Boozy Halloween Drinks for the Grown-Ups

Why should the kids have all the fun on Halloween? Make it a night to remember for the adults too with these spooky drinks that look frightful, but taste delicious.  We also share some tips on how to make your party punch and cocktails look extra eerie this year.

Liquid Vampire

Rave Review: “I serve it every year at my annual Halloween party. For a fun Halloween effect, add glow in the dark fangs, plastic eyeballs or little skulls to the punch.” — Marie Gould StOnge

Liquid Vampire

Photo by DIZ♥

Witches’ Brew

This recipe is nonalcoholic but many users add a little booze to make it party-ready. RIZZOJOJO says, “So easy. I add South Comfort! Was a huge hit at the party!”

Halloween Candy Corn Jell-O® Shots

An adult way to enjoy classic Halloween candy corn. Recipe creator Leslie says, “this version goes for a triple shot, so shoot responsibly.”

Halloween Candy Corn Jell-O® Shots

Photo by Leslie Kelly

Green Grog

Rave Review: “This is excellent! I served this at a Halloween party tonight and everyone kept telling me how much they loved it. Not too sweet, not too much alcohol, just right! I will definitely make this again.” — amydoll

Black Halloween Punch

Rave Review: “I added vodka to this for my “adult” party and I had to keep re-filling it!! Also, add different food coloring to the gloves to make it even spookier! We used extra blue, red, and green. Then we hung the gloves in our freezer with clothes pins so it froze the whole hand.”– krista

Black Halloween Punch

Photo by Allrecipes Magazine

Apple Pie Moonshine

Rave Review: “I made this and used spiced rum and apple vodka in one batch and spiced rum and caramel vodka in another batch. It was such a hit for Christmas that I have already had two people requesting more.” — Kari Walker

Fall Apple Pumpkin Shandy

Rave Review: “It was so good. I used the Saranac Pumpkin Ale and it was delicious.” — waterbabyaislynn

Tips for Making Your Drinks Extra Eerie

1. Make a slime ring from green punch.

Freeze green punch in a gelatin mold along with plastic bugs, spiders, and eyeballs. And place a few small glow sticks underneath the punch bowl: when the lights are turned down, the brew will radiate in a mysterious and unearthly fashion.

2. Make life-size zombie hands made from ice.

Buy a couple of latex or rubber gloves. Wash them thoroughly with dish soap and turn them inside out. Carefully pour in water. Fasten tightly at the wrist with a rubber band. The shape will turn out best if you hang the gloves, fingers down, from your freezer shelf. Plan to freeze for at least one full day.When it’s party time, run warm water over the gloves very briefly–just long enough to loosen the gloves from the ice–and carefully peel them off the frozen hands. The ice fingers break off easily, but that’s okay–the disembodied digits just add to the “zombie” effect.

3. Turn your punchbowl into a  smoky witch’s cauldron.

Mix up a punch of your favorite fruit juices in a large bowl and place it inside an even larger bowl, pot, or cauldron. Using tongs or extra-heavy-duty gloves add chunks of dry ice to the bigger container. This allows you to create that delightful creeping mist without putting dry ice directly into the punch, which can be dangerous. When you’re ready to create some magic, simply pour some hot water over the dry ice. Continue to add hot water and dry ice as needed. (Note: Never ingest dry ice! Be very careful when using dry ice. Always keep it out of reach of children and never touch it with bare skin; use tongs or extra-heavy-duty gloves.)

4. Make a batch of creepy gelatin shooters

Use red, green, and black cherry flavors. When they are set but not yet firm, place a gummy worm “crawling” out of each one.

5. Use plastic beakers from a party supply store or florist.

Pour shots of brightly colored punch into them, and invite your guests to take part in your “experiments.”

6. Float colored liqueurs and mixers in your punch bowl

Some will sink to the bottom, but that’s even creepier. Try grenadine syrup (to look like blood), crème de menthe or melon liqueur (to look like green slime!), or sour peach or orange schnapps (for pumpkin guts).

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