Trick or Treat? The answer is, not this year. With Covid 19 continuing to be the party pooper when it comes to all things social, we are definitely having to think outside the box when it comes to our special occasions and social engagements. Zoom is, and continues to be, a godsend that allows us to celebrate with our friends and families even if we are not in the room.
We are just over a week away from Halloween, which in recent years has become a big deal when it comes to party season, whether or not you have children. This year, Halloween, like everything else, has to be enjoyed in a different way, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun.
Here are my tips for a socially distanced Halloween.
Plan that Zoom Party and Get into the Spirit
Get all your friends and family on board for a zoom party, and make sure you all plan to dress up.Think outside the box if you want to, it is perfectly acceptable to go dressed as Boris, Matt Hancock or Donald Trump this year. My personal favourite costume is a dead flapper which has just the right amount of glamour and horror for me. Costume’s can be as professional, or as DIY as you choose, but the secret is that everyone needs to be onboard to make it the most fun.
Food And Drink
This may be a socially distanced party, but that is no reason for scrimping on your food and drink. For me, this is all about red wine and steak, cooked medium rare with some blood running of course. A good fillet served with salad and chunky chips is real comfort food, and then needs to be served with a good quality red wine from Independent Wine. You are looking for a wine with a full body and richness to complement both the steak and the theme.
Le Camarde Negroamaro & Primitivo 2016 is just the perfect fit. It is a beautiful and complex Negroamaro and Primitivo blend. It also has the perfect flavours, of blackberry, chocolate and juniper which create a warm, rich mix, a blend of two great Southern Italian grapes: Negroamaro and Primitivo (which is also known as Zinfandel). Grown on old vines ranging from 45 to 50 years of age, the grapes are picked by hand in September. After fermentation, the wine is aged for three months in French oak to gain hints of vanilla and chocolate. This is a wine that will only improve with age, but it is also perfect for a special treat or occasion, so it is definitely worth pulling the cork this Halloween.
Sort Out Your Playlist
Music is definitely important for Halloween, and I must admit I have quite a few favourite spooky themed tracks. ‘There’s a Ghost in My House’ by R Dean Taylor (Northern Soul version), ‘The Killing Moon‘ and ‘People Are Strange’ by Echo and the Bunnymen’ and, of course, not forgetting the ultimate Halloween song, ‘Thriller’ by Michael Jackson. All will at least have your toes twitching after a glass of wine.