Friday, October 30, 2015

Alucard's Bat-tastic Guide To Hallowe'en On Roku..... - Day #30 - FIENDISH FOOD FRIDAY (Fifth Course)

Welcome back, Boils & Ghouls...

... to 'Day Thirty' of "Alucard's Bat-tastic Guide To Hallowe'en On Roku" which brings us to the fifth & final "Fiendish Food Friday" for 2015 - a series of posts in which I have recommended a selection of food-related Roku channels - each offering suggestions for some "scary starters", "macabre mains" and "devilish desserts" plus an assortment of (ahem) "finger food" - making it easier for you to cater to the ghoulish guests at your beastly ball at Hallowe'en Hall on October 31st !!

By now, your macabre menu should have been well & truly sorted... so, rather than share another food channel offering suggestions for more ghastly grub to feed your ghoulish guests, we thought we'd end this series of posts with a beverage-related Roku channel to help get your own Hallowe'en party started, by providing some instructional videos for a range of seasonal cocktails that you can enjoy now and then bestow upon your fiendish friends when they arrive at your spooky soirée tomorrow night !!

In case you were not already aware, this libation-based Roku channel can be found in the "Food" genre (i.e. category) of the Roku Channel Store in all regions. Generally speaking, 'Drinks [by]' provides a collection of over 4,000 instructional videos containing recipes for all kinds of drinks from Cocktails to Smoothies, Party Shots, Teas, Ethnic Drinks, Holiday Specials & more. These "How-To" style videos can be used to improve your mixing and shaking skills to such a frighteningly good level, it could leave your Hallowe'en party guests in complete shock and awe, as they marvel at your new-found bartending talents !!

Obviously, having multiple genres to choose from (shown as "Categories"in the main menu) as part of the 'Drinks [by]' Roku channel means not all of the included content is relevant to this post. However, the inclusion of a 'Search' function - found under "Categories (Options*)" in the main menu - HINT: Give just three clicks of the 'LEFT' directional arrow from 'Home' within the "Categories (Options*)" sub-menu and you'll be on 'Search' - meaning it is very easy to whittle down the list, by sticking to our general theme, and entering the word "Halloween" as a search term, to obtain a set of results that are specific to our requirements.

Now, ordinarily, you'd use an original Roku remote to enter text via the on-screen keyboard shown:- 

HINT: Click on the above image to ENLARGE IT for easier viewing !!

Although, if you've tried that method previously, you'll know that it can be a bit fiddly to "type" your search term  into the required field. For this reason, I STRONGLY RECOMMEND that you enter the required text USING THE FREE ROKU REMOTE APP for either iOS (if you have an Apple mobile device) or Android, since the keyboard for touch-screen mobile devices are (generally) far easier to use than the directional buttons on a remote control when it comes to typing. If you have yet to install the Roku app on your mobile device, you can download them easily by using the relevant link(s) below:- 

If you have an Apple mobile device (running iOS 7.0 or later)...

Or, for those of you with Android mobile devices (running Android 2.3 and up)...

Even if you don't intend using the app(s) with this particular channel, I would urge you to go ahead and download them anyway because of the increased functionality they offer over the original Roku remote(s). You could also find that the app makes using your Roku streaming media player far easier (yes, that is possible) and, not to mention, an all together more enjoyable experience, too !!

Anyway once you've entered the search term, "Halloween", and then hit the on-screen 'Search' button to perform the task, you should then see a message saying: "Searched Results For. Halloween". Beneath this will be a list of instructional videos for drinks recipes that will be suitable for serving at any Hallowe'en party (including several non-alcoholic options for kids & designated drivers, etc). To give you some idea, as of the date of this post, searching for "Halloween" drinks recipes via the 'Drinks [by]' channel gave results for twenty-five Hallowe'en Cocktail videos, as shown:-

  • How To Turn Hallowe'en Candy Into Cocktails
  • Hallowe'en Nog - A Hallowe'en Cocktail
  • Hallowe'en Cocktail - The Vampire Bite
  • Pirates of the Caribbean Hallowe'en Cocktail
  • Hallowe'en Green Eyes Cocktail
  • Hallowe'en Spooktacular Punch
  • Ghoul Drool Hallowe'en Drink
  • Hallowe'en Ghost Hand Punch
  • How To Make Scary Hallowe'en Punch
  • How To Make Your Cocktails Spooky For Hallowe'en
  • Hallowe'en Cocktail - Black Widow Martini
  • Bloody Butcher - Hallowe'en Mocktail (NON-ALCOHOLIC)
  • Hallowe'en Special Black Cherry Cooler
  • Hallowe'en Cocktail - The Heart's Blood
  • Hallowe'en Cocktail - Dram"BOO"ie
  • Hallowe'en Cocktail - The Kinky Vampire, with Kinky Liqueur
  • Hallowe'en Cocktail - The Thing Cocktail
  • Hallowe'en Cocktail - Glow In The Dark Cocktail
  • Hallowe'en Cocktail - Zombie Bite, with Lucid Absinthe
  • The Poison Mocktail - For Hallowe'en (NON-ALCOHOLIC)
  • How To Mix Hallowe'en Pumpkin Punch
  • Eyeball Hallowe'en Punch
  • The FullyRaw Jungle Juice
  • Spinach Banana Green Monster Smoothie (NON-ALCOHOLIC)
  • Pumpkin Spice Skinny Chai Latte (NON-ALCOHOLIC)

You could also try searching this channel, or (perhaps) the 'YouTube' channel, or even elsewhere (including online) for some past favourites from previous Hallowe'en celebrations, such as these:-

  • Hallowe'en Screwdrivers with Black Vodka and Orange Juice
  • Hallowe'en Bloody Brain Shooter
  • Flaming Jack-O-Lantern Cocktail
  • Klingon Disrupter Shooter
  • Dracula's Libation Cocktail
  • Obituary Gin Cocktail
  • Warts and All Cocktail
  • Graveyard Cocktail
  • How To Make a Screaming Banshee Martini
  • The Nordic Death Cocktail
  • Voodoo Lady Cocktail
  • Flaming Zombie Cocktail
  • Tasty Holiday (Hallowe'en) Cocktail - Infused  Rum Drink with Blackberries

Given that there's now less than 24 hours until Hallowe'en, we thought this would at least afford you an opportunity to put your feet up & try any of these creepy cocktails before deciding on which one(s) to serve to your guests (or liven up your own evening) tomorrow. That said... AS ALWAYS, when it comes to the consumption of alcohol, PLEASE REMEMBER TO DRINK RESPONSIBLY !!

With that in mind... and NOT that we're suggesting you do BUT even if you were to test several creepy cocktail recipes, from this collection of "How-To" videos, between now and when your guests arrive, it should still allow you to find the perfect poison for your fiendish festivities & help improve your mixing skills in the final hours before your own humdinger of a Hallowe'en (H)extravaganza (sic) !!

Meanwhile, according to the channel description for 'Drinks' by, taken from the Official Roku Website, the channel was developed for Roku by Future Today Inc. (which happens to be the company behind If that sounds familiar to you, it could be because they are also responsible for the development of the 'FitYou' channel on Roku streaming media players, as well as the food channel 'Bollywood Masala' and MANY OTHER FAMILIAR FOOD CHANNELS from the Roku channel store(s) IN ALL REGIONS. Should you need to contact Future Today Inc. (the developer of the 'Drinks [by]' channel) you can easily do so via the Twitter Feed: @ifoodtv or else, get social through: (Facebook). Of course, you can always find out more about Future Today Inc. by visiting the Official Website VIA THIS LINK, where you will find their full contact information PLUS details of their other associated websites. 

Those of you who wish to add this channel to the Hallowe'en-themed entertainment on your Roku player(s) are going to have to do so by navigating to the "Food" genre (i.e. category) from within the Roku Channel Store on your streaming player(s). The reason for this is that the ACCESS CODE for this channel REMAINS UNKNOWN, having yet to be made public via any of the usual sources. Sadly this means that, if you are unable to access the Channel Store on your device at this precise moment, you will not be able to add the channel by simply LOGGING-IN to your Online Roku Account, scrolling down to the 'Manage Account' section, and using the "Add a Channel" option to take care of things using an ACCESS / VANITY / INVITATION CODE. Sorry about that !!

Anyway, that's pretty much all there is to it, except to point out that  the 'Drinks [by]' channel has been given an average score of "3.5 out of 5" from 469 ratings (so far) in the channel store description from the Official Roku Website. That statistic alone should be reason enough to give this a try, never mind the fact that ALL VIDEOS ARE FREE-TO-WATCH too !!

Still, that's all for today... but remember to come back in 24-hours for 'Day Thirty-One' and the last instalment of "Alucard's Bat-tastic Guide To Hallowe'en On Roku" for this year, when I will provide your final dose of Hallowe'en / Horror-themed content for streaming via Roku player, as we finally reach the conclusion of our "Countdown To Hallowe'en" for 2015... but, when you're done with this blog, don't forget to visit the other contributors to the 2015 Countdown To Hallowe'en and see what Hallowe'en "treats" they have in store for you as you "trick 'r treat" their (virtual) homes !!

Fangs again, for stopping by !!

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