Boo-zy Large Batch Cocktails for Your Halloween Party
Sometimes subtlety isn't on the menu.
Updated Sep 29, 2021 7:59 AM
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All Hallow’s Eve is the night to go all out—and that includes your libations. Want to up the fear factor? Consider adding some supernatural stirrers or ghostly garnishes. And dry ice, when done right, can be majorly mystifying.
From witch’s brew to pumpkin pie shots, these scary-good sippers are sure to make a splash at your upcoming Halloween bash—plus they’re easy to make in batches, so they’re perfect for groups.
Zombie Merlot Cocktails
When the zombie apocalypse occurs, we know what we’ll be drinking. This simple and spooky tipple comes together with merlot, maraschino cherries, and black licorice undead arm drink stirrers. Get the recipe on Love Maegan.
Blueberry Rickety Eyeball Punch
We love the look of this berry-flavored punch; the blueberry and lychee eyeballs are a cute and playful addition to this blueberry-flavored twist on a traditional soda fountain favorite.
The Blueberry Rickety incorporates blueberry juice, fresh lime juice, and sparkling water for a refreshing and non-alcoholic make-ahead drink; add gin for an adults-only party.
This punch recipe uses real pumpkin puree, so drinking it will take care of some of your veggie quota for the night, right? We won’t limit ourselves to saving this pumpkin punch spiked with warming rum for Halloween-it’s sure to be an all-fall favorite.
Evil Eye Cocktail
Bust out your Bailey’s and just eyeball it. (Get it?) Creepy ocular ice cubes, made with vanilla pudding, give each glass a dash of ghoulish goodness. Get the recipe on A Beautiful Mess.
Candy Corn Creamsicle Cocktail
This creamsicle cocktail calls for a festive combination of ice cream, Chambord, orange soda, candy corn, and sprinkles. Dry ice makes it bubble and fizz over. Ooooooh. Ahhhh. Get the recipe on Brite & Bubbly.
Harry Potter fans, you’re welcome. You may still want to invest in a costume, we can’t guarantee drinking this will help you take on a disguise. Lime sherbert, lemon-lime soda, and vodka make for a light punch that looks almost too easy to enjoy.
“Green Chemical” Cocktail
Channel your inner mad scientist with this “green chemical” cocktail. The formula? Midori, vodka, rum, and champagne. Serve in a sugar-rimmed glass beaker. Our hypothesis: Your guest will experiment with quite a few of these throughout the evening. Get the recipe on Club Crafted.
Candy Corn Punch
This show-stopping punch is shown in a pitcher, but we think you could easily double the recipe and serve it in a large punch bowl. Either way, the triple-layered presentation will thrill partygoers and satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth.
This frightful riff on a classic White Russian invites activated charcoal to the party (along with Kahlua and vodka). A swirl of heavy cream and white chocolate skull-topped stirrers enhance the eerie elegance. Get the recipe on Homemade Banana.
This (boozeless) blood red punch is sure to impress and panic party-goers. Top this sanguine sipper with a licorice straw. For a grownups-only fête, make it “sinister” by spiking with vodka. Get the recipe on Kleinworth & Co.
Spiked Jolly Rancher Punch
This tasty recipe delivers a candy-colored, large batch punch that comes by its alluring color naturally; the drink is a blend of cranberry juice, sparkling apple cider, and pineapple juice. Ginger ale brings even more the fizziness and the addition of flavored vodka makes this punch purely for adults (although, we’re pretty sure kids will be too busy with their actual candy to complain too much).
Vodka and orange juice get a green facelift for Halloween courtesy of Midori liquor. This decidedly adult punch is simple to create and makes green look positively elegant.
Magic Potion Punch
For a simple beverage, try this Magic Potion Punch, made from lemon-lime soda, grape juice, lemonade, and just a little grape jello powder. For adult parties, we think the addition of vodka (especially grape-flavored) would match well with the other flavors. This punch begs to be adorned with licorice spiders or multicolored gummy worms.
The dark hues of red wine sangria make for a naturally spooky Halloween drink that is easy and delicious to prepare ahead of time. Make sure you add some peeled grape “eyes” among the fruit you use to flavor the sangria .
This brown punch offers a yummy alternative to all the fruity punches out there. Made with diet root beer and chocolate and vanilla frozen yogurt, dressed up with some gummy worms, it’s a non-alcoholic drink that makes a satisfying party dessert as well.
This non-alcoholic punch gets its fizz from ginger ale, its spooky hue from lime drink mix, and its dramatic presentation courtesy of dry ice. Brew Ha-Ha-Ha’s simple, no fuss prep means that you can enjoy the party, too!
Pumpkin Pie Shots
We’d trade our stash of Halloween candy for this adultified dessert-meets-drink. More treat than trick, these pumpkin pie shots deliver sweetness straight up. Get the recipe on Mantitlement.
Witch’s Brew Cocktail
Grab your cauldron and brew up this electric green potion, a mixture of lemon-lime soda, vodka, pineapple juice, and gelatin. And for extra freaky fun, pour into a spider web goblet. Get the recipe on Recipe Diaries.
Originally published September 2015, updated October 2017.