20 Terrifyingly Tasty Halloween Shot Recipes 

Published July 13, 2022
Halloween party shots

Give your shots and shooters a spooky flair with a lineup of Halloween shots recipes. Split up your rounds of toasts and cocktails with a dark and broody shooter or classic shot or two that'll add a bit extra festivity for any Halloween-themed occasion. From easy Halloween shots to ones with eye-catching layers, there's a shot guaranteed to make your guests go "boo!" with delight.

Candy Corn Halloween Shot

This shot only looks like a candy corn, so those that doubt this candy's tastiness need not be discouraged. And those who actually like the autumn candy can enjoy how this Halloween shot looks. It's a win-win for all.

Candy Corn Shot

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a shot glass, add Galliano liqueur.
  2. Add orange liqueur layer by pouring slowly down the back of a bar spoon.
  3. Add the final layer by pouring heavy cream slowly down the back of a clean bar spoon.

Tootsie Roll Shot

Embrace Halloween's sugar and candy theme with a sweet shot that'll taste just like Tootsie Rolls. Take it easy, though, as these will be just as likely to make you feel less than great after too many. This recipe makes three shots, perfect for sharing.

Tootsie Roll Shot

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, orange juice, crème de cacao, and coffee liqueur.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into shot glass.

Frog's Breath Shooter

Most likely to be found in the lab of an evil genius, this Halloween-themed shot is a great one to hand out to unsuspecting friends.

Frog's Breath Shooter

Ingredients

  • ½ ounce crème de menthe
  • ½ ounce melon liqueur
  • ½ ounce Irish cream

Instructions

  1. In a shot glass, add crème de menthe.
  2. Slowly add melon liqueur, pouring down the back of the bar spoon.
  3. Complete the look by adding the Irish cream, pouring it down the back of a bar spoon.

Kamikaze

While not an explicitly Halloween-themed shot, adding a splash of tonic water at the end means it'll glow beneath any back lights, making it the perfect addition to your eerily-lit gathering.

Kamikaze shot

Ingredients

  • ¾ ounce vodka
  • ¼ ounce orange liqueur
  • ¼ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Ice
  • ¼ ounce tonic water

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add vodka, orange liqueur, and lime juice.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into shot glass.
  4. Top off with tonic water.

All Hallows' Eve Shot

In the spring, you can consider this shot a great option for St. Patrick's Day but come Halloween, it's a great spooky shot to throw back.

All Hallows Eve Shot

Ingredients

  • ¼ ounce crème de menthe
  • ¼ ounce white rum
  • ½ ounce Irish cream liqueur
  • ½ ounce orange liqueur

Instructions

  1. In a shot glass, add crème de menthe and white rum.
  2. Layer Irish cream liqueur by pouring down the back of a bar spoon.
  3. Create third layer by pouring orange liqueur down the back of a bar spoon.

Red Jolly Rancher Shot

This shot is much quicker to enjoy and far less sticky than a classic red jolly rancher. If you want to sip that signature flavor, you can easily make an array of jolly rancher martinis.

Row of shots with red liquor on the bar

Ingredients

  • ½ ounce vodka
  • ½ ounce cranberry juice
  • ½ ounce peach liqueur
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, vodka, cranberry juice, and peach liqueur.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into shot glass.

Cape Cod Hospital Shot

The Cape Cod hospital shot requires a little homework, as you'll need to pick up some food-friendly plastic syringes. The recipe makes four servings, but you can easily modify the amount. If you want things a bit sweeter, add a half-ounce of simple syrup to the vodka and lime juice.

Creepy halloween party shots with syringes of grenadine syrup

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces cranberry juice
  • 4 ounces vodka
  • 2 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. In a pint glass, add cranberry juice.
  2. Draw one ounce of cranberry juice into each syringe.
  3. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, vodka, and lime juice.
  4. Shake to chill.
  5. Strain into four shot glasses.
  6. Add syringes to shot glass.
  7. To take shot, shoot vodka, followed by shooting syringe into mouth. Alternatively, shoot syringe into shot glass before taking cranberry chaser.

Poison Apple Shot

Let the wicked witch lure you in with this beautiful green and easy Halloween shot.

Poison apple shot

Ingredients

  • ¾ ounce green apple liqueur
  • ½ ounce white overproof rum
  • ¼ ounce orange liqueur
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, green apple liqueur, white overproof rum, and orange liqueur.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into shot glass.

Jack O'Lantern Shot

Take it easy on the tastebuds with this pumpkin-flavored shot. Now that's a treat without any tricks.

Jack O'Lantern Shots

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce caramel vodka
  • 1 ounce pumpkin liqueur
  • Ice
  • Grated nutmeg for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, caramel vodka, and pumpkin liqueur.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into shot glass.
  4. Garnish with grated nutmeg.

Pumpkin Pie Shot

One of the tastiest Halloween shots, you can close any Halloween party or celebration with this as you welcome the next holiday.

Pumpkin Pie Vodka Shots on old rustic wooden table with fall leaves

Ingredients

  • Simple syrup and graham cracker crumbs for rim
  • 1 ounce pumpkin liqueur
  • ¾ ounce RumChata
  • ½ ounce whipped cream vodka
  • Ice
  • Whipped cream for garnish

Instructions

  1. To prepare rim, dip the rim of the shot glass in saucer with simple syrup.
  2. With the graham cracker crumbs in a saucer, dip either half or the entire rim of the glass in the crumbs to coat.
  3. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, pumpkin liqueur, RumChata, and whipped cream vodka.
  4. Shake to chill.
  5. Strain into prepared glass.
  6. Garnish with whipped cream.

Blood Moon Shot

There's no blood or anything scary involved in this shot. In fact, as far as easy Halloween-themed shots go, this is a dream.

Creepy halloween party shots with blood and spiders

Ingredients

  • Simple syrup and red sugar for rim
  • 1 ounce tequila
  • ½ ounce strawberry liqueur
  • ½ ounce raspberry liqueur
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. To prepare rim, dip the rim of the shot glass in saucer with simple syrup.
  2. With the red sugar in a saucer, dip either half or the entire rim of the glass in the sugar to coat.
  3. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, tequila, strawberry liqueur, and raspberry liqueur.
  4. Shake to chill.
  5. Strain into shot glass.

Brain Hemorrhage Shot

Make things extra creepy and unsettling with a brain hemorrhage shot. You can make things a bit more diabolical by making an alien brain hemorrhage shot, too.

Liqueur and grenadine shot called Brain Hemorrhage

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce peach liqueur
  • ¼ ounce grenadine
  • ½ ounce Irish cream

Instructions

  1. In a shot glass, add peach liqueur.
  2. Pour grenadine down the side of the glass, allowing it to sink.
  3. Slowly add Irish cream by pouring down the back of a spoon, allowing it to clump.
  4. Take shot expeditiously.

Witch's Brew Elixir Shot

Elixirs are tricky. Some heal, some poison, and some leave you wondering if anything will happen. This is one Halloween party shot you'll enjoy time and time again.

Halloween purple shots with eyes

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce lemon vodka
  • ½ ounce grape liqueur
  • Ice
  • Gummy eye for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, lemon vodka, and grape liqueur.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into shot glass.
  4. Garnish with gummy eye.

Devil's Eye Shot

As you stare into the void, don't be the one to blink first with this spicy red-hot shot.

Devil's Eye Shot

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce cinnamon liqueur
  • ½ ounce cranberry juice
  • ¼ ounce chili liqueur
  • Ice
  • Chili peppers for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, cinnamon liqueur, cranberry juice, and chili liqueur.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into shot glass.
  4. Garnish with chili peppers.

Red Balloon Shot

Everyone floats with the red balloon shot. To punch up the effect, consider handing these out while dressed as a clown.

Shot in syringe

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce white rum
  • ½ ounce strawberry liqueur
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, white rum, strawberry liqueur, and lime juice.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into shot glass.
  4. Draw shot into syringe.
  5. To take shot, shoot syringe into mouth.

Jekyll's Test Tubes

With a few plastic and food-friendly test tubes on hand and a test tube storage rack, you can set out a rainbow of Halloween shots for anyone to take at a whim. Easily craft different colors using different liqueur flavors, such as a crème de menthe, strawberry, lemon, or blue curaçao.

Colorful cocktails in a test tube

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce white rum
  • ¾ ounce grape (or another colorful) liqueur
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, white rum, and grape liqueur.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into shot glass or test tube.

Black Magic Shooter

Omit any color from your spooky shots menu in favor of a flick of black magic to add some extra spirits to your night.

Black Shooters

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce vodka
  • ¾ ounce crrème de cassis
  • ¼ ounce raspberry liqueur
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, vodka, crrème de cassis, and raspberry liqueur.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into shot glass.

Snakebite Shot

Scary movies always rely on jump scares or perilous situations, like snakes under a bed. Skip the scaly experience in favor of a boozy snakebite shot. This recipe makes three shots, but don't take them all yourself lest you experience a little too much venom.

Snakebite shot

Ingredients

  • 5¼ ounces Yukon Jack
  • 2¼ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, Yukon Jack, and lime juice.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain and distribute equally into three shot glasses.

Red Right Hand

You can easily craft this recipe into a nonalcoholic Halloween-themed shot by skipping the almond liqueur and using peach nectar instead of peach liqueur. This recipe makes four shareable shots.

Bloody soda beverage with syringe of red grenadine syrup

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce cranberry juice
  • 1½ ounces almond liqueur
  • 1½ ounces peach liqueur
  • Ice
  • ½ ounce lemon-lime soda

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, cranberry juice, almond liqueur, and peach liqueur.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into pint glass.
  4. Draw an ounce of the mixture into each syringe.
  5. In four separate shot glasses, add lemon-lime soda.
  6. Shoot syringe into shot glass before taking shot.

Purple Bat Shot

If you want to step up the color of this already bright purple shot, infuse your rum at home with blueberries.

Halloween party cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1½ ounces white rum
  • ½ ounce blueberry liqueur
  • ¼ ounce grenadine
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, white rum, blueberry liqueur, and grenadine.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into shot glass.

Halloween Shots for Ghouls, Goblins, and Spirits

Liven up your Halloween party with tasty, spooky shots. From terrifyingly named shots to beautiful purple poison-hued concoctions, there's bound to be a shot recipe to appease any mischievous guest or victim.

Looking for more Halloween party fun? Try these spooky Halloween martinis, Halloween-themed tequila drinks, and wickedly delicious Halloween-themed cocktails. For a crowd, mix up a big batch of Halloween party drinks and punches.

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