What is the Starbucks Halloween drink? (Can you make it at home, what is its nutrition information + more information)

Starbucks always goes all out during holidays with its secret menu, and Halloween is no different. You might have heard about Starbucks Halloween drinks when the holiday is around the corner, and you may wonder, what is the Starbucks Halloween drink?

Starbucks Halloween drink is a beverage that the company comes up with every Halloween holiday to match the Halloween theme. Starbucks has consistently celebrated the creepy holiday with spine-chilling Frappuccino flavors since 2014. While Starbucks comes up with different drinks every Halloween, The Zombie Frappuccino became a fan favorite. I tried the drink when it was first made in 2017 and cannot stop craving it. Honestly, I have customized my Frappuccino severally to get this beverage ever since to satisfy my craving. The Zombie Frappuccino was inspired by thinking about what type of drink a monster and Halloween party mash would look like, and the zombie-inspired drink joined the party.

What is in the Starbucks Halloween drink (ingredients)?

With the popularity of the film ‘The Walking Dead’, Starbucks customers welcomed the one-time opportunity to sip on some “zombie brains.” The Zombie Frappuccino blended beverage was available from October 26th to 30th, 2017(the Halloween weekend) in all participating Starbucks stores across the United States (U.S.) and Canada while the supplies lasted.

Despite the scary name and ghastly green body, the Zombie Frappuccino’s ingredients are quite simple and include;

  • Frappuccino crème.
  • Tart apple and caramel. The two add flavor to the crème.
  • Pink whipped cream. The cream makes up the topping referred to as the “brains.”
  • Red mocha drizzles.

What is the nutritional information of the Starbucks Halloween drink?

What is the nutritional information of the Starbucks Halloween drink?

The Zombie Frappuccino blended beverage’s nutritional value is computed based on Starbucks’ standard recipes.

Notably, the nutritional value is the same for all 16 fl oz. of the Zombie Frappuccino, regardless of the customization. It is only changing the beverage’s size that changes its nutritional value.

Starbucks’ standard Zombie Frappuccino blended beverage size is 16 fl oz. Such a serving is packed with 290 calories.

The 290 calories are derived from 58 grams of carbohydrates, which makes up 78 percent of the entire beverage. The beverage also contains 5 grams of fat, which makes up 15 percent of the entire drink. Last is 5 grams of protein which makes up 7 percent of the Zombie Frappuccino.

How to make Starbucks Halloween drink at home (copycat recipe)

Although the Zombie Frappuccino was a seasonal drink, you can still enjoy the drink even after the promotional period if your local Starbucks store has the ingredients at hand. However, if you do not want to visit the store but still want to enjoy the drink, below is a homemade recipe that can give you the same tangy fall flavors, and the terrifying look that conjures the zombies. 

Step one: supplies

What is the Starbucks Halloween drink?

How to make Starbucks Halloween drink at home: supplies

Kai Jordan
This recipe is a serving for one person and makes approximately 16oz.


  • Measuring spoons and cups
  • Blender
  • Starbucks cups for serving
  • Ice cube trays
  • Straws


  • Two cups of ice
  • ¾ cup of milk (you can use whole milk or any other type you can grab from your fridge)
  • One tablespoon of caramel sauce (you can also use one tablespoon of caramel syrup if the sauce is not available)
  • Red chocolate sauceThree tablespoons of simple syrup (you can also use three tablespoons of sugar if the simple syrup is unavailable)
  • Pink whipping topping
  • Two tablespoons of green apple syrup
  • Green food coloring

Step two: making the red blood chocolate sauce and pink brain topping

For the red blood chocolate sauce, you will mix the chocolate sauce with a few drops of red food coloring. A few drops of the food coloring will do the trick as it does not take much to give it the color.

For the pink brain topping, you will need one cup of heavy whipping cream and red food coloring. While the Starbucks original version does not have a flavored whip topping, you can give your Zombie Frappuccino a chocolate flavor by adding one tablespoon of sugar and one tablespoon of white chocolate Torani. Combine all the ingredients and whip them until you get stiff peaks. Using very cold whipping cream will give the best results.

Step three: Blending and assembling

You will start by blending your Frappuccino ingredients together, and if you would like to make it more fun, you can add a few drops of green food coloring. Then get the whipped topping ready by putting it in a piping bag.

To get the drink ready, begin by drizzling the red chocolate sauce on the inside top of the glass, and then fill it with the blended Frappuccino drink. Then finish the drink off by topping it with the homemade whipped topping.

It would be best if you went back and forth when putting the whipped topping instead of circles to give it the brain look. And there you go; you have yourself a Zombie Frappuccino. And just like the real Zombie Frappuccino drink, the blood chocolate mixes and spreads in the drink, giving it a “creepy” look.

How to order the Halloween drink at Starbucks

How to order the Halloween drink at Starbucks

To order the Zombie Frappuccino drink at Starbucks, begin by asking for a Grande green tea Frappuccino because a zombie would not be complete without the creepy green color. Next, ask the barista to replace the classic syrup with raspberry syrup. To finish off, finish off your drink with whipped cream and ask the barista to add dried strawberries and strawberry puree on top of the whipped cream to accomplish the frightful theme.

Final Thoughts

During Halloween, you will find scary movies in theatres, Halloween treats gracing the store shelves, and goriness sets in. Starbucks is no different, and the company goes all out with its limited Halloween-themed Frappuccinos. While these drinks are seasonal, you can for sure visit your Starbucks store and customize your Frappuccino to any Halloween drink, or better yet, make one for yourself at home.

FAQ Section

Does the Starbucks Halloween drink have caffeine?

No. The Zombie Frappuccino blended beverage does not have caffeine.

How much is the Starbucks Halloween drink?

A 12-ounce Zombie Frappuccino blended beverage costs $4.75-$4.95. The market determines the price variation.

Is Starbucks Halloween drink seasonal?

Yes. The Zombie Frappuccino blended beverage was a special drink for the 2017 Halloween weekend. However, you can still enjoy the drink even after the promotional period if your local Starbucks store has the ingredients at hand.

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