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a halloween movie night
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Now, naturally, youíll need something to wash down all that candy and popcorn.
So whatís the perfect beverage to accompany ghouls and goblins, spine-tingling
terror and devilish delights? Red wine is the no-fuss choice, as its ruby hue
goes perfectly with a night of gore, but you can also serve up cocktails in keeping
with the theme of the movies at hand. Mix up a big pitcher of zombies for your
walking-dead-fests or a crimson-hued vampire for a movie marathon featuring the
blood-loving undead; shake up a few black devils for your night of movie e-vil
or make some black cats for a witchy-themed shindig. For the non-drinkers in
your group, offer red beverages like cranberry juice, pomegranate juice and fruit
punch, or go with a big jug or two of fresh apple cider.
of hell popcorn
Pop up a big batch of unflavored popcorn, whether your preferred method is microwave
or stovetop doesnít matter. For every 10 cups or so of popcorn, mix the following
seasoning combo: 2 Tbsp. melted butter, 1/2 tsp. paprika, 1/4 tsp cayenne
1/8 tsp. garlic powder. Toss with the popcorn. Taste, adding salt and more seasoning
as needed to suit your tastebuds.
a little ambience
Ambience, as any decent horror movie director knows, is what primes the audience
for those big scary screams. Dim light, a murky fog, a suggestive silhouette,
a dissonant tune playing softly in the background: itís the little details
that can make all the difference in the world. So as youíre making the
final preparations for your movie night, spare a moment or two to ready
As one of the prime
draws of a Halloween movie night is that itís a low-key alternative
to full-blown costume parties, thereís no need to go too nuts with
decking out your digs. Instead, concentrate your efforts on spooking
out the key areas: namely the TV, and the food table. This can
be as simple as draping dining/coffee table and TV cart in black
or fabric, adding some orange or purple string lights, and maybe
accenting the whole shebang with a carved jack-o-lantern. If youíre
dying to pull out your collection of kitschy Halloween décor,
though, by all means go all out with plastic spiders and fake skeletons.
because you're skipping the blow-out party doesn't mean you have
to miss out
on costume fun. Tell folks to show up in an old costume if they
like, but reinforce that
efforts are necessary, and
that showing up
in regular old street clothes is dandy too. Meanwhile, dig out any remnants
from Halloween costumes past, whether itís wigs, masks, funny hats, or feather
boas. Have them out and about for anyone who might be in need of some masquerading.
on the more logistical side of decking out your pad in preparation
for your party, youíll want to make sure that thereís plenty
of seating around the television. Rearrange sofas and armchairs
as necessary, pull in as many pillows and blankets as you can
dig up in case some folks need to get comfy on the floor.
With just these
few small touches to ensure the proper fright night mood and seating
comfort, youíll be ready to settle in for a nice long evening of
Halloween movie fun. Turn the lights down low, fire up the DVD player,
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