Halloween used to be a time for candy and trick-or-treating, but now that you're an adult, things have changed. The costumes and the sweets remain, but your yearly party isn't about bobbing for apples as much as it is drinking out of pumpkin kegs and slurping down Halloween Jell-O shots. Isn't being a grownup awesome?
Now that you're older, Halloween parties are crazier, creepier, and a whole lot boozier. They're a blast to attend, but if you're hosting your own adult Halloween party, then you know that the planning can be kind of stressful. Your Pinterest board is full of elaborate DIY decorations, complicated desserts, and themed mixed drink recipes, but how will you possibly get it all done? Take a deep breath and relax, because even if you're throwing a last-minute shindig, you can pull it off. The first place to start? Jell-O shots, because there is always time to make Jell-O shots. Easy to make, popular with the crowd, and super creative, holiday Jell-O shots are almost as much of a staple as jack-o'-lanterns, candy corn, and Harry Potter marathons.
Whether you are having a small get together with a few friends, or hosting the year's biggest bash, here are three Halloween-themed Jell-O shots you (yes, YOU!) can make at home.
- 1 package of green Jell-O
- 1 1/2 cups of flavored vodka, separated
- 1/2 cup of cold water
- 1 package gummy worms
- Crushed Oreos
- 5 oz. plastic cups
Directions1. In an airtight container, soak gummy worms in one cup of vodka for at least six hours.
Sweet and sour come together in this large portioned Jell-O shot. The vodka-soaked gummy worms are yummy, and look really cool suspended in green Jell-O, while the chocolate cookie crumbles complement the tartness of the Jell-O perfectly. Pro tip: eat with a spoon.
Blue Raspberry Coconut Eye Balls
- 1 package of blue Jell-O
- 2 packages of unflavored gelatin
- 1 1/2 cups of Malibu, separated
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 3/4 cup of coconut milk
- 1/4 cup Coco Real cream of coconut
- Black and red decorative icing
1. In a mixing bowl, add 1/2 cup of Malibu. Set aside. Over medium heat, bring one cup of water to a boil. Add in blue Jell-O mix, and stir until completely disintegrated.
The most time consuming to make, these eyeball Jell-O Shots look really cool and super creepy. They're fruity and tropical, and they look great when laid out on a serving tray. They are guaranteed to be a huge hit at any Halloween party.
- 1 package of 3 oz. red Jell-O
- 1 cup of water
- 1/2 cup of grapefruit-flavored vodka
- 1/2 cup of cold ruby red grapefruit juice
- Ice cube tray
Directions1. Add 1/2 cup of vodka to a mixing bowl. Set aside. Over medium heat, bring one cup of water to a boil. Add in red Jell-O mix, and stir until completely disintegrated.
This recipe is super simple and not too fancy, but it's tangy, delicious, and will give you a nice little buzz. Though an nontraditional Halloween flavor — as in, not pumpkin or caramel apple — it's a refreshing and zingy bite of alcohol your guests will love.
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Images: Sadie Trombetta