Creepy cocktails: The Spectrum’s Halloween drink guide

Navigating Halloween 2018 with the proper buzz


Halloweekend is meant for more than dressing up.

The spooky holiday presents fun opportunities from haunted houses to bar hopping and haunted houses. Halloween, especially in a university setting, is just another weekend to get loaded.

But that doesn’t mean the same-old boring drinks apply.

Whether you’re at a bar, party or enjoying some social lubricators with friends, The Spectrum compiled a list of some creative cocktails to aid in a proper Halloween celebration.

Butter Beer

This "Harry Potter" favorite is a classic element from the early films in the franchise, and a sweet and satisfying drink for all to enjoy around the spooky holidays.

Only the adult version is what we’re interested in.

This basic Butter Beer recipe, taken from Seduction in The Kitchen, calls for cream soda, vanilla vodka (I’d go for Skyy if budget allows), butterscotch schnapps and butter extract. Top off this sweet cocktail with marshmallow fluff, whipped cream and Amaretto.

Mr. Hyde’s Potion

The title sounds terrifying, but this cocktail doubles as a photogenic martini with a sweet kick.

HGTV’s recipe calls for vodka, parfait liqour, blackberry liquor and tarragon simple syrup –– but any simple syrup will suffice. Top it off with lemon juice, lavender syrup, lavender sprigs and blackberries. Adding dry ice is a definite game changer.


The Morgue-A-Rita gives a spooky twist on a classic margarita while maintaining simple ingredients. The Morgue-A-Rita features a “goo” garnish, which mixes light corn syrup with a food color of your choice. The HGTV recipe calls for cherries to garnish with the typical margarita mixture of tequila, triple sec, lime juice and club soda.

Vampire’s Kiss 

Served as either a martini or a shot, the Vampire’s Kiss is a Halloween favorite for both its appearance and sweetness. 

Genius Kitchen calls for raspberry vodka, black raspberry liquor and cranberry juice. Chill it after mixing and then strain to serve. 

Candy Corn Shot

This mixture’s look proves difficult to execute, but the effort is worth the reward.

With a white, yellow and orange layer, candy corn shots are a staple of any Halloween party, since they are as tasty as they are fun to look at.

Cosmopolitan lists vodka, pineapple and orange Jell-O, coconut milk, water, sugar and vodka as the main ingredients. Beware of the layering and proceed with caution.

Brian Evans is the senior arts editor and can be reached at and on Twitter @BrianEvansSpec. 


Brian Evans is a senior English major and The Spectrum's senior arts editor.