Welcome to the 13 Days of Halloween
So how many times over all the years of dressing up for Halloween have you been a vampire? And how many of you (myself included) have had visions of looking like a sultry, mysterious vamp or a terrifying “I vant to suck your blood” creature of the night . . . only to end up looking like something that more closely resembles this? Or even this? Yeah it sucks, doesn’t it? Well, in this post, I’m going share some inspiration, cleverness, tastiness, and kick ass make-up tutorials so you won’t end up looking like this or this. OK, OK, I’m done! . . . I lied, one more . . . or even this! Enjoy!
Party Decorating Ideas
As you can see from the examples, black spray paint and black lace are your go-to for creating an “undead” atmosphere.
I really appreciate the cleverness of the bats “flying” out of the vase. I’m sure you could buy a silhouette of Dracula, but also could project an image unto a black sheet, roll of wrapping paper or plastic table cloth then trace and cut.
For this, I recommend LED or flameless candles–safety first. Also, then you can use hot glue to attach the lace to the votive holder.
Simple and clever (the garlic) in its arrangement–love it. Silver metallic spray paint turns an ordinary glass candy dish into something extraordinary.
Use this template for bats, grab some black construction paper, and go nuts. (Crease them down the center for a 3-D look.)
These blood dripping candles can be created in all shapes and sizes (including tapers)–here’s how.
The tombstone examples I provide in “Inviting Zombies to your Party” would also work nicely for a vampire theme. Go check them out!
Music about Vampires for your Listening Pleasure
This is the first Rob Zombie song I ever heard and it remains a favorite, to this day. And holy crap–the video is a trip and a half!
Supermassive Black Hole–Muse
This song from the Twilight soundtrack simply kicks ass and is guaranteed to get anybody up and moving. There’s an original music video to this song, but I chose the Twilight one because . . . well, you know . . . the whole vampire thing. But hey, check out the original one too–its kinda freaky.
This song is from the Queen of the Damned soundtrack. Good movie. Good song. Stuart Townsend–good God!
Buffy the Vampire theme–Nerf Herder
This is an homage to “the little blonde girl who goes into a dark alley” but, this time, instead of getting killed–kicks some serious evil dude ass. To Buffy!
Werewolves of London
This one I got from Hampton Roads Happy Hour.
Vampire’s Elixir (from Skyy)
1.5 oz. SKYY Infusions Raspberry
.75 oz. White Chocolate Liqueur
1 oz. Half and Half
- Dress strawberry syrup on the inside and rim of a chilled martini glass.
- Combine remaining ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into martini glass. Garnish with vampire teeth.
Smoking Vampire Cocktail
Okay, this was just too cool not to share. Pay attention to what they say about using dry ice in the comments section. It’s pretty cool . . . and good to know.
In a shaker, half filled with ice, mix together equal parts Black Vodka, Chambord and Cranberry juice. Shake vigorously. Pour mixture into cocktail glass [that has the dry ice already added] and top off with 1 part club soda, garnish with a blackberry, and serve.
Bloody Shirley Temples
Here’s one for the DD of the party. I found this one from a site called Made from Pinterest. Yep, you guessed it, they test pins found on Pinterest and share their results with you.
- Pour Sprite over ice, wait until it stops fizzing. Squirt Grenadine in for a fun taste and look.
The Kinky Vampire
This one is being shared because I love Kinky.
Kinky Vampire Recipe
- 1 oz. Kinky Liqueur (pink)
- 1 oz. Vodka
- 3 oz. Cranberry Juice
- Splash of Lime Juice
- 1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
Blood Bath served with Bat Wings
This one’s an easy one: Blue corn tortilla chips (bat wings) and Salsa (blood bath) . . . Boom.
•1 Bowl of unseasoned popcorn
•1/2 stick of butter or margarine
Slowly add just enough red paste food coloring to turn the butter a nice shade of blood red. One teaspoon of Icing Color for every one stick of butter. While you could use regular liquid food color, it takes much more to get the desired color and it tends to stain much more. Using a wire whisk, mix the butter and coloring until it is thoroughly combined.
Slowly pour a small amount of the bloody butter over the pop-corn and then gently toss it with a large spoon. Repeat until the pop-corn looks as though its been splattered, not soaked, with blood. Serve in an appropriate serving bowl.
Caution – Since a fairly large amount of coloring is needed to get the color of blood, your tongue and hands will get red when eating this treat. Have plenty of napkins and towelettes available and be sure to warn your guests not to wipe their hands on your furniture, themselves, etc.
So if the fact that you’ll stain your guests turns you off of this frightful treat, here’s an alternative. I, however, say: it’s a Halloween party . . . wreak a little havoc!
- 8 cloves Garlic (more If You Can Take It, Less If You Can’t)
- 2 cups Shredded Parmesan Or Romano Cheese
- 8 ounces, weight Cream Cheese (or Mascarpone, A Sweeter, Italian Cream Cheese)
- 4 ounces, weight Mayonnaise
- 1 can (14 Oz. Size) Artichoke Hearts, Drained, Rinsed, And Chopped
- 1 pinch Salt (or More To Taste)
- 1 teaspoon Fresh Ground Pepper
Preheat oven to 350ºF.
Peel and mince garlic cloves. Then, sprinkle a pinch of salt onto the minced garlic, and mash with a fork until it becomes a lumpy paste (this helps reduce the amount of large garlic chunks in the finished product, and is an optional step).
In a large bowl, combine garlic, shredded Parmesan, cream cheese, mayo, artichokes, salt and pepper. Mix until ingredients are evenly distributed.
Spread into a greased (8×8 or similar) baking dish, put the lid on and bake for 30 minutes. Remove lid and bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until browned and bubbly on top.
Serve with French bread or toasted pita wedges.
Yeah, this one definitely has some serious garlicky kick. In fact, it was even recommended not to make this for date night. On the other hand, if your date eats some too–problem solved!
- 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
- ½ cup butter, at room temperature
- 1½ cups red velvet cake mix, dry
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- ½ cup mini chocolate chips
- assorted cookies and crackers (my favorite was Vanilla Wafers)
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add in the red velvet cake mix, the brown sugar and the powdered sugar. Beat until smooth and combined.
- Turn the mixture out onto a piece of plastic wrap. Wrap up into a ball and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
- Put the chocolate chips on a plate or in a shallow dish. Remove the cheese ball from the refrigerator and unwrap. Roll in the chocolate chips. (This might get messy!) Place on a serving plate and serve with cookies or graham crackers.
This is seriously yummy. I opt not to cover it in chocolate chips because (A) it’s a pain in the ass to give your cheese ball full coverage and (2) they kinda push that sweet factor over the edge. Less is more! Hey–how about molding it into a heart shape and driving a stake into it . . . good times.
This is a great hands on video that shows just how easy it is to make this great dessert. Remember: “it’s OK to leave a few chunks remaining.”
This is the best (and briefest) tutorial I could find for using fake nails as fangs. Genius–right? Take a look . . .
The BFFs did this one Halloween and they looked really great. Here’s a couple tips: make sure the tooth your applying to is completely dry before adhering and make sure you hold the “fang” in place for a little while to make sure it’s good and stuck. Eating and drinking aren’t recommended (just because it’s virtually impossible to do) but stick a straw in your cocktail and you’re good to go!
1. false eyelash adhesive to form the “bites’
2. foundation and powder to blend
3. black and gray eye shadow to give it shape and depth
4. red lip gloss for the finishing touch
(Ummm, please don’t do that to your eyes . . . just don’t . . . trust me)
A Couple of Make-up Examples
This is seriously cool . . . umm, if you’re eye brows are anything like mine–good luck getting them to do that.
This video is a great reference for the “realistic” look of the undead and examples the power of a costume contact. The music is a bonus and hey–how cool is the slow-mow-hair-blow he’s got going on?
The tutorial goes fast but that’s what the pause button is for. Practice. Don’t try and pull this look off a couple hours before it’s party time.
Annnd one more
For those trying to successfully achieve that Vampire Diaries squiggly under-the-eye thing but just can’t seem to get it right (ahem–vampire girl in bite tutorial), this one’s for you. This video is a titch long but so worth. Good tips and good laughs.
Here’s the Vampire Diaries “look”:
As far as costume suggestions go: you can wear what ever the heck you want, but here’s some DIYs just in case you’re stuck.
Well that’s it for this post. I hope you found some inspiration for vamping up your next Halloween party.
Until next time . . .