-liter ginger ale, chilled
1 qt. orange or rainbow sherbet

Directions:
Bring 1 cup of pineapple juice to a boil in saucepan. Stir in gelatin until dissolved. Allow to cool. Transfer to a large pitcher. Add orange juice and remaining pineapple juice. Chill. Just before serving, pour into a punch bowl; add ginger ale and mix well. Top with scoops of sherbet. Serves approx. 24.
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“Each year in the Michigan neighborhood where I grew up, we had a costume parade for the kids. The year I was seven, I was very eager to win a prize – I’d ridden my bike in the parade every year since I was three, but as yet had won nothing. Problem was, I had no idea what to be. Well, when day of the parade arrived, I still had no idea what to be! There I was with no costume…my little brother was all ready to go, but I was drawing a complete blank. I was in tears, but my mom stayed as calm as ever. She told me there was still plenty of time left – all I had to do was be creative, look around, and let something come to me.

What would a “haunted” home be without a spooky jack-o’-lantern lighting the way for trick-or-treaters on Halloween night? Come October, pumpkins of all shapes and sizes can be seen sporting traditional spooky faces. And not only faces – many clever carvers whittle designs of all kinds into the vegetable’s skin, from cartoon characters to landscapes to political candidates.

But how did the tradition of carving pumpkins start in the first place? Creating lanterns from vegetables was a practice in Britain and Ireland long before pumpkins became a Halloween emblem, but the legend of the jack-o’-lantern has its roots both in Irish folklore and a strange, natural occurrence.

The term “jack-o’-lantern” was once used to describe the ghostly lights that would sometimes appear over bogs at nightfall. Some scientists theorize that the phenomenon is caused by the oxidation of gases created by decaying plants, but local folk tales offer many more fanciful explanations. One version tells the story of Jack, a lazy drunkard who managed to trap the devil in a tree, refusing to let him go until he’d extracted a promise from him never to claim Jack’s soul.

After he died, Jack found he wasn’t welcome in heaven. But he wanted to go somewhere, so he appealed to the devil. Unsympathetic, the devil also turned him away – but not before giving Jack an eternally burning flame from hell’s own fires to light his way. Jack ensconced the flame in a makeshift lantern carved from a turnip, and from that night on he became known as “Jack of the Lantern” – or, “Jack-o’-lantern.” Legend has it that his lonely soul has traveled the world ever since, looking for a place to rest, and that his light is the one seen haunting the bogs at night.

Eventually, jack-o’-lanterns came to be associated with harvest time, and Irish children began carving faces into turnips and potatoes, using them to decorate their homes on All Hallow’s Eve. The custom accompanied Irish immigrants to America, but as pumpkins were both easier to carve and more readily available in the United States, they eventually replaced the traditional turnip.

Whether you carve it yourself or buy one pre-made, enjoy your Halloween pumpkin!