It doesn’t matter if you’re binge-watching Stranger Things this month or heading to a local theatre to catch a late-night screening of a classic horror movie—80s Halloween is back, and we’re not just talking about the costumes.
Millennial nostalgia has taken form in many unique ways over the years—and so has Halloween itself, from 1930s inspired vintage to arts and crafts, to ultra luxe—we can’t make up our minds on where Halloween fits aesthetically. But that in itself is one of the reasons Halloween continues to reinvent itself—there are no rules.
So, this year, as 80s horror movies find a resurgence across streaming sites and in local theatres, and as Netflix unleashes the second iteration of its wildly popular, and 80s inspired, Stranger Things, and as young homeowners and apartment dwellers begin to look online for decorations from their childhood, a perfect storm emerges.
Our ’80s retro Halloween is inspired by the childhood memories of Millennials and Gen Xers. The recipes are inherently simple to make, and aren’t just paying homage to some of the best the 80s had to offer. In a way, they’re a retelling of the ideal Halloween party, the kind that was spread across the pages of Betty Crocker and often found in elementary schools across the country during the 80s.
Both new and nostalgic, Halloween is everything at once—a battle among cute, gory, scary, retro, creepy and glittery.
This year we invite you to get your hands just a little bit dirty and get into the kitchen to make some seriously spooky classics with a new twist. They’re perfect for binge-watching parties, easy enough for the family to make together, and simple enough that there’s something for everyone.
To see The Food Channel’s 1980-inspired Halloween recipes, click below!