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Hocus Pocus Inspired Movie Night (w/ edible black flame candles, Binx cookies, and witch’s brew punch)

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In our house, Friday nights in October are Halloween Movie Nights! I’ve decided to follow along with FreeForm’s 31 Nights of Halloween and throw a themed viewing party to correspond with the movies they’re showing each Friday night. First up: Hocus Pocus!

Hocus Pocus Movie Night Snacks

For our Hocus Pocus movie night, I took inspiration from one of the film’s most iconic symbols, the black flame candle. To go along with our EDIBLE (yes, you read that right—they’re cake balls!) candles, I also made Thackery Binx black cat cookies and a glowing green witch’s brew punch to wash it down.

Hocus Pocus airs tonight at 8:50pm (PST) on FreeForm. But don’t worry if you miss it, check out the 31 Nights of Halloween full schedule to see when you can catch it again!

Edible Black Flame Candles

Edible “Black Flame Candles”


  • box cake mix
  • 1/2 cup buttercream frosting (store-bought is fine)
  • white candy melts (I used “bright white” for the candle and “white” for the dripping wax)
  • lollipop sticks
  • black birthday candles – (It truly doesn’t even need to be black. I used purple because I happened to have candles that burn with a purple flame and I figured it was the closest I’d get to black. Also, it probably goes without saying but be sure to remove the actual candle before eating).


Step 1:

Bake the cake according to directions on the box. Let cool. Crumble the cake into a large mixing bowl and mix in frosting until the mixture is smooth and dough-like.

Crumbled cake and frosting, ready to mix

Step 2:

Scoop about a palm-full of cake mixture into your hand and roll it to form a ball. (If the mixture is too crumbly add a tablespoon or two more frosting, but be careful not to get the mixture too moist).
Roll the ball on your counter or a sheet of wax paper and flatten the ends to form a cylinder. Add a lollipop stick to the end of the cylinder and repeat.

Cake cylinders ready to become black flame candles

Step 3:

Place cake cylinders on a cookie sheet and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Step 4:

Remove the cake cylinders from the refrigerator. Melt the bright white candy melts according to package instructions. Dip each cylinder into the melted candy and coat completely. Set the cake down upright on a sheet of wax paper, remove the lollipop stick and add a birthday candle in its place. Return to refrigerator for 30 mins.

Step 5:

Repeat melting instructions using the white candy this time. Use a spoon to drip the melted candy around the top of the cylinder being careful not to cover the wick of the candle. Return to refrigerator for another 30 minutes to dry.

Dripping the “wax” (candy melts) to create the black flame candle

To serve, light the candle briefly for presentation, but not long enough for actual wax to drip on your cake. Remove the wax candle before eating.

Thackary Binx Sugar Cookies

Thackery Binx Cookies

Making these cookies is a simple as taking your favorite roll-out sugar cookie recipe (or store bought cookie dough using roll-out instructions) and adding black food coloring. Roll the dough to about a quarter-inch thick, then use a cat-shaped cookie cutter to make the shapes. Pop them in the oven and bake according to cookie instructions.

Witch’s Brew

Witch’s Brew


  • Lemon Lime Soda (like Sprite)
  • Lime sherbet
  • green glow cubes (optional)

When ready to serve, pour soda into a large cauldron or punch bowl, add glow cubes. Scoop sherbet in to create the frothy foam on top. Serve immediately.

And now you’re all set for a Halloween movie night! It’s all just a bunch of Hocus Pocus! If you host your own Hocus Pocus movie night, feel free to tag me @erikaenchanted or use #CastleCravings on Instagram! I’d love to see how they turn out!