* Halloween is less than a month a way
* Host a Halloween movie night as an alternative to a full-blown party
* Great ideas for adult and children movie nights
Now that it’s officially October, the countdown to one of the most beloved holidays of the year is in full swing. If you want to celebrate this year with a small, more low-key celebration, try hosting a Halloween movie night as an alternative to a full-blown party. You won’t have to deal with the aftermath of attendees over-indulging in complimentary cocktails, and the set-up and clean-up will be much less painful than having to take down a mock haunted house.
1. Offer Creative Party Favors
Why hand out generic candies or witchy candles to your guests as party favors? These pop art inspired temporary tattoos will be a big hit among both kids and adults. Plus, they’ll also make a great addition for a future Halloween costume when the big night arrives.
2. Festive Glassware
If you’re hosting a movie night for grown-ups, present your spirit selection in festive glassware, labelled with Halloween-themed disguises like poison and other ghoulish names. This set of beverage labels also comes with one clear bottle. Simply transfer the liquor of choice into the bottle and stick on the label.
3. Offer a Game to Play During Intermission
If and when you need a break from movie-watching, offer a fun non-cinematic activity like a Halloween-themed game of charades to keep spirits light and fun and encourage more interaction among your guests. This Halloween Charades set includes cards themed around all of the best Halloween movies and characters.
4. Pick a Theme
Sticking to a concise theme from the broader horror genre will give you a better idea for not only your movie selections, but also for decorations and themed treats to serve. You can opt for a ghost theme (think The Shining, Ghostbusters, or The Sixth Sense) or a scarier option like Vampires (Dracula, Underworld), Psycho Killers (Halloween, The Texas Chain Massacre, Psycho), or even an Alfred Hitchcock theme. Hosting a Halloween Movie Night for the little ones? There are plenty age-appropriate options: The Corpse Bride, The Nightmare Before Christmas, or It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.
5. Use Unexpected Decorations
To add an extra element of fright to your movie night, incorporate some unexpected pieces of decor to your setting. Pillows are generally through to items to comfort and help sleep, but this subverted pillow gives the object an unexpected element of horror. Inspired by the Netflix series Stranger Things it may look unassuming at first sight, but this spooky pillow will surprise whoever happens to sit down next to it.[caption id="attachment_77468" align="aligncenter" width="414"] Image courtesy of Amazon[/caption]
6. Box Set
Depending on your theme, you’ll want to have a variety of options for your guests, depending on which movie is the most popular. Have a vote with all guests present to see which movie you should watch first. A box set will allow you to offer a curated selection of options.
7. Halloween Photo Booth
Add another activity to your movie night with a Halloween-themed “photo booth.” This can easily be achieved by investing some festive props and a themed background to hang on the wall. Before you settle in for the featured flick, welcome guests to snap some shots.
8. Surround Sound System
If you want to play horror flicks, making sure that your sound quality is running its best is key. Surround sound is the ultimate experiential booster when watching horror and action films. This is a must-have item for any Halloween movie night.
9. Spooky Popcorn Decor
No movie night is complete without popcorn, and what better way to serve your guests than from an antique-inspired, gothic popcorn machine. This popcorn machine is designed with a “movie matinee” wording on the front, making it ideal item for retro horror flick decor. This elegant appliance would work wonderfully with a Vampire or Hitchcock themed movie night.
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