How to Host a Halloween Movie Party

This year, instead of serving the same old boring cocktails and finger foods at the annual Halloween party, why not try something completely new? How about choosing a classic Halloween movie that can play in the background while your friends and family mix and mingle over a delicious, elegant-but-easy finger foods meal?

It’s the perfect recipe for a delightful evening that everyone will remember, including the host or hostess. If you choose a classic movie, most guests will already know the storyline- so if they miss a few minutes of it while they’re eating and chatting, they won’t be completely lost.

For the food, choose a variety of shapes, textures, and flavors of foods that can be eaten with your fingers. Make as much ahead of time as possible so that you’re not stressing out when your guests arrive.

If your party will be held at dinner time, be sure to provide lots of substantial little bites that will satisfy your guests’ hunger. Consider things like sandwich rollups (spread your favorite flavored cream cheese on tortillas, top with meats or vegetables, and roll up. Slice into pinwheels.) Mini quiches and hearty sandwiches made on small dinner rolls are other good choices. Don’t forget vegetable and fruit platters, as well as some miniature sweets like chocolate covered strawberries and individual cheesecakes made in muffin tins.

As for the entertainment, there are lots of great movies that would be Halloween-party worthy. Here are a few to consider:

Halloween Movie
Halloween: Donald Pleasence (Actor), Jamie Lee Curtis (Actor), John Carpenter (Director)
  1. “Halloween,” starring Jamie Lee Curtis. It’s a classic for a reason: it’s bone-chilling in its scariness. Rated R, this one is for mature audiences who are true horror fans- not for young ones or the squeamish.
Hocus Pocus
Hocus Pocus: Bette Midler (Actor), Thora Birch (Actor), Kenny Ortega (Director)
  1. “Hocus Pocus,” starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy. This wild comedy is about three witches who are accidentally brought back from 17th century Salem. Rated PG, it’s suitable for most audiences.
Halloweentown High
Halloweentown High: Kimberly J. Brown (Actor), Debbie Reynolds (Actor), Mark A. Z. Dippe (Director)
  1. “Halloweentown High,” starring Debbie Reynolds and Kimberly J. Brown. This Disney Channel original movie is lots of fun, and entertaining for all ages. It involves a clash between the supernatural and the mortal worlds, and it’s up to Halloweentown High student Marnie and her friends to somehow bring about a peaceful coexistence.

Everybody and their black cat knows how to throw a typical Halloween party: just put out some chips and dip, throw drinks in the cooler, and invite all your friends to come dressed as their favorite character. But this year, consider doing something different- like putting together an exciting Halloween movie/ dinner affair. It just might be the most fun party you and your friends attend all year!