5 Creepy Cocktails

By: Cristen Conger

While the kids are trick-or-treating, shake up a creepy cocktail. See more cocktail pictures.
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Just because it isn't socially acceptable to trick-or-treat after puberty strikes, it doesn't mean that adults can't get in on some Halloween fun. In fact, second to St. Patrick's Day, Oct. 31 is probably the most popular day of the year for a little libation. But forget about the routine cranberry and vodka or pint of lager. Shake things up and get in the spooky spirit with one of these creepy -- yet delicious -- cocktails.


5. Ghastly Glow Punch

Don't let the fluorescent color frighten you away from this fizzy, fruity punch. Feel free to play around with the fruit flavors as well if the suggested ones don't suit your tastes.



  • 1 quart ginger ale
  • 1 cup cranberry juice concentrate
  • 1 cup mango, peach or orange sorbet or sherbet
  • fruit leathers


Combine ginger ale and cranberry juice concentrate in serving bowl. Drop sherbet by tablespoonfuls into punch.

Using Halloween cookie cutters, cut shapes out of fruit leathers. Sprinkle shapes over sherbet or use to garnish punch glasses. Serve immediately.

Serves six.

4. Dripping Blood Punch

Fresh blood oranges make ghastly garnishes.
Fresh blood oranges make ghastly garnishes.
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If you're looking for something to get a Halloween shindig started, you'll find a friend in grenadine.

Red grenadine syrup is the bartender's best friend on Halloween. Drizzle it over any bright concoction for a creepy Halloween garnish.



  • 8 thick slices cucumber
  • 4 cups pineapple juice
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 2 cups ginger ale
  • Ice
  • 8 tablespoons grenadine syrup


Combine pineapple juice and orange juice in large pitcher. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Cut cucumber slices into shape of vampire fangs (see photo). Stir ginger ale into chilled juice mixture. Fill glasses generously with ice. Pour punch over ice. Slowly drizzle 1 tablespoon grenadine over top of each serving. Garnish each serving with cucumber vampire fang.

For a hard version of this punch, replace the 2 cups ginger ale with 2 cups orange juice and mix in 1 cup (8 ounces) of tequila.

Serves 8.

3. Bloody Blast

Any other day of the year, you might call this drink a bloody Mary, but for a Halloween brouhaha, it goes by another name. Serve in a cauldron instead of individual glasses for a spookier effect.



  • 3 12-ounce cans of vegetable or tomato juice
  • 8 ounces vodka
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • Celery ribs and olives for garnish (optional)


Combine tomato juice, vodka, Worcestershire, horseradish, lemon juice and hot pepper sauce in pitcher. Chill at least 1 hour.

Pour into ice-filled glasses. Garnish with celery stalks and olives for "eyes," if desired.

2. Vampire Punch

Typically a summertime drink, sangria gets a fall makeover with the cranberry juice, just in time for Halloween festivities.



  • 1 750-milliliter bottle of dry red wine
  • 1 cup cranberry juice cocktail
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup cranberry-flavored liqueur (optional)
  • 1 orange, thinly sliced
  • 1 lime, thinly sliced


Combine wine, cranberry juice cocktail, orange juice, liqueur, if desired, orange and lime slices in large glass pitcher. Chill 2 to 8 hours before serving.

Pour into glasses; add citrus slices from sangría to each glass.

1. Witches' Brew

There all sorts of tonics and potions that fill Halloween punch bowls under the guise of witches' brew. This devilishly sweet iteration should satisfy young ghouls and old goblins alike.




  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1-1/2 to 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg


Process cider, ice cream, honey, cinnamon and nutmeg in food processor or blender until smooth. Pour into glasses and sprinkle with additional nutmeg. Serve immediately.

Serves four.

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