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Impress Your Crew with Witches’ Brew!

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Watch little eyes get really wide when you transform your plain old punch into a spooky brew. These five ideas are ghoulishly good!


  1. Hand-shaped ice! Rinse a latex-free rubber glove and turn it inside out—and then fill it with juice, add fresh or frozen fruit if you’d like, tie the end securely, and freeze until solid. When ready to serve your brew, carefully cut the glove away from the ice and prop up the hand in your bowl for a BOO!-tiful presentation!
  2. Shrunken apple heads! This recipe shared with Martha Stewart by a viewer puts a deliciously scary twist on bobbing for apples. And, luckily, even amateur carving skills look great on shriveled fruit.
  3. Worm cubes! Fill an ice cube tray with gummy worms, allowing some to spill over the edges. Add water and freeze. Plop them in your punch and watch kids squeal with delight. If you want to cut back on the candy, try raisins instead—they’ll look like bugs.
  4. Melon bats! Cut a melon (anything from cantaloup to honeydew will do) into thin slices and remove the rind. Use Halloween cookie cutters—bats, cats, or witches' hats—to cut the melon into witchy shapes that float in your punch!
  5. Lychee eyeballs! Pop blueberries into whole lychees for this delightfully icky—and edible!—embellishment from Martha Stewart.



  • 8 cups cranberry juice
  • 6 cups pineapple juice
  • 4 cups orange juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 (25¼-ounce) bottle sparkling cider, chilled
  • 1 (1-liter) bottle club soda or seltzer, chilled


Combine the juices in a pitcher or pot and chill for at least an hour. When it’s time for your party, pour the juice mix into a punchbowl, add the sparkling cider and seltzer, and serve. Feel free to adjust proportions to taste or substitute other juices, like pomegranate, blueberry, black cherry, grape, pink lemonade, or blended watermelon.

Witches brew makes a sweet addition to your Halloween festivities—at KinderCare, we believe that juice is a special treat (in fact, at our centers we serve only water and milk). If your little ones don’t like bubbles? To thin the punch (and cut down on sugar) skip the cider and seltzer and add cold water, instead!

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