3 must-have foods for a Rocky Horror Picture Show viewing

Come up to lab and see what is on the slab when Tim Curry stars in cult musical "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" (1975).Tim Curry Rocky Horror Art
Come up to lab and see what is on the slab when Tim Curry stars in cult musical "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" (1975).Tim Curry Rocky Horror Art /

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a Halloween classic and if you plan to watch it, these three foods are essential for a good time.

In 1975 The Rocky Horror Picture Show arrived in theaters everywhere. The story of … well, honestly there’s no easy way to describe what happens in the movie. It’s a wild ride and something you really need to see for yourself. The movie quickly bombed but became a midnight movie sensation with people actively engaging with the movie, reciting lines and using props to have a blast.

However, if you can’t make it to one of the midnight showings, the film has been available on home video for years now and has become a Halloween staple for some people. But as someone who has seen the movie in the theater over 20 times, I can attest seeing it on a big screen with a bunch of friends can’t be beat.

3 must-have foods for a Rocky Horror showing.

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If you plan to have a Rocky Horror Picture Show viewing as part of you Halloween festivities, then there are three foods that are considered essential. They are usually tossed around the theater at key parts of the film but over the years have been phased out of most showings. I mean, who would want to clean up the mess?

If you are a Rocky Horror vet, these will be very familiar but with a brand new twist for enjoying them in your home. And if you’re a noob, get ready to go shopping.

Fried Rice

The first food is rice. Usually during the wedding scene that opens the movie people would throw the uncooked rice at other moviegoers. You would then spend the rest of the evening picking rice out of your hair. (Noob tip – Wear a hat.)

For a home viewing, making a big pan of fried rice is a great way to embrace the tradition without the mess. Add whatever protein you want (I’m partial to pork fried rice) and serve it at the beginning of the movie. By the time you’ve finished you’ll be ready for the next item, which is …

Garlic Toast

Toast! During the dinner party scene, Dr. Frank N. Furter, amazingly played by Tim Curry, raises his glass and offers a toast to absent friends. It is usually at this point you would throw plain toast around the theater, laughing hysterically the whole time.

Instead, make some garlic toast to serve to everyone watching. If you want to get extra fancy add some mozzarella cheese to the top and let it get all brown and bubbly. Again, you’ll feel like you’re taking part in the tradition without getting bread crumbs all over your living room.

Grilled Hot Dogs

There is a point in the Rocky Horror Picture Show when Brad, played by Barry Bostwick, threatens Dr. Frank N. Furter during one of the musical numbers. One of the lyrics he sings is “You’re a hot dog/ but you better not try to hurt her, Frank Furter.” This is where the hot dogs start flying.

What you can do at home is fire up the grill and make some hot dogs. Sure, you may be stuffed from the fried rice and garlic toast, but there’s always room for a hot dog or two.

Honestly, if you’ve never seen the Rocky Horror Picture Show it’s a move everyone should see at least once. It’s not for everyone and some will be completely weirded out by what happens, but I can guarantee you’ll be humming “Time Warp” once the credits roll.

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What do you think readers? Are you ready for the mind flip and to get your Rocky Horror on this Halloween? Leave a comment below and let us know.