Welcome to another frightening Halloween post. This makes number three—time sure flies, huh? Longtime readers will recall my two previous posts (here and here) in which we discussed scary seasonal drinks appropriate for either an impending Halloween shindig or for a night on the couch ignoring the doorbell while stuffing your face with Kit Kats and marinating your mind with a bunch of gory fright flicks.

Here’s a potent one, that’s basically a modified manhattan.

Jason Takes Manhattan

2 oz whiskey
1.5 oz apple cider
2 tablespoons pumpkin ice cream
1 dollop of maple syrup
1 dash cinnamon
Cinnamon stick for garnish
Nutmeg for garnish

Mix ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into martini glass. Garnish with cinnamon stick and/or nutmeg.

But what good is a cocktail without an awesome Halloween party game? I "borrowed" this one from www.drinkoftheweek.com, and it’s ideally suited for watching a whole evening’s worth of hack-and-stack, dead teenager movies. Anything from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th, or Halloween oeuvre should work swimmingly. I guarantee you’ll be totally hammered well before the closing credits roll.

Take one drink every time:

• We see the killer but the character on screen can’t.
• The victim runs upstairs instead of out the front door.
• Something or someone darts quickly in front of the camera causing the main character to turn around or look up
• The one black character hanging out with a bunch of white kids gets killed.
• There’s an "omigod" fake scare shortly before a real one.
• One character comforts another and assures them "it’s all over now."
• Anyone drinks alcohol, smokes pot, or engages in premarital sexual activity

Take two drinks every time:

• The killer is apparently dead but rises to chase and stab again.
• A character trips while being chased through the woods.
• Characters decide to split up rather than stick together.
• A body tumbles out of a hiding place scaring the bejeezus out of still-living characters.
• A character says "I’ll be right back."
• A cell phone either can’t get a signal or runs low on power.
• A character hides under the bed or in a closet and witnesses the killer murdering one of the other characters.

If any of my drinking buddies have their own suggestions for drinks, games, costumes. hors d’oeuvres, or what have you, leave ’em in the comments section. Boooooo!