Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Don't Let Your Halloween Become a Nightmare - Celebrate Responsibly

by Joy Spencer 
Halloween is quickly approaching, and will be especially busy with it landing on a Friday this year.

Halloween should be a fun, festive and safe celebration for everyone. Sadly, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Halloween is one of the year’s most dangerous holidays on the road due to alcohol-related crashes caused by those who drink and drive after parties and festivities. In 2012, 48 percent of all crash fatalities on Halloween night involved a drunk driver.

Here are some tips and reminders for party-goers, party planners, and business owners to plan ahead for Halloween safety.
  • Don’t serve alcohol to minors. The legal drinking age is 21 and, as a host, it is your responsibility to make sure minors aren’t drinking.
  • If you’re going to drink alcohol, make plans now for a safe ride home.
  • Party hosts should provide lots of food and non-alcoholic drinks to help guests pace themselves.
  • Bars or restaurants that are hosting costume parties, should make that sure customers are recognizable without masks and elaborate make up when checking ID.
  • Have the number of a cab company or public transit tickets available for guests or customers who’ve had too much.
  • If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, call your local law enforcement immediately.
  • Drive slowly and watch for children and party-goers crossing the streets.
  • Please remember that masks can impair your vision. If you are walking from place to place on Halloween night, the combination of alcohol and masks can be dangerous.
  • It may be difficult to judge a patron's/guest's level of intoxication when they are in character, such as Jack Sparrow.
  • Be extra diligent when monitoring patrons in your bar, restaurant or private party.

Stay safe and keep others safe around you by celebrating the holiday responsibly, and have a spooktacular time!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Eat, Drink, and Be Scary

Crystal Head Vodka

by Joy Spencer

Halloween cocktails are some of the most inventive, creative, and creepiest drinks around. 

If you are hosting a Halloween bash or any other party that could use some spooktacular spirits, go to to find your favorite and brew up some scary fun!

You can find these spirits and much, much more at Oregon liquor stores:

Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum
Captain Morgan Tattoo
Crystal Head Vodka
 Dead Guy Whiskey

Death’s Door
Espolon Reposado Tequila
Fireball Cinnamon Whisky
Jim Beam Devil’s Cut
Kah Tequila
Kraken Black Spiced Rum
Liquore Strega
Lucid Absinthe
Redrum Voodoo Spiced Rum

SinFire Whiskey
Stein Seven Devils Rum
Tarantula Azul
Tarantula Plata Tequila
Tequila Chamucos Anejo Especial

Rogue Dead Guy Whiskey

Death's Door Gin

Fireball Cinnamon Whisky

Kah Tequila

Lucid Absinthe

Redrum Voodoo Spiced Rum

Have a safe Halloween and please celebrate responsibly!

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