So, you’re having friends over for a night of Halloween films this weekend? Well, we applaud you (frankly, we’ll probably be doing the same thing). But unlike usual movie marathons, you probably want to make this one note worthy, amiright? That’s why we’ve created these tips. Whether you’re planning on watching family-friendly Beetlejuice or a series of cringe-worthy slasher flicks, you can deliver a memorable evening in 4 easy steps:
“Plans are pointless. Staying alive is as good as it gets.” – 28 Days Later (2002)
Actually, pre-zombie apocalypse, we’re all still into a man (or woman) with a plan. So for your movie night, don’t just stockpile freaky films and expect your pals to pick out their favorites. That’s going to take hours and defeat the purpose of you choreographing this event. The first thing you want to do is decide how many scary movies you guys can sit through and what your theme is going to be. You need a theme. Don’t even think you don’t. It can be a director, time period, character, top-horror movies, whatever, it doesn’t matter – just have one and stick to it.
“Look what you did to him – look what you did to him!” – Friday the 13th (1980)
Don’t make your friends crane their necks for hours because you spaced on arranging comfortable seating. Depending on the amount of people you’re cramming onto your couch, as well as the set up of your living room, this might not be a big concern for you, but you still want to make sure everyone’s got a good seat. If you don’t have enough spaces on chairs and loveseats, make for the floor. Arrange pillows and blankets so that it’s easy to get everyone comfortable.
“She’s been feeding that thing between the walls again.” - The People Under the Stairs (1991)
Like any gathering of friends, food is a necessity. Sure, you can offer the classic chips and dip, but you can also have a lot more fun with it too. If you’re watching your favorite childhood Halloween movies, like Hocus Pocus, try for a simple orange and black theme with your cuisine. For more intense horror films, gross your guests out with creepy eats by taking finger foods to a more literal place (c’mon guys, they’re not really fingers). And don’t skimp on the popcorn. You can leave it plain or take it to the next level with toppings and flavors, like our Monster Munch and Goblin Grub tins.
“Drink from me. And live forever.” – Interview with a Vampire (1994)
When we get scared, our mouths have the innate ability to go completely dry. Don’t leave your guests’ mouths feeling like the Sahara. Instead, supply them with slightly scary beverages with creepy garnishes. We particularly like this idea of stuffing radishes with olives and freezing them in ice cubes for a new take on “Here’s looking at you, kid.”
Okay, so this may seem like a lot to take in, but just remember that no matter what, the goal is to have fun…and maybe get a little scared. Relax, enjoy good company, and have a good time!
About the Author:
"Katie Straw" is the writer at KingOfPOP.com, maker of delicious handcrafted gourmet popcorn, and currently resides in Manchester, New Hampshire.