We all know that the best part of being an adult is you no longer have to ask your parents' permission to eat what you want for dinner.
A pint of ice cream?
A party-size bag of potato chips?
Go for it.
But when it comes to Halloween, the kids have it good. They spend all afternoon collecting their body weight in free candy. Since adults can't trick-or-treat anymore, we need our own indulgences on Halloween night.
Here are 8 Halloween margaritas we guarantee are more delicious and satisfying than free fun-size chocolate bars.
1. Halloween Margarita
This is your standard margarita–lime juice, tequila, salt, and Cointreau–with one important twist: the apocalyptic green color.
Prism powder, sometimes referred to as edible glitter, is what gives this cocktail its electric color.
You might feel a little nervous holding this glowing drink in your hand, you might even sip before your first gulp, but the classic sweet and sour margarita taste will reassure you.
You can find the easy-to-follow recipe here.
2. Blood Orange Margarita
You'll need more than just a dash of orange flavor for this margarita.
The recipe calls for 1 ounce of blood orange juice, both to sweeten the cocktail and to make it the color of the harvest moon.
There's another ingredient that makes this Halloween margarita special: Hawaiian black sea salt.
Dip the rim of your glass in it and your drink will resemble a jack-o-lantern.
3. Smoky Harvest Apple Cider Margarita
Maybe you're one of those people who hates scary movies and dreads Halloween every year.
You don't want your margarita to have a spooky color or unexpected taste and just want to enjoy your late October evening in peace.
Then, this is the Halloween cocktail recipe for you. The drink's maple syrup, apple slices, and cinnamon sticks promise a rich fall-centric flavor profile.
It’s one that makes you think of apple-picking and flannel jackets, not ghosts and vampires.
4. Witch's Potion
Instead of making your margarita with citrus, try berries!
This recipe calls for blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries crushed together.
These three berries bring that classic margarita combination of sweet and tart together, but without the strong citrus flavor, and with a spookier color.
Your margarita will turn out blueish-purple, hence the season-appropriate name.
Also, the addition of the cane soda brings an exciting fizz to the drink. It'll bubble like a witch's cauldron.
This cocktail has the same taste as a classic margarita, but with a new, Halloween-friendly look.
By mixing red, blue, and green food coloring—as the recipe instructs—you turn this margarita as black as the inside of a coffin on a moonless night.
If you want to add a fun touch, slip in the lime slices you used, so there are pops of eerie green floating in your inky black brew.
6. Candy Corn Apple Pucker Margarita
Most of the margaritas on this list have stuck to the traditional ingredients.
This recipe is different. Instead of tequila, you use gin. Instead of orange liqueur, you use Pinot Grigio and sour apple liqueur. The last ingredient is perhaps the strangest: candy corn.
The final result is just as delicious as your classic margarita and twice as unique. Nobody will forget it.
7. Pumpkin Spice Margarita
Do you ever reach the end of the day and wish you could order another PSL, but you know it would keep you up half the night?
This recipe understands this struggle, and it's here to help. Instead of salt, dip your glass rim in some cinnamon sugar. Then add pumpkin puree. Everything else about your margarita (lime and lemon juice, orange liqueur, tequila) stays the same.
And as if by magic, your PSL has transformed into a PSM.
8. Polyjuice Potion
This cocktail isn't a margarita, but it's a perfect recipe for a Harry Potter Halloween party for adults.
Depending on melon liqueur and pineapple juice to sweeten this cocktail and provide its neon green color, this drink looks the part. It also packs a punch, making it perfect in shot form.
Encourage your guests to throw one back and pretend they're transforming into cat-human hybrids—just like Hermione did in Chamber of Secrets.
If this list inspired you to throw a Halloween party, you can look at our collection of party food suggestions to help you decide what to serve with these margaritas.