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It’s officially spooky season. And even though it’s a few months away, we’re guessing this year’s Halloween festivities are going to look different than last year’s lockdown celebration. This year instead of a lack of plans we’re guessing the world is going to return to its normal Halloween programming of costume parties, Halloween game nights, trick-or-treating and more. A spooky movie night on Halloween or leading up to the event is always a good idea, and we’re here to make it happen.
There are quite a few necessary supplies for any movie night, and especially a Halloween one. We’ve gathered up everything you need to prepare for and throw a spooky get together for you and your friends, complete with food, decorations, technology and more. Follow our guidelines and you’ll have folks begging you to make this an annual event, we’re sure of it.
Step 1: Choose the Right Horror Movie
When it comes to picking out the perfect scary movie for your Halloween movie party, consider sticking to a concise theme from the broader horror genre. This will give you a better idea for not only your movie selections but also for decorations and themed treats you might serve. You can opt for Vampires (think Dracula, Underworld) or a scarier option like ghosts (The Shining, Paranormal Activity, or The Conjuring), psycho killers (Halloween, The Texas Chain Massacre, Friday the 13th), or even a retro Alfred Hitchcock theme (Psycho, Rear Window). You can also check out the scariest horror movies on Netflix for some inspiration or sign up for Disney+ for family-friendly flicks.
If you’d prefer lighter fare for your Halloween evening, there are plenty of picks for that as well. Try a horror-comedy like Cabin in the Woods or Halloween classics like Ghostbusters, Beetlejuice, The Addams Family or Rocky Horror Picture Show. Hosting a Halloween Movie Night for the little ones? There are plenty of age-appropriate options: The Corpse Bride, Hocus Pocus, The Nightmare Before Christmas, or It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.
Regardless of what you’re watching, snag these selects to have the perfect scary movie marathon this Halloween season. If you can’t find your movie on your streaming service of choice, you can rent pretty much anything via Amazon Prime.
Everything You Need for a Safe & Spooky Halloween Party
We’ve got everything you need to have a killer Halloween movie night including:
- Our favorite Halloween decor
- Popcorn Machine
- and more treats and goodies
1. Halloween Skull Beer Draft Mug Glasses
If you’re hosting a movie night for grown-ups, present your spirit selection in these trendy skull-shaped beer mugs. This set of four glass clear drinking mugs is great for beer during the party and for having in your house for coffee or tea afterwards. They’ve got a sturdy design and a handle that’s comfortable to hold. Each one is 18 oz. and they’re suitable for both special occasions and daily use at home.
2. Halloween-Themed String Lights
String lights can add an incredible amount of ambiance and decor to an outdoor space, and these LED Halloween lights are perfect for dressing up your backyard or patio for your movie night. This pack comes with three different strings of lights — pumpkins, ghosts and bats. They have a 3D design for adding festive light and two different modes you can choose from — flashing or steady, depending on your preference. The string lights are battery operated so there’s no need to have a plug nearby.
3. Halloween Plastic Reusable Cups 50-Pack
Another option for keeping drinks separate is this pack of Halloween party cups you can purchase easily on Amazon. The pack comes with 50 cups so you’ll have plenty in case people lose track of theirs and need to pick up a new one. They can be filled with liquid or even candy and snacks. Each cup is 6″ tall and can hold up to eight ounces of liquid.
4. Halloween Treat Bags
GREAT FOR DISTRIBUTING TREATS
Another great way to conveniently enjoy Halloween treats at your movie night is to separate them into treat bags so each guest gets their own. What’s more, you avoid touching the same serving utensils or food items. This pack of 24 comes with handles on each bag so they’ll be easy to carry.
5. Halloween Party Tooth Picks
GREAT FOR SNACKS
One way to keep snacks cleanly is to separate them out onto different toothpicks so people don’t have to touch the same utensils and/or food. These 3″ Halloween tooth picks will do just the trick and come in the shape of ghosts, bats, spiders and pumpkins. Add a spooky and COVID-friendly effect to your Halloween party snack table with this pack of 50 picks.
6. Halloween Party Supplies Pack
FULL SUPPLIES PACK
This Halloween supplies pack has everything you need when it comes to disposable party supplies for distributing snacks, drinks and setting up your treat table in a safe way. It comes with enough plates, cups, napkins and paper straws for 16 people, all of which are made of food-grade materials and layered thick for durability.
8. Spooky Wine
Wine nights and horror movies go hand in hand, because who doesn’t love a slight buzzy scare? This is our go-to spooky wine brand Apothic, and they’ve got a great bottle of red you can enjoy during the film with friends. It’s a bold red blend that’s a mix of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, syrah and zinfandel wines. It’s got notes of black cherry, vanilla and mocha for a truly unique set of flavors. It’s medium bodied and pairs perfectly well with almost anything, including candy.
9. Old Fashioned Popcorn Cart
NECESSARY POPCORN DECOR
If you really want to go all-out for your Halloween Party, then we’ve got the perfect idea. No movie night is complete without popcorn. And what better way to serve your guests than this antique-inspired, gothic popcorn machine? This popcorn maker is designed to be just like the ones in the old days with old-fashioned lettering, and large wheels that make it easy to transport. It’s got a stainless steel kettle that can hold up to 8 ounces of popcorn inside and the tempered safety glass is heat-resistant to keep your family safe.
10. Flameless Candles
For rocking an outdoor movie night, nothing sets the spooky mood better than the warm glow of a flickering candle. Each candle pillar within this three-pack features a moving wick for a realistic look. They also come with a remote control, so you don’t have to move from your seat to adjust the lighting. Plus, the smoky-gray glass is perfect for the Halloween season.
11. Halloween Portable Lanterns
Another way to set the mood in your backyard pre-movie is to use these adorable Halloween lanterns with festive colors and spooky designs on the outside. They’re about 5″ tall and 2″ on all sides, a great size for tabletops or entryways. Each one has an orange LED light inside and is durable made for hanging or sitting on the ground, depending on how you want to design your space. The pack comes with four of them, each with a different pattern on it for some fun, Halloween-themed variety.
12. A Mini WiFi Projector
BEST BUDGET PROJECTOR
If you can’t get to the theater, bring the theater to you. This mini movie projector connects via HDMI for a smooth viewing experience and can also connect via WiFi so there’s no need to buy extra cables or worry about your computer having the correct connection port. It has 6,000 LUX brightness and offers 1280 x 720 native resolution for rich detail in all the gore and horror you’re about to be watching. It’s got built-in 3W dual stereo speakers that create a stellar sound experience and an advanced silent cooling system so it’ll stay temperature regulated without ruining the movie.
Editor’s Note: We asked SPY’s Tech Editor to help us pick the right movie projectors for your Halloween movie night. Because while you can find a lot of cheap portable projectors on Amazon, these products are notoriously buggy. Of course, high quality portable projectors can also be very expensive. If you have the budget, we would recommend choosing a more expensive option, like this LG Movie Projector or the Nebula Capsule II featured below.
13. Halloween-Themed Beer
MOVIE NIGHT BEVERAGE
Why have generic booze during your Halloween movie night? Lift your spirits with this flavorful brew that boasts spicy aromas. It’s not quite pumpkin spice, but it’s still very festive. The drink is inspired by pooka, a creature of Celtic folklore — which will also make for a great Halloween costume when the big night arrives.
Read More: Scary Halloween Costumes for Men
14. Outdoor Fire Pit
If you’re hosting your outdoor movie night, a fire pit is another great way to add ambiance and warmth to your movie night so your guests stay comfortable. This fire pit kit from Amazon has a bowl that makes controlling the flames easy and a stable construction that will last you. The kit also comes with a spark screen and a fire poker for stoking the flames, embers and keeping the warmth going all night. It’s quick and easy to set up, and the top round cover is waterproof and weather-resistant as well.
15. Marshmallow Roasting Sticks
When you see a fire pit, you think s’mores. It’s just a fact of nature. You can also roast marshmallows from a distance if your guests take turns, so grab these roasting sticks and some wipes to sanitize between uses. They’re made of stainless steel and can extend to 34 inches, giving your guests room to spread out and stay safe while preparing their treat. If there’s anything we love more than our favorite Halloween candy, it’s s’mores.
16. Plush Throw Blankets
Another way to stay warm is with Halloween-themed blankets, like this plush throw adorned with spooky cats. It’s super soft and perfect for use during an outdoor movie night. It’s 40″ x 50″, making it big enough for one to two guests to share, and is machine washable so you can sanitize it after and use it again and again.
No movie night is complete without a comfy blanket. This stylish and practical fleece throw is available in nine different colors, including red, navy, brown or dark gray. And it’s made of a warm, yet breathable polyester material — making this a super soft and lightweight option. You’ll stay cozy throughout the entire flick without sweating your buns off.
17. Halloween-Themed Board Games
PLAY GAMES DURING INTERMISSION
If and when you need a break from movie-watching, having a few Halloween-themed board games on hand can really add to the fun and keep things from getting boring or redundant. Horrified is a great board game for a maximum of six players. You play as a team against the board and try to defeat a select number of monsters before your lives run out. Who are you up against? Frankenstein, Dracula, the Wolfman, the Mummy and the Invisible Man — just to name a few.
One Night Ultimate Werewolf
ANOTHER BOARD GAME TO CONSIDER
Another great game for a spooky-themed night is One Night Ultimate Werewolf — a murder mystery-esque board game that doesn’t involve a ton of different game pieces and can be played with a large group. You do have to share cards though, so hand sanitizer will be necessary, but the narration happens via a smartphone app so you can spread out once you have your assigned role. You’re split up into werewolves and villagers by the cards. The objective? To kill a werewolf, except if you’re on the werewolf team.
You can’t go wrong with charades. Act out and guess your favorite Halloween movies, TV shows, spooky characters, songs, treats, costumes and more from a big bowl of topics. It’s super easy to play and the difficulty level is designed to suit all ages.
19. Movie Blu-Ray Box Sets
WHAT TO WATCH
The truth about streaming is that sometimes platforms just don’t have what you’re looking for, but if you still have physical media, then you don’t have to worry about that problem. And you don’t have to go all the way to Camp Crystal Lake to run into Jason Voorhees. This deluxe collectors edition Blu-ray box set features killer custom artwork and contains all 12 Friday the 13th films, with hours of special features, commentaries and deleted scenes. Plus, it even comes with a little booklet that details the history of the most successful horror series in cinematic history. This item is a total must-have for all horror movie fans.
20. Outdoor Lights
Set a total vibe to your movie night by illuminating the entire space with changing LED lights. Stick this smart strip behind your TV, and your entire room will glow to the color of your liking. You can simply adjust the shades by using an app on your phone and turn them on/off using Alexa and Google Home, giving you complete control. Since it’s Halloween, a nice orange or purple will do the setting justice.
If you’re going for more of a magical, outdoor twinkly-light look, we’ve also included that option as well. They come with 25 feet of outdoor patio lights built with weatherproof tech designed to withstand extreme temperatures and rain.
22. A Portable Mini Projector
BEST PORTABLE PROJECTOR
This portable projector is easy to bring with you anywhere if you’re hosting your movie night at a friend’s place or hosting in a park, courtyard or other outdoor space. The high-quality DLP technology creates a 720p image easily and it can connect to all streaming services so you’ll have no trouble finding the movie you want to watch. The autofocus technology creates a crystal clear image and the speaker can double as a Bluetooth speaker for smartphones so you can play pre-show music.
23. Classic Ouija Board
Want to invite real ghosts and spirits to your Halloween movie night? There’s no better way to do it than with a Ouija board! Grab this classic game in case you want to take things into the spiritual realm, and take advantage of the wisdom that can come from the mystical oracle.
24. Halloween-Themed Snacks
GREAT FOR AVOIDING SPOOKY HANGER
Last but not least, you’ll need some nourishment for your guests. The popcorn machine above is a great start, but it is Halloween after all. People are going to be expecting sweet treats, including and especially candy. Sour Patch Kids has already come out with their Halloween candy variety pack that includes multiple flavors of sour patch kids and Swedish fish as well. This box comes with 180 individual packets that are easy to pass out, and you can give out the rest to trick-or-treaters once the big day actually comes.