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Halloween Punch: the fruity, kid-friendly drink recipe for your next party

Total time: 55 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 10 people
By Cookist

Halloween punch is an impressive recipe perfect for serving a spooky non-alcoholic drink at your next Halloween party. It's a kid-friendly recipe which you can also turn into a boozy option for adults.

Fruity and delicious, it's a red-colored punch reminiscent of blood filled with shrunken heads made of roasted apples. The apple heads bob in the punch, which is a mixture of orange, apple, cranberry juice, lemon soda and grenadine syrup mixed in large bowl.

This refreshing drink is sure to be a big hit, and the scary shrunken heads a big talking point! You can customize the recipe as you want, just let your creative side loose.

Halloween Punch Ingredients

To make a scary shrunken head party punch for Halloween you need simple ingredients.

Apple, orange, cranberry juice – use fresh or store-bought juices, best if "100% juice" or "no sugar added" options".

Lemon soda – it gives a tangy kick to the flavor.

Grenadine syrup – it's a non alcoholic beverage which pairs well with other juice flavors.

Apples – use big apples to make shrunken heads.

Ice – use it to make this drink refreshing.

Tips for making Shrunken Head Party Punch

For a adult-friendly punch, pour in your favorite alcoholic component such as aged rum, vodka or bourbon.

You can use your favorite type of juice. Also try grape and pear juice with cranberry one.

You can decorate your Halloween punch as you want by adding spooky candies – eyeballs, worms, spiders.

For a green Halloween punch, use a combination of ginger ale, lime sherbet, pineapple and lemon juice.


Can you add dry ice when making Halloween Punch?

Yes! If you want to make this Halloween punch even more impressive, add dry ice to make it look like a real potion that bubbles and smokes. When serving, follow our recommendations, especially if the party is attended by children.

First of all, you can buy it in any grocery store 1 or 2 hours before serving the punch, since it does not keep of the freezer (so don't even try!). One trick to break up dry ice without touching it is to create chunks while it is still in the bag, for example by dropping it on the ground.

Make sure not to touch dry ice on bare skin but to use gloves. In fact, it gets to such cold temperatures (below even 110°F) that it can cause frostbite.

One more recommendation, don't let your guests drink dry ice directly. If you want to use it, then be sure to pour the punch from the top with a ladle. Another option is to add an ice cube to each glass, let it settle to the bottom and wait for it to dissolve in about 5 minutes.

How to store Halloween Punch

You can store shrunken head punch in the refrigerator for up to 1-2 days.


Cranberry juice
46 ounces
apple juice
64 ounces
Orange juice
56 ounces
lemon soda
68 ounces
4 ounces
ice cubes


Preheat the oven to 350F/160C fan/gas mark 4, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set it aside.

Peel the apples and slice them in half. Use a paring knife to carefully carve your faces out of the apple flesh (you can let your imagination run wild here!). Put the apples cut-side down on the baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes.

While the apples are baking, pour the liquid ingredients in to a large punch bowl and mix well.

Remove from the apples from the oven and allow to cool before being used in this punch recipe.


You can add the warm apples from the oven to a hot party punch without waiting for them to cool down.

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