Ringing in fall in our home is quite the event. In September I begin to plan our #verydanielhalloween (cute, right?!) and fine tune what we’ll be doing for the month of October. The last few years I’ve arranged for different activities such as watching a list of our favorite scary -and some not so scary – movies, decorate a haunted gingerbread house, going to the pumpkin patch and carving the pumpkins we pick out. Last year I was pregnant and so this year is especially special because now we have our little guy to celebrate the season with.
This year my husband and I have picked our favorite horror movies and a few new ones to watch for the first time. I thought it would be fun to plan meals around each movie and we would snack on them as we watched. Kind of like a Halloween tasting menu. I also took it a step further to include themed cocktails as well! I am always on the lookout for new food recipes and lately we both have been dabbling into some mixology too.
Today I am sharing with you how our family celebrates one of the best seasons ever and how easy it is to share the love with your family by starting your own traditions!
Try this Pumpkin Spice Martini! It’s perfect for those hotter fall days…
I love fall for many reasons: comfy and cozy clothes, a slight chill in the air, comforting colors, warming food such as chilis, squash, and meat(!), autumnal scents, and the excuse to over consume pumpkin everything. Fall brings a shift in the year and officially kicks off the holiday season beginning with Halloween, transcending into Thanksgiving, then ending with the ultimate, and most enjoyable, holiday ever…Christmas! What makes this holiday season so much richer for me and my family is the addition that Greyson brings to it all. It’s a chance for us to establish these traditions we so badly wanted when we were younger, but that we now get to share with him.
Planning a Season
The first major step in planning anything for your family is simply planning. I use Pinterest as my source of inspiration as well as ideas we both shoot off of each other. So after we narrowed down our movies it was relatively easy to find appetizers and treats that go with that particular theme of the movie. After you have your meals planned it’s all about creating the grocery lists ahead of time that way you don’t miss any ingredients when you go shopping. I even cross-referenced ingredients for each week’s menus so that nothing goes to waste!
Our tasting board for Hocus Pocus: Broomsticks, Witches Fingers, & Dead Man’s Toes!
A Fun Tasting Menu
For this year’s celebration it is all about food and cocktail pairings for each movie we watch! I was so excited and spent a good few weeks finding new dishes that correlate to the scary movies we will be watching throughout this month. Yeah, it took a bit of time up front to plan everything but in the end we really enjoyed each meal.
We kicked off our Halloween season with a viewing of The Skeleton Key while munching on roasted bone marrow spread on toast, homemade pecan pralines because the film is set in New Orleans, and sipped on dirty martinis. The bone marrow recipe I found just kicked up this dish to another degree and highly recommend it for everyone to try at least once. I had my very first praline when my husband took me to New Orleans on our first trip together and I also happened to discover a dirty martini there as well.
Next up will be a Swedish horror film called Goodnight Mommy and we’ll be enjoy ‘mummy’ snacks such as these jalapeño poppers and a family favorite of hot dog wrapped mummies. Also, I’m excited to try the halloween cocktails this year and for this film it will be a ghostly take on a White Russian (but we’re calling it a White Swede for the fact that the film is Swedish). Cute, right?!
Here are a peek at a few of the other appetizers and foods we made this year! They were all so yummy and fun to eat while watching our favorite creepy movies!
Our mummy hot dogs to resemble the bandages the mom wears in the film.
Ghoul meatloaf is a must when watching House on Haunted Hill!
Fresh apple scones for Sleepy Hollow – scones were a popular British dish in the time period the movie is set in.
I hope you all enjoy this fall season as much as we do in our home. Whether you celebrate Halloween or not it’s a wonderful time of year to create your own family traditions! What fun events or traditions do you celebrate with your family around this time of year?