The arrival of fall means just one thing to some of us. No, not pumpkin spice everything. I mean Halloween! If there’s one day a year when you can flaunt your inner witch while consuming massive amounts of chocolate, it’s Halloween. If you’re hosting a Halloween party this year, here are some good-looking and tasty cocktails to prep and pour!
Origins of Halloween
Halloween is a truly unique holiday. It’s believed Halloween began as the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. Near the end of summer, the Celts of Ireland thought the barrier between the human world and the world of spirits became so thin that spirits could cross over. So they held parties to scare the ghosts away. Through the centuries, the tradition spread and morphed into the costume-wearing, candy-collecting debauchery we know and love in the U.S. and parts of Europe.
But Halloween is not just for kids. Adults love Halloween too, and not just for the costumes and candy. It’s the odd festivity of the night that makes it the perfect reason to host a creepy, creative party and craft a specialty cocktail. Or two.
Cocktails for a Halloween Party
Pick your poison. We have lined up 15 pretty Halloween cocktails that will impress and bewitch your most ghoulish guest! From a positively “boo”-tiful Cotton Candy Martini to the more sinister Bloody Zombie Rum Cocktail, you will find the perfect cocktail for a monster of a party.
Mocktail Suggestion for the Kids
For the little ghouls and boys at your party, tint clear soda or lemonade using food color. To get orange, start with one drop of red and two of yellow and make adjustments until you get the perfect pumpkin color! Serve with retro (and environmentally friendly!) black and white paper straws, for a wicked good Halloween mocktail.
If you want to pull out all the stops, you’ll want to use dry ice to chill your drinks and create some spooky fog. Warning – this is not for amateurs! For tips on how to store, handle and serve drinks using dry ice, check out this Betty Crocker post.
I’ve included a pumpkin spice drink too. Because, well, it’s also pumpkin spice season.
Magic Cotton Candy Martini | The Cookie Rookie
The Witch’s Heart Cocktail | The Flavor Bender
Hocus Pocus Halloween Cocktail | The Foodie Affair
Caramel Apple Sangria | The Sweetest Occasion
Poison Apple Cocktail | A Cup Full Sass
Candy Corn Cocktail | Tammilee Tips
Raspberry Peach Margarita | Cooks With Cocktails
Blood Orange Blackberry Rum Punch | Heather Christo
Witches Potion | Lil Luna
Devils Dark and Stormy with Dry Ice | Parsnips and Pastries
Black Heart Cider | Paper and Cake
Black Widow Cocktail | Giraffes Can Bake
Bats Brew | Eat Drink Love
Pumpkin Spice Cake Martini | The Snappy Gourmet
Bloody Zombie Rum Cocktail | Wicked Good Kitchen