Halloween celebrations may look different this year, but that doesn't mean you can't get get in the festive spirit (literally). Treat yourself this holiday to an out-of-this-world cocktail and candy pair over Zoom with friends or on the couch for a Halloween movie marathon!
10.The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) + York Peppermint Patty + White Russian
This movie could be Christmas or Halloween but that just means we can re-watch it for TWO holidays! No Halloween movie list is complete without a Tim Burton classic. Plus, nothing will get you in the Halloween spirit like singing along to "This is Halloween".
Coffee and mint have always been friends, and that's especially true here. The richness of cream and the strong coffee flavor of the Kahlua hold their own against the mint. This will stick with you all Halloween night (just like this movie).
- 2 oz vodka
- 2 oz Kahlua
- 2 oz cream
- Fill an old-fashioned glass with ice
- Pour in vodka and Kahlua
- Top with optional layer of cream
9.Hocus Pocus (1993) + Skittles + Lillet Champagne Cocktail
Hocus Pocus has everything you need on Halloween: Witches, black cats, spells, and a really catchy soundtrack. This Disney family classic is going to steal the hearts of adults and kids alike. So get cozy and press play!
Lillet Blanc is a delightful wine-based spirit and when added as a champagne float it brings a sweet and floral note. The bright citrus of the Skittles is what the drink needs to balance and bring playfulness (just like this Disney classic film). Drop a couple skittles in the glass to see the drink change colors!
- 1/2 oz Lillet Blanc
- Put 1/2 oz Lillet into a champagne flute and top with champagne
- Drop a skittle into glass
8.Goosebumps (2015) + Starburst + Mint Lime Refresher
Here's another family-friendly fantasy classic on this list with the perfect amount of adventure and creepiness to keep you pumped and feeling Halloween-y.
Give yourself goosebumps with this sweet and sour meets sweet and sour combination. The lime and mint combine with the simple syrup to create a combination that is perfect for sour fans. The slightly sweet and sour taffy texture of the classic Starburst treat stays even after it's finished and blends perfectly with each sip.
- 2 lime quarters
- 2 oz vodka
- 1 oz simple syrup
- Lime La Croix
- 1 sprig mint
- Muddle the mint with the 2 limes in a tall glass
- Fill with ice
- Add the simple syrup and vodka and stir
- Fill the rest of the glass with lime La Croix
7.Ghostbusters (1984) + Three Musketeers + Grasshopper
When you need a spooky comedy for Halloween, who ya gonna call? GHOSTBUSTERS! Sorry we couldn't help ourselves. But seriously, if you can't stomach horror movies and family classics are not your style, we got you covered. Enjoy one of the most iconic comedies of all time.
Pair the perfect drink and treat combo with the film...nougat is to marshmallow as green grasshopper is to slime! That sweet marshmallow-y center of a Three Musketeers some hate and others love. Enter Grasshopper. This drink tastes like melted mint chocolate chip ice-cream in a glass. The rich and deep mint flavor allows the Musketeers to play the role it was meant to as the light and fluffy offset to a strong counterpart. Here we bring two opposing forces together to act in harmony.
- 1 oz creme de menthe
- 1 oz creme de cacao
- 1/2 oz cream
- Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker
- Shake until chilled
- Strain into a martini glass
6.Scream (1996) + Snickers + Old-Fashioned
Who hasn't either worn the Ghostface mask or been pranked by a kid wearing one during Halloween at least once? Well, now it's time to revisit the movie that started it all. Scream is pretty much a classic horror film from Wes Craven, so make some popcorn, your cocktail, grab some candy, and get ready for some spooky moments.
Why not pair a classic with a classic? There's nothing more old-fashioned than a Snickers for Halloween. An American classic meets two more American classics combining the caramel nuttiness of the Snickers with the sweet corn and oak from the bourbon. Savory, strong, and scary!
- 1 to 2 teaspoons simple syrup (brown sugar suggested)
- 3 dashes bitters (Angostura is great)
- 2 oz mid-range bourbon or rye whiskey
- 1 to 2 maraschino cherries optional
- Place simple syrup, bitters, and whiskey in an old-fashioned glass
- Stir well
- Ass 1 to 2 large ice cubes
- Stir to chill
- Garnish with an orange peel and cherry optional
5.A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984) + M&Ms + Cherry Champagne Cocktail
Another Wes Craven classic. While 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' has started an entire franchise with plenty of sequels, crossovers and remakes to haunt your dreams for several nights, we suggest watching the original first. One-two Freddy's coming for you...
Three words: chocolate covered cherry. Three classics brought together by the familiar subtle chocolate flavors with a bright cherry flavor from the Luxardo and champagne and the frightful feeling that Freddy's right behind you.
- 1/2 oz Luxardo
- 4 dashes bitters
- Luxardo cherries garnish optional
- Mix Luxardo and bitters in the bottom of the champagne glass
- Float champagne over the top
- Add an optional cherry
4.Friday the 13th (1980) + Kit Kat + Orange Well Rested
Wear your hockey masks and revisit one of the most iconic slasher movies of all time. Another horror legend, Jason Voorhees, is here to murder your sleeping schedule for yet another Halloween night.
Another intense drink and candy pair for an intense movie. This drink is sweet but packs a punch and is nicely offset by the starchy chocolate covered wafers of the Kit Kat. Like two dancers who are both the lead but never seem to be out of step, this drink and candy duo are sure to surprise and a delight. You definitely won't be Orange Well Rested after this movie/drink/treat combo!
- 2 parts reposado tequila
- 1 part orange liqueur
- 2 dashes aromatic bitters
- 1/4 oz lemon juice
- Mix all ingredients in an old-fashioned glass and stir
- Top with club soda
- Garnish with a lemon wedge
3.The Exorcist (1973) + Sour Patch Kids + Pimm's Cup
This iconic horror movie needs to be on every single Halloween watchlist. It might not specifically be about Halloween, but it's definitely a horror classic with plenty of scares to make you hide behind your pillow. FYI, this film was also the first horror movie to be nominated for an Academy Award and has been called the scariest movie of all time, causing audiences to become physically ill. Don't say we didn't warn you!
Let's pair an intense drink to go with the intense movie you're going to watch. This is a cocktail that's different from any other, which is exactly why you're going to be blown away by its peculiar flavor!
- 1 cup ice cubes
- 1/4 (2 pz) Pimm's No. 1
- 6 tablespoons (3 oz) ginger beer or ginger ale
- 1 cucumber slice
- 1 spring fresh ming (5-6 leaves)
- Fill a highball glass with ice
- Add Pimm's
- Top with ginger beer
- Garnish with a cucumber slice, a mint sprig, and serve
2.Trick 'r Treat (2007) + Crunch Bar + Cinnamon Apple Ale
A more modern horror movie than the others on this list, Trick r' Treat has become an instant favorite for horror movie and Halloween lovers. This movie definitely deserves a spot on your watchlist this Halloween.
Why not pair a hot new horror movie with a hot new beer-cocktail? The Cinnamon Apple is a must try if you haven't (just like this new horror film). It is sweet with a touch of cinnamon and tastes like fall in a bottle. The starchy crunch of the Crunch bar is a nice offset to the cinnamon sweetness of the drink making a perfect balance.
- 1 oz Fireball
- 1 Red's Apple Ale
- Drink the neck out of the Red's Apple Ale
- Pour in the fireball shot
1.Last but certainly not least: Halloween (1978) + Baby Ruth + Zaya Rum & Coke
We know you probably saw this coming, but this list would be nothing without Halloween at No. 1. This slasher film by John Carpenter gave us another creepy mask to run away from, along with another iconic and nightmarish killer. You can devour the entire franchise — starting from the original, of course. Have fun!
While falling down the Michael Myers rabbit hole, hold an incredible cocktail that's probably going to be your new guilty pleasure. Who can blame you? Not all rum and Coke's are the same, and Zaya Rum has its subtle spice and wood flavors from the barrel aging that balance perfectly with the caramel and peanuts of the Baby Ruth. Try this pairing and you'll be asking who ate your Baby Ruth and drank your rum & Coke before you realize it.
- 2 oz Zaya Rum
- Lime wedge
- Fill a Collins glass with ice
- Pour in the rum and top with coke
- Garnish with optional lime
Be safe this Halloween and enjoy these tasty pairings with a much needed movie binge!