40+ Haunting Halloween Cocktails and Shots

Scary Drinks for Your Halloween Party

Ghostbuster Cocktail
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Halloween is an excuse to get a little weird and take our imaginations to limit. It is also one of the best times to create truly unique cocktails. Some are more gimmick than taste, but the novelty is part of the fun with this holiday.

These haunting drinks are great additions to any Halloween party. From bewitching martinis to cocktails from the pumpkin patch and a few novelty shots, there is sure to be a perfect for your monster bash.

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    Hennessy Cognac Jack-O-Lantern Cocktail
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    A popular name for Halloween drinks, a number of recipes have taken on the Jack-O-Lantern moniker over the years. Yet, few are as simple or as eye-catching as this one.

    Cognac, Grand Marnier, and orange juice create the perfect, simple drink for Halloween. It's topped with a hint of ginger ale to rev up your taste buds, but ​it's the Halloween-worthy garnish that takes it from ordinary to extraordinary.

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    Anyone in the Mood for Candy Corn?

    Camarena Tequila Candy Corn Cordial Cocktail
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    Many attempts have been made to recreate the taste of candy corn in a glass. They may not get it exact, but it sure is fun trying.

    Candy Corn Cocktail - You'll have fun preparing this recipe. It infuses kettle corn into a bottle of gin and pairs that with Moscato wine and homemade grenadine.

    Children of the Corn - Again, you get to make candy corn-infused vodka for this otherwise easy cocktail. It is guaranteed to be the talk of the party.

    Peach Candy Corn Cocktail - The easiest layered candy...MORE corn cocktail you can make, this one features sparkling peach and pineapple with whipped cream vodka. Of course, there's whipped cream involved, too.

    Candy Corn Shooter - A round of shots? Practice your layering skills with this tasty little drink and recreate the look of those tiny candies.

    Candy Corn Oranges - Hollow orange peels are the mold for Jell-O shot layers spiked with Cointreau. Add a little coconut milk and you have a great tasting, very fun party favor.

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    Hypnotize Guests With a Spook-Worthy Martini

    Halloween Hypnotist Cocktail
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    Are you hosting a fancier party or just want to show off your new cocktail glasses? Any of these quick and stunning martinis will do. Of course, it's Halloween, so there's always a trick or treat involved.

    Halloween Hypnotist - A drink with a haunting, eerie blue glow. What more could you want for a Halloween party? It's both easy and fruity, just don't forget the glow stick.

    Blood and Sand - Go old-school with a truly great Scotch Manhattan with a splash of cherry brandy and...MORE vermouth.

    Devil Cocktail - Pour this unexpected brandy classic for friends who need a bit of a shock.

    Satan's Whiskers - Give your Perfect Martini a little citrus boost in this stunning and easy cocktail.

    Vampire Kiss - It's fancy, it's fun, and it combines vodka, Chambord, Champagne. Be sure to rim the glass with a bloody red rim.

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    Bobbing for Apple Cocktails

    Sam Hernandez's Candy Appley Moonshine Cocktail
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    Apples are the fruit of fall and you can never get enough, especially on Halloween. From spiked cider drinks to sweet caramel apple goodness, these cocktails are winners.

    Candy Appley Cocktail - A bit of moonshine in your sparkling cider?This drink might not be what you expect from moonshine and that is a very good thing.

    Candy Apple - A little Veev Acai Spirit mixed with apple cider and apple liqueur. It certainly is a tempting little treat.

    Caramel Appletini - Creating a caramel apple in a glass...MORE is much easier than the real thing. UV Green Vodka and butterscotch schnapps are all you need.

    Toffee Apple - Fancy and simple, this sweet little apple martini features a homemade toffee syrup.

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    The Devil's in the Drink and on the Rocks

    The Popular El Diablo Tequila Cocktail
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    Low and slow. If that's the way you want to roll, these tequila and whiskey lowballs are ideal. They're packed with attention-grabbing flavor, just the thing you need for a memorable night.

    El Diablo - Packed with the flavors of tequila and ginger beer, this is a devilish little drink that will spark the Halloween spirit in anyone. 

    Fright Night in the Grove - Shock your guests by serving Jagermeister and tequila in style and on the rocks.

    Witch Hunt - Scotch and lemonade? Discover how to...MORE make the two work with the help of a bewitching liqueur.

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    Cocktails That Put the 'Trick' in Halloween

    Frog in a Blender Cocktail
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    Admittedly, these drinks are more gimmick than anything else. Yet, you have to appreciate the concepts, the looks, and the ease of mixing these up. They are filled with fun ideas to set your party apart.

    Frog in a Blender - Create a mess out of your vodka cranberry by giving this chunky lime drink a whirl in the blender.

    Skeleton in Your Closet - Do you have any Skeletons in Your Closet? Admit it, we all do. But now there's a variation of the Margarita that takes it a step further.

    Swamp...MORE Water Surprise - Making Jell-O shots for the party? Save a bit of the jiggly treat for this fun rum cocktail and give it a creepy vibe.

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    A Bloody Good Time

    Skeleton Key Cocktail - Halloween Party Drinks
    Travis Fourmont

    No rhyme or reason, just bloody good drinks that will entertain and refresh. 

    Skeleton Key - This unique bourbon cocktail includes elderflower and ginger beer and has an easy bloody garnish. Bottle of bitters be gone!

    Death by Chocolate - Or you could throw all rules out for the night and overdose on chocolate in this blended bliss of a drink.

    Dr. Teeth - Now we're going to ask you to infuse your bourbon with Milky Way candy bars? Do you think you can handle that?

    Dracula's Kiss - And we...MORE come back to reality with a simple cherry vodka and cola drink. That's easy enough!

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    Would You Enjoy a Ghost in Your Glass?

    Black Widow Cocktail
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    These fun drinks hold one spirit until the very last minute. When it's time to pour, you'll have a little something extra floating around in your glass.

    Black Widow - You will need to find or make black vodka to pull off this apparition in a glass. It takes your vodka-cranberry to a new level of Halloween fun.

    Ghostbuster - What's that floating in your peachy-melon cocktail? Looks like a white spirit of some sort.

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    Spider's Kiss Cocktail with Midori Melon Liqueur - Halloween Cocktails
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    Halloween is the perfect excuse to play with color. If you're looking for glowing green cocktails, a melon liqueur like Midori is essential. 

    The glowing green liquid of the Spider's Kiss is eerily enhanced by a web of chocolate, but it doesn't stop there. A drizzle of grenadine finishes off this fruity drink in bloody style.

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    Vodka Cocktails as Black as Night

    Black Magic Cocktail
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    Halloween's the perfect excuse to break out the black vodka.It is a novelty that makes an appearance just once a year, but it's worth hunting down.

    Black Magic - An easy made-from-scratch soda drink awaits your ghoulish guests.​

    Black Cat - Tasty, simple, and dark as can be, your costume-clad guests will dig a sip of this cherry and cranberry cola cocktail.

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    From the Pumpkin Patch

    Pumpkin Shandy Recipe with Pumpkin Beer and Cointreau
    Bring your summer shandy into autumn with this easy Pumpkin Shandy recipe. Photo Courtesy: © Cointreau

    Pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin! Bring your craving for all things pumpkin to the party with a fantastic cocktail.

    Pumpkin Shandy - Pumpkin beer on your shopping list? Improve that seasonal brew with pumpkin butter and create this delicious shandy.

    Pumpkin Old-Fashioned - Bring a favorite bourbon drink into the Halloween season with a bit of pumpkin puree and maple syrup.

    Spiced Pumpkin - Not sure what to do with that pumpkin pie vodka? This creamy, spiced pumpkin martini is a perfect place to begin.

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    All The Things That Go Bump in the Night

    Zombie Cocktail
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    Filled with flavor and screaming for a good time, your party will be complete with one of these irresistible recipes.

    Zombie - How will you make your Zombie? Choose old-school or modern fruit punch, either way, this boozy mix is always a favorite.

    Corpse Reviver - Waking the dead since 1930. This family of classic cocktails will revive, invigorate, and entertain.

    Scorpion - A bite from this creepy tiki cocktail isn't such a bad thing. The second round? Well, that may be a different story.

    Vertigo...MORE - If a casual Hitchcock film fest is in your plans, we have the perfect drink for you. 

    Zombie's Brew - You have our permission to pick up a candied vodka for Halloween. If Three Olives Tartz is on your radar, this easy lemonade cocktail is ideal.

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    Shots Anyone?

    Wolf Bite Shot
    The absinthe gives this Wolf Bite shooter its bite. Photo Credit: © S&C Design Studios

    Treat your guests to a round of shooters and mix up one of these crafty concoctions.

    The Wolf Bite -  Like a mad scientist's experiment gone wrong, this fun absinthe and Midori shooter—complete with a blood red float—needs to be seen before it goes down. 

    Apocalypse Now - As far as shots go, this is a classic and everyone at the party will appreciate the upgrade in their tequila game.

    Beam Me Up Scotty - We can't forget about the Trekkies that come out on Halloween and, of course,...MORE there's a shot for them!

    Black Rose - Should you ever consider buying Tequila Rose again, do everyone a favor and add a swirl of black vodka.

    Bloody Shirley Temple - Are you thinking of playing around with syringe shots? This simple cranberry vodka and soda concoction is a ton of fun.

    Tootsie Roll - Candy shots do not get much better than the Tootsie Roll and you have a choice in recipes.

    Voodoo - Spread a little voodoo around the party with this fun and potent rum cream shot.

    Wake the Dead - Tequila and espresso... no one is going to snooze through this party!