I'm a scary movie junky. One of my all-too-common guilty pleasures is curling up alone on the couch at 3am, eyes-wide-shut, as the words, "Based on true events" slowly scroll across the screen. For me, it's all about the entertainment. So consequently, it's no surprise that Halloween is my favorite time of the year. The horror movies, the candy, the costumes, and of course . . . the parties. And what better way to entertain your guests than with a spooky pumpkin punch? Served, naturally, out of a creepy giant steaming pumpkin. Honestly, to die for!! 



  • 750 ml bottle of spiced rum
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup spiced syrup
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 1/2 cups sparkling water
  • cinnamon sticks for garnish
  • dry ice
  • large pumpkin or punchbowl


In a large bowl, add the spiced rum, orange juice, lemon juice, spiced syrup and pumpkin puree. Stir to combine. To make the spiced syrup, follow the directions in the cocktail recipe below for the demerara spiced cordial, however do not add the demerara rum. 


Once combined, pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a large pitcher and chill until ready to serve. 


Meanwhile, place a large bowl into your hollowed pumpkin. Be sure your bowl is safe to handle dry ice. I used a metal bowl. Next, use tongs to fill the bottom of the bowl with dry ice, and cover with a slightly smaller bowl. This bowl will hold your punch. Again, make sure both bowls are safe for dry ice. Certain materials will shatter when exposed to dry ice.


Pour the mixture into the punch bowl. Add the sparkling water and stir to combine. halloween.pumpkin.punch_.5 Now for the fun part. Carefully pour hot water into the bottom bowl so that it contacts the dry ice, thus activating the vapors. halloween.pumpkin.punch_.recipe.6.1 The length of time the smoky effect will last depends on how much dry ice you use, how hot the water is, and consequently how quickly the ice melts. To keep the effect going you will need to replenish the dry ice as it melts. halloween.pumpkin.punch_.4 Guests can ladle the punch into their glasses and garnish with a cinnamon stick. Remember to give it a stir as you serve, as the ingredients will naturally separate over time. halloween.pumpkin.punch_.recipe.1.1 Your spooky pumpkin punch is ready to serve. halloween.pumpkin.punch_.recipe.3.1 Happy Halloween!!   Content and images of this blog post is credited to Todd (2013) from HonestlyYUM. Link: http://honestlyyum.com/6804/halloween-pumpkin-punch/