Get your guests in the Halloween spirit with this eye-catching and spooky Halloween sherbet punch. This fruity, bubbly punch is made with lime sherbet and fruit juices - kids will love it! It's easy to toss together in just a few minutes.
While adults enjoy my fall party punch recipe, kids will love this green sherbet punch. It's perfect for spooky or family-friendly Halloween parties and looks like a bowl of slime!
This non-alcoholic punch comes together with just three ingredients - lemon-lime soda, pineapple juice, and lime sherbet. I've also included a list of fun drink garnish ideas that are perfect for Halloween.
If you love throwing Halloween parties for the family, friends, or neighbors, sherbet punch is a great addition to the snack table. If you're looking for food ideas, I assembled a list of 15 make-ahead Halloween party appetizers to make party prep a breeze.
Ingredients and substitutions
- Lemon-lime soda - The base of the recipe. Sprite, 7up, or any generic lemon-lime soda works here. Ginger ale also works as a substitute. For a lighter, less sweet punch, lemon-lime flavored club soda can also be used.
- Pineapple juice - Adds sweetness and pineapple flavor.
- Lime sherbet - Adds green color and lime flavor. A half gallon is shown in the photo, but you'll only need one quart for this recipe (or half of the shown container).
- Green food coloring (optional) - If you'd like a bright green punch, add a few drops of food coloring to your punch while mixing. Otherwise, punch will have a yellow-green hue.
- Gummy worms (optional) - Gummy worms are an inexpensive and easy to find garnish for sherbet punch. See my full list of garnish ideas below.
Tips and tricks
- Prepare just before serving - This punch only takes a minute or two to prepare, so it doesn't need to be made ahead of time. Sherbet melts and soda loses its fizziness over time, which is why its best to prepare punch just before serving.
- Prep garnishes ahead of time - Want to make special garnishes, ice cubes, or decorated cups for your punch? Do this ahead of time. The punch is the easy part - garnishes and extras can be surprisingly time consuming.
- Freeze ice the night before - Want to make a frozen hand (see instructions below), frozen grapes, or large ice cubes for your punch bowl? Do this the night before to ensure they're fully frozen for your party.
- Gummy worms - Drape over the rim (as shown).
- Fake blood - Mix a small amount of corn syrup and red food coloring to make fake blood. Use a toothpick to drip down the rim of the glass (as shown).
- Eyeballs - Pierce two marshmallows through with a cocktail pick. Use black frosting to add a dot in the center of each marshmallow to make eyes. Place across the top of the glass to give your drink eyeballs.
- Halloween sprinkle rim - Use corn syrup, fruit juice, or simple syrup to wet the rim of the glass. Dip in any color of sanding sugar/sprinkles to make a festive sprinkle rim.
- Lime slices - Add a simple lime slice for a classic look.
- Colorful straws - Easy and eye-catching addition to any Halloween beverage. Halloween paper straws on Amazon
- Grape 'eyeballs' - Freeze green grapes and add a few to each glass. They look like floating eyeballs and double as ice cubes.
- Frozen hand - Rinse out a rubber glove, then fill with water and tie shut. Place on a flat surface and freeze for 6 hours or more. Peel glove off and float the hand in your punch bowl.
Frequently asked questions
What size punch bowl do I need? This recipe makes one gallon of punch and can easily be doubled for filling a larger punch bowl.
How do you serve punch? Prepare your punch in a large punch bowl and set it out with a ladle and cups. Guests can serve themselves, or punch can be ladled into cups for guests to pick up as they walk by.
How do I make my punch less sweet? Swap the lemon-lime soda with lemon-lime flavored club soda or use less pineapple juice.
Can I make this with different flavors? Yes! Use any flavor of sherbet and fruit juice to make your own sherbet punch variation. For example, orange sherbet and orange juice, or raspberry sherbet and pineapple juice.
How can I keep my punch cold during a party? Refrigerate the soda and pineapple juice beforehand. Add big scoops of sherbet to your punch bowl - they'll stay frozen longer than lots of tiny scoops. Add large ice cubes to the punch bowl or frozen grapes to individual drink cups.
Can I add alcohol? If you're serving punch only to adults, up to 16 ounces of liquor, like vodka or rum, can be added to the punch bowl and mixed in. You can also add a shot of liquor to individual glasses, then top with punch.
Halloween Sherbet Punch
- 1 quart lime sherbet
- 2 liters lemon lime soda
- 32 ounces pineapple juice
- green food coloring, optional
- gummy worms, optional
- In a gallon sized punch bowl, add scoops of lime sherbet. Top with lemon lime soda and pineapple juice and stir gently to incorporate. Optionally, add a few drops of green food coloring and stir to incorporate.
- Serve immediately in glasses garnished with gummy worms.
- To keep punch cold longer - refrigerate soda and pineapple juice beforehand. Add big scoops of sherbet, they'll stay frozen longer than lots of tiny scoops. Add large ice cubes to the punch bowl, or small ice cubes or frozen grapes to individual cups.
- For best results, prepare punch just before serving.
- Optionally, garnish cups with gummy worms, fake blood (combine corn syrup and red food coloring and drip down the rim of the glass), festive straws, or add frozen green grapes as ice cube 'eyeballs'.
- To make less sweet - substitute lemon lime soda with lemon lime club soda, or use less pineapple juice.