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Ravenswood Winery & Simon Doonan Have You Covered For A Fun Halloween

Sat, October 27, 2012 12:11pm EDT by Russ Weakland Add first Comment

Getting ready for Halloween? Ravenswood Winery is as well with the presentation of Simon Doonan’s Do’s and Don’ts for an Edgar Allan Poe-Themed Halloween Party! Check it out!

When it comes to Halloween, there is a plethora of fun to be had! And Simon Doonan, the Creative Ambassador-at-Large of the New York City-based clothing store Barneys gives you his Do’s and Don’ts for an Edgar Allan Poe-Themed halloween Party! And its awesome!

Simon Doonan’s Do’s!

DO enjoy it! Halloween is definitely my favorite holiday because it is all about self-expression and fun…and some quality hooch. Nobody dreads Halloween. People always feel good about Halloween. It’s a great time to express your personal style and your sense of fun.

DO impersonate! What better time to pay homage to your heroes and anti-heroes: I’m talking Ziggy Stardust, Winston Churchill, Kermit or Kim Kardashian and yes, Mr. Gothic glamour himself, the late great Edgar Allan Poe.

Do let rip! Halloween is a great time for a little Halloween heroism, by which I mean knock back the Ravenswood (how Poe-tastic is that Raven-embellished label?) and have a good time! A really, really good time.

DO look stylish! Halloween is also the perfect opportunity to step up your fashion quotient: higher heels, daring chapeaux, tighter frocks…and that’s just the men.

DO decorate! Make the effort to change the decor of your pad in some way. Start by dimming the lights and stringing up a few fake cobwebs, and then go for it and start channeling your inner Edgar Allan: stuffed ravens, cardboard coffins, paper skull lanterns, dangling skeletons, leaping spiders.

Then see how long you can leave it up (I’ll wager you won’t last until Thanksgiving).

Simon Doonan’s Don’ts!

DON”T not carve pumpkins! A little crafty creativity is an important element in every party. Pumpkin
carving always produces strange trippy results, especially after a few vats of Ravenswood.

DON’T forget to flaunt yourself! Halloween is a great time to show off your hidden assets. If you have a great pair of legs then flaunt them in a mini-length ghost costume. Maybe your day job doesn’t allow too much cleavage. If so, then Halloween is the time to give the girls an outing!

DON’T play dorky music! Halloween is not the time for Burt Bacharach. It’s all about a goth-punk- disco mix: The Cramps, Joy Division, Bauhaus and yes, a little Metallica for good measure!

DON’T scare the crap out of your kids with too much gruesome horror. As much as you might light vampires and corpses, your kids need a kinder and more caring approach. How about dressing your brat as the Paparazzo from Hell? Or the DJ from the Crypt? Or a Toddler with a Tiara?

DON’T get scared…of the kitchen. You’d be surprised how some seasonal fruit, nuts and a well-named Halloween hors d’oeuvre – a chicken breast can so easily morph into “medallions of blanched raven” – can get people into the spooky spirit of the

So HollywoodLifers, How do you like this idea? We love it and we think you should give it a try!

Russ Weakland