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75+ Family Halloween Movie Night Ideas with Kids

75+ Family Halloween Movie Night Ideas with Kids


With so many awesome family-friendly fall movies available to stream on television, a Halloween movie night is an autumn must-do! These simple and not-so-spooky great ideas incorporate meals, snacks and Halloween television watching. I sense a new family tradition with these fun Halloween movie night ideas for kids!

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This article originally published on October 12th, 2021 and has been updated and republished with a new date.

Halloween Movie Night Ideas

Watching favorite Halloween movies together is a thrilling way for families to enjoy the fall festivities. Sure, you could always just turn on the TV and watch it together in your living room. But why not get into the spirit of the season by taking it a step beyond!

A fun night with spooky snacks, some Halloween activities, and family togetherness – sounds like memories in the making!

How to do a Halloween-themed Movie Night

You can take these tips and make them as elaborate as you wish. Use these Halloween movie night ideas for kids of all ages as a way to build excitement for October 31st.

Try these fun ideas as an alternative to trick or treating by hosting a party, girl’s night or a cozy family night in.

Creating a Spooky Season Event for All Family Members

In this article, I’m offering suggestions on great fall movies and TV shows for a variety of families, appropriate for little kids to teens. You’ll find tips for decoration, meal ideas, favorite treats, and fun ways to incorporate favorite Halloween flicks into your theme.

Check out the additional links for tips about building a snack board, fall recipes and extra Halloween activities. I’m sharing a bunch of great Halloween movies and show suggestions that work for all ages, from toddlers to teens!

Sweetly Spooky Halloween Decorations

As a big scaredy-cat, I just can’t get into the gore or gross Halloween decor. These ideas for decorations are more fun than frightening. Of course, use your own kids as the gauge on how to far to take the scare-factor!

I found most of these items at Amazon, Dollar Tree and Target. Just know you don’t have to spend a fortune. Also, many decorations can be used again year after year.

Dress to Impress in Halloween Attire

My kids dressed up for our at-home Halloween movie night in their matching Halloween lounge sets from Great Lakes Kids Apparel. Use code MOMREWRITTEN for 15% off your entire order!

You could also allow kids to wear their costumes. Or raid the dress-up bin for the ultimate Halloween movie night at home.

Easy Halloween Decorations

Set the mood of the event with a basic tablecloth and a spider web lace table covering. Another option is gauze fabric to drape across the table.

Skip the real candles and use battery-operated flameless votives in your decor instead.

Black and white striped straws add a touch of whimsy!

I found my orange bowl at the dollar store. But this black melamine serving bowl is even better (if it drops, it won’t break!)

I’ll be watching you! Pop a few plastic eyeballs like these into bowls of popcorn or candy, in the treat trays or dips.

For an older kid’s spooky movie night, you can go a little darker with the decor. Set spiderweb place mats under each serving bowl.

Place a poseable skeleton to strike a pose on your snack table. Plastic chains are an edgier decor, that look great when looped around food trays.

Halloween Themed Treats

It wouldn’t be a Halloween movie night without some delicious snacks and treats! These easy ideas for creating colorful Halloween snack boards offer tons of suggestions everyone will love.

Seasonal Muffins Disguised as Cupcakes

These easy pumpkin muffins with cream cheese frosting are easy to pass off as cupcakes, with Halloween sprinkles on top.

Use Halloween sprinkles to add color and fun

Balance the Sweets with Savory

For each Halloween candy you add to the table, choose a healthier option as well. Make vegetables more fun by including creamy dips.

Bright green avocado tomatillo salsa is kid friendly for dipping with black corn tortilla chips.

Offer Smaller Portions

Consider tiny snack trays to minimize the amount of sweets that are offered. Combine a mix of sweet and salty, chewy with crunchy for a nice balance of foods for your movie snacks.

For tons of Halloween snack board ideas, check out the additional tips and food suggestions. There’s also a DIY instruction for making the mini treat trays.

Craft your own mini Halloween snack boards

Halloween Season Themed Movie Meals

To go all-out with your Halloween movie night, consider theming your snack board around the feature film! These Nightmare Before Christmas figures are a great way to decorate your charcuterie boards for a Halloween party. Later, they can be reused as toys!

These are two Halloween movie night ideas to get you started:

Use toys like this Jack Skellington figure to add whimsy to your tabletop

Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

A simple black and white snack board with pops of lime green are appropriate for this spread. Jack’s face is easy to make atop sugar cookies or cupcakes.

We used the Oogie Boogie and Jack Skellington popcorn buckets from our trip to Disneyland during Halloween Time to set the table.

This Nightmare Before Christmas chopping board doubles as an over-sized snack tray to feed a crowd.

To add an additional spooky touch, include these Nightmare Before Christmas trinket jars to the table setting. Don’t add any Deadly Night Shade to your soup! (Just kidding, they’re empty).

What you need to know about the movie: The Nightmare Before Christmas is a stop motion classic. The film subject matter may seem dark and edgy, but is surprisingly well received by younger kids. The creepy bug-filled Oogie Boogie sections might scare some children.

Hocus Pocus

Light a black flame candle and include a witch’s cauldron in the decor to get into the Halloween spirit of this theme! A plush Binx black cat on the table is a bewitching touch!

The kids will run “Amouk Amouk Amouk” at the sight of the colorful snack tray. The green and orange Haribo sour streamers create a division between the other treats in this mini snack board.

What you need to know about the movie: Hocus Pocus, featuring the popular Sanderson sisters, is best for upper elementary aged kids.

Be prepared for the big question, “Mom, what’s a virgin?”, as the innuendo is mentioned several times throughout the film.

The sequel, Hocus Pocus 2 is definitely darker and more appropriate for older kids, including tweens and teens.

Spooky Touches for Halloween Family Movie Night

To complete the full look of your Halloween treats and spooky snack offerings, try adding a few of these not-too-scary touches and decor ideas.

Add Mood Lighting

Make movie watching in the dark a little less scary by adding these light-up features to your snack board.

Add glow sticks for movie watching in the dark

Mix in Creepy Elements for Big Kids

Older kids will love these slightly edgy touches added to your treat table. Skip the yuck factor with young children, who may be frightened by the spooky food additions.

  • Plastic bugs and fake spider webs are cheap and easy.
  • Place a realistic rubber snake in a tray to create a division on a snack board.
  • Add plastic eyeballs in along the foods to watch over party guests as they indulge.
  • Place spiders atop cupcakes and cockroaches in with the Chex Mix…ewww!

Simple Fall Decorations

You can’t go wrong with classic jack o’ lanterns! Take advantage of the entire month of October by decorating in a seasonal autumn theme.

  • For a full autumnal treat board, go with pumpkins and gourds. Use mini versions to set in between foods.
  • Paper or fabric leaves are a nice touch when scattered across tabletops.
  • This pumpkin candy bowl adds a sweet charm to a Halloween movie night party.

Ideal Halloween Dinner Ideas

Round out your Halloween movie night with these ideas for a hearty meal! These are great make-ahead dishes to prepare before a night of trick-or-treat.

Don’t forget the drinks! Try one of these beverage ideas:

Pre-Movie Halloween Activities

Round out your evening with a few kid-friendly activities. It’s a good idea to mix in a few of these fun Halloween games or stories between dinner and the movie.

Image credit: Amazon

Halloween Story Books

Big Pumpkin – This paperback book is excellent for ages 3+. A story of teamwork when a witch wants to make pumpkin pie for her Halloween night party.

Old Black Witch – A favorite of mine growing up, it’s best for 5+. A witch is adopted into a family and recruited into their bed and breakfast operation.

The Witches – While not a Halloween story, this spooky novel by Roald Dahl will send shivers up your spine! Best for ages 8+ (who aren’t easily shaken).

Halloween-themed Games

Image credit: Disney Store

Halloween Movie Suggestions for All Ages

Choosing the best Halloween movie isn’t too challenging. Streaming services make it simple to find the best family Halloween movies.

For instance, Disney Jr. Halloween episodes are all together in one section of Disney+. That makes it easy to binge a few episodes with little ones.

Here are more Halloween shows that will appeal to a wide range of ages for the perfect Halloween movie night!

  • Spooky Buddies
  • Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie
  • Toy Story of Terror
  • Room on the Broom
  • Mickey’s House of Villains
  • It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
  • Muppet’s Haunted Mansion
  • Hotel Transylvania
  • Coco
  • ParaNorman
  • The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

Halloween Movie Ideas for Tweens and Teens

Skip the scary movies and horror movie genre, and go for goosebump inducing instead. You won’t find any slasher films on this list.

However, use caution before proceeding with these more frightening movie choices. Some of the films that passed with a PG rating in the 1980s would be rated PG-13 today. Consider watching them first before viewing with your older kids.

  • Goosebumps
  • The Haunted Mansion
  • Frankenweenie
  • Addams Family
  • Hocus Pocus 2
  • Beetlejuice
  • Ghostbusters
  • Young Frankenstein
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • Little Shop of Horrors
  • Twilight
  • Poltergeist
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer

More Halloween Movie Night Ideas

Though not all exactly Halloween-themed, these slightly spooky movies are great viewing for a Halloween movie marathon. Guaranteed for a little (or big) scare!

  • Monsters Inc.
  • Monsters Vs. Aliens
  • Casper
  • Shrek
  • Harry Potter movie series
  • The Witches
  • Z.O.M.B.I.E.S
  • Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride
  • Monster House
  • E.T. The Extraterrestrial
  • The Mummy
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • The Birds
  • Rear Window

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