Halloween fun includes spooky shots, creepy cocktails

By Alison Lacey

Most students may feel too old for trick-or-treating this year, but there are more appealing grown-up Halloween treats. We’re talking spirits.

No, not ghosts. There are lots of fun Halloween-themed punches, cocktails and shots that will definitely put you in the holiday mood. Here are just a few to whet your palate:

Pumpkin Patch is a punch served in a pumpkin. Find one that is the size you are looking for – depending on how much you want to make – and hollow it out until it’s clean and there are no hanging strings. Inside, mix 1 part apple cider, 2 parts ginger ale, and 1 part rum and serve with ice.

Swamp Frog is also a punch. You will need 3 (2-liter) bottles of a caffeinated citrus-flavored soda, 1 (12-fluid ounce) can of frozen lemonade concentrate, 1 (12-fluid ounce) can of frozen limeade concentrate and 1 (750-milliliter) bottle of 190 proof grain alcohol of your choosing. Combine all of these in a very large container and serve with ice.

Pumpkin Pie is a shot made of 1 part Bailey’s Irish Cream, 1 part Kahlua, and 1/2 part Bacardi 151. Either sprinkle some cinnamon on top and drink as is, or, depending on how adventurous you’re feeling, the shot can be lit on fire. When sprinkled on top, the cinnamon will look like sparks. But make sure to blow it out before drinking.

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    Finally, the Blue Devil is a cocktail recipe. Mix together 1/2 teaspoon Blue Curacao, 1 ounce gin, 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon Maraschino. Shake it all together with ice, strain it into a cocktail glass and serve. It will come out to an almost neon blue color. Very supernatural.

    But if you’re planning on trying out any of these recipes, or otherwise planning to drink on Halloween, it’s important to be responsible about it. Be sure to drink in moderation, and if you decide to head out, make sure that you stay with a group.

    Lisa Pearson, sophomore in AHS, said she would be going out with the Zombie Mob at Allen Hall.

    The Zombie Mob is made up of a group of students that dress up like zombies and perform the “Thiller” dance from the famous Michael Jackson song all around campus, she explained.

    But if you find yourself alone and you really do just need to get home safely, the University provides services you can use.

    SafeRides is a service provided through the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District that will take you anywhere within the MTD route boundaries depending on your location. It serves most of Champaign, Urbana and part of Savoy.

    However, “SafeRides is not a party bus,” said Skip Frost, acting assistant chief of the University Police. “And if you want transportation from one party to another, that’s frowned upon.”

    If you simply need to walk home and you live on campus, you can call SafeWalks.

    SafeWalks runs from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. on weekends and 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. on weeknights, Frost added. Security escorts can take you anywhere on campus, the boundaries being Lincoln Avenue to Neil Street and Florida Avenue to University Avenue.