Seven Halloween Costume and Wine Pairings

Are you dressing up for Halloween this year? There are so many directions you can take your costume: trendy, funny, sexy, scary, and, of course, classic. Classic Halloween costumes are my personal favorite. Who doesn't love a pumpkin or black cat? They're timeless for a reason! But even a classic costume isn't complete without the right mood and accessories, including the glass of wine in your hand. To help you get into character, I've paired seven quintessential Halloween costumes with a complementary wine.

Pairing Wine With Classic Halloween Costumes


If you're dressing up as a bloodsucking vampire, consider sipping on a glass of red Côtes du Rhône. This blend is made with a few varietals but the main grapes are Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre (known as a GSM blend outside of this region). In addition to being the color of blood, red Côtes du Rhône often has gamy flavors that a vampire would enjoy!


A pumpkin would definitely drink orange wine to match its bright appearance!


An angel would like a sparkling wine to match its glittering wings. With its fruity flavors and light bubbles, a refreshing glass of Prosecco is the perfect choice for this celestial being.


When I picture a pirate drinking, I immediately think of Port. Strong and fortified, Port was built to survive at sea. The Portuguese shipped tons of this wine to English drinkers who could not get enough of it in the 1700s. I'm sure that more than a few bottles ended up in the hands of pirates in the Atlantic Ocean!


The least serious costume ever needs the least serious wine ever: White Zinfandel. Carry around a glass of this sweet, pink juice and crack jokes all night long.


Dressing up as a cowboy? Make like a gaucho and get your hands on a bottle of Argentinian Malbec.

Black Cat

My absolute favorite Halloween costume! My black cat (pictured below) tackles glasses of Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio, but he might enjoy an Australian Cabernet Sauvignon for its minty smell from neighboring eucalyptus plants. While eucalyptus is toxic to cats, the taste would pair well with one of his favorite treats: catnip, a type of mint. Plato's pick is First Drop Mothers Ruin Cabernet Sauvignon.

My Halloween cat, Plato, checking out a bottle of Australian Cabernet Sauvignon.

Let me know what you're drinking for Halloween!