Family Movie Night: Hocus Pocus
One of my family’s favorite ways to prepare for a Disney vacation, help us get through the wait for our next vacation, or just give us something to forward to, is with family movie nights! With our movie nights, I pick out a family film we will all enjoy and then plan a themed meal around the movie!
For this year’s Halloween, we decided to watch our family favorite – Hocus Pocus!
I’m pretty pleased with this spooky-fun menu to enjoy our movie night with…
Now, I have some picky eaters in my house, so I had to come up with a diverse meal with something for everyone. I made cocktail weiners in barbeque sauce for an appetizer, but for nice spooky effect, I took a knife and cut a square of the skin off at one end like a toenail, and cut two small lines for the knuckle. These looked disgusting…and of course, my kids loved them!
For our main dish, I made stuffed Jack-o-Lanterns. I took an orange bell pepper and cut the top off and set it aside. I cleaned the seeds out, and then I carved triangle eyes and a smiling face and baked it empty in an oven preheated to 350 for 10 minutes. For the filling, I browned a pound of ground beef with diced onions and green peppers (mom tip- that’s how I sneak in some extra veggies with every meal!). I combined that with taco seasoning, black beans, a ½ package of shredded cheese, a can of tomatoes, a can of black beans, a can of corn, and a package of Spanish Rice prepared according to the package.
I took the bell peppers out of the oven and stuffed them with the taco mixture. I covered each pepper with more shredded cheese and then put the top back on the pepper to make it look like a pumpkin. I covered the dish with foil and returned it to the oven for an additional 15-20 minutes, or until they reach your desired consistency.
For a fun twist on a drink, I made virgin “pina colada” smoothies with a “black flame” on it. For the drink, I found frozen fruit and blended them with milk then topped the drinks with a chocolate covered strawberry to serve as the flame.
No family movie night could be complete without a fun dessert. I decided to make Book Brownies. I have to admit- I was pretty nervous about this one. My art skills aren’t the best (my specialty is stick figures!) but even I was able to do this!
I baked a box of brownies according to the package (I like to use shortcuts- you can substitute your favorite recipe here) and let them cool. I then cut the brownies into squares and used black frosting gel to make the stitches on the book. Using the same gel, I glued on a candy eyeball to complete the look! These were a huge hit with my kids! They deemed the brownies the best part of the meal, and honestly, they were my personal favorite too!
So tell us, how do you celebrate Halloween? Will you be watching Hocus Pocus this year?
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