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Colorful leaves, pumpkin spice, and hayrides — these are all staples of autumn that make fall-lovers so excited for the upcoming season. However, we can’t forget the one thing that never fails to put a smile (or a scared frown) on someone’s face this October: classic horror movies.

The Classic October Weekend

Scary movies and fall are a match made in heaven. Picture it: it’s a Friday night in October and you had a long week at work. So you throw on a comfy sweater, swaddle yourself in a blanket, make some popcorn, and slide to the edge of the couch as you unwind with fictional thrills.

The only thing that can make this scenario better is, of course, a bottle of wine

Every classic horror film has that one type of wine that perfectly complements its screams, jump scares, and spooky silences. But when you finally decide on the movie you want to watch, it’s easy to just reach for any bottle in your cellar. 

That’s why we’ve created a guide to help you decide which wine you should be slowly sipping as you try not to spill before the villain pops out in your favorite Halloween-themed film. This way, you can stock up on the bottles you need before getting in your comfy pants on movie night.

Sip As You’re Scared

Warm weather wines and classic horror movies go hand-in-hand, making these pairings fun and simple. Every movie’s general vibe or mood typically goes well with a specific type of wine, so it’s easy to match even if you don’t pick the pairings we offer. 

For example, these types of wines and classic scary films usually work best together:

  • Light bodied white wines and charming, family movies
  • Medium bodied whites and semi-thrillers
  • Full bodied reds and thrillers
  • Rich, dark reds for terrifying classics

Generally, the scarier the film, the darker the wine. 

Pairings to Die For

Along with staple films, we wanted to stick with classic wines that are perfect for a night in. Here are just 10 of our essential Halloween movie and wine pairings:

  1. Hocus Pocus — Chardonnay
  2. Scream — Pinot Gris
  3. Silence of the Lambs — Chianti
  4. Psycho (1960) — Riesling
  5. The Evil Dead (1981) — Zinfandel
  6. The Shining — Cabernet Sauvignon
  7. IT (1990) — Tempranillo
  8. Halloween (1978) — Cabernet Sauvignon
  9. The Sixth Sense — Syrah

If you don’t see your favorite wine or movie, feel free to improvise! Similar wines go great with horror films, you just have to mix and match.

Once you pick your bottle, it’ll be easy to pair a yummy fall snack with your wine. Get your popcorn, caramel apples, or s’mores ready, because it’s showtime!

Find Your Fall Wine

And there you have it, 9 classic horror films that become a lot less scary with a perfect bottle of wine. If you’ve picked your favorite movies from our list yet, it’s time to start shopping!

Before you turn down the lights and press play on your next horror movie marathon, visit WTSO to stock up on seasonal wine in just a few clicks. Our vast selection will always have something in store that is bound to add a wicked twist to any October night in.