Halloween Movie and Wine Pairings

It is officially the spooky season and we can’t wait to watch all things scary! Freeform’s 31 Days of Halloween is the perfect way to see all the classic and new Halloween movies.

Every year the Freeform Channel airs 31 days of classic Halloween movies like Hocus Pocus, Beetlejuice, and Halloweentown. And because we love wine and nostalgic movies, we took the liberty of pairing a wine for EVERY day of Freeform’s marathon. 31 Halloween movies, 31 wines. Let’s do this.

Halloween movie and wine pairings are great for many reasons! Not only do you have a great glass of wine but it may also help calm your nerves at the super scary parts. Take a look at the schedule below and pour yourself a glass of the perfectly paired vino.

Freeform’s 31 Days of Halloween Schedule

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October 1st: Hocus Pocus 9p/8c

Who doesn’t love this classic Halloween movie! When Max Denison, a Halloween-hating teenager, and his sister Dani move to Salem, Massachusetts Max doesn’t believe all the superstitious stories floating around town. But when he, Dani, and their new friend Allison mistakenly release a group of witches they join up with a magical cat to steal the witches’ spell book before they steal Dani and become immortal. 

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Bright Cellars Cactus Park Chardonny

For this Halloween movie and wine pairings try a glass of Cactus Park Chardonnay. The flavor notes of mango, yellow apple, lemon, and buttered popcorn go perfectly with this  light-hearted scary movie. 

October 2nd: Beetlejuice 8:55p/7:55c

When Barbara and Adam Maitland tragically die in a car crash they are unable to leave the human world and decide to haunt their house, because why not? When a couple and their young daughter move into the house, the Maitlands try to scare them out, but nothing seems to work. That is when Beetlejuice shows up – a rather mischievous spirit that puts all of them at risk. 

Obscura Cab Sauv.
Bright Cellars Obscura Cabernet Sauvignon

The best wine pairing for this movie would be a classic Obscura Cabernet Sauvignon. The flavor notes of raspberry, blackberry, and baking spices go perfectly with this spooky and adventurous tale. 

October 3: The Addams Family 7:20p/6:20cT & 9:25p/8:25c – Addams Family Values

The first and second movies in the Addams Family story are being brought to your TV screen on 10/3. The film is all about the bizarre and macabre family as they reconnect with who they think is their long-lost relative. But is it? What is this man really after?

Pair this bizarre movie with a glass of Watchkeeper Tempranillo. With flavor notes of cherry, raspberry, vanilla, and baking spices this obscure wine from California has similar vibes of the unknown. 

October 4th:  11:30p/10:30c Sleepy Hollow (1999)

This horror film is set in 1799 and is loosely based on the “Legend of Sleepy Hollow”. There have been a series of decapitations throughout the town and the locals think the culprit is none other than an undead headless ghost from the American Revolutionary War who rides a black steed. What is he looking for? His head of course…even though he doesn’t have eyes…because he doesn’t have a head!

Halloween movie and wine pairings
Bright Cellars Worst Evils Zinfandel

For this Halloween movie and wine pairings try a glass of Worst Evils Zinfandel. The flavor of cherry, smoke, strawberry, and vanilla will hopefully keep your head on. 

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October 5th: 4p/3c – Ghostbusters (1984)

After losing their jobs at a university, three scientists made the choice to connect with the supernatural by becoming Ghost hunters. While in their quest for the supernatural, they open a portal leaving all of New York city in danger of the evil lurking. 

Happy Medium Petite Sirah is the best pairing for this movie night. The flavor notes of plum, raspberry, and blackberry, along with black pepper and cocoa make the spooky comedy more complex and interesting. 

October 6th: 12a/11c – Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride

Victor and Victoria have an arranged marriage, although both like each other and are okay with it. While working on his lines for the wedding, a tree branch takes Victor to the underworld of Emily, a woman who was murdered after eloping with her true lover. But now she wants to marry Victor. He must figure out a way back before it is too late, and Victoria marries someone else. 

Bright Cellars Latin Root Catarratto
Bright Cellars’ Latin Root Catarratto

The best vino for this pairing would be Latin Root Catarratto. This acidic white wine has flavor notes of peaches, pear, and lemon. It pairs so well with this movie because of its mysterious aura.

October 7th: 6p-11p / 5-10c – The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horro-thon

This comedic relief of fun and lighthearted jokes that only the Simpsons have. Take an adventure with this wacky family as they navigate the treehouse of Horror.

Halloween movie and wine pairings
Bright Cellars Petal Press Rosé

Pair this lighthearted nightmare with a glass of Petal Press Wine Co. Columbia Valley Rosé. The flavor notes of lime, lemon, strawberry, and raspberry come together in perfect harmony with The Simpsons’ different lives

Also pair this marathon with a glass of vino and donuts, the way Homer would have liked it!

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October 8th: 12a/11c – Warm Bodies

A horrible plague has hit the world. Doctors struggle to control it, but ultimately many of the dead rise as zombies. They’re everywhere, but one named R is different from the rest. He saves a human girl from getting attacked by other zombies. There is definitely something different about him. As their relationship begins to grow, he becomes more and more human. Will they be able to figure out a way to save all of humanity? 

Halloween movie and wine pairings
Bright Cellars Hazleaire Sauvignon Blanc

Pair this suspenseful adventure with a glass of Hazelaire Sauvignon Blanc. This dry white wine is perfect for the suspenseful yet slightly romantic story between a zombie and a human. 

October 9th: 2:20p/1:20c – Goosebumps (2015)

Zach Cooper is upset about having to leave his big city life and move to a small town. But all of that is forgotten when he sees his pretty neighbor Hannah. Zach is intrigued when he finds out Hannah’s father, R.L Stine, is the author of the famous Goosebumps books. When Zack accidentally releases the horrors in the book, Zach, Hannah, and Stine must stop the monsters and return them to the book before it is too late. 

jumble sale dry white
Jumble Sale Dry White

Pair this understated movie with a glass of Jumble Sale Dry White. This white wine has flavor notes of lime, tangerine, honeysuckle, and slate. 

October 10th: 5:40p/4:40c – Hotel Transylvania

Sometimes even the monsters take a break. That’s why they go to Count Dracula’s Hotel Transylvania: an upscale hotel where monsters can get away and relax without humans. For Count Dracula’s 118th birthday he invites all the monsters to his hotel for a celebration, but the party is crashed by none other than a human who has fallen in love with a monster. 

After watching the first Hotel Transylvania, stick around for the 2nd and 3rd!

Bright Cellars' Sunshower Riesling
Sunshower Riesling from Bright Cellars

For this triple feature pour yourself a glass of Sunshower Riesling. The semi-sweet wine has flavor notes of tangerine, pear, and lychee that will pair nicely with this kid-friendly movie adventure!

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October 11th: 9:50p/8:50c – Twitches

When twin sisters are reunited on the 21st birthday, they soon find themselves in a different world where they need to save the kingdom from the Darkness using their new-found magic powers! These twin witches (or “twitches”) fight the darkness with all they have, but will it be enough?

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Bright Cellars’ Hazelaire Pinot Noir

Try pairing this light-hearted Disney classic with a glass of Hazelaire Pinot Noir. This light-bodied red wine is perfect for first time red drinkers and features flavor notes of cherry cola, raspberry and blackberry. 

October 12th: 5p/4c – Shrek

We all know this movie! But if you don’t, you need to watch it right now! A comedic love story between a princess who turns into a green beast at night and a smelly loner ogre who has a donkey side kick is sure to keep you laughing! When Shrek wants to make sure his swamp is left alone, he visits Lord Farquad, a ruthless, yet very small Lord. Farquad says he must save a beautiful princess from a tower that is guarded by a fire breathing dragon. This sets Shrek and his unwanted Donkey sidekick on an adventure that will change everything!

Bright Cellars Azuli Sauvignon Blanc
Bright Cellars’ Azuli Sauvignon Blanc

Pair this movie night with a glass of Azuli Sauvignon Blanc. The green flavors in this wine will pair nicely with the green ogre and endless laughs. 

October 13th: 12a/11c – Casper (1995)

A kind young ghost name Casper haunts a mansion in Maine. When James Harvey moves in with his teenage daughter Kat to communicate with the ghosts, Casper quickly takes an interest in Kat. Although he is transparent, that is not the only complication in their relationship. Caster’s out-of-control uncles cause a lot of issues.

Pair this lighthearted ghost movie with a glass of Dreamlet Pinot Grigio. This white wine has flavor notes of lemon, lime, and fresh apples. And this wine’s light-body is similar to the transparent Casper. 

October 14th: 12a/11c – Boxtrolls

Eggs was an orphan from birth, and was raised by Boxtrolls. This community of quirky and mischievous creatures live under the city of Cheesebridge. When the evil Archibald Snatcher creates a plan to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs comes out from underground and meets the feisty Winnifred. Together they create a plan to stop Archibald and save the Boxtroll community. 

Bright Cellars WellFleet Viognier
Bright Cellars’ Wellfleet Vigonier

Pair this adventure movie with a glass of Wellfleet Viognier. This rich, opulent white wine has flavor notes of floral orange blossom, rose, juicy peach, tangerine, and guava.

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October 15th: 8:30p/7:30c – The Craft

When a troubled young girl named Sarah moves to an LA high school, she soon finds her group of friends – three other troubled girls who are witches. Soon their powers get the best of them and they have some serious consequences. 

Halloween movie and wine pairings
Bright Cellars Gladiolus Gewurztraminer

Pair this young teenage angst movie would be a glass of Gladiolus Gewürztraminer. This dry white wine has flavor notes of lychee, honeydew melon, grapefruit, and rose petals.

October 16th: 6:30p/5:30c – Disney and Pixar’s Monsters, Inc.

Can’t go wrong with this classic Disney and Pixar movie. Monsters Incorporated is the largest scare factory in the monster world and James P. Sullivan (or Sully) is the top scarer. This blue fluffy monster looks like a teddy bear until he roars. His unlikely sidekick Mike Wazowski wants to be a scarer so bad, but he is small and not so scary. These two are put to the test when Boo, a human girl, gets into the Monster’s World. 

Bright Cellars' Batik Muscat
The Batik Muscat from Bright Cellars

For this light-hearted movie try pairing it with Batik Muscat of Alexandria. This sweet dessert level wine has flavor notes of candied fruits like white cherry and nectarine. 

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October 17th: 9:55p/8:55c – Halloweentown

Marnie is fascinated by her Grandmother Angie and when she sees her use magic on her visit she is even more interested. She follows her grandmother back to her home, Halloweentown, and is soon on the adventure of a lifetime! 

Silverscape Pinot Noir
Bright Cellars’ Silverscape Pinot Noir

Pair this fun and classic Halloween movie with a glass of Silverscape Pinot Noir. This light-bodied red wine with flavor notes of cherry and raspberry are perfect for pairing with the light heard and suspenseful moments in this movie.

October 18th: 11:30p/10:30c – Gremlins

A salesman is looking for the best gift for his sons when he comes across something in Chinatown. The store owner is nervous to sell the ‘mogwai’ to him, but the salesman insists. The store owner agrees, but not without some guidance: don’t feed it after midnight, never expose the creation to bright light, and NEVER put it in water. If only he would have listened…

Halloween movie and wine pairings
Bright Cellars Obscura Malbec

Pair this movie featuring scary real life Furbies with a glass of Obscura Malbec. The flavor notes of blueberry, black cherry, and plum go perfectly with this chaotic movie.

October 19th: 9:30p/8:30c – Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

Jack Skellington is Halloweentown’s Pumpkin King. But he is bored of the same routine. Is this all this life is? One day, when Jack stumbles upon Christmastown, he quickly becomes obsessed with the bright colors. He starts to plot how he will kidnap Santa Claus and take over his role, but he soon learns this is not the path he should be on. 

Pair this animated Halloween and Christmas duo with Wandering Giants Merlot. Merlot isn’t always everyone go-to wine, similar with this movie mashup. This Merlot has flavor notes of red currant, vanilla, and violet. 

October 20th: 12a/11c – Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

A kind boy named Charlie from a very poor family has one dream: get a golden ticket into Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. There are only 5 tickets and it seems like each day there is another spoiled, bratty child getting them. Will Charlie get his chance to visit the Chocolate Factory? 

Terraform Red Blend
Terraform Red Blend from Bright Cellars

Pair this sweet-tooth inspired movie with a glass of the Terraform Red Blend. This sustainable red wine has flavor notes of chocolate, raspberry, plum, and black cherry. These fruity and chocolate flavors will pair perfectly with this sweet adventure. 

October 21st: 6:30-11p / 5:30-10c – The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror-thon

Rewatch this dorky Simpsons horror-thon with a glass of Petal Press Wine Co. Columbia Valley Rosé.

October 22nd: 2:35p/1:35c – The Mummy & The Mummy Returns

This suspenseful and horrifying movie is set in the Sahara Desert in 1925. When some treasure hunters stumble across an ancient tomb, the explorers by accident awaken a 3,000-year-old legacy of terror. AWESOME!

Bright Cellars' Acquaforte Sangiovese
Bright Cellars’ Acquaforte Sangiovese

Pair this spooky and horrific double feature with a glass of Acquaforte Sangiovese. This vino has flavor notes of earth, just like the earth the mummy SHOULD be buried in! Along with the flavor notes of earth, you’ll also taste dried herbs, strawberry, and cherry. 

October 23rd: 8:30p/7:30c – Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Rewatch this spooky tail with a glass of Worst Evils Zinfandel or Worst Evils Cabernet Sauvignon.

October 24th: 11p/10c – Ghostbusters (2016)

This 21st century recreation of the original Ghostbusters takes you on a journey with Abby Yates and physicist Erin Gilbert as they try to prove that ghosts exist. They team up with friends along the way as they prepare for the epic battle. 

Pair this 21st century Ghostbusters with a glass of Hazelaire Grenache. This vino is a great alternative to Pinot Noir and has flavor notes of baking spices, raspberry jam, and strawberry jam. 

October 25th: 9:20p/8:20c – Hocus Pocus

Rewatch this Halloween classic with a glass of Cactus Park Chardonnay or the Cactus Park Red Blend

October 26th: 7p/6c – Hotel Transylvania 2

After watching the first Hotel Transylvania you may have already watched the second, but there’s nothing wrong with rewatching! In the 2nd movie, Dracula has opened up his hotel to humans, and everything seems to be going perfectly – until he sees that his half-human, half-vampire son isn’t showing off his vampire side. Dracula, with the help from a friend, enlist his son into “monster-in-training” boot camp. But then someone pays Dracula an unexpected visit. 

Glasioluis Riesling
Bright Cellars’ Gladioluis Riesling

Pair the second part of this 3-part movie series with a glass of Gladiolus Riesling. Similar to the first movie and wine pairing, the Gladiolus Riesling has flavor notes of lime, peach, jasmine, and tangerine. 

October 27th: 1:30p/12:30c – Jumanji (1995)

When a magical game board comes to life, siblings Peter and Judy Shepherd take an adventure of a lifetime. When they free Alan Parrish, a man who has been trapped in the game for over decades, they know they have to finish the game or risk receiving the same fate.

Halloween movie and wine pairings
Bright Cellars Batik Chardonnay

Pair this movie with a Batik Chardonnay. The tropical fruit flavor notes of pineapple and papaya will go perfectly with the tropical rainforest setting in the Jumanji board game. 

October 28th: 4:30p/3:30c – Matilda

Matilda Wormwood is a gifted girl, and everyone around her can see that – well, everyone besides her parents who are always glued to the TV or selling faulty cars. When Matilda is finally able to go to school she meets Ms. Honey, a young woman who has seen her share of darkness. Matilda is determined to change her way of life – thankfully she has some magic up her sleeve to help her do just that.

Pair this light-hearted Halloween movie with a glass of Gladiolus Rosé of Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine’s flavor notes of cherry, orange, and honey go perfectly with this movie and Ms. Honey’s flower filled cabin. 

October 29th: 2:30p/1:30c – Ghostbusters II

After successfully saving New York from an attack by the supernatural, everything seems to go back to normal – that is until one of the Ghostbusters, Peter Venkman, finds out that the ghosts have taken a liking to his son. This brings the Ghostbusters together again, but it isn’t smooth ghost busting from there. 

Colorfast White Blend
Bright Cellars Colorfast White Blend

For this Halloween movie and wine pairings try a glass of Colorfast White Blend. This sweet wine has flavor notes of honey, peach, white cherry, and orange blossom. It pairs well with the child-like spooky in the story. 

October 30th: 8:55p/7:55c – Addams Family Values

The wacky Addams Family is up to more of their crazy antics. In this movie Gomez Addams and his wife, Morticia, are celebrating their new baby boy. However, the siblings, Wednesday and Pugsley, are less than thrilled about this new arrival, and are trying their best to get rid of the baby. When the nanny tries to keep the kids in line, there is a strange turn of events. 

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Bright Cellars’ Humdrum Pinot Noir

Pair this macabre movie with a glass of Humdrum Pinot Noir. The flavor notes of truffle, cinnamon, strawberry, and cherry go well with the mystery that is the Addams Family. 

October 31st: 1p/12c – Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge

Now that Marnie knows she has powers, she can’t wait to use them! Her chance comes when an evil warlock steals a book of spells and plans to change everyone into whatever costume they are wearing at midnight on Halloween. 

For this Halloween movie and wine pairings try The Latin Root Sangiovese. This bold red wine has flavor notes of baking spices, oregano, cherry, and pomegranate.

In Fino Finito

What’s your favorite Halloween movie and wine pairings? Let us know in the comments! 

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