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Movie Marathon Treats & Entertaining Ideas


Set the Scene

Planning a movie marathon is a great way to bring friends and family together for a cozy night in. There’s no better time to kick-back with your favorite friends and flicks than the fall season. Choose the movies to watch have guests dress as their favorite characters for a autumn night to remember.

Starting Right

Every marathon meal, regardless of genre, starts with chips and dip. Set out a variety of corn chips, sliced veggies and potato chips along with different dip choices.

  • A colorful, easy to make 7-Layer Dip pleases everyone with layers of refried beans, guacamole and sour cream topped with bright red tomatoes.

You don’t need to get fancy with the drinks unless your marathon theme demands it but certainly any Star Trek, The Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter marathons deserve drinks befitting the films.

  • Check out this Phasers on Stun Punch, which makes a cool green Star Trek marathon drink. Made with Grant’s Whiskey, Blue Curacao and peach liquor, this drink sets the theme for an all day, all night movie marathon from the stars.

Pass The Popcorn

We all know it’s never truly movie night without popcorn. Start with Rachel Ray’s Basic Buttered Popcorn recipe and then try all, or any, of her ten popcorn recipes. She uses the Basic Buttered Popcorn to make Cool Ranch Popcorn, Tex-Mex Popcorn, Have a Popcorn Ball and many others.

How To Cry At The Movies

For the tear-jerker movie marathon, have a lot of easy to grab comfort foods handy. Sad movies bring out the hunger in everyone and slipping in one or two healthy finger foods will save everyone a few calories to boot.

– Eating Well’s Vegetable Satay gives the opportunity to serve a healthier finger food, or if you need a heartier dish, try them with beef, pork, chicken or shrimp. Use pre-cut cauliflower and broccoli to save time. Spice it up if you don’t want your guests to think the movie makes you cry.

– Another tear maker, the Cooking Channel’s Pineapple Mango Habanero Wings, tease your tongue with the sweet before turning warm and bringing tears to your eyes.

Nights Of Horror

For a horror movie marathon the sky’s the limit as far as outrageously fun foods.

– Appeal to your guests need for sweets and turn their stomachs at the same time with Witches Fingers. Found on, these realistic digits taste fantastic, if anyone can get one past their lips.

– Try the Black and Orange Halloween Pasta found on Epicurious for a horror movie dish suited to any Halloween movie fan. The ingredients include butternut squash, orange bell pepper, red pepper flakes and squid or cuttlefish ink pasta like black linguine.

Movie marathons make great venues for trying different recipes and flavors out on friends and family. Choose your favorite genre and make food easy to eat in front of the screen.