Watermelon Kegs Are So Last Summer

If you like BOOze, like we do, you probably heard about the watermelon keg that was all the rage this summer. Exactly what it sounds like, you clean out a watermelon, add a tap, some alcohol and viola! You’re the hit of the party!
Why limit this to just summer or just watermelons? Why not take the trend into Fall and tap a pumpkin, instead?

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If you hadn’t heard about watermelon kegs, this walks you through making one, and tapping kits can be purchased all over the internet (and I would assume most larger liquor stores).

Perfect pumpkin party accessories! Spotted at Total Wine, but I'm sure they could be found online if you don't have a TW nearby.

Perfect pumpkin party accessories! Spotted at Total Wine, but I’m sure they could be found online if you don’t have a TW nearby.

Now, I have not tried this, but as a fan of using pumpkins to serve everything from soup to dip, I don’t see why the thick skin and study wall wouldn’t work every bit as well (if not better) than a watermelon.

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Fill it with hot chocolate, crockpot pumpkin spice latte , pumpkin apple sangria or one of these other pumpkin drinks .

Craig and I indulged in these Pumpkin Hard Ciders, by Woodchuck Cider (I think they've become my favorite hard cider). Fantastic! Even just dump in a bunch of pumpkin beer or cider to fill your keg!

Craig and I indulged in these Pumpkin Hard Ciders, by Woodchuck Cider (I think they’ve become my favorite hard cider, period). Fantastic! Just dump in a bunch of your favorite pumpkin beer, wine or cider to fill your keg! Last year, we hit up stores like Total Wine and Cost Plus, which will let you build your own six pack – we tried probably 20 different pumpkin beers and ciders that way, to find the ones we liked best, without committing to a full six or 12 pack right away. Great way to figure out which is your favorite and which you’d like to serve “on tap”.

Another product we recently discovered,that would be phenomenal in a pumpkin, is a low-proof pumpkin spice liqueur by Mrs.Stacks (they make all kinds of low ABV spirits, but Craig and I have always opted for Dekuyper. This stuff is delicious! But, even being a low alcohol content, I would provide shot glasses as opposed to a standard Solo cup, for example.

Another product we recently discovered,that would be phenomenal in a pumpkin, is a low-proof pumpkin spice liqueur by Mrs. Stacks (they make all kinds of low ABV spirits, but Craig and I have always opted for Dekuyper). This stuff is delicious! But, even being a low alcohol content, I would provide shot glasses as opposed to a standard Solo cup, for example. You can find Halloween themed shot glasses at liquor stores, party supplies, dollar stores or online, cheap, at places like Oriental Trading Company .

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Just keep in mind, whatever you place in it will take on a slight pumpkin flavor, so be prepared for that and pick your poison, accordingly.

The white ones and little baby ones were my favorites, even though the grey ones we had coming up wild for a couple years after when we threw them over out back fence after they started to go bad. Beautiful bright peach flesh and smelled fantastic! Bittersweet though, seeing as how on the way back home from the orchard, we ended up in a terrible vehicle accident that totaled the truck and resulted in me needing two major back surgeries.

The white ones and little baby ones were my favorites, even though the grey ones we had coming up wild for a couple years after when we threw them over out back fence after they started to go bad. Beautiful bright peach flesh and smelled fantastic! Bittersweet though, seeing as how on the way back home from the orchard, we ended up in a terrible vehicle accident that totaled the truck and resulted in me needing two major back surgeries.

You could leave your pumpkin plain, paint on a face (or if you’re super careful not to carve out too much, peeling some of the outer skin for changes in color) but I think painting your pumpkin green and making it look like Frankenstein’s monster, would be perfect! The neck bolts offer a perfect place for a tap. A vampire with a tooth tap could be cute, too!

Inspiration for this blog - I saw this, and my blonde, BOOze-ridden brain immediately screamed "pumpkin keg"!

Inspiration for this blog – I saw this, and my blonde, BOOze-ridden brain immediately screamed “pumpkin keg”!

If you’re having kids or non-drinkers at your party, maybe do several; make smaller ones with cider or hot chocolate for those not indulging. I always make a huge pot of hot, mulled apple or cherry cider for our parties, for those who can’t, don’t or chose not to drink (one of my good friends husband had a horribly abusive alcoholic father, and for that reason, he never touched alcohol. He loved having something more festive than soda but non-alcoholic.) Also a great option for the DD in a group to feel more included. However, we also keep a bottle of rum and whiskey or an apple/cherry/cinnamon liqueur set aside, so if people want hard cider, they can mix it their way. Cinnamon whiskey (like Fireball) or apple whiskey (like the new Jim Beam Apple) – even honey whiskey or the pumpkin spice Mrs. Stacks would be great cider mixers, at least how I make mulled cider. If you make mulled cherry cider, as I do every so often, cherry pucker, cinnamon whiskey or vodka, and oddly enough, blackberry whiskey all pair well. If guests are “checking” keys at the door, flavored moonshine might be fun, too (especially when they have the fruit still in them and you get to nom all those spirit-soaked little treats).
Just make sure to clearly label which pumpkin is what (for example, happy faces are kid friendly/alcohol-free, while scary faces are alcohol included) and keep “adult” pumpkins up out of reach of small hands that may not fully understand. We’ve always made our parties kid-friendly until a certain time (usually from 6-8, when there’s a better chance of trick-or-treaters), and adults only after 8 (chances are, that’s about bedtime any way, so it gives parents an easy way to leave without feeling rude). Set up a special kid friendly zone with games, crafts and age-appropriate “scary” movies (“The Great Pumpkin”, for example) and keep their special kegs of hot cocoa or cider in that area. Of course, if you have any concerns, make them all non-alcoholic and provide mixers in a cabinet with a child lock or a “secret” spot kids aren’t allowed in.

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Have you tried this? Would you? Let us know if you do!

While we’re at it, check out all our past #FreakyFriday blogs, for more Halloween decoating, makeup, BOOze and other inspiration! And, don’t forget to follow #GlitterFantasy on ALL our social media, like Twitter, Instagram and especially Facebook , for even more exclusive, daily content.

Won’t You Be My BOO?

The Great Pumpkin

Oh The Tangled Webs We Weave

Children Of The Corn

Dem Bones!

An Apple A Day

Have A Bloody Good Time

Halloween Haunting On Any Budget

Spooktacular Halloween Beauty
This will surely have additional parts, as I find more and more spooktacular Halloween makeup ideas and tutorials.

Hair Raising Halloween
All about the day of ‘do.

In The Spirit
This is our BOOziest Halloween blog! Everything from DIY, black sugar/salt rims, to the verdict on dry ice being safe and even some skeletal stirrers.

The Cute, The Creepy And The Terrifying

Scary Mary, Quite Contrary
My #1 Halloween pet peeve as a cosmetologist and MUA, this is a concern for the health of you and your family.

The #TealPumpkinProject – whether you or a loved one has a food allergy, just hate sugary treats, or if your family is vegetarian or vegan, this is a must know.

All these blogs have additional links, to other Glitter Fantasy posts – for example,

The Great Pumpkin

has a link for tons of pumpkin recipes and

Won’t You Be My BOO?

has some awesome scary stories, in an additional link. Make sure to check them all out, and get your Halloween fix, Glitter Fantasy style!

Images: pinterest, facebook, personal.

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  8. Now I wish I were having a party. I really want to know how this works out even if I’m not as into the pumpkin flavor stuff as other people are. 🙂

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