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From the cute to the horrifying, here's a look at the most memorable meals on the big screen
Check out which food scene from "Hocus Pocus" made it on our list!
When we think of Halloween, certain traditions come right to mind: Pumpkin-carving, apple-bobbing, and trick-or-treating are all staple fall activities. We head out to the farms and visit costume stores in excitement, looking forward to what crazy get-up we can cook up this year. But one of the best parts about this spooky holiday isn’t in the country or even on the streets Halloween night. Some of the best memories come from snuggling up on the couch to watch classic Halloween movies.
With our adrenaline pumping and the threat of popcorn flying at every scary twist, we live for the thrill of being scared. But even for those who are too terrified to face the creatures of the night, this holiday has inspired an innumerable amount of magical movie moments.
There are certain flicks we clamor to the TV to watch because there is something magical about seeing them in the midst of the Halloween season. What we of course love most are the movies that focus on food or simply just feature some memorable food scenes. From haunted steaks that crawl across kitchen counters to the chocolate "finger of a man named Clark," here are some of our favorite food scenes in Halloween movies.
For more spooky content, check out The Daily Meal’s Ultimate Guide to Halloween.
11 Twin Peaks Locations You Can Visit in Real Life
Out of all the kooky characters and avant-garde art scenes, the best character in David Lynch’s ‘90s cult classic is place. Twin Peaks wouldn’t be the same show without the brooding, dreary mountain town of the show's title. If you really want to get into the spirit, visit the real Twin Peaks, have a damn fine cup of coffee, and find the place where “the owls are not what they seem.”
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The opening credits of the show feature the iconic falls that seem remote, but in reality are easily accessible. Less than an hour's drive from downtown Seattle, Snoqualmie, Washington is a Twin Peaks wonderland and home to Snoqualmie Falls. The 270-foot waterfall is one of Washington state’s most-visited tourist attractions with more than 1.5 million visitors per year. If you go, go early so you can beat the crowds and get that iconic shot of the falls with The Great Northern Hotel in the background. Parking and admission are free. There are two observation platforms. The top area is an easy walk from the parking lot, but the lower area requires a hike. Be sure to bring a rain jacket and poncho and accept that you will get wet. The mist off the waterfall is incredibly powerful. Use a waterproof sport camera or at least take a waterproof phone case.
26 Halloween Desserts That Are Frighteningly Delicious
You're going to want to pin these spooky sweets for later.
Whether you're hosting an elegantly eerie dinner party for adults or throwing a kid-filled costume party, sweet treats are a menu essential. Need a little inspiration? Whether you're an over-the-top baking savant or you prefer some low-key sweet snacks, we've rounded up the sugary delights that will make your Halloween all treat, no trick.
Playful enough for any party but still elegantly minimalist, this poison apple inspired cake will make sure everyone has a deadly good time.
36 of the Most Magical Witch Movies of All Time
Double, double toil and trouble&mdashwe&rsquove conjured up the best witch movies ever, and you won&rsquot want to skip out on a single one. Halloween is just around the corner, and there&rsquos no better time to sit back with some spellbinding stories than when the leaves have changed and fall weather has arrived.
Many of these top our list of the best Halloween movies ever (or are we the only ones still having nightmares about The Blair Witch Project?). Others are more family-friendly, like The Wizard of Oz, and our all-time favorite, Hocus Pocus. A few are based on fairytales and old folktales, while others are drawn from terrifyingly true stories! All of them, however, pair perfectly with a festive Halloween Jell-O Shot or a fresh batch of seasonal Halloween cookies.
To ensure you get the best possible viewing experience, you should probably throw on your best Halloween costume and light some Halloween candles in your carved pumpkins for an extra eerie effect. We also suggest watching with a friend or family member, especially if you&rsquore the type who spooks easily. Once all the ingredients are in place, you&rsquoll have brewed a bewitching potion for a magical movie night!
Get creative this Halloween with our ghoulishly good selection of scary cupcakes, creepy cookies, spooky sweets and devilish dinners that the kids will love.
Eerie eyeball pops
These spooky chocolate cake balls will be a hit with kids at Halloween - they can help decorate them too
Halloween slash cake
What says 'Halloween party' more than this cake? Fondant icing, strawberry jam and red food colouring are the secrets behind the 'blood' topping and filling
Create these cute spider biscuits with kids as part of a Halloween party feast. Children will love adding the spooky chocolate spider legs and icing eyes
Looking for a spooky cocktail to serve at a Halloween party? With its bright green colour, this minty grasshopper cocktail will certainly look the part.
Halloween mocktail punch
Serve this ghoulish fruit punch at a Halloween party for kids (or big kids). Stir the purple punch and lychee 'eyeballs' and frozen 'hands' will be revealed
Halloween cupcakes recipe
Bake our Halloween cupcakes for your little monsters. With black velvet sponge and scary faces made using simple icing techniques, they're spookily good
Forget packets of sweets – if you want a real treat at Halloween, these decadent spooky brownies will do the trick. Both kids and adults will love them
Serve these easy candy apples at a summer fête, on Bonfire Night, Halloween at a kids' birthday party. Experiment with fun and vibrant colours
Halloween cheeseboard with creepy crackers
Pick a blue-veined cheese and a charcoal-coated one to serve with homemade crackers on this Halloween-themed cheeseboard
Easy Halloween cookies
Get the kids excited for Halloween with these spooky bat and spider cookies. Complete with 'squashed flies' made from chocolate chips, they'll be a big hit
Healthy Halloween pizzas
Let little witches and wizards make their own healthy Halloween dinner with this pizza. You can add extra toppings, using whatever meat and veggies they like
Edible fake blood
Make some realistic edible blood to decorate your Halloween cakes and bakes. It's perfect for a Halloween party, and kids will love the ghoulish effect
Halloween devilled eggs
Soak these devilled eggs in food colourings to make Halloween nibbles that look fabulously ghoulish. They taste great with a seasoned mayonnaise filling
Kiwi slime pies
Make these kiwi pies for a Halloween party and they'll go down a treat with kids and grown-ups alike. Green jelly and custard make a delicious 'slime' filling
Spooky surprise truffles
This truffle roulette game is perfect for a Halloween party, as you can surprise guests with the fillings. They’re also fun to make with older children
Black cat cake
Serve up a feline-themed treat this Halloween with this family-friendly chocolate cake. Kids will love getting involved with the cute black cat decoration
Serve these pastry snakes at a Halloween party or as a spooky snack for kids. Keep the flavours interesting by coating your snakes with a variety of seeds
Celebrate autumn with this seasonal baked cheesecake. With a moreish, lightly spiced, creamy filling and crunchy ginger base, it's well worth the effort
Chocolate-covered Halloween pretzels
Turn pretzels into a sweet, salty and spooky Halloween treat with some melted chocolate. You could also add coloured sprinkles for decoration, if you like
Bake our ghost-shaped piñata biscuits with the kids for a Halloween treat. They feature a surprise centre with popping candy to stir up some excitement
Halloween toffee apples
Making these toffee apples is a job for grown-ups as the toffee will be very hot – but the kids will love eating them. They're the perfect Halloween treat
Throw a Halloween party and use a carved out pumpkin to make this creamy hummus. At other times of the year use butternut squash or a blue-skinned pumpkin
Healthy pumpkin pancakes
Make the most of the sweet flavours of butternut squash to rustle up these healthy pancakes. Use a really good non-stick pan and you won't need any butter
Spider’s web cake
Swiss meringue buttercream icing transformed into a spooky Halloween showstopper - this rich chocolate sponge will be the guest of honour at any Halloween party
Like Frodo, Aragon's staple costume does nothing to announce him being a central character. In some films, the main characters might have something in their wardrobe to help them stand out from the crowd, but this isn't really the case with Aragon. His typical riding gear is made up of a natural color palette, though his accessories are more built up the Frodo's. The Evenstar necklace is his most prominent piece. The glittering silver necklace given to him by Arwen has gorgeous features that still acts as a fast-selling piece of merchandise for fans.
Aragon's wardrobe is spiced up when he throws on his Gondorian battle armor in Return of the King. His vest piece has a flashy intertwining tree plastered on the front and the armor itself looks resilient.
24 Romantic Dinners Literally Anyone With an Hour and a Brain Can Make
So it's approximately 6:00 p.m. and you&rsquore knee-deep in Pinterest, trying to find a meal you can make fast with stuff that isn't expensive or hard to find. Oh, and it also needs to seem somewhat impressive and romantic. This is basically the finale of MasterChef IRL you did not ask to be a part of.
Pretty much anybody can set up a few cute candles and set the mood with a sexual, The Weekend-heavy playlist. No problem there. But if you're attempting a beef bourguignon, chocolate soufflé situation&mdashand you have exactly 45 minutes to execute&mdashthat's a problem.
* cue fire alarms, crying, sweating, and emergency takeout *
But that doesn't mean you have to pull a Mrs. Doubtfire and pretend you whipped up a Michelin-star-level meal (though, maybe keep that Seamless order on standby). Do-able, fancy-looking, delicious romantic dinners DO exist. We know because we scoured the interwebs to find them.
So if you&rsquore down to the wire and lacking an Ina Garten-level skills, take a breath, do a shot of tequila, and scroll through this list of romantic dinners you can totally cook. Our menu includes vegan options, lots of Italian things (mmmm pasta), a fancy grilled cheese, Thai curry, and so much (drool-worthy) more.
1 . Roasted Red Pepper Pasta
This plant based dish only requires 15 minutes of prep, and the roasted red peppers add a delicious kick. Swap in gluten-free spaghetti if you or your bae can't handle the wheat.
2. Braised chicken
This Thai-Indian fusion dish is sure to impress, plus it's perfect if your locale is effing cold this time of year. The best part: It only takes 30 minutes to prep and cook.
3. Mushroom Stroganoff
If you're lucky enough to have an Instant Pot at home, this pasta dinner is your new best friend. Prego (that's Italian for you're welcome).
4. Turkey Piccata
Delicious turkey dishes don't have to be limited to the holiday season. Try this recipe out for a creamy, lean protein option.
5. Cauliflower Gnocchi
This take on spaghetti bolognese is another tasty meatless option that comes together in just 30 minutes.
6. 20-Minute Spaghetti Carbonara
Impress your S.O. with these masterful noods: Cheese, bacon, carbs, and 20 quick minutes make this dish the easiest, tastiest trick up your sleeve.
7. Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken for Two
Sure, this meal might be what we like to call "project cooking"&mdasha.k.a. it takes more than throwing together a frozen one from Trader Joe's&mdashbut if you can wrap a present, this is a piece of cake. Especially when you've got a PIC (partner in cooking, that is) by your side.
8. Faster Steak Frites
Psst, wanna know the secret here? Frozen French fries! Cook your steak to perfection, and you're basically dining in a 5-star restaurant.
9. Eggplant Florentine with Fire-Roasted Tomato Sauce and Toasted Ciabatta
This bad boy is ideal when one of you is a vegan and the other one wants to be supportive but really just wants a whole bunch of cheese. Luckily, this main can trick even the most diehard dairy lover.
10. Buffalo Chicken Bowl
Try not to let your S.O. drool when their favorite game-day snack becomes a totally satisfying bowl of goodness.
11. Tomato Paprika Soup with Hearty Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Grilled cheese + tomato soup = peak coziness. Up the wow factor by cutting the sammies into li'l hearts.
12. Japanese Bento Box with Teriyaki Pineapple and Speckled Rice
For when you both want a little taste of everything&mdashand an impressive-looking meal that takes less than 30 minutes to make, leaving plenty of time for everything else.
13. Totally Loaded Veggie Nachos
Up your nacho game with this all-star riff on the classic plate. (Although this recipe calls for vegetarian-friendly alternatives, feel free to add some meat if that's your thing.)
Get the recipe from Kelly Peloza of Upton's Naturals.
14. Breakfast for Dinner
Become bae's favorite short-order cook with a sweet (and cheap) twist on the breakfast classic. Serve with bacon, sausage, or home fries for extra lovin'.
15. Thai Red Curry Shrimp
Kick off your special night with a dish that brings a little heat.
16. Burst Tomato Pasta
Sitcom people are always running into trouble with their soufflés falling. Learn from their mistakes, and cook a dish where ingredients collapsing and falling apart are what make it taste good.
17. Chili Lime Steak with Roasted Vegetables
Steak is a go-to dish for a fancy meal&mdashdon't fight that. This oh-so-slightly elevated take is a great way to level up your night.
18. Lemon Garlic Pasta
It's hard to mess up pasta, and this one has the advantage of being delicious without calling for a sauce that'll ruin the tablecloth you've never used before.
19. Truffle Oil Roast Salmon and Mushrooms
Bottom line? Truffle oil makes everything better.
20. Almond-Crusted Pork Loin with Red Wine Raisins
Soaking raisins in red wine not only makes them pair wonderfully with pork loin, it also means you have an open bottle of vino to sip from as you're cooking.
21. Coconut Shrimp with Sweet and Spicy Dipping Sauce
Having a romantic dinner with a picky eater? It happens. Happily, even the most selective palates will enjoy awesome fried shrimp.
22. Spiced Sirloin Roast for Two
Few things are more impressive than a perfectly cooked roast, because it takes a little confidence to cook something that needs a thermometer to tell you its done. And nothing's sexier than confidence.
23. Roasted Pork with a Raspberry Gastrique
With its Frenchness, gastrique (a sugar and vinegar-based flavoring for sauce) can sound a little intimidating. So just call it "raspberry sweet and sour sauce," and you've got this. (Then call it gastrique when you serve it.)
24. Baked Chicken with Tomatoes and Garlic
You know whats the last thing you want to do after a romantic dinner? Wash dishes. This baked chicken is delightful and keeps the washing to a minimum.
Easy Halloween pumpkin carving ideas
You don’t need any special equipment for this fun family activity, just a serrated knife or pumpkin carving kit that includes a knife and scoop.
All our pumpkins were hulled as normal, with a circular lid cut out of the top to make it easier to insert tealights. Try drawing the design on with a pencil first, so you can rub it out if you make a mistake – pen ink can smudge and make the pumpkin look messy. We used a serrated knife to carve the designs.
1. Cat pumpkin
Complete your witchy aesthetic with a cute cat cut-out for your Halloween table. We love the look of the chunky whiskers and expressive eyes. Cut out triangular orange peel ears, then scrape the flesh from the underside of the peel. Use halved cocktail sticks to secure the ears to the top of your pumpkin.
2. Owl pumpkin
Give a hoot about Halloween and show your love for this spooky season with our owl pumpkin design. Carve small arrowheads down the middle for a feathery effect on your owl’s stomach, then cut orange peels into feet to add the final finishing touch to this brilliant Halloween bird.
3. Little pumpkin, big pumpkin
Keep it classic with a scary pumpkin face, then add a fun twist with a mini pumpkin surprise sat inside. Use different-coloured pumpkins if possible to get a seriously eye-catching display. To carve the face on the smaller squash inside the bigger pumpkin, use the eye remover on a potato peeler – it will help you get precise scoops.
4. Laughing pumpkin
Who said Halloween needs to be solely scary? We can’t resist this goofy pumpkin face, complete with gap-toothed smile. This is a simple design for kids to have a crack at, but looks no less effective once it’s all lit up.
Enjoyed these fun pumpkin ideas? Try our top Halloween recipes and activities…
What’s your favourite pumpkin design? Leave a comment below…
Luau Food Ideas
Serve up a delicious Hawaiian spread with these luau party food ideas! We've got a menu full of Big Island favorites like poke, pork sliders, and kabobs. Find tropical-inspired drinks and other luau food ideas that'll get everyone in the mood to hula!
Idea 1: A tropical bowl bursting with fruit
Inspired by island cocktails, this fruity luau dish can be enjoyed by guests of all ages. Chop the top off of a pineapple, scoop out the insides and fill with bright berries. Insert a bamboo pick and a giant umbrella for easy nibbling by your guests. A mini chalkboard sign with an umbrella pick and a couple tropical fruits from some party picks make a berry refreshing island sign!
Idea 2: Add some star power to your shindig!
The torches are lit, the scene is set&hellip bring out the stars! These fun fruit skewers look as great as they taste, and they don't take long to prepare. Use starfruit and watermelon to make the star shapes and thread them on bamboo skewers with other colorful fruit. Grapes, blueberries and melon balls add some juicy variety to this refreshing luau delight. Slice a pineapple in half and stick in your skewers for a fun tropical display!
Idea 3: Grill up beef kabobs
Beef kabobs are an island favorite! Marinate your meat overnight, or make a quick rub with salt, pepper, paprika, cumin, garlic, and olive oil. After cooking for about 5 minutes on each side, show off those beautiful grill lines on a long platter with a sprinkling of green onions. Here's a pro tip for grilling kabobs: soak the bamboo skewers in water overnight to keep them from burning!
Idea 4: Add island spirit with a pineapple centerpiece!
Give the table some summer love with a tropical centerpiece made from a paper pineapple and some luau decorations. Attach the cutouts to bamboo skewers and stick behind the honeycomb pineapple with a couple of hair clips in front – easy! Even if the party's in your backyard, this aloha-worthy centerpiece will have everyone feeling the imaginary sand between their toes.
Idea 5: Serve up a light and fresh fruit salsa
No spit is required for this roasted pig recipe! Pork sliders with a side of pineapple-mango salsa are a great alternative for your lei-d-back luau. Serve these sliders for a smaller-sized meal that tastes delicious but leaves your guests limber enough to limbo! To make the salsa, combine: 2 cups diced fresh pineapple, 1 cup diced red pepper, 1/2 cup chopped cilantro, 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion, 3 tablespoons finely chopped jalapeno pepper (stemmed and seeded), 1 clove garlic (minced), juice of a lime and salt to taste. Yum!
Idea 6: Coleslaw in a gorgeous green bowl = yum!
Colorful coleslaw makes the perfect side dish to grilled kabobs! The mix of veggies in a vinaigrette dressing will look even more summery in a gorgeous green bowl with matching serving spoons.
Idea 7: Skewer veggies for fun kabobs!
Grilling isn't just for meat! Slide yummy summer vegetables like squash, red bell pepper, red onions, and mushrooms onto a bamboo skewer with a sprinkling of paprika, chili flakes and garlic before popping them onto the barbecue. After you've grilled the kabobs until just cooked through (about 5 minutes on each side), serve 'em up on a long platter – lu-wow!
Idea 8: A tiki-rific table spread
Let's luau! It's not summer until you break out the tiki bar and mini umbrellas. Decorate your buffet table with plenty of raffia, large leaves, tiki signs and plenty of brightly colored serving bowls. Shop all of our luau-themed props, and then lei back, relax and enjoy the party!
Idea 9: Fun-in-the-sun fruit display!
Nothing says luau like a big bowl of tropical fruit and icy drinks with umbrellas! Arrange yummy citrus fruits, bananas, kiwis and pineapples in a brightly hued bowl for table decor guests can munch on. Puree some fruit for tropical margaritas and serve in tiki-rific glasses with umbrella picks for the ultimate tropical island experience!
Idea 10: Serve up bite-sized tropical tasters
Say aloha to fun finger food! This fruity treat not only adds to the tropical atmosphere, but also gives your guests a healthy alternative to heavier luau fare. Serve slices of cut-up kiwi, strawberries and pineapple on Palm Tree Party Picks for a treat that's as delicious as it is nutritious!
Idea 11: This fruity drink will make their taste buds limbo!
Greet new arrivals to the party with a taste of the tropics! Just mix a fruity-flavored juice like guava-orange, some sparkling water for fizz, and a handful of blueberries for a refreshing beverage. Give the drink umbrella an island twist with a palm-tree pick and a slice of lime. For more adult tastes, you could easily make this drink a cocktail with a splash of rum.
Idea 12: Give guests a "taste" of what's in store with custom menus
Watch guests line up to load their plate when they get a glimpse of the pre-printed menu. Have your course list printed on custom menus bordered with an exotic flower print to get guests excited for the tempting feast!
Idea 13: Give your taste buds a treat with Tuna Poke!
This quick-fix dish is an island favorite! Tuna Poke is a raw seafood salad, but your guests don't have to love sushi to enjoy this flavorful fare. Place diced sushi-grade tuna (purchased from a reputable seafood store) in plastic bowls and top with diced scallions and red onions. It looks as good as it tastes!
BaseLine Tap House
BaseLine Tap House is a great spot to grab a beer (try the Create-Your-Own Flight!) and take in the scene of Grand Avenue in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Serving California beer and wine, along with a small bites menu, Baseline Tap House offers a bit of the west coast out east. Fitting, since the Grand Avenue area (what remains of the former Streets of America section of the park) celebrates the city of Los Angeles.
There is a little bit of indoor seating, but there is much more room outside where you can take some time to relax and enjoy.
Type of Food: California beer and wine and a limited small bites menu
Location: Grand Avenue, Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- BaseLine Tap House offers Create-Your-Own Beer Flights.
- Indoor and outdoor seating are available, but all ordering takes place inside at the bar.
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