Ghoulish apple cider

Claire Gallam

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Want to spook and scare your kids or family? Skip the regular apples in your apple cider and throw a few of these creepy carved apples in instead! You may need a double take with the scary stares!

Spooky cider

We love this for any kid-themed Halloween party or a cute addition to a spooky school party. For an adult add-on, throw some rum into the cider for a great cocktail idea!

Ghoulish apple cider

Serves about 18-20


  • 1 gallon apple cider
  • 1/2 bag red apples, cut in half (about 6-7 apples)
  • Cinnamon stick
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice


  1. Cut each apple in half right through the stem. Peel each half of the apple and discard the peels. Using a sharp paring knife, carve a face into the rounded portion of the apples. Repeat until all of the apples have faces. Pour the lemon juice over the faces to ensure they don't brown.
  2. Pour the cider into a large bowl. Stir in a few cinnamon sticks.
  3. Toss the apple faces into the large bowl of cider. Serve immediately.

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Claire Gallam
Claire is an aspiring nutritionist (and soon to be culinary student) with a serious addiction to bacon, wine, goat cheese and online shopping. She is recently married to a social media guru who loves *almost* everything she conjures up. In addition to writing for the Food section of SheKnows, she is a full-time recipe creator (and taste tester), a writer for and a contributing writer for the Home and Gardening section of SheKnows. You can also follow her daily musings and find delicious healthy recipes on her food blog, The Realistic Nutritionist.