The leaves are falling, the temperature is dropping and it’s time to get prepared for Halloween thrills. There’s no better way to warm up to the season than with a festive cocktail in hand. Here are a few spooky libations to kick off your Halloween celebration!

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Dark & Stormy

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No frills here, just the classic – because the name already implies that it’s a little on the dark side. Spook up this classic with cherry-stuffed lychee syrup ice cubes. It’s sure to catch the eye!

  • 2 ounces Dark Rum
  • 1 Can Ginger Beer
  • 1 ounce Lime Juice
  • splash of lychee (or simple) syrup

For Ice Cubes: pour lychee syrup into ice cube tray, then stuff in a cherry and freeze!

Simple combine rum, ginger beer, lime juice, and syrup. Stir slightly and add your creepy eye-ce cubes! Adapted from Food&

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Jack O’ Lantern

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In proper festive fair, this elegant cocktail combines the colors of Halloween with ghoulishly delicious flavors.

  • 1 ounce Blood Orange Juice (fresh if available)
  • 4 ounces Prosecco
  • 1/2 ounce Campari
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 1 ounce Black Vodka

Combine juice, prosecco, Campari and simple syrup, then float the black vodka on top.

Witch’s Blackberry Brew

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This one is for all the beer drinkers! With beer cocktails on the trend, it’s a zombie worthy no-brainer to include this delightful treat and trick your guests. Take your favorite milk stout and add some Blackberry Liqueur for a monster brew that will surely please.

  • 1 pint Milk Stout 
  • 1 & 1/2 ounces Blackberry Liqueur

Carefully pour stout beer into pint glass, then add Blackberry liqueur and enjoy.

Blood Sucker Punch

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A morbid twist on a classic red wine Sangria, the Blood Sucker Punch captures the soul and warms the heart. Sit back and wait for the screams!

  • 1 cup Brandy
  • 1 Blood Orange, thinly sliced
  • 2 bottles of dry red wine (Shiraz works great)
  • 1 cup club soda
  • 3/4 cup of Blood Orange juice

For the Punch:
Combine the liquids then add orange slices and voila! Adapted from MarthaStewart.

For the “captured soul”:
Simply fill a plastic glove and scary mask with jello of your choice. Once solid, slice the hand in half and add to the punch along with the mask mold.

Shrunken Head Cider

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Nothing says Halloween like shrunken heads. With these creepy faces floating around the bowl, the spook factor is sure hit an all-time high. Make it kid-friendly by omitting the alcohol!

For the Cider:

  • 2 cups lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 gallons apple cider
  • 2 cups Spiced Rum

Combine lemon juice, salt, cider and rum.

For the Shrunken Heads:

Peel 6-8 apples, peel and dehydrate them in the oven – about 90 minutes at 250 degrees. Once the apples are cooled, add them to your cider and enjoy! Adapted from Martha Stewart.

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