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Congratulations to our winner Josh, who loves to mix up pumpkin martinis with a cinnamon and sugar rim. Come back on November 1 for another great giveaway.

I tend to go a little overboard with Halloween party preparations. Partly because I’m a lifestyle editor and partly because Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday, I’ve been thinking about pumpkins, DIY costumes and creepy food for months. But you can still have a low-stress Halloween gathering even if you haven’t planned a thing until this very minute. Yes, really.

Here’s your game plan: Make a sweet and a savory snack (say, maple nut popcorn and creepy chips with guacamole) and both kid- and adult-friendly punches. Kids will love our cemetery slime punch (complete with gummy worms!), and adults will be crazy for this Pumpkin Spice Sangria served inside a pumpkin. For a large group, ask guests to bring an additional appetizer or drink to share.

Pumpkin Spice Halloween Punch Recipe

To help you out with last-minute decorations, we’ve partnered with Target to give one lucky Design Happens reader a free party pack complete with plates, napkins, straws, decorations and more. Read on for the full Pumpkin Spice Sangria recipe, plus enter for a chance to win this party pack.

Here’s the full list of goodies you’ll receive from Target’s Halloween shop:

What are you waiting for? Mix up a batch of this Halloween-perfect sangria right now.

Pumpkin Spice Halloween Sangria
Serves 10-12


2 honeycrisp apples
2 pears
1 orange
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup brown sugar, or more to taste
1 cup bourbon
3 cups apple cider
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
2 bottles pinot grigio, chilled
1 pumpkin, for serving (optional)


Thinly slice apples, pears and oranges lengthwise, then place in a large bowl. Coat with lemon juice to prevent browning. Add honey, brown sugar, bourbon, apple cider and pumpkin pie spice, stirring gently to combine. Cover and refrigerate for 2-4 hours, or overnight. Top with chilled pinot grigio and serve.

For Serving

Serve in a pitcher or punch bowl, or give the punch extra Halloween flavor by serving inside a Jack O’ Lantern. Cut a circle in the top of a large pumpkin, then completely remove seeds and pulp. Fill with fruit and punch, then enjoy!

Tip: Decorate the exterior of pumpkin using a silver paint marker. Here, the cocktail name lets guests know what’s inside.

Halloween Punch With Pumpkin Server

To enter for a chance to win this prize pack, leave a comment below. This giveaway’s question: What’s your go-to Halloween party food or drink?

You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited by law. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S., D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win. All entries (comments) must be entered between 12:00 p.m. ET on October 18, 2013 and 12:00 p.m. ET on October 21, 2013. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of the prize: $100.00. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932



20 Responses

  1. Mildred R. says:

    Mildred R.

    Bloody Witch brew with cherry seven up, also I make stick pretzel with marshmallow at the end and cover with white chocolate ( bones), I like to make Casuela which is with sweet potatoes and pumpkin.

  2. Natosha S. says:

    My own recipe of "Pumpkin Cheescake" and my "Ewww Punch" < green, creepy looking punch with smoke and rimmed with "fake" rubber rats, spiders, eyeballs ect Happy Halloween You All!!!

  3. Donna P says:

    A brownie, baked on a pizza tin, frosted with orange icing, decorated with m and m candy eyes, nose, and candy corn mouth.

  4. Jen says:

    Pumpkin bread with cream cheese frosting or a chocolate glaze.

  5. Carol says:

    Slice hard boiled eggs in half…place a slice of black olive in the center of the yokes, then using a toothpick dipped in red fool coloring, draw "blood" lines on the whites.. and you have "creepy eyes"!

  6. Dodie says:

    Hot dog mummiex :-)

  7. Heather EC says:

    The new addition to my Halloween party this year is….drum roll….Pumpkin Sangria!

  8. sarah says:

    This sounds like a delicious way to incorporate a bit of American tradition with my Mediterranean holiday traditions!

  9. Joeanna Anthony says:

    Fog Drink
    Any colorful drink , gummy worms, dry ice – grocery store now sells this .
    Fill the glass with the drink first. Keep the gummy worms on the edges of the glass and add in a few small pieces of dry ice.

  10. CHAVEZ says:

    I love pumpkin jelly in my breakfast !

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