Make These Drinks and Snacks for a Halloween Movie Marathon
Something wicked this way comes!
A chill in the air, plenty of sweets for all to eat, and a hint of mischief at every turn—Halloween is filled with tricks and treats, like these drinks and snack recipes that are perfect for serving during a Halloween movie marathon. From family-friendly comedies like Hocus Pocus and Beetlejuice to all-out thrillers like Halloween, these bites are just the thing to accompany the spookiest of movies.
So how did we choose the menu? We looked at certain foods that appear in each movie, and also chose dishes that pay homage to the movie settings. For example, Hocus Pocus—the Disney classic—takes place in Salem, Massachusetts so we'd be remiss to not include a recipe for classic New England Clam Chowder. Our version, which is made with bacon, white wine, russet potatoes, littleneck clams, and heavy cream, is sure to keep you warm on a cool October night. Serve it alongside this festive Blood-Moon Punch, which will disappear like magic (it's just that good).
In Edward Scissorhands, part romance/part fantasy, outdoor neighborhood barbecues are frequent. We're offering two recipes that would surely please the Boggs—our take on Modern Ambrosia Salad, a creamy, decadent fruit salad, and Roasted Pepper-Thai Chile Deviled Eggs, a fiery twist on the old-fashioned appetizer. And for what is perhaps the scariest movie of all time—Halloween—we chose our most haunted recipes that will send a shiver up your spine.
Instead of popcorn and licorice twists, try these recipes inspired by classic Halloween movies (that is, if you dare).
In this classic Disney movie set in Salem, Massachusetts, three witches (played by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy) who were executed in the 17th century are accidentally awakened by a teenage boy.
Inspired by Hocus Pocus' New England roots, make this classic clam chowder recipe. While it's normally a summer staple, this hearty soup is perfectly apt for Halloween. It features a devilishly delicious combination of bacon, littleneck clams, and heavy cream.
This 20th-century horror movie franchise features Michael Myers, a mental hospital escapee who wreaks havoc on the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois, 15 years after murdering his teenage sister.
There's perhaps no movie more terrifying than Halloween, so this beverage is befitting of the evil caused by Myers' character. An entire bunch of grapes, sliced kumquats, husk cherries, and pomegranate seeds float in a terrifyingly delicious combination of dry sake, plum wine, and pomegranate juice.
Prosciutto-Wrapped Fig Hearts
This creepy comedy is fun for the whole family to watch. After a posh new family inhabits a house, the recently deceased couple become ghosts and do everything they can to scare them away.
Classic Shrimp Cocktail
Our twist on a classic Beetlejuice cocktail features pomegranate juice, fresh lime juice, and orange liqueur.
The Addams Family
Everyone knows this creepy and kooky, mysterious and spooky family. The original series dates back to the 1930s and has spawned TV and movie versions well into the 21st century.
Cleopatra, a carnivorous plant owned by Morticia Addams, feasted on yak meatballs in the original series. These bite-sized, Japanese-inspired meatballs are the perfect thing for popping into your mouth all Halloween night long.
This fantasy-romance film features Edward, an unfinished artificial humanoid with scissors for hands, and Kim, whose family takes Edward in to their quiet, suburban home. It's far more romantic than it is horrifying, but it still tops the best Halloween movies.
Roasted Pepper-Thai Chile Deviled Eggs
Modern Ambrosia Salad
This creamy fruit salad also makes an appearance at the Boggs' barbecue. Our recipe calls for mandarin oranges, fresh pineapple, kiwis, coconut, and Greek yogurt.
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Whether you see it on the stage or screen, the horror musical is a blast to watch. It's tradition for a live audience to engage with the actors by throwing food and insults their way throughout the show.
Roasted-Garlic Toast with Tomato
During a dinner scene, the audience is encouraged to throw toast at the actors. Instead of plain sandwich bread with butter, we're sure your family will enjoy this version, which is topped with garlic confit and sliced tomato (however, tossing is not recommended).
Cross-Country Hot Dogs
As a nod to Frank N. Furter, the mad scientist in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, make these hot dogs, three ways. They're inspired by classic American sandwiches including a Philly Cheesesteak, Muffaletta, and Cubano.
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
The Peanuts holiday classic from 1966 perfectly encapsulates how we all feel about Halloween—the thrill of looking at the haul you get from trick-or-treating and the joy of searching for the biggest, best pumpkin in the patch.