5 Movie Theater-Inspired Snacks to Try for An At-Home Halloween Movie Marathon
Halloween is almost here and what better way to celebrate than with a marathon of your family and friends’ favorite themed films. Whether it’s horror or family fun, there’s a lot to enjoy about a movie night, including movie theater snacks. Here are five ways to turn your classic movie foods into Halloween snacks.
Slushies are a frozen drink that you can make out of almost any beverage, making it an excellent addition to your Halloween films. You can create slushies by sticking a carbonated drink into the freezer and frequently checking until its desired consistency. However, you can create some scary looking slushies with these steps.
- Mix a powdered drink mix such as Kool-Aid or Crystal Light with carbonated water. These mixes have various flavors and colors that you can use to meet your Halloween theme.
- Place your drink mixture in a blender and add ice.
- Blend to your desired consistency.
Depending on your flavor choice, you can mix in fruit or add whipped topping to make the drinks a little more special for little ones. Have adult guests? You could make them frozen cocktails instead.
Choose Your Popcorn Bar
Since viewers snuck it into the movie theaters in the early 20th century, popcorn remains a staple movie snack. You can create more customization options at home. A “create your own” popcorn bar lets everyone get as adventurous as they want before they settle in for a spooky movie marathon.
Here’s how you can set up the bar.
- Pop a large bowl’s worth of unseasoned popcorn and place it at the head of your table or countertop.
- Place smaller bowls, bags or cups nearby and a scoop to keep the popcorn germ-free. If you have a deep enough bowl and sturdy containers, another option is to use the container itself to scoop the popcorn. If you’re using disposable items, consider letting your kids decorate theirs earlier in the day to drum up excitement for movie night.
- Besides the popcorn and its containers, it offers various toppings. There are classics like salt and melted butter. However, you can help your guests create fun creations with melted caramel, chocolate sauce, cinnamon sugar and powdered cheese. You can also offer mix-ins like cookie pieces or small candies like M&Ms and gummy bears.
Since it’s a Halloween celebration, consider offering a few wildcards to your guests, such as lime syrup, hot sauce or ketchup. You never know what odd toppings someone will try and enjoy.
To avoid messes, you can divide your popcorn and pre-mix different toppings. You can also create fun colors by mixing a little food coloring with melted white chocolate. Toss the popcorn in the coating and let it cool for a sweet and spooky treat.
What’s a movie theater refreshment counter without large cardboard boxes filled with candy? Your guests can enjoy multiple sweets at once by making candy clusters. You can customize them for your guests, but here are some ideas.
- Melt chocolate over peanuts, pretzels and raisins for a sweet and salty snack.
- Add white chocolate to popcorn and sour gummy candies for an extra chewy treat.
- Mix in chocolate pieces, pretzels and gummies to make homemade Rice Krispy treats.
The best thing about candy is that it’s easy to mix into almost any dessert, making your clusters easy to modify for different tastes. Consider making Halloween treat bags featuring the candies for guests to take home after the marathon.
Puzzling Pretzel Bites
Soft pretzel bites with cheese are a comforting addition to many movie theater menus and could hit the spot on a cool fall night. You don’t have to be great at baking to enjoy these treats. Here’s a quick and easy way to make them.
- Grab a container or refrigerated biscuit dough.
- Mold the raw biscuits in your hands to make a snake-like shape.
- Cut the dough into bite-sized pieces.
- Add baking soda to a pot of boiling water and dip the bites inside until golden brown.
- Place on a cooling rack to dry. Add butter, sea salt or whatever toppings you prefer.
If you have kids who like a challenge, consider making the dough into shapes like a ghost or pumpkin. Cut the finished pretzels into bites your kids can put together on their plates like a puzzle.
Twizzlers and Red Vines aren’t always the most popular movie theater choices, but you can rely on licorice to be at the snack counter. This candy is incredibly versatile when preparing Halloween treats, making it a great addition to your movie marathon.
An easy thing to do with the snack is create spiders. The long, thin strands are perfect for creating legs that you can use to make different versions of the holiday snack. Here are some ideas.
- Overlap the strands until you have a thick center with pieces hanging out to look like a spider. You can hold the centers together by carefully melting them with a torch or over a burner. An easier option is to tie it with another piece of licorice.
- Add the licorice to melted chocolate candies, such as a round truffle or peanut butter ball, to make it look like a spider.
- Use them to add spider legs to spooky cupcakes.
However you choose to use the candy, it’s an easy way to make your snacks fit your Halloween theme.
Providing a Spooky Snacks for Your Halloween Movie Marathon
Whether your guests like scary or sensitive flicks, you can boost the Halloween fun by customizing your favorite movie theater treats.