As we get nearer to Halloween, I want to fit in as many spooky movie nights as possible. We have set up our little projector and a fabric screen hooked into the archway between our living room and dining room.
For any good movie night, snacks are required. So i thought I’d search Pinterest for some Halloween themed food inspiration and have a go at making some silly foods.
I have seen lots of versions of this scary donut and couldn’t wait to try it myself. But for some reason, everywhere had sold out of ring donuts! So i settled for some jam ones, and it actually turned out so much better. I also tried a few different kinds of teeth and fang sweets and found the little ones from the Co-op worked the best.
For my version, get a jam doughnut and cut a small circle in the centre, not cutting all the way through to the other side. Pull out the piece at the top to make a hole for the mouth (and eat it).
You should be able to see some of the jam filling inside, which you can scoop up with the knife and smear down the outside from the mouth to look like blood. Then just put a top and bottom row of teeth into the hole, maybe adding a bit more jam onto them for extra scariness.
Then get a couple of eye cake decorations, dip the backs in the jam, then stick them in place. I got mine from the Shire Bakery here.
I accidentally discovered that you can also use one of these to play a trick on someone by putting it back in the bag with the normal donuts for them to discover!
You can’t have a movie night without popcorn. This was actually really tasty as well as looking disgusting - win win. I used Proper Corn Sweet and Salty popcorn for this as it’s my favourite, but you can use any flavour you like.
Put some marshmallows in a pan and gently melt them. I used vegan marshmallows for this and was very pleased that it worked perfectly. Once they have melted, add a couple of drops of green food colouring, then stir in the popcorn. It’s sticky, stringy and slimy and will set the popcorn into clumps!
If anyone wants a bit of fruit with their sugar, you can make these easy mini pumpkins with a peeled satsuma. I cut a little bit of stalk from a sugar snap pea pod using scissors, but anything green will do. Just poke it into the hole in the centre to make your pumpkin.
Add some cinnamon, chilli or ginger to your hot chocolate for a spicy twist, top with whipped cream and Halloween cake sprinkles.
Put everything on your snack tray with the cup in the corner, then fill in any gaps with jelly snakes, fangs and shaped chocolates. I got these cute little milk chocolate ghosts and bats from Choccoco.
The snack trays are ready, now it’s time to pick a film and get cosy!
If you'd like some scary movie recommendations and more food ideas, have a look at my other blog post here.
And if you prefer a binge watch, here are some Netflix series I enjoyed:
- Midnight Mass - i loved the aesthetic of this
- The Watcher - really good actors, and I can't believe this is based on a true story.
- The Haunting of Hill House - read the book by Shirley Jackson too.
- The Curious Creations of Christine Mcconnell - fun, monster themed baking show with puppets!
- Black Summer - such a tense zombie series that feels much more realistic than most.