Everything You Need to Stock Your Home Bar for Halloween
Only foolish mortals enjoy Halloween without cute barware and a boozy drink.
Real Talk: Halloween is way more fun when you're an adult. There are giant variety packs of candy to buy, classic horror movies to watch, cute decorations to hang and, best of all, a bar to stock.
Before you pick your usual poison (or experiment with a spooky, new sip), though, make sure you have everything you need from our essentials list below. There's nothing like a pair of ghoulish rock glasses or apothecary-style wine labels to get you in the Halloween spirit.
Prepare to chant "Double, double toil and trouble" every time you go back for a refill. Keep your favorite bottles of white and red at the perfect, bone-chilling temperature with a couple of these generously-sized stoneware bowls that look like cauldrons. You can use the larger one as an ice bucket and the smaller as a bowl for those giant variety packs of candy we talked about.
Your favorite garnishes will seem so much more thrilling in this little serving dish. Three silver skeleton hands rise up from the base and hold removable glass bowls that you can fill with lemon wedges, olives, etc. If you have kids, you can conveniently repurpose this piece later on into a hot chocolate or ice cream sundae bar complete with marshmallows, gummy worms and orange-and-black sprinkles.
There's no need to tempt fate and run the risk of pesky water rings when you have these gorgeous, Tarot card-inspired coasters. Each set comes with four ceramic tiles etched with depictions of The Wheel, The Moon, Death and The Magician. Your family and friends will be begging for a reading!
Cast the ultimate spell on guests by letting them shake, stir and sip their witches brew to perfection with these Halloween-themed cocktail sticks. For $2.50, you can mix and match stars, crescent moons, bats, ghosts and our favorite incantation, "Hocus Pocus."
What could be more perfect for summoning drinks and snacks than a serving tray that looks like an Ouija board? From the side, the bamboo wood server seems utterly ordinary, but up close it features a vintage Seeing Eye, moon and sun, and hands pointing to messages from the Great Beyond.
Is this a trick or a treat? We'll let you be the judge of that. Transform any bottle of white or red into a smooth blend of Beetle Juice, Tarantula Bite, Vampire's Kiss, etc., with a pack of these vintage apothecary labels. For $13, you'll receive a set of six, all printed on high-quality paper; all you have to do is peel, stick and sip!
Embrace your inner mad scientist and serve your latest concoction of liquid and liquor in these test tubes that double as shot glasses. The vials feature graduated labels like you'd see in a real lab and are set inside a wood holder for easy carrying and displaying. For $20, we'd snag two and put them to work as props for Halloweens to come.
With a name like Death & Co, this craft cocktail book is clearly a must-have for your Halloween bar cart. (And a keeper year-round.) Pick your poison — literally — by flipping through the 320 glossy pages, trying your hand at new recipes and learning all about the real bar based in Manhattan's East Village.