Last week, we kept our focus on keeping kids happy throughout the Halloween season, so for this week, I thought we’d turn our attention to all the grown-ups out there who are looking to get into the spirit (or “spirits,” if you rather) this October. I know that fancy and over-the-top alcoholic beverages are fun any time of the year, but there’s something really special about adding some festive flourishes to your drinks to give them a Halloween feel that gets you ready for all the spooky shenanigans. So, with that in mind, here are 10 creepy cocktail ideas for those of you who like to indulge in some adult beverages that are relatively easy to make as well (especially for those of us who don’t fancy ourselves as much of a bartender).

Cheers everyone, and here’s to a happy haunting season for all!

Haunted Highball

Have some thirsty Grim Grinning Ghosts who have come to socialize this Halloween? Then why not try this Haunted Highball? A smooth mix of liqueurs and vodka, this creamy concoction is sure to deliver all treats and no tricks.

Makes: one cocktail

Ingredients:

1 ounce Vanilla vodka
1 ounce White chocolate liqueur
1 ounce White creme de cacao
1 ounce Half-and-half
Splash of hazelnut liqueur
Black dry-erase marker for making the ghost faces on the glasses

Directions:

- First, draw a ghost face on a highball glass with a dry-erase marker. Then, fill the glass with ice.

- In a separate glass, combine together the vodka, chocolate liqueur, white creme de cacao, half-and-half, and hazelnut liqueur. Stir to combine. Pour over ice, and serve.

Credit: Inspired by Charm

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Dawn of the Dead

This October, when raising a glass to your favorite holiday, why not fill that glass with this Dawn of the Dead drink, which is just a twist on the classic mojito recipe? The crushed berries add a gory, pulpy feel and the splash of rosé gives this beverage a little extra kick of fun.

Makes: one cocktail

Ingredients:

- 1.5 ounces Cruzan Strawberry Rum
- 2 Strawberries, mulled
- 4 Raspberries
- 10 Mint leaves
- 0.75 ounce Lime juice
- 0.75 ounce Simple syrup
- 1 ounce Cranberry juice
- Splash of sparkling rosé

Directions:

- In a cocktail glass, muddle (crush up) together berries and mint leaves.

- Next, mix together the Cruzan Strawberry Rum, lime juice, simple syrup and cranberry juice in a separate glass, then pour it over the muddled berries.

- Top with ice and the splash of sparkling wine, then stir well.

Credit: Dixieland Country

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Black Magic Jell-O Shots

Look, I know Jell-O Shots are popular amongst younger drinkers, but this old fogey can attest that these Black Magic Jell-O Shots are devilishly delicious, and while they may take a bit longer to make than most of the other recipes on this list, they are well worth the effort.

Makes: 24 servings

Ingredients:

Blue Layer:

- 3 ounces Berry Blue Jell-O mix (1/2 cup powder mix)
- 1 cup Boiling water
- 1/2 cup Cold water
- 1/2 cup Vodka

Purple Layer:

- 3 ounces Grape Jell-O mix (1/2 cup powder mix)
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 1/2 cup vodka

Supplies:

- 2 ounce plastic cup with lids (24 total, you can find them at any party store or on Amazon HERE)

- Black Sanding Sugar

Directions:

- First, place all 24 plastic cups on a baking sheet or on a serving plate, for easy transport. Leave the lids off the cups.

- To make your blue layer, place the Jell-O mix powder in a medium mixing bowl. Add 1 cup boiling water to the powder and whisk to combine until the powder is dissolved.

- Then, add in the cold water and vodka, and whisk to combine.

- Fill each plastic cup half way full with the blue Jell-O mix, and place the cups in the fridge and chill them until the Jell-O has set up.

- To make the purple layer, pour the Jell-O mix powder in a medium mixing bowl. Add 1 cup boiling water to the powder and whisk to combine until the powder is dissolved.

- Add the cold water and vodka, and whisk to combine.

- Remove the plastic cups from the fridge and carefully pour the purple Jell-O over the Blue Jell-O, to create layers, filling each cup the rest of the way.

- Return the Jell-O cups to the fridge and chill until completely set, at least 1-2 hours, before serving.

- Once they’re ready, remove the Jell-O cups from the fridge, and sprinkle the top of each shot with black sugar.

Credit: Bread Booze Bacon

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Swamp Juice

For those of you who enjoy gin, this Swamp Juice recipe is the perfect way to quench your thirst this Halloween. It's yet another quick and easy drink to whip together this October, plus the peeled garnish gives this beverage a wonderfully gnarly twist.

Makes: one cocktail

Ingredients:

- 2 shots of Gin
- 1/2 shot Fresh lime juice
- 1/2 shot Simple syrup
- 1 teaspoon lime zest
- Peeled grapes, blueberries and a wooden skewer for garnish

Directions:

- First, fill a glass with ice and set aside.

- Next, in a separate glass, mix together your gin, lime juice, and simple syrup, then pour over ice.

- Top off your Swamp Juice with the lime zest and the peeled fruit skewer garnish.

Credit: Jewel Osco

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Hard Cider Pumpkin Float

While I’m not much of a beer drinker myself, I’ve seen quite a few friends enjoy beer milkshakes over the years and thought this Hard Cider (or Ale) Pumpkin Float might be fun for those of you who like your beverages with a bit of hops to them.

Makes: one beverage

Ingredients:

- 12 ounces pumpkin cider or your favorite pumpkin ale if you prefer
- 1-2 scoops vanilla ice cream

Directions:

- Pour your pumpkin cider (or ale) into a chilled pint glass.

- Add in 1-2 scoops of vanilla ice cream, and serve immediately!

Credit: Dine & Dish

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Ginger Ghoul

I tried kombucha for the first time earlier this year, and I was an immediate fan of its earthy flavors, which is why this Ginger Ghoul cocktail stood out to me as I was doing my research for Halloween beverages. Plus, I’m a sucker for ginger candy, so this seemed like a fun way to mix things up this October.

Makes: one cocktail

Ingredients:

- 1 shot Vodka
- 2 shots Kombucha
- 1 splash Fresh lemon juice
- Ice
- Ginger candy, for garnish

Directions:

- First, fill a glass with ice, and set aside.

- Next, combine all ingredients, in a shaker. Shake well and pour into the glass over.

- Garnish with a piece of ginger candy and enjoy!

Credit: The Healthy Voyager

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Dead Man’s Mai Tai

The Mai Tai might be considered a summer drink, but this Dead Man’s Mai Tai is 100 percent pure Halloween in a glass. This recipe calls for specific brands of rum, but I’m sure if you can’t find Cruzan, other rums will work just as well.

Makes: one cocktail

Ingredients:

- 1 ounce Cruzan Silver Rum
- 0.5 ounce Mango rum
- 0.5 ounce Triple sec
- 0.75 ounce Fresh lime juice
- 0.75 ounce Simple syrup
- 0.25 ounce almond syrup (available at most grocery stores in the mixer section)
- Dash of bitters
- Float of Cruzan Black Strap Rum
- Splash of lime juice squeeze
- Cherry for garnish

Directions:

- Combine all ingredients except Black Strap Rum in a cocktail shaker.

- Top with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into an ice-filled Collins glass.

- Float with Cruzan Black Strap rum. Top with a lime squeeze and cherry.

Credit: Dixieland Country

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Vampire Punch with Lime Sherbet

Punch is usually something you can serve up at parties for guests of all ages, but this Vampire Punch is intended purely for grown-ups, and makes for a great beverage to serve up at your Halloween shindigs this October. Of course, if you want to make a “virgin” version of this beverage, just omit the vodka—but really, what’s the fun in that?

Makes: multiple servings

Ingredients:

- 3 tablespoons Light corn syrup
- 2-4 drops Red food coloring
- 3/4 quart lime sherbet, softened
- 1 1/2 cups pink grapefruit juice
- 2 cups Lemon lime soda
- Vodka, to taste

Directions:

- In a shallow dish that is wider that the rim of your glasses, combine the corn syrup and red food coloring. Use a toothpick to mix until the corn syrup has turned completely red.

- In a blender, combine lime sherbet, pink grapefruit juice and lemon lime soda. Add vodka to taste, and then blend until frothy and fully combined, about 10 more seconds.

- Dip the rim of each glass into the red corn syrup. Turn each glass upright and let the corn syrup drip down the sides creating a bloody effect. If you want to prep your glasses pre-party, you can put them in the fridge to keep the corn syrup from spreading too much.

- Pour your punch into the prepared glasses and serve.

Credit: Cookin Canuck

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Witch’s Spell

If you’re like me and you enjoy coffee flavors mixed into your cocktails, this Witch’s Spell beverage will certainly cast its charms over you this Halloween season. And for those of you who feel like heavy whipping cream might be a bit too much, you can substitute with half-and-half to make this concoction a little less indulgent.

Makes: one cocktail

Ingredients:

- 1 ounce Vodka
- 3 ounces Black vodka
- 1 ounce Coffee liqueur
- 1/2 ounce Simple syrup
1/4 teaspoon Vanilla extract
1/2 cup of Ice
1 ounce Heavy whipping cream (or half-and-half)

Directions:

- In a cocktail shaker, combine the vodkas, coffee liqueur, simple syrup, vanilla extract and ice. Shake well, then strain into a glass.

- Place the cream (or half-and-half) in a small glass, preferably a shot glass, to serve alongside the drink. - - When ready to consume, pour in the cream before drinking. Cheers!

Credit: Baked by Joanna

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Black Heart Cider

For our final cocktail recipe, we’re once again turning towards the dark side with this Black Heart Cider beverage. To be honest, I didn’t know cherry ciders were a thing (thank you, Internet!), but I did do some research and they can be found at stores like BevMo, or other specialty alcohol stores, and I’m eager to try this one out in the next few weeks.

Makes: one cocktail

Ingredients:

- 2 ounces Black vodka
- 2 ounces Cherry cider
- 2-4 Muddled blackberries (per cocktail)
- Prosecco or Champagne to float
- Black sugar for garnish

Directions:

- First, dip the rim of your glass of choice with juice from the blackberries and then dip the rim into black sugar. Coat the rim evenly, and set aside.

- In cocktail shaker, combine the vodka, cherry cider, and muddled blackberries together with ice. Shake well, and strain into glass.

- Scoop remaining blackberry bits into glass, and top off your beverage with a Prosecco float (as much as your taste buds desire). Garnish with a blackberry.

Credit: Paper & Cake

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Heather Wixson
About the Author - Heather Wixson

After falling in love with the horror genre at a very early age, Heather Wixson has spent the last decade carving out a name for herself in the genre world as a both a journalist and as a proponent of independent horror cinema. Wixson is currently the Managing Editor for DailyDead.com, and was previously a featured writer at DreadCentral.com and TerrorTube.com where her online career began; she’s also been a contributor at FEARnet as well as a panelist for several of their online programs.

Wixson recently finished her first book, Monster Squad: Celebrating the Artists Behind Cinema's Most Memorable Creatures, and is currently working on her second upcoming book project on special effects artists as well.