The Best Movie Night Snacks for Every Genre

Last Update: May 14, 2024

As the weather cools down, it’s time to grab a cozy blanket and put on a movie. An at-home movie night is a great way to save money on pricey tickets and concessions, but of course, having the right snack makes all the difference. Check out these healthy movie night snacks, helpfully organized by genre.

Sci-Fi, Horror, or Thriller Movie Night

Movie Night Snack: a chewy snack like gummy bears or sweet fish and a calming beverage 

Chewy snacks are quiet, so you won’t be distracted by crunching during those eerily silent scenes. A HOP WTR makes the perfect addition, too. They’re packed with adaptogens and nootropics to help you feel calmer during the scariest scenes.

What to Watch: Jurassic Park, A Quiet Place, or The Silence of the Lambs

Action or Adventure Movie Night

Movie Night Snack Recommendation:

Jerky or beef sticks and veggie chips

Any action or adventure movie will need a snack worthy of a hero. Alternate between protein-packed jerky or beef sticks and veggie chips for sustained energy and a loud, satisfying crunch. Vegetarians and vegans can try this vegan jerky option! 

What to Watch: Taken or The Lost City 

Comedy Movie Night

Movie Night Snack Recommendation:

Popcorn (ready-made, miniature, or pop-it-yourself)

Popcorn is a classic movie night snack, and you can throw pieces at the TV when one of the characters makes a cringey joke. Try this kettle corn if you want a sweeter option, or a vegan cheese variety for something savory. 

What to Watch: Mean Girls or Shrek

Fantasy Movie Night

Movie Night Snack Recommendation:

Sweet, savory, or superfood trail mix

For fantastic movies, you will need a fantastic snack. Trail mix is a great snack option for this movie night because every bite is a surprise. Choose a mix with your favorite add-ins, or go the DIY route and customize it with your own custom combo, no matter how wild. 

What to Watch: Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone or Coraline 

Drama or Historical Movie Night

Movie Night Snack Recommendation:

A charcuterie board with crackers, olives, and cured meats

These movies tend to be longer than average, so you’ll need to have a variety of snacks to last until the credits. Grab a plate and build an edible display of fruits, cheeses, crackers, cured meats, nuts, olives, and anything else you like. 

What to Watch: Pride and Prejudice (2005) or Hidden Figures

Musical Movie Night

Movie Night Snack Recommendation:


Any musical is guaranteed to have at least a few catchy songs and you might even feel tempted  to sing along. A lollipop is a treat that can also be a microphone, so you can really get into it. 

What to Watch: The Greatest Showman or Mamma Mia!

Romance or RomCom Movie Night

Movie Night Snack Recommendation:

Chocolate or chocolate-covered nuts and wine 

Chocolate helps boost serotonin, known as the happy hormone, and nuts add extra texture and nutrients. Throw in a relaxing glass of wine (or non-alcoholic wine) and you’ve got the perfect girls night. 

What to Watch: Bridget Jones’ Diary or Crazy Rich Asians

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Kira Barstow

Kira Barstow is a writer, reader, and amateur baker. She also enjoys photography and spending time in nature.

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