By Gary Symons
TLL Editor in Chief
Perhaps its part of the Ryan Reynolds-fueled pumpkin spice backlash, but whatever the reason, Spirit Halloween has opted to release a much more terrifying beverage costume for the upcoming spooky season.
The deal teams up the largest Halloween retailer in the country, with 1,500 locations, with the largest purveyor of bubble tea in America, with over 400 locations across the U.S.
Bubble tea (also known as pearl milk tea, boba milk tea, or simply boba) is a Taiwanese drink that mixes milk/fruit and topped off with chewy tapioca balls, and over the past decade has exploded in popularity across the world.
The collaboration includes five exclusive costumes and a new, limited-time-only beverage inspired by all things Spirit, so fans can fuel up and go code orange all October with a killer beverage that isn’t just pumpkin spice.
“We love teaming up with brands that our customers are passionate about and finding new ways for fans to experience the products they love most. This collaboration with Kung Fu Tea is exciting for us as we’re debuting the first ever Spirit Halloween-inspired drink,” said Kym Sarkos, Executive Vice President and General Merchandise Manager at Spirit Halloween. “Our fans are crazy about Kung Fu Tea, and we can’t wait to see them dressed up like their favorite bubble tea while they enjoy a Spirit Spooky Slush this October.”
Kung Fu Tea fans can choose from a menu that includes five looks, each inspired by their favorite Kung Fu Tea flavors. The first-ever official Kung Fu Tea costumes will be available exclusively online at SpiritHalloween.com, and include:
- Adult Kung Fu Tea Boba Buddy Costume: This three-dimensional costume featuring a smiling cartoon face is as irresistible as Kung Fu Tea itself. Available for $49.99
- Adult Kung Fu Tea Milk Tea Costume: A new take on the signature sip, this classic-inspired cup costume will be a hit at any Halloween bash. Available for $49.99
- Adult Kung Fu Tea Matcha Milk Cap Costume: Just like matcha and milk cap, matcha lovers and this costume are a match made in heaven. Available for $49.99
- Adult Kung Fu Tea Taro Milk Tea Costume: This light purple look is sure to bubble up compliments this Halloween season. Available for $49.99
- Adult Kung Fu Tea Strawberry Slush Dress: Add a pop of sweetness to Halloween celebrations with this pastel pink dress. Available for $39.99
This tasty collab is about more than just costumes, however, as Spirit Halloween and Kung Fu Tea jumped into their mad science-inspired lab to concoct the limited-edition Spirit Spooky Slush for this Halloween season, which hits all Kung Fu Tea locations nationwide on October 1. The exclusive slush combines the brand’s signature matcha slush with a brand-new Taro Milk Cap and is topped with Oreo pieces for a drink that slays cravings.
Each Spirit Spooky Slush is served in a specialty collector’s Spirit Halloween-themed cup, complete with a limited-edition straw cap and lid featuring Spirit Halloween’s iconic Jack the Reaper.
The first 100 customers who try the Spirit Spooky Slush at each location will receive the limited-edition Jack the Reaper straw cap and the first 300 customers will receive a limited-edition sticker, so eager fans should act quickly, before they disappear.
“We couldn’t be more excited to jump in on the excitement of the Halloween season alongside this iconic brand,” said Matthew Poveromo, Marketing Manager at Kung Fu Tea. “Not only can our KFT loyalists get dressed up head-to-toe in the first ever Kung Fu Tea costumes, but they can celebrate like never before by sipping on our delicious Spirit Spooky Slush featuring our new Taro Milk Cap – it’s a must try this fall for any Kung Fu Tea guests.”
As well, fans who wear their Kung Fu Tea costume to their local Kung Fu Tea store on Halloween, October 31, will receive a free drink.
You can shop the full menu of costumes now exclusively on SpiritHalloween.com, while supplies last, and can slurp down the limited-edition beverage starting October 1 through October 31 at all Kung Fu Tea locations nationwide.
Also, for no reason at all, here’s Ryan Reynolds’ gin-fuelled rant on pumpkin spice: