In the often conservative culture of the South (not talking to you, New Orleans), many wait anxiously for the one day a year when anything goes. Guys, you wanna wear a dress to the grocery store? Do it! Girls, have you been dying to dress like a lady of the night? No one will begrudge you your slutty Snow White costume on this one, sacred day … Halloween.
In honor of the holiday, here are a few tips from the Bourbon and Boots crew—and some highlights from our reader survey—on how to make the most of this special day.
First Priority: The Right Costume
Couples: Forrest Bondurant and Maggie Beauford from “Lawless”
Guy: Shirt buttoned to the top and layer on at least two cardigans, strap on some dirty boots and pants and glue the biggest set of fake stitches you can find across your throat. Wouldn’t hurt to carry a jug of moonshine.
Girl: Form-fitting retro dress, red hair and a cigarette always in your hand.
Bourbon & Boots Fans Best Costumes
We know you guys are a strange bunch (why else would you follow us?), but this is just scratchin’ the surface…
“Not Southern, but…I was the Dude from the Big Lebowski. I wore a fake goatee and walked around in a bathrobe and boxer shorts all night, with a white Russian in my hand. It was the most comfortable costume I’ve ever worn, and the most fun.”— Kelly W. of Leominster, MA
“I went as a Tri-Lam from Revenge of the Nerds. Looked the part. Wasn’t a Southern-themed movie, but what is more Southern than fraternities!”— Jay V., Philadelphia, PA
“I remember dressing up like Hank Williams, Jr. one year in college and walking around the neighborhood at night. Problem was, I wore these dark sunglasses and accidentally kicked this 5 year old girl trying to get candy. Her mom cussed me out.“ — Mike C., Little Rock, AR
How to Terrify the Neighbor’s Kids and your Own
Dress up like a scarecrow (covered up from head to toe) and wear a mask that covers your face. Grab a bowl of candy and make a sign that reads, “We’re not home, please take one piece.” Turn out all the lights in the house and sit perfectly still in a lawn chair on your porch holding the bucket of candy and your sign. A sneeze or cough will be enough to scare most kids reaching for a Snickers. Feel free to do your worst to those who reach for two.
A butcher knife and a ketchup packet go a long way with kids. Pretend to cut off your finger while making them a snack, and start screaming until they come to your rescue.
Hide in the closet in a gorilla suit and wait until your partner gets to the end of reading “Goodnight Gorilla” to the kids then jump out screaming, “THIS gorilla ain’t going to bed…he’s going to eat YOU!”
From a Fan:
“One year, a trick-or-treater tried to scare us. Our doorbell rang, and when I went to the door a very tall guy dressed like the Grim Reaper whose face was completely obscured by his costume was standing there. He didn’t say a word when I opened the door, but simply held out his hand. It had a piece of candy in it. I took the candy, and backed away from the door. He turned, still not saying a word, and left. It was incredibly creepy. The candy went directly into the garbage.” —Kelly W. of Leominster, MA
We’ve seen some great recipes online this year, and no one does Halloween better than Martha. Here is one of her recipes we can’t wait to try. This one is simple, but all about the presentation:
Blood Orange Cocktails
1 1/2 cups fresh blood-orange juice (from 7 to 8 blood oranges), chilled 6 tablespoons Solerno or other blood-orange liqueur
Combine blood-orange juice and liqueur in a large pitcher. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Pour into test tubes or small glasses.
*Bourbon & Boots note: We are lazy and know that you can buy bottles of Tropicana Blood Orange Juice at the grocery store. We also like to get rowdy on Halloween and will probably substitute the liqueur for moonshine… or worse.
Why stick to the standard jack-o-lantern face when you can get creative and show your true southern colors this Halloween? We carved our first pumpkin in honor of our two favorite things, bourbon and boots, of course. The second we carved in honor of one of our most heralded Southerners.
We know Bourbon & Boots fans are a creative bunch, so we would like to challenge you to a Southern Pumpkin Carving Contest. To enter simply carve a pumpkin in the form of one of your favorite Southern icons (feel free to exercise your artistic license) and submit photos to email@example.com. We’ll showcase the best pumpkins on our Facebook page on Halloween and choose a winner. Grand prize is a $100 credit to shop on Bourbon & Boots. Happy Halloween!
Have any more great Halloween ideas? We’d love to hear them so comment below!