It’s finally fall in St. Louis! (Well, maybe technically but not meteorologically). Fall means two things: yummy treats and delicious food. When the weather changes from sweltering to chilly (hopefully), all I will ever want to do on a Saturday night or Sunday afternoon is cozy-up and watch movies all day. And, to watch movies, you need to have yummy snacks.
Put on your favorite hoodie, get hungry, and grab your best friends: here is a list of the movies to watch and perfectly-paired treats to make this fall.
1. Harry Potter—Butterbeer
You can’t have a fall movie marathon without watching at least one Harry Potter movie.
There are so many different foods in the world of Harry Potter, but only one delectable treat has completely captivated the muggle world: butterbeer.
Recipe: https://imgur.com/gallery/GVVX02a (I’ve tried multiple recipes. This one is the best!)
Never fret, vegans. Here’s a dairy-free rendition: https://itsalovelylife.com/vegan-butterbeer-from-harry-potter-with-non-vegan-instructions-too/
2. Halloweentown, Twitches, or literally any other Disney Channel Original Movie (DCOM) about Halloween—Pillsbury Shape Cookies
DCOMs are childhood classics for Millennials. Halloweentown is a popular favorite, followed by Twitches, Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire, and Don’t Look Under the Bed.
This recipe is the easiest and—quite possibly—the most delicious. The Pillsbury cut-and-bake cookies taste like pure sugar and nostalgia.
Get them at the grocery store for around $3.
3. Remember the Titans—Pig[skins] in a Blanket
Nothin’ says Fall like being under the Friday night lights. Even if you can’t get out on the field this Friday, Remember the Titans gives you your football fix.
Pigs in a Blanket are one of the few savory treats on this list. This classic appetizer is always a touchdown.
4. Nightmare Before Christmas—Oreo Pops
What’s this? What’s this? Two of the best holidays of the year combined into one beautifully-creepy film: what more could you ask for?
These Jack Skellington Oreo Pops are adorable and delicious.
5. Hocus Pocus—S’mores Spell Book Pops
Another Halloween cult classic, Hocus Pocus is a beloved film for kids, teens, and adults alike.
You have to pair a classic fall treat with a classic fall film. So, here’s a classic treat with a spooky twist.
6. Dead Poets Society—Caramel Apples
Dead Poets Society could quite possibly have the most beautiful Fall setting in cinematic history. The gorgeous Welton campus paired with the boarding-school vibes evoke a very cozy feeling. (Be warned: you will cry.)
Perfectly shiny and crisp caramel apples are just as beautiful as the setting and poems in this film.
7. Ghostbusters—Rice Krispy Treats
Can’t have a fall movie marathon without some ghosts! Ghostbusters is equally creepy as it is hysterical. Who ya gonna call?
Marshmallow rice krispie treats are delicious and the perfect tribute to the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man (RIP).
8. Goosebumps—Crazy Shakes
Everyone’s favorite childhood book series became a movie in 2015!
The sequel film—which drops October 12, 2018—is a must-see this fall!
A wacky shake pairs perfectly with all of R.L Stine’s crazy creations in Goosebumps. It also pairs well with our crazy STL weather (why is it 90 degrees in October?)
Recipe ideas to get you started: https://www.nobiggie.net/20-extreme-milkshakes/
9. Paranormal Activity—Spooky Nutter Butters
Alright thriller fans: this one is for you. The six Paranormal Activity movies are terrifyingly silent thrillers that will make anyone—regardless of whether you’ve seen them before or not—jump with fright.
These ghost nutter butters are adorably tasty. They look as scared as we do when we are watching the Paranormal Activity movies.
10. You’ve Got Mail—Copycat Starbucks Banana Nut Bread
Come on, I had to throw a rom-com in here! You’ve Got Mail starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan takes place in the fall in New York—and it’s perfection.
Because Joe and Kathleen unknowingly meet in Starbucks, here is a copycat recipe for Starbucks totally delicious banana nut bread.
11. Rudy—Shepherd’s Pie
Another sports classic, Rudy is the triumphant story of a football player at the University of Notre Dame. Fontbonne’s campus is pretty in the Fall, but Notre Dame may have us beat.
Note: this recipe is slightly more advanced and time-consuming than the others.
12. Planes, Trains & Automobiles—Road Trip Trail Mix
Planes, Trains & Automobiles starring Steve Martin and John Candy is the hilarious story of a man traveling home to his family for Thanksgiving.
What’s the best road trip snack? Trail mix! (Be warned: it is addictive. You will sit and eat the whole thing if you don’t distance yourself after an appropriate amount.)
Here’s a sweeter, fall-inspired trail mix: https://homeiswheretheboatis.net/2011/10/30/a-surplus-of-candy-corn/
Here’s a more savory trail mix: http://carlsbadcravings.com/italian-parmesan-party-mix/
13. The Conjuring—Chili
Oh yeah, another scary movie series. I personally don’t enjoy scary movies; I’d much rather watch a rom-com. But the Conjuring movies present an interesting plot and historical twists that make these films much more interesting than your basic ghost movie. The Nun—the prequel to the first Conjuring film—was released in September 2018.
You can’t have Fall without chili. Why not spice things up with a little ghost pepper? Just kidding. (Or am I?)
Pro tip: Try adding some pumpkin to your chili; it’s to die for! (Not literally.)
That is it for the definitive list of fall movies to watch and food to make! Here’s to a chilly night full of feels, frights and yummy food.
Did you try any of these recipes or have a movie marathon day of your own? Are there any essential movies or snacks that you think I missed?
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All movie posters from the Internet Movie Data Base. All food images from the recipe page or are in the public domain, unless otherwise noted.