If you’re scrambling for creative, Instagram-worthy cocktails to help ring in Halloween this week, you might want to check out these awesome, spooky Halloween cocktail recipes. I think one really great cocktail goes a long way to make your party fun and memorable — and hey, maybe with one handoff a highball, it will keep it out of the kids’ candy stash?

Bonus if you’re serving it with a simple, spooky Halloween dinner too.

Related: 5 skinny Halloween cocktails…so you can eat candy too

Halloween cocktails: Blood Bags at Sugar & Soul

These Blood Bag cocktails at Sugar and Soul are super simple, with just two ingredients required, and Rebecca shares where you can find those fun bags. She even has a cute “goosebumps cocktail” mocktail option for those who are skipping the booze. Now all I need to know now is, where’d she get that killer nail polish?

Halloween Cocktails: The Phoenix at The Flavor Bender

The Phoenix Cocktail from The Flavor Bender is a mix of gin and elderflower liquor, which gives it an awesome tangy and sweet taste. But the real show is the color-changing fire element. And isn’t Halloween all about magic? This Halloween cocktail starts of bright blue, then switches to a lovely purple ombre as it’s lit. Lit is right.

Halloween cocktails: Swamp Gasses at Garlic & Zest

Don’t let the name of this Swamp Gasses Halloween cocktail from at Garlic and Zest scare you off. It’s actually a lovely tropical pineapple cocktail, with a fun bit of dry ice added in for spooky special effect. You could easily make this non-alcoholic too, by leaving out the booze and switching it with a green sports drink instead.

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Weekly meal plan: Pomegranate & Cinnamon shots at Homemade Banana

Any bride of Frankenstein will love these Cinnamon Pomegranate “blood” shots for Halloween, thanks to the recipe from Homemade Banana. They serve up that perfectly campy mad-scientist vibe — even if you substitute the gin for any fizzy, clear drink (like Sprite or La Croix) to turn it into an equally impressive mocktail.

Halloween cocktails: Purple People Eater at Super Golden Bakes

Eww. The “one big eye” on this Purple People Eater cocktail at Super Golden Bakes looks so gross…and that’s exactly the point, isn’t it? This super-fun cocktail uses color-changing Butterfly Pea Flower Tea to achieve the special effect. I’ve made color-changing lemonade with my kids before using this tea, and it really does work! Definitely worth trying for a creative Halloween cocktail. .

Halloween Cocktails: Monster Margaritas at 40 Aprons

If you’re the “margaritas all year long” type, then this Halloween Margarita recipe at 40 Aprons will satisfy your craving for something as delicious as it is festive. It’s an easy recipe to make virgin — just blend the mix and ice, leaving out the booze, so that the kids can enjoy it too. And they’ll definitely want to, with those fun faces on the glasses.

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