Halloween Vodka

I have decided that there is no reason for kids to get all the treats on Halloween. What about us? Don’t we deserve some fun, too? Other than overdosing on candy, of course.

Yes, yes, we do.

I still haven’t gotten over last year’s fascination with candy vodka, and got inspired last week after a trip down the candy aisle. I think — actually I know — that I had way too much fun with this Halloween Vodka…

Just take any sugar candy and separate by color…

… and soak it in vodka for a few days, shaking periodically. If there’s any gunk floating, drain it out with a coffee filter. My bottles came from Ikea, but mason jars work, too.

So easy, and so fun. (Especially if you taste it.

Don’t you wish you were trick or treating at my house?

About the writer


What started as an innocent on-line baby book to chronicle Jill Smokler’s stay-at-home days with her children, quickly transformed into a vibrant community of parents, brought together by a common theme: Parenting doesn’t have to be perfect. Welcome to Scary Mommy!


Yvonne 3 years ago

Why oh why do I have to see this now! I’m out of commission till March. I guess I’ll make some for gifts and wait to make myself some green apple jolly rancher for St. Patrick’s Day!

heather 3 years ago

I’ve been doing this for years with jolly ranchers. I’ve never thought about candy corns, with cream soda! That has to be amazing. My friends always loved getting these as gifts. Also I would advise, cheap vodka is cheap vodka is cheap vodka! Stay away from the crystal palace. I’ve also done root beer candies in Jameson, and peach run.

Denni Dennis 4 years ago

I love this idea! We have been making vodka infused gummie bears for years. I call them Yummie Gummies. I soak them in vodka but never have any liquid left over. I will try soaking them in more so it’s not all absorbed!!! Just be careful to keep them away from the littles!!!

Michelle 4 years ago

Great idea for a hostess gift for the neighbor’s Halloween party! By the way, I make jello shots for all of the adult trick or treaters in my neighborhood!

Clista Reyes 4 years ago

Right! The cinnemon idea sounds delicious. Craaap! Now I’m gonna have to try some. Lol.

Garrettsmama 4 years ago

What a perfect way to end the night! Tire the kids out, give them sugar and they crash HARD! lol.. then us parents can have a litle enjoyment! hahahhahahaha! LOVE IT!

Melanie 4 years ago

Ok, bookmarking this. What a great idea!

Jeanette 4 years ago

Totally wish I lived near you! Sounds heavenly!

Juliet Cap 4 years ago

What a great idea! I’ve already shown my husband and he’s on board for making flavors for all of our friends for Christmas.

I know you said your containers were from Ikea, but unfortunately I don’t have one nearby. And you said mason jars work as well, but I ADORE the glass containers with corks. Do you have any other suggestions on where to find containers that are more like yours (decorative and alot more cute than plain old mason jars)?


    Juliet Cap 4 years ago

    Oh, sorry, and do you have a preferred Vodka brand? The expensive stuff, moderate, or cheap? :)

      Scary Mommy 4 years ago

      I’m a cheapskate when I can get away with it. :)

    Scary Mommy 4 years ago

    World Market has the best ones, and Marshalls & TJMaxx sometimes do as well. You can find glass bottles everywhere, and just get the corks separately at Michaels.

Amber M’s Mommy 5 years ago

THANK YOU!!!! I have family coming in for Thanksgiving and we will have a small gift exchange, since they all live so far away. I will be gifting them each a bottle of candy vodka!!

Jenniy 5 years ago

I soooo know what I’m making for a few friends for Christmas this year…….. THANKS!!!!!!!!!

Rebecca 5 years ago

This is a wonderful idea and it makes me wish that I had a lot of friends who drink heavily. I’d totally make this for Christmas or something.

Liz 5 years ago

I used green skittles in cake vodka. . .Can’t stop drinking it. Its amazing.

Yolanda Panda 5 years ago

Lolllll I absolutely LOVE this idea! I have so many friends that are parents that I have to share this with!! They will love it lol. One of them has 4 kids and a bunch of nephews/nieces who all go to her house to trick or treat…she is SO gonna need this!! :0)

Charlene Long 5 years ago

See…there is a reason I read your blog!! Love that!! I do wish I was trick or treating near your house and just may have to try that!! LOL

Pam 5 years ago

Yum, I like the idea of mason jars as well. If I use Gummy Bear Vitamins it will even be kind of healthy. Or is that safe?

Marta 5 years ago

omg I love you. I’m having a party on Friday and this is perfect. Stopping at Target and the liquor store on my way home from work today!

Zeemaid 5 years ago

You did such a great job with the bottles. If I was more of a drinker, I’d be all over this or it’d be all in me. 😉

Kerri 5 years ago

What a great idea! This could be done for all the “candy” holidays – Valentine’s day, Easter, Tuesdays 😉

the mama bird diaries 5 years ago

If i come to your house, will you give me these?

Kristine 5 years ago

This? Is a fantastic, cute, fun idea!

(And I also can no longer do the Goldschlager for precisely the same reason.)

Kerri 5 years ago

Holy crap, that’s a great idea! And this idea can be repeated on all the other candy holidays – Valentine’s Day, Easter, Tuesdays 😉

amber 5 years ago

I am totally making some candy-flavored vodka to share with my dad when my parents come to visit this weekend. Don’t judge – he’s a lot more fun with a vodka or two in him.

Thrifty With triplets 5 years ago

Genius! I am gonna make this. I will totally be needing it after schlepping the triplets around the neighborhood for candy. Ug, and 2 of them will not even try on their costumes…. ug, mommy needs a drink now.

Nicole 5 years ago

What a neat idea!! Might have to try this :) :)

Stephanie 5 years ago

REALLY great idea! What vodka do you use? Does it matter? The stuff with the least taste? I’m thinking Grey Goose or Absolut?

    Scary Mommy 5 years ago

    The cheap stuff! It works just as well and you’ll never know the difference.

Regina 5 years ago

This first thing that came to mind with putting it in mason jars was moonshine. Then I thought it was an awesome idea to make with the left over candy b/c my kids never eat all their candy. Thanks for sharing! I’m thinking of melting down some of those cinnamon candies!

Ashley P 5 years ago

Which flavor is the best? Then what mixer?

    Scary Mommy 5 years ago

    I like anything cherry flavored– Jolly Ranchers, Skittles etc. with Sprite. Really good!

Julie R 5 years ago

I have never really liked candy corn, but I’m thinking I would LOVE candy corn VODKA! What a great idea and awesome treat for the moms and dads on halloween! LOVE this!

Aimee 5 years ago

yum-o!! I bet a lime skittle vodka would be delish with cranberry juice! On my grocery list for this week!

Morgan 5 years ago

Are you kidding! I’m doing this.

Carri 5 years ago


Erin I’m Gonna Kill Him 5 years ago

I wish I could put you in charge of my gift giving.

anymommy 5 years ago

I love this every time. My kind of Halloween.

NoDramaMama 5 years ago

Brilliant! Especially since vodka has no taste, so all you taste is yummy sugary goodness.

Jeanine 5 years ago

How drunk can you get off of this on a scale of 1-10?

    Scary Mommy 5 years ago

    an 11.

Jessica 5 years ago

Oh my gosh I love this idea. Since I have a gummy bear addiction I will have to try it to liven up my trick or treating.

Team Suzanne 5 years ago

This project looks like so much fun to me–but also looks like a good way to get hotlined with DCFS. Because I’m not sure I could ever hide those bottles well enough to ensure my kids didn’t find them and guzzle down half before they realized they’d made a terrible mistake. Those bottles just look TOOOO tempting. Hell, I want to guzzle half of that green gummy worm one, but even for me, that would be a terrible mistake.

But seriously–what fun. It makes me wish I liked Vodka. But I’m a bourbon girl. And anybody who puts candy corn in bourbon should be shot.

Amanda 5 years ago

ohh my god. i love candy. i love vodka – why didn’t i think of this?!?!?! i am making these today!!! awesome idea

Jessica 5 years ago

I LOVE THIS IDEA!! I will be making these for my girlfriends this weekend. I can’t wait!

Rebecca Richmond 5 years ago

Looks delish, probably not the perfect craft for my 3 year old halloween playdate though. . .

Momster 5 years ago

Now that’s a treat I can go for (and go back for – again and again). I’m doing this!

tracy 5 years ago

This brings trick-or-drinking to a whole new level. Damn I love you.

Tinne from Tantrums and Tomatoes 5 years ago

Hmmm, my sister in law gave me a bottle of vodka for my birthday…

SaucyB 5 years ago

What a cute and yummy idea! I heart vodka, so I’m going to have to try this.

Erin 5 years ago

You are just to cha-cha for words!!!

after my 9 month drinking hiatus….I CAN NOT wait to imbibe some Halloween Vodka:) LOVE IT!!!

SMHMama @Parentingsmh 5 years ago

Love it! This sounds like a great idea for parties.

Sarah 5 years ago

Gummy bear blood? Oh my lord, that is AWESOME – and the label makes it 100 X more awesome.

Jen 5 years ago

The only thing that comes to mind when I read this post is part of the song from Mr Roger’s Neighborhood.

“… Please won’t you be… my neighbor!”

No seriously, please?

Nicole DeZarn 5 years ago

Adorbs!!! Yes, if I were near you, I’d be at your door with a bag and a smile. :)

Gigi 5 years ago

And just *where* do you live again??

Sounds much better than our plans!

    Scary Mommy 5 years ago

    Baltimore, baby.

Rachel {at} Mommy Needs a Vacation 5 years ago

Damn you for living across the country from me.

karen somethingorother 5 years ago

wait a minute. Are you saying that the magical taste of the candies infuses itself into the vodka? Are you a WIZARD? Yes, you are a wizard. What a wonderful idea.

    Scary Mommy 5 years ago

    I know, right? It’s magical!!!!

Lin 5 years ago

YUM!! We’re going to have to try this. I’m thinking Sour Patch Kids would be tasty…

The Mommy Therapy 5 years ago

These look so fun! I am beyond impressed!

I might actually have to step it up and make this because it would make me feel crafty!

Can flavoring alcohol count as a craft?

    Scary Mommy 5 years ago

    Um, should I not admit that the kids helped with this? Because they might have.

      Erin 5 years ago

      that makes it “family friendly”

      – can’t wait til the JudgyMcJudgerpants Scary Mommy readers get wind of this:)

Tragic Sandwich 5 years ago

Oh, yes. That would be some awesome trick-or-treating.

Seriously Sassy Mama 5 years ago

Yes I do.

Abi 5 years ago

Oh Jill,
You know how I love my vodka. It’s as if this post was written just for me. I’m digging through the drawer now to find my coupons!

C @ Kid Things 5 years ago

Now that’s the kind of treat I’d dress up in an embarrassing costume for.

Kim 5 years ago

I am SO going to have to try this!

Nessa 5 years ago

We like to do a Trick or Drink for the adults, so this is a fantastic idea!

Jack@TheJackB 5 years ago

We go trick or treating in a neighborhood where parents pour shots for other parents. Mom, dad and the kids come home with a different sort of buzz, but buzzed nonetheless.

    Scary Mommy 5 years ago

    I love your neighborhood.

Joanie 5 years ago

When my kids were little, I’d take them around the neighborhood to go trick or treating. Some of the neighbors would give the parents beer or wine. You could come home with quite a nice buzz on!

I don’t drink too often any more but I’m definitely going to pass this idea on to my now grown kids!

    Scary Mommy 5 years ago

    Wow, I’m really living in the wrong neighborhood.

      Kmack 5 years ago

      You DO live in the right neighborhood – you need to head up to my block though ,we give out hot cider with rum!

Arnebya 5 years ago

Mmmmm candy vodka. Whod’ve thunk? And all this time I’ve been wasting my time with straight vodka. I’d love a vodka-infused Jolly Rancher.

Lin 5 years ago

Not only cute but it’s also alcohol…nicely done!

Billie 5 years ago

I have those bottles, but where did you get the corks to fit? Did you have to modify them? I am excited to do the skittles vodka (which I pinned on pinterest) or now your post is making me want to try more candies. I am making an entire display of apothocary bottles and jars for a halloween display and this will be perfect for the adult section! You rock!

    Scary Mommy 5 years ago

    Michaels– they have bags of 10 for a dollar and they fit perfectly!

      Krissy 5 years ago

      the Skittles vodka is to die for!! Seriously.. YUM!

Kmack 5 years ago

I am DEFINITELY trick-or-treating at your house!!!

Megan 5 years ago

Now THAT’S a freakin cool idea! I am gonna have to do this as party favors! Awesome! Thanks Jill!

mandie 5 years ago

I have a friend who makes skittles vodka. He separates the flavors and makes a bottle of each.. Sounds so yummy!

Not Supermom 5 years ago

I want to come Trick-or-Treating at YOUR house!

Galit Breen 5 years ago

Yum, yum, and more yum!

Also? So pretty!


mommytanya 5 years ago


SarahJC 5 years ago

But how do they taste?

    Scary Mommy 5 years ago

    REALLY GOOD. I mean, they’re strong, but mixed with soda or something? They’re great.

      Billie 5 years ago

      I bet Sprite is a good mixer.

        Scary Mommy 5 years ago

        My favorite for the candy corn is cream soda.

          Nicole DeZarn 5 years ago

          Holy crap, that sounds good. Did you use atomic fireballs? Because that sounds terrific to me. Saw something red in your bowls, just wondered.

          Scary Mommy 5 years ago

          Yes. But, I have to admit that I can’t stand cinnamon flavored liquor myself, after an incident with Goldschlager my junior year of high school. But, I’ve heard it’s great.

          Billie 5 years ago

          UUHHHH…. YUM!


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