Treats for Tricks: Halloween film and food pairings
Spooky season is upon us. It’s time to finalise your costumes, stock up on sweet treats and select the perfect film for Fright Night viewing. Luckily, we’ve done most of the hard work for you. If you’re looking for a fun activity to keep the kids busy this half term, or something to get you in the mood for the 31st, check out our horrifying film and snack selection.
Hocus Pocus and Spellbook Brownies
Trick or treating, gorgeous autumn foliage and a sinister trio of witches with plans of town-wide domination - there’s a reason this Disney classic is the go-to film for adults and children alike. Half-Baked Harvest’s fun recipe transforms classic brownies into replicas of Winnifred’s spellbook. If the witches had these to hand, maybe they wouldn’t have been hungry for ‘eternal youth’.
Halloween and Cherry Die Pie
John Carpenter’s 1978 horror spectacular redefined the serial killer genre with its horrifying masked slasher, Michael Myers. Now you can bring pastry art to the next level with a creepy recreation of the famed psychopath’s mask, complete with gory cherry filling. It’s to die for.
BeetleJuice and the BeetleJuice Freakshake
As well as being one of Tim Burton’s best rated films, Beetlejuice totally nails the Halloween aesthetic. Starbucks recently released a secret menu item celebrating the bio-exorcist, consisting of a vanilla cream base, mocha drizzle and matcha whipped cream topping. Add a chunk of devil's food cake and a green twirly pop to the top and you’ve got yourself a fiendish freakshake.
Ghostbusters II and Slimer Popcorn Balls
Aside from being one of the most popular cult classics, Ghostbusters has spawned a legion of icky, sticky ghost-themed recipes. These gooey green ‘Slimer’ popcorn balls are the perfect treat to munch with this awesome 80s classic and are great for little helpers to get involved in, with a basic ‘melt, mix and chill’ recipe.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Boozy Butterbeer
While the acting may need some work, there’s no denying the quaint cosy charm of the first Harry Potter film, the Philosopher's Stone. While Harry and the gang enjoy their Halloween feast, raise a glass of your own wizarding tipple. This recipe calls for vanilla vodka, butterscotch schnapps, cream soda and butter, or you can skip a few steps and spike your cream soda with vodka infused with Werther's Originals.
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and Pumpkin Pie
This American classic might not have the same following in the UK, but the sweet tale of Halloween tradition is perfect for a night in with the kids. Enjoy a big slice of pumpkin pie with an extra helping of whipped cream as you watch Charlie Brown and friends work out the true meaning of friendship around the holidays.
Casper and ‘One Hell of a Ghost’ Cocktail
This delicious blend of vanilla vodka, creme de cacao, butterscotch and pumpkin syrup makes for a delightfully decadent Halloween cocktail that a grown-up Casper would definitely approve of. The only downside is feeling slightly guilty during the scene when Casper enters The Lazarus machine and ends up looking like the contents of your glass.
Hotel Translyvannia and Halloween Chex Mix
Great for family film sessions, Halloween chex mix is a tasty combination of sweet, salty, crunchy and chocolatey, designed to keep the munchies at bay. The great thing about this moreish mix is that it’s totally customisable and you can make it even ‘spookier’ with Reese’s Pieces and pumpkin spice pretzels.
Practical Magic and Midnight Margaritas
‘You put the lime in the coconut and shake it all up’. This adaptation of Alice Hoffman’s witchy novel is one of the most popular ‘90s fantasy flicks for a reason. Midnight Margaritas frame one of the best scenes in the movie - grab a blender, add tequila, Cointreau and lime juice and blend for your own magical concoction.
Raw and Steak Tartare
This terrifying tale of a College student who swaps vegetarianism for cannibalism was so gory that several viewers in the test screening passed out while watching. Nigella’s take on the classic French dish is a fun pairing for those who have the stomach for it - use the best ingredients you can get hold of for a mouth-watering dish.