The Best Home Movie Night Ideas for Families

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Movie night at home is a fun way to spend an evening without having to get out of the house. It’s one of our family’s favorite things to do! I’ve compiled a fun list of favorite family movies, movie theme ideas, snack recipes and a free movie ticket printable to help you plan the BEST movie night ever. You are going to love these movie night ideas for your family!

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Pick the Flick – Our List of Favorite Family Movies

I always like to start my movie night planning by selecting a movie. Once the movie is chosen, I sometimes build a theme night around the movie. If we’re watching Finding Nemo we might serve goldfish crackers and blue jello and serve drinks in little fish bowls. For Alice in Wonderland we might don some crazy hats and feast on stuffed mushrooms, cucumber sandwiches and sip hot tea from our china set that otherwise never gets used. You get the idea!

Here is our list of favorite family movies:

  • The Princess Bride
  • Frozen (and Frozen 2)
  • Home Alone
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse
  • Trolls
  • Toy Story 4
  • Inside Out
  • Harry Potter
  • The LEGO Movie
  • The Sandlot
  • Matilda
  • Elf
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  • The Greatest Showman
  • Homeward Bound
  • Jumanji

Set The Scene

You don’t need to have a home theater to make movie night something special, and you don’t have to spend a ton of money either. The dollar store is a great place to stock up on supplies to make the evening fun (and pick up those movie-size candies for $1 too!). I stock up on things when they are on sale and keep a stash of treats in the pantry. As fun as it is to plan a movie night for family and friends, some of our most memorable nights are the impromptu ones that happen on a whim.

Here are some of the staples in my movie night kit:

  • Rope LightsRope lights remind me of the lights down the aisles in a movie theatre and create the atmosphere for the evening.
  • School Supply Caddies – These inexpensive caddies are perfect for dolling out individual snacks for everyone. (Plus they help kids keep their messes contained.)
  • Bean Bag ChairsBean bags are a great way to spread out and use the floor to relax while you watch movies.

Movie Night Snacks

Nothing says movie night quite like popcorn. Regular microwave or stovetop popcorn topped with butter and salt is a classic favorite.

For special movie nights, we like to pull out all the stops with flavorful popcorn topped with candy, special seasonings and other toppings.

Keep your favorite popcorn toppings stashed in the pantry for an extra special movie night treat!

Popcorn Recipes for a Movie Night at Home

Popcorn is delicious but sometimes it’s fun to go all out for family movie night. We like to cook loads of snacks and cover the coffee table with a buffet of finger foods that we munch on all evening long.

Pretend you have your own movie theater snack bar with some of these delicious munchies!

Movie Night Snack Ideas

Make Movie Night Even More Special

Drive-In Movie with Cardboard Cars

This is especially fun if you have smaller children. Gather up a few old boxes and decorate them as cars. Fill them with cozy pillows and blankets and let the kids enjoy the movie drive-in style from the comfort of your living room.

movie night ideas with cardboard cars and drive in movie night at home

There are plenty of fancy cardboard cars on Pinterest, but my kids don’t have the patience for all of that! We made these cars out of two extra boxes from our garage, plus a few paper plates. I covered Aren’s box in the last of some birthday wrapping paper since her box was covered in black Brawny paper towel print.

Bonus – the kids were entertained even longer by coloring all over the inside and outside of their boxes while I got the snacks together!

Backyard Movie Night

Grab a projector and tack up a white sheet and move movie night to the backyard. Light a campfire, gather up the lawn chairs and invite all the neighbors. If you have a pool, set the screen poolside and float around while you watch Jaws on the big screen as your feet dangle into the depths of the water!

If the weather isn’t cooperating, you can still take your movie night inside. We have this projector at home and we just shine it on a blank wall in our basement. It works great!

Movie Date Night

Plan a fun movie night for the kids in the living room and escape to another room with your significant other for a night to yourselves. Choose a romantic movie, sip on a fruity cocktail and enjoy 90 minutes of kid-free bliss!

See more of our favorite date night at home ideas here!

Send Out the Invitations

Whether you are inviting your kids, your church group or the whole neighborhood it’s fun to get everyone on board for movie night at home with printable movie tickets. It builds up excitement and gets everyone ready for a full evening of fun. Click below to get your FREE printable movie tickets and start planning your next movie night today!

Printable Movie Ticket
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