This delicious non-alcoholic Halloween punch for kids is inspired by zombies and will be a kid favorite for its delicious flavor and gummy additions! Serve this spooky drink up at Halloween with other yummy Halloween recipes and activities for one spooktacular night!
That’s why I’m so excited today to be sharing this fun zombie Halloween punch recipe today! It’s the perfect non-alcoholic Halloween punch and a super fun Halloween drink for kids.
I mean who doesn’t like to drink something with worms and eyeballs floating in it?
Halloween Punch Recipe
Okay now let’s talk about this punch. After making this delicious non-alcoholic Christmas punch, I’ve always wanted to make my own Halloween punch.
This zombie punch is everything a Halloween drink recipe should be – eery colored, sweet (but not too sweet), and full of spooktacular goodies. It’s the perfect Halloween party punch if I do say so myself!
- Lemonade – I used generic lemonade but really any regular yellow lemonade will work here. Just make sure it’s yellow or you’ll end up with a totally different not zombie like color. You could also use pineapple juice for the yellow flavor, but it’s going to give you a different flavor.
- Lemon-lime soda – I used generic lemon lime soda but again if that’s not available, any other lemon-lime sode will work for this fun drink instead!
- Blue raspberry Kool-Aid Mix – make sure this is the actual Kool-Aid mix that comes in the big container, not the tiny little packets. The big containers are already mixed with sugar, unlike the little packets, so it’s important to use the already sugared stuff! If you can’t find this anywhere in stores, you can order it online here. And if that’s not an option, I’ve included a different option at the bottom of this post to give you the same green look without the Kool-Aid.
- Gummy candy – I used generic gummy worms and other zombie like gummy candies like gummy eyeballs and brains but anything that makes you think zombies, crawling out of graves, etc. works great! I got my gummy eyeball bag at Party City, but they’re also available on Amazon here! I recommend staying away from the harder stuff like candy eyeballs and sticking with gummy treats.
- Lime sherbet – this is a sherbet punch so lime sherbet is essential! It also gives it that green color that really makes this one of the most festive drinks out there!
How to make this halloween Punch for kids
This Halloween punch is super simple to make! And while it’s a great non-alcoholic option that doesn’t mean it’s just for kids. This fun themed drink actually tastes good enough for the whole family!
Combine equal parts lemonade and lemon-lime soda in a large punch bowl. Or if you want to make a smaller batch, you can just do it in a large bowl and then pour everything into a large pitcher later.
Stir to mix well. You really want these combined before you move onto the next step!
Add in your blue raspberry mix and stir really well until you get a nice light bluish green color. Don’t do any added sugar – the drink will be sweet enough with just the mix. It gives you some fun flavor and the fun green color without too much added sweetness.
Again, you want this to be totally mixed before you move onto the next step!
Add in scoops of lime sherbet. Don’t stir – just let them sit all along the surface. It’ll add to the idea of this being a zombie punch. It could also pass for a witches brew if you want to leave out the candy body parts. You could even serve it in a large cauldron and serve it up with some of these cauldron cupcakes.
This should give you that nice green flavor but if you really want it to be darker green, you could also add a few drops of green food coloring – just remember a little goes a long way!
Last but not least, you’re going to add in your gummy worms and gummy body parts (if using). I like to do this right before serving and try to balance some of the gummy candy on top of the sherbet scoops, but it’s not a big deal if they fall into the punch.
When people put this into their serving glasses, those little suckers will still show up nicely!
It’s a fun surprise for kids when they get a sunken eyeball when they’re drinking the punch! It just looks more festive if you have some still on top of the sherbet. It’s almost a little magic!
Scoop and serve in individual cups with gummy worms hanging off the side, kind of like worms coming out of the ground. I wouldn’t normally be excited about worms on my drink table but during spooky season, it’s perfect.
Scoop the sherbet into muffin tins before the party to save time making it right before the party. That way you can just pour the drink, add the blue raspberry mix, and immediately add the sherbet on top right before serving. No messy scooping or dealing with sherbet last minute.
Don’t make this ahead of time. It takes less than five minutes to make so just make it last-minute right before serving. That way the sherbet doesn’t all completely melt and all the gummy candy doesn’t just sink and disappear.
Add two gummy worms to each cup ahead of time rather than a bowl of gummy worms to add their own. They’ll never stick with jus two. Plus, the gummy worm garnish is kind of like the fun added sprinkle rim on this strawberry mocktail!
Don’t double the recipe to start. Stick with the basic recipe then add more when you run out (again, super quick to make). Doubling it can totally throw off the taste with the added sherbet on top.
While you could substitute a different kind of sherbet, you won’t get the same greenish blue zombie color as you will with lime. Stick with lime sherbet if at all possible.
If you want to add smoke to this Halloween punch, you can add a small amount of dry ice into the punch (small amount, not lbs of dry ice). If you do this, you need to make sure an adult is serving the punch and that no one gets dry ice in their actual glass since it can be harmful to eat/drink directly. And the safest way to handle dry ice is with gloves, always with gloves.
Because of the addition of sherbet, I do not recommend making this Halloween punch ahead of time. If you want to do some prep beforehand, scoop the sherbet into muffin tins so they can just be added right to the punch when it’s ready rather than scooping them last-minute.
I don’t recommend adding regular ice cubes to the drink because it will dilute the flavor of this Halloween punch. The punch should stay nice and cold with the addition of the frozen lime sherbet.
If you can’t find blue kool-aid but still want something delicious that has the same look, try combining a 2 liter of lemon-lime soda, five cups lemonade, and 3 cups of Blue Hawaiian punch. Once those are combined, top it with the lime sherbet. It should give you a nice flavor and good zombie color!
More Delicious Drink Recipes
While these may not be Halloween drinks, these are still great non-alcoholic drink options for your next party! And you could serve them at Halloween parties, maybe just add a frozen hand or two!
- Holiday punch recipe – this delicious punch combines ginger ale an sherbet in the perfect drink for the holidays!
- Homemade fruit punch – a bunch of fruit juices get combined in one individual cup for a delicious non-alcoholic drink that’s good for any day, not just special occasions! You could even make it for your Halloween party and call it dragon’s blood punch!
- Homemade strawberry lemonade – I included this because it’s just delicious! Strawberries, lemon juice, and a simple syrup combine for a lemonade with a slightly sweet flavor.
- Christmas punch – a simple sherbet punch that can be made with any flavor, even rainbow sherbet!
- Spiced apple cider – this classic fall drink starts with apple cider and gets upgraded with tons of fall spices!
Zombie Halloween Punch
- 2 liters lemon-lime soda
- 64 ounces lemonade
- ½ cup blue raspberry Kool-Aid powder
- 1.75 quart lime sherbet
- 2 bags gummy worms, brains, body parts
- Combine lemon-lime soda and lemonade in a large punch bowl.
- Add blue raspberry powder and mix until well combined.
- Top with scoops of lime sherbet, do not mix in.
- Garnish with gummy worms, eyeballs, brains, etc.
- Serve in individual glasses with two gummy worms hanging off the side.