A spooky night in calls for the best spicy snacks and must-see Mexican horror movies.
When people think of Halloween movie night ideas, they often favor watching scary cult movies, like Child’s Play and The Exorcist, or the latest gory releases, like Saw X and The Nun II. But have you ever dared to immerse yourself in Mexican horror?
Mexico’s creepy catalog is filled with the best lesser-known titles of scary cinema, perfect for a spooky night in. The country’s well-known appreciation for the afterlife comes from the annual Día de los Muertos tradition, or Day of the Dead, where families and friends come together to honor the lives of the souls who’ve left the living world.
If you’re still undecided on what to watch while you munch in on your trick-or-treating candy, then you’ve come to the right place. Read on for our top 5 must-watch Mexican horror movie list for the best Halloween movie night ideas.
You’re in for a spicy treat!
1. Veneno Para Las Hadas (Poison for the Fairies), 1986
Directed by famed Mexican horror director, Carlos Enrique Taboada, Poison for the Fairies is a supernatural horror movie about witches and fairies. To a scary movie expert, this might sound innocent and naive, but this is different from anything you’ve seen before.
A classic tale about childhood friendships, Poison for the Fairies is the perfect introduction to the kind of scary tales our south-of-the-border neighbors love. This movie tells the story of Veronica and Flavia, two aspiring witches whose black magic spells cast an unfortunate series of events that convince them of their apparent magical powers.
Eventually, the little girls plan on concocting a witch’s potion for fairies—the traditional enemies of all that’s evil—that leads to a horrific conclusion.
Cue The Perfect Spicy Treat For A Spooky Flick!
When things start getting dark and violent in movies, there is no better snack to keep our nerves at bay than a handful of spicy chamoy candy.
This seemingly-innocent kiddo movie deserves an equally evil treat. Enter: Sophia’s Chamoy Sour Patch Kids. Covered in blood-red chamoy, these kid-shaped gummies will cast a spicy spell on you.
2. El Orfanato (The Orphanage), 2007
There’s nothing like a seaside orphanage in Spain to make the hair on the back of your hair stand up. The Orphanage is a popular horror film directed by Juan Antonio Bayona (Spain) and produced by Guillermo del Toro (Mexico) that centers around Laura, who purchases her beloved childhood orphanage with dreams of restoring and reopening it.
That’s only the beginning.
Just ten minutes into the movie, Laura and her husband Carlos find out that their adopted child Simón is missing the night of the opening of the new orphanage. This movie is riddled with creepy children, a remote spooky house, and a ghostly past—the perfect formula for a Halloween movie night.
Chamoy Candy Is As Sweet As Child’s Play!
If you think The Orphanage is scary, wait until you try our newest spicy treat!
Our Chamoy Fall Gummi Worms are our latest limited edition drop of chewy orange, lemon, and black cherry worms covered in our special Mexican chilito powder. A delicious autumnal combination that will leave you craving for more.
3. Kilómetro 31 (Kilometer 31), 2006
Mexico’s Day of the Dead is a popular celebration of the afterlife that honors family and friends who’ve passed away. This is probably why the country’s fascination with death seems like more of a lively, colorful tradition instead of a gory display of costumes and carbs.
But fret not, Mexico entertains an infinite number of ghostly tales that are scary enough to keep you awake all night long.
Such is the case for La Llorona, or the Weeping Woman. Her story connects us to Pre Colonial times where a wailing woman’s misfortunes left her spirit trapped between life and death, and now torments little children well after killing her own.
Rigoberto Castañeda created Kilometer 31 inspired by La Llorona and other legends about highway ghosts. Kilometer 31 follows a horrible car accident on a road outside Mexico City that leaves Agata in a coma. Throughout the movie, her sister Catalina must try to solve the mystery of her sister’s accident next to the Km. 31 marker.
See No Evil, Taste No Evil
There’s something so spooky about Mexican horror you just want to close your eyes every five minutes. Why not eat them?
Another limited edition add-on to our chamoy candy collection, our Chamoy Gummy Eyeballs are the squishiest gummies covered with blood-red spicy goodness. These evil-looking treats will give you a sweet explosion of strawberry and creme flavor, and a tinge of spice with every bite.
Hasta El Viento Tiene Miedo (Even the Wind Is Afraid), 1968
This one’s an oldie, but a goodie. So good, you’ll even invite your abuela to come over and watch Even the Wind Is Afraid—a 1960s film set at an all-girls’ boarding school. Another masterpiece directed by the legendary Carlos Enrique Taboada, this Even the Wind Is Afraid tells the story about Claudia and her recurring nightmares.
This Mexican horror is filled with visions of a former student and a creepy tower nearby, which Claudia sets on to explore and find out exactly what happened there years ago.
Playing With Fire And You’ll Get Burned
When it comes to a classic Mexican film, we can only suggest you munch on one of our very best: Chamoy Strawberry Sour Belts.
With all the berry flavor and sourness of a 1960s chica fresa, our strawberry sour belts are dipped in our signature spicy chamoy sauce and crumbed in tangy chamoy powder. They’ll have you reaching for more!
5. Somos Lo Que Hay (We Are What We Are), 2010
They say that a family that eats together, stays together. But what happens when your family hides a terrible dietary secret that doesn’t involve your mom’s delicious homemade cuisine? And no, this isn’t a thriller about your suegra’s bad Sunday menu either.
Directed by Jorge Michel Grau, We Are What We Are is a gruesome tale of a family’s cannibalistic ritual tradition with a tinge of social criticism of the dark and not-no-lively side of Mexico City.
Things start rotting for the family as soon as the Dad dies unexpectedly. As the eldest son, Alfredo must step up and provide for his mother and siblings by putting food on the table. How will the family survive without fresh meat?
You’ll soon find out that the answer is in the question itself.
We Also Are What We Eat
There’s no better way to enjoy a Mexican horror movie without our favorite ingredient to every nutritious snack: chamoy sauce.
Our signature Spicy Chamoy Sauce is the perfect addition to your daily intake of vegetables and fruits. Add it to apples if you’re feeling a little sweet, or go full throttle with cucumbers and jicama sticks.
Which Mexican horror movie will you be watching this Día de los Muertos and Halloween 2023? Tell us in the comments below!