Every year Starbucks releases a whole host of Halloween-inspired drinks to get you in the mood for a spooky treat. Some drinks rise from the grave, year after year due to their popularity but others seem to fade away, in a ghostly fashion, after only a season.
Here is a list of 15 Starbucks Halloween drinks and their ingredients so you can order them when October arrives. Some options can be enjoyed year-round if the recipe allows whereas others contain ingredients only stocked at the right time of year.
Be prepared to shriek with delight or quiver in fear when you discover these blood-curdling, spine-chilling, hair-raising, concoctions!
1. Pumpkin Spice Latte
A fall favorite, there’s no Halloween Starbucks drink more iconic than the pumpkin spice latte. I always look forwards to this one making its annual appearance on the menu. This drink is based on the Starbucks signature latte, so is espresso topped with steamed milk, but also has a combination of pumpkin puree and a special blend of pumpkin pie spices blended in. You’ll notice hints of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and clove mixed into this recipe. The drink is topped off with whipped cream and you can finish it with the warming pumpkin spice blend.
Also available as an iced latte option for when you’re in need of a cooling treat.
2. Witches Brew Creme Frappuccino
This delicious Halloween frappuccino sometimes appears on the Starbucks drinks menu come October. It’s orange creme flavored with bright green chia seeds added to give it a spooky twist. It’s topped with whipped cream and a sprinkle of bright green sugar. The witch’s brew frappuccino is the perfect example of a Starbucks Halloween drink.
3. Zombie Frappuccino
A Starbucks concoction that first rose from the dead in 2017, this drink is now immortalized in the Starbucks secret menu. If you want are keen to order this ghoulish green drink then start with a green tea frappuccino. Ask your barista to drizzle red mocha sauce down the sides of your glass to give a bloody effect. Strawberry puree mixed with whipped cream gives a pink ‘brains’ topping. The seasonal recipe is actually caramel apple flavored for a sweet sensation. Let’s hope it returns to the Starbucks menu this year!
4. Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino
The ultimate adaptation of the pumpkin spice latte this rich frappuccino ticks all the boxes for delicious fall flavors. With pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spices, this blended beverage is delish.
5. Jack Skellington Frappuccino
This secret menu recipe is one you can only order seasonally as it’s based on the pumpkin spice frappuccino. Ask for a shot of chai syrup to be blended in and mocha drizzle to line the cup. Top with whipped cream and java chips as well as a tribute to the pumpkin king.
Side note – ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ movie was due to be released by Disney but it was moved to the adult film label ‘Touchstone’ as it was deemed to be too dark and scary for children.
6. The Frappula
The Frappula is a Halloween creme frapp that has joined the Starbucks secret menu items so you don’t need to wait until October to enjoy this yummy recipe. To order off-season, start with mocha sauce at the bottom of the cup and top this with white chocolate sauce, milk, and ice blended together (also known as white chocolate mocha creme frappuccino). Raspberry syrup drizzled on top gives a bloody tinge and all this can be finished off with whipped cream.
7. Pumpkin Hot Chocolate
Sometimes, hot chocolate is just what you need to warm you through on those chilly fall evenings. You can adapt the Starbucks traditional hot chocolate recipe by asking your barista to add pumpkin spice sauce (1 pump tall, 2 pump for a grande, and 3 pumps for venti) and top with pumpkin pie spice.
8. Pumpkin Cheesecake Frappuccino
Another twist on the pumpkin spice frappuccino this recipe starts with the creme-based pumpkin frapp. For a tall, add 1 pump cinnamon dolce syrup, 1 scoop vanilla bean powder, and 1 pump of white mocha syrup. This is rich and creamy and totally the bomb.
9. The Franken Frappuccino
A seasonal delight that can be enjoyed any time of the year, the Franken Frappuccino is a combination of ingredients that would make Frankenstein’s monster quiver with fear. If you’re keen to try this option start with a green tea frappuccino and add peppermint syrup, java chips, and white chocolate sauce. Blend it all together and top with whipped cream and mocha drizzle.
10. Hocus Pocus Frappuccinos
Inspired by the three witches from Hocus Pocus, Winifred, Mary, and Sarah these drinks are based on their hair color.
Winifred with her flaming red hair, start with the strawberries and cream frappuccino and ask for strawberry sauce drizzled on top.
Mary being brunette pairs well with the chocolate cream frappuccino and mocha sauce on top.
Sarah with the blonde suits the vanilla bean frappuccino and a drizzle of vanilla syrup on top to sweeten the deal.
11. Chai Tea Latte
An all-year-round menu drink, the Chai tea latte is a delicious warming treat, and the spices are the perfect combination for Halloween vibes. Perfect if you’re not much of a coffee fan but still enjoy the creaminess of a latte.
12. Maple Pecan Latte
With the sweet, caramel flavors of maple syrup and the gentle nuttiness of pecans, this recipe tastes like pecan pie in a mug. It’s sweet, buttery, and topped with crunchy brown sugar scattered like fallen leaves over the drink. It’s a fall favorite for all the right reasons.
13. Caramel Apple Spice
Steamed apple juice makes up the base for this drink, but it wouldn’t be a Halloween option without caramel sauce to bring you all the caramel apple vibes. Cinnamon syrup is added to the apple juice and it’s topped with whipped cream and caramel drizzle to give a rich and warming, Halloween-inspired drink.
14. Apple Chai
If you want to add a touch more spice to your apple juice try substituting the cinnamon syrup for chai syrup. Sometimes referred to as a Chai-der this hot apple cider will satisfy any spiced apple cravings.
15. Vampire Frappuccino
Released as a Halloween drink a few years ago, this blood-red frappuccino can still be re-created if you know what to ask for. Start with a vanilla bean creme frappuccino with mocha sauce at the base of the cup. Drizzle strawberry sauce over the blended drink and top with whipped cream and strawberry syrup.
There’s no reason to be petrified when you go to order a Halloween treat from the Starbucks secret menu. Some of these drinks may appear horrifying to behold but the one thing they all have in common is that they taste sublime. I hope this list has inspired you to get creative when Halloween comes around this year so you too can enjoy a spooky, Starbucks slurp.