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Layered Halloween Jello Shots

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Perfectly spooky layered Halloween Jello Shots are made with vodka and will be a huge hit at your next Halloween party. Orange and purple jello are layered together then topped with whipped cream, Halloween sprinkles, and chocolate spider webs. Simple to make and fun to enjoy!

purple and orange jello shot topped with whipped cream & halloween sprinkles.

Halloween Jello Shots

Picture this – a costume party with a treats table filled with Halloween brownies, “raw meat” rice krispie treats, and these cute little shot cups. Wouldn’t that be fun?

The colorful layers topped with whipped cream and fun Halloween sprinkles have a magical effect, even to those of us who don’t love jello (shh 🤫). They’re the perfect boozy Halloween treat.

To take it a step further, melt some chocolate and make “webs” to add as garnish with some mini plastic spiders. So cute & perfect for a spooky theme.

Why you’ll love these simple Halloween Jello Shots

Easy to make – You have to allow a bit of time for them to set up, but the actual process of making them is simple.

For adults & kids – Perfect addition to an adult Halloween party but you can also leave out the vodka and they’re fun for kids, too!

Fun Topping Options – Topping ideas include gummy eyeballs, gummy worms, or even a little black sanding sugar sprinkled on top of the whipped cream.

hand holding a halloween jello shot topped with a plastic spider.

Equipment you’ll need

  • Disposable Cups – 1 oz or 2 oz plastic cups with lids are easiest.
  • Baking Sheet – Either a lipped baking sheet or a tray will be helpful for moving the shots in and out of the fridge while the layers are setting.
  • Measuring Cup – I like to use a large measuring cup with a spout to whisk up the jello mixture.
  • Small Saucepan – To boil the water.

Ingredients

Below is a list of the ingredients you’ll need to gather to make this recipe. Scroll all the way down for the full recipe card.

ORANGE JELL-O – One box of orange flavored jello.
PURPLE JELL-O – One box of grape flavored jello.
WATER – You’ll need both boiling water and cold water to make the jello mixture.
VODKA – A cup of vodka will be used. Vodka comes in MANY flavors – plain works well to not compete with the flavor of the jello, but pick your favorite.
TOPPINGS – Whipped cream, chocolate chips (for webs), and Halloween sprinkles. Optional, but they add a little extra sweetness and look cute.

overhead shot of labeled ingredients laid out to make halloween jello shots.

How to make fun Halloween Jello Shots

  1. STEP ONE: Make the purple layer. In a large measuring cup (or mixing bowl with a spout), add 1 cup of boiling water and the grape jello. Whisk until dissolved and then add in 1/2 cup vodka and 1/2 cup cold water and whisk again. Pour evenly into small plastic shot glasses (1 oz shown), that have been set onto a tray or lipped baking sheet, filling approximately 1/4 to 1/2 way up. Place the entire tray into the fridge for approximately 30 minutes or until purple layer is firm.
  2. STEP TWO: Make the orange layer. In a large measuring cup (or mixing bowl with spout), add 1 cup of boiling water and the orange jello and whisk until dissolved. Add in 1/2 cup vodka and 1/2 cup cold water and whisk again. Let the mixture cool slightly and then pour the rest of the way on top of the set purple layer. Place the tray back into the fridge for approximately 2 hours to fully set.
  3. STEP THREE: Garnish and serve. Once fully set, garnish & serve!
collage of 4 photos showing the process of making orange and purple jello shots.

How to make the chocolate cobwebs 🕸

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, melt some chocolate chips.
  3. Transfer the melted chocolate to a small plastic baggie and snip just the tip off.
  4. Pipe webs onto the parchment paper and allow to harden (chilling in the fridge will speed up the process).
cobwebs made of chocolate on parchment paper.

How to store them

You will want to store these easy jello shots in the fridge. If they get too warm, they can melt.

How long will jello shots last in the fridge?

5-7 days. Don’t garnish until you’re ready to serve them.

Can I freeze jello shots?

Nope. As they become frozen it will affect the texture of the jello dramatically so it will become a gooey texture.

Can jello shots be made ahead of time?

You can definitely make them ahead of time but they’re best enjoyed within 3-5 days so don’t make them too far in advance.

hand holding a jello shot topped with whipped cream, a chocolate cobweb, and a plastic spider.

FAQs

What is the best liquor to use for jello shots?

Vodka. Vodka is the most neutral but gin, whiskey, and tequila could also be used.

Can you get drunk off jello shots?

Jello shots are not like a standard alcoholic shot – they have far less alcohol content so don’t expect them to get you drunk, but you should still enjoy responsibly.

Do they make black jello?

Black screams Halloween but they don’t make a black jello. If you want to make black for a layer of these, try mixing two packets of grape with one packet of lime for a very dark purple that will look black. Either that, or use black food coloring.

Can I double the recipe?

Sure can. Just double (or triple) the original version of the recipe and it will work great.

Tips & Suggestions 🎃

  • Allow plenty of time for the layers to fully set.
  • Make a big batch so you don’t run out – this recipe can easily be doubled or even tripled.
  • Use plastic cups with lids so you can easily store and transport them.
  • If you’re not into orange and purple, you could try different colors for the different layers (like green jello or use unflavored gelatin and sweetened condensed milk to make a white layer like in my american flag shots). You can even use black food dye if you want a black layer.

More Halloween Jello Shot Recipes

Eyeball Jello Shots
Black Magic Jello Shots
Black Widow Jello Shots
Candy Corn Jello Shots

More Jello Shot Ideas

Watermelon Jello Shots
Fuzzy Navel Jello Shots
Caramel Apple Jello Shots
Strawberry Shortcake Jello Shots
Christmas Jello Shots

🎃 Need more Halloween recipes? Try these:

Halloween Chocolate Tunnel Cake
Ghost Oreo Balls
Halloween Monster Munch Popcorn Mix
Halloween Pretzel Rods

Click here for my entire collection of Halloween recipes.

several orange and purple jello shots on a black web cloth.

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purple and orange jello shot topped with whipped cream & halloween sprinkles.

Halloween Jello Shots

Melissa Williams
Perfectly spooky layered Halloween Jello Shots are made with vodka and will be a huge hit at your next Halloween party. Orange and purple jello are layered together then topped with whipped cream, Halloween sprinkles, and chocolate spider webs. Simple to make and fun to enjoy!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Chill Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 45 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 36 shots
Calories 62 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 ounces orange flavored gelatin mix
  • 3 ounces grape gelatin mix
  • 2 cups boiling water divided
  • 1 cup cold water divided
  • 1 cup vodka divided
  • whipped cream
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • Halloween sprinkles optional

Instructions
 

  • On a lipped tray, set out 30 one ounce cups and set aside for later. Make sure you have room in the fridge to accommodate the tray.

Make the purple layer

  • In a large measuring cup with a spout or a mixing bowl, add 1 cup of boiling water and the purple jello. Whisk until dissolved.
  • Next, add in ½ cup of cold water and ½ cup of vodka. Whisk again.
  • Carefully pour the mixture into the cups about a ¼ to ½ way up.
  • Carefully place the tray in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or until that layer is set.

Make the orange layer

  • In a large measuring cup with a spout or a mixing bowl, add 1 cup of boiling water and the orange jello. Whisk until dissolved.
  • Next, add in ½ cup of cold water and ½ cup of vodka. Whisk again.
  • Once the purple layer is set, carefully pour the orange jello on top.
  • Place them back in the fridge for 2 hours or until they are fully set.

To make the chocolate cobwebs

  • Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a microwave safe bowl, add the chocolate chips in and heat in 30 second intervals until melted and smooth, stirring between each 30 seconds.
  • Transfer the chocolate to a ziploc bag and snip off a tiny corner.
  • Pipe your spiderwebs onto the prepared pan and then move to the fridge to harden.

To serve

  • When ready to serve, top each jello shot with a squirt of whipped cream, some sprinkles, and a chocolate spider web.

Notes

  • Do not garnish until ready to serve.
  • Store covered in the fridge for up to a week.
  • Use 1 oz cups (makes approximately 30 shots) or 2 oz cups (makes approximately 15 shots). 
  • Use whichever flavor of vodka you like. If you don’t like vodka, another light liquor can be substituted. 
  • If you want to make them non-alcoholic/kid-friendly, replace the 1/2 cup of vodka with 1/2 cup of water.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 62kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 1gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.004gCholesterol: 0.3mgSodium: 24mgPotassium: 29mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 3IUCalcium: 4mgIron: 0.3mg

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