Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays.  From an epic candy haul as a short cake to a tee peeing maniac teenager and then on to a college road trip professional I leaned into this holiday.  Even as a young adult and through parenting Halloween has always been special.  Along the way I’ve learned that it is a great time to just be a kid again, and having a costume that makes people laugh…even at you is the best.
I have learned that the best drink to warm yourself after taking the kids trick or treating in freezing temps is the Hot Toddy.

  • One part hot beef consume
  • One part Jim Beam
  • Serve in a copper mug

I have learned that a costume pot luck with some sort of competition for 1st pick is a great way to get a group on board and actually in costumes for a great night out.
I have learned that guacamole is one of the best pre-gaming items

  • Four Avocadoes diced
  • Half of a red onion diced
  • 1 cup diced cherry tomatoes
  • Juice from 3 limes
  • 2 heaping teaspoons Mangia Dry Rub
  • I-2 cups fresh diced cilantro
  • 1 jalapeno seeded and diced

Most of all I have learned that enjoying the company of friends and family around Halloween is about as good as it gets.
Happy Halloween!
Be sure to check out our Halloween Cooking Vamp aka Spooking Vamp and see what my costume is this year!
– Bob, 1/2 MangiaTV