Starbucks has never shied away from ultra-seasonal drinks, and now, for a very limited time, the coffee chain is offering a Zombie Frappuccino in honor of Halloween—complete with whipped cream “brains.” Here’s what it looks like.
The sweet drink will only be in stores for a week, according to Starbucks, from Thursday until Halloween. The drink is also only available at stores in North America. In other words, this is a once in a lifetime Instagram opportunity.
What does it taste like? Well, it’s more dessert than breakfast: the green part of the drink is a caramel apple slush, while the red “blood” is a mocha drizzle and the pink brain topping is just whipped cream.
This isn’t the first time Starbucks has unveiled a sweet treat for spooky season—2014 brought the Franken Frappuccino, and 2015 had the wonderfully named Frappula. A zombie theme was an obvious next step, said Jennica Robinson, of the Starbucks beverage development team, to Bustle. “When brainstorming a new Frappuccino flavor for this Halloween, we started by thinking about a Halloween party and monster mash,” she said.
“We thought about what you’d serve at a Halloween party, and we settled on dipped caramel apples,” Robinson added. “It has a tart green apple favor balanced with a smooth, sweet caramel.”
The last thing a dentist usually wants to hear when a kid plops down in their chair is that he just spent his last week after Halloween clearing out his entire duffel bag of candy.
And the first thought the childhood version of you has for that is probably, “WELL TOO BAD! I WORKED DAMN HARD FOR THIS CANDY AND I’LL DO WHATEVER I WANT WITH IT!” Which is fine, you’re entitled to that opinion.
And adult you, well, might very well have that same reaction, but at least there’s the knowledge that these sweets will ultimately jack your teeth up. This is especially true if you’ve had to take care of a cavity or two in your life.
So this dentist’s office decided to help kids protect their teeth while serving a good cause. And to do that, they want to buy their extra Halloween candy.
Tillery Family Dental is willing to give kids $ 1 per pound of candy ($ 5 maximum) for all their leftover treats. While that might not sound like the sweetest deal out there, it’s for a pretty noble reason.
All the extra Halloween candy from home is being sent to US troops stationed overseas so they can enjoy some all-hallows-goodness.
The dentistry is also giving trick-or-treaters willing to part with their precious sweets (for cash) some paper and writing utensils so they can write notes for the soldiers who’ll be snacking on their forked-over sweets.
The candy’s being shipped to Operation Gratitude and will be wrapped up as part of care packages for US soldiers abroad and first responders stationed home.
Kids are also getting a goody bag from the dentist of their own: a toothbrush, floss, toothpaste, and other dental stuff.
Nowhere near as exciting as a stash of Reese’s, but at least they can rest well knowing they helped but a smile on a homesick person’s face. And that they probably have one less cavity to worry about. (h/t fox59)
Halloween is the holiday when couples can shine — they get to rub everyone else’s singledom in their faces and flex those creativity muscles with cute and punny couple costumes! And, let’s be honest, the best couple costumes tend to be sexually suggestive in some way.
…But usually, X-rated couple costumes are relegated to college parties and bars. That’s why everyone is loving 22-year-old Brooke Bogin’s parents’ Halloween costume.
The 22-year-old senior at James Madison University tweeted the following photo of her parents, complete with an explanation for their costume:
Mom and Dad before their Halloween party. He’s a dill pickle. She’s a female deer. Together they’re a “dill-doe.” And also my heroes. pic.twitter.com/4BMqGU5eNu
That’s right, her middle-aged parents were a “dill-doe.”
“This is one of the first years they are ’empty nesters’ so they have a lot more time to devote to fun things like this party they went to,” Bogin told BuzzFeed. “I always joke that they have more of a social life than I do!”
Obviously, she had to reward her parents’ creativity with a Twitter shoutout.
“I thought the idea was hilarious and I was really proud that they are my parents and doing something so witty, so I just wanted to share it with my friends,” she said. “I’ve always tweeted funny things that happen with my family and my parents always joke, ‘You’ve got to tweet that’ when something funny happens.”
As it turns out, the rest of Twitter was also pretty proud of her parents — the photo was retweeted over 20,000 times.
@b_bogin I wish I could hear the conversation where they came up with this.
Thanks to the recent clown reign of terror that’s been haunting communities across the country (and our nightmares), Halloween just got a lot less fun.
A Target spokesman emailed the following statement, regarding the retailer’s clown masks this Halloween:
Given the current environment, we have made the decision to remove a variety of clown masks from our assortment, both in stores and online.
So it looks like we won’t be seeing this face on Halloween.
So what exactly is the “current environment” that makes clown masks so undesirable this year?
It all began this summer with the first creepy clown sightings in South Carolina, where people reported a clown trying to lure children into the woods…You know, like any good horror movie begins.
Things only got worse from there. Clown disasters started sprouting up all over. Two high schools in Alabama went into lockdown last month after social media threats surfaced from a clown spotted lingering around campus. Then, in North Carolina, a 20-year-old was arrested for terrorizing people while wearing a clown mask and carrying a hatchet.
Professional clowns (like, ones without axes and homicidal tendencies) have not been thrilled with the new widespread distrust of people in weird makeup and big red noses.
Some clowns even organized a Clown Lives Matter march which was shut down due to death threats (and people generally being outraged that clowns would try to piggyback off of Black Lives Matter).
The crisis hasn’t just damaged Halloween and circus clowns, though. It’s even affected a fast food empire.