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Lots of Halloween costume, craft and snack ideas to help you prepare for a day of celebration.

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  • Kate

    Nice that kids can dress up and have fun together – nothing wrong with that . But do we have to slavishly follow every American tradition in this country?? Let’s do more for Australia day for example and embrace us! Just a thought.ReplyCancel

    • Kazzie

      Hear, hear! I wholeheartedly agree!ReplyCancel

    • Deleese

      Agree 100% let’s stop becoming a mini America.ReplyCancel

      • Sarah

        Halloween isn’t originally American, the British are the ones that bought it to the wider world, it’s just the Americans that are more embracing and seem to enjoy getting into the spirit and having fun. I’d prefer Australia stop being so boring and anti-USA and actually get in on the fun. What’s the harm in dressing up and having some creative fun with the kids?ReplyCancel

    • JessB

      I actually love embracing traditions from around the world! My new workplace goes all out for Halloween, and I actually won some Halloween candy, so we’ve been having fun with pumpkins and candy corn!
      And I’m dressing up as Snow White! Should be a lot of fun.ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    What fabulous and crafty ideas! I love them!
    Whether they’re used for Halloween or just a party idea….
    Some people are so crafty :)ReplyCancel

Create some special moments with your family by planning a fun family movie night in the comfort of our own home, snuggling up on the couch together. Plus a FREE family movie night printable and Tomorrowland DVD pack giveaway.

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  • Rebecca Broderick

    I actually let my daughters be in charge of most of the setting up and organising, they feel so important and excited when we have our movie night.ReplyCancel

    • Cassandra M

      Our movie nights are usually in the school holidays…we sometimes have disco glowbowling with empty bottles and glow sticks in them..they double as movie lights..we wind down with pillows and blankets on the loungeroom floor homemade popcorn..sometimes a pizza party..the kids also like to dress up as their fav movie characters while watching the movie.
      We keep movie nights to the holidays so they can stay up later..Its something to look forward to for them.ReplyCancel

  • nicolle lewis

    My kids enjoy movie night cuddled up in my bedReplyCancel

  • Nikoly

    I think it is mainly just the time spent together, having snuggles and just doing nothing. I also like to think the kids enjoy that we actually watch their movies so when they talk to us about them they know that we know what they are talking about.ReplyCancel

  • Mick G

    Let everyone partake in the movie selection and preparation of snacks such as popcorn etcReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    My top tips for enjoying family movie night are to have an early dinner, a fun, family favourite meal (ours include burritos, hamburgers or pizza, all homemade yum!), and to have a small amount of special treats to eat during the movie (like Maltesers or lollies – my kids love this as we don’t let them have treats like this all the time) and for parents to be consciously present during the movie and really enjoy the experience with your kids. As they say, kids grow up so fast and there will only be a certain amount of time we have where the kids will actually want to do this with us! And I think kids know the difference between when you are really in the moment with them and when you are tuned out or mindlessly looking at your phone, tablet or laptop :) Here’s to many happy family movie nights!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer D

    We live to let each child choose a candy treat to mix in the popcorn. We make homemade individual pizzas which and smoothies. Then curl up to eat and watch the movie with lots of blankets and pillows in the living room.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon M

    Every Saturday night in our house is ‘Family Movie Night’ so all our children look forward to it heaps!!! We also have a voting system where we all get to pick three dvds off our shelf and I also get some dvds from the local Library. We then write down our top two picks and we do a tally and the movie with the most votes wins!!! This process takes about half an hour at the minimum so it is quite a build up towards the movie :) :) Happy watching!!! p.s. there is always a bowl of treats for everyone :)ReplyCancel

  • Vicky Wanless

    Make sure the dogs are already fed and happy so they don’t interrupt! Snacks all around for everyone and a vote on the movie to watch so we all enjoy the film.ReplyCancel

  • We love popping a bunch of popcorn and inviting friends over to watch togetherReplyCancel

  • I love at-home movie nights. I think it’s almost my favourite thing to do!ReplyCancel

  • Di

    Not feeding hubby any gassy foods (or ‘fart fodder’ as he calls it) for a good 24 hours prior to family movie night!! This way he doesn’t silently sneak things out, then sit there in denial as we all choke or need to evacuate and miss most of the film!!ReplyCancel

  • Ern

    Talk during dinner, get the chatter out. Cover every topic you and the kids can bring up, so they don’t talk all the way through the movie! Yes I am a Dad to girls and can they talk or what, and always through or over the crucial parts of a movie. Love them to death but it does get annoying during what should be a quiet time.ReplyCancel

  • Agnes

    my tip is to pick a movie everyone can enjoy. Sounds simple but with an age range of nearly seven years between the kids in our family it can be a challenge. Our favourites have included Back to the Future, The Neverending Story, A Cat in Paris and Arrietty.ReplyCancel

  • Justine Franklin

    Make sure everyone is comfortable with the movie choice. I divert the home phone to the answering machine so there are no interuptions. Schedule in an intermission. There are 5 of us and nearly all of us need a short break (if you get my drift) during the movie. Rather than pause 5 times, knowing there is a break, i think subconsciously, you can wait until then. Most of all try to be relaxed, forget about the stress of the day and just be in the moment.ReplyCancel

  • Bel

    Tip 1: after dinner set the timer and get the gang excited about tidying up with a reward (popcorn, choctop, etc) if they beat the buzzer.
    Tip 2: have an intermission for teeth and bathroom after food is consumed /at the half way point / yawning startsReplyCancel

  • Victoria

    Make sure it’s a movie everyone can enjoy and also make sure everyone has their own favourite snack – we had to put popcorn on hold for while as my daughter had braces so we substituted with vege chips (her favourite) so she could still enjoy without feeling left out. Looking forward to our first movie night WITH popcorn now there are no more braces!ReplyCancel

  • julie

    Best movie night is camping out in lounge room with our favourite snacks and drinks and fall asleep together watching moviesReplyCancel

  • Kate

    We do Movie Night at home on a Friday (each fortnight). The two kids alternate between choosing the DVD for the night or the ‘treats’. They love it as they get input each time.ReplyCancel

  • Karen Edwards

    We start our movie nights early when having dinner so we have an easy picnic dinner on the floor in front of the tv that way our little ones can still have an early night and watch the whole movieReplyCancel

  • Penny Marrett

    Making it a regular thing rather than a one off makes it good family time also letting kids pick the movies as well as making the treats/snacks gives us extra time to spend together. We love a good family movie night together and the kids would do it every night if we let them!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Preston

    Make family movie night a time to connect.

    Enjoy the time WITH the children.

    Have all baths out of the way and PJ’s on.

    Turn off all devices, barring the TV etc.

    Load up on the munchies.

    Have 2 movies on hand. A family favourite and a new film.ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    Make sure the movie is going to appeal to everyone and that there is plenty of popcorn…..lights down, sound up loud, phones off and away we goReplyCancel

  • Movie night is Saturday night in our house! With homemade choc bombs being the bomb when it comes to movie snacks!ReplyCancel

  • Katherine Andrijasevich

    1. A family-friendly movie
    2. Lots of movie-friendly snacks
    3. Lots of comfy pillows & blankets
    4. Preferably a cold & rainy night…
    5. Lots of love & cuddles! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Debra Moody

    We always get out the blankets so we can cuddle up together while enjoying the movie, its a great feeling being all together for these special fun times.ReplyCancel

  • Monique

    Our kids are all teens now and they still ask for “Family Movie Night” on a Friday or Saturday night! And…. and they still like Disney movies too!!!! And they do all the setting up, make or buy the lollies, chips, chocolates and drinks to share and make big bowls of popcorn. I’m glad we started this tradition when they were little, as life with teens can get hectic and they’re often busy with part time jobs, studying or staying at friends and they still ask to do Family Night with good ol’ Mum not Dad. Awesome!!!ReplyCancel

  • Pam

    Our family movie nights always include home made pizza (where the kids and hubby choose the ingredients they want), popcorn (salted butter) and smoothies to watch in front of the TV. We bring down our pillows and blankets from our rooms and make ourselves a cosy theatre before playing a game. The winner gets to choose the movie the family watches for the evening :)ReplyCancel

  • James

    I work shift hours and I always appreciate my wife for organising family movie nights.
    Top tips: put away all phones, laptops and tablets, and each one goes around the room to share what’s up that day.
    Love each other and want to spend time with one another.
    Coupled with good food and a recent movie rental. That’s all you need for family timeReplyCancel

  • Joanne

    We do movie nights often. Lay out a picnic rug on the floor and replace healthy dinners with dips and nachos and hot chips. We remove the lounge. Leave all the cushions and have lots of blankets. Lights out. Popcorn. Lollies. And we allow soft drink! My three step children and husband all love it.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Best

    We have never had an organized video night with all the trims. Kids often watch movies but my husband and I don’t really watch it with them. I think it is a fantastic idea to have the whole family do something together and go to the effort to make the experience as real as possible. I live over 600km from the nearest cinema so going to the movies is not really an option for us. Love this idea.ReplyCancel


    Make sure everyone agrees on the movie, start it early with popocorn and drinks pre-prepared. pause for an interval for snack refills and toilet breaks. Ensure there are plenty of cushions and blankets. Enjoy the time togetherReplyCancel

  • Joni

    I choose the most humourous movie possible since my kids range in age from late teens down to a 6 year old, since humour has a universal language. We all quote funny lines for months after…ReplyCancel

  • Frances

    A rare but memorable occurrence having all four of my boys + Mum and Dad watch the same movie – (aged 18 down to 7 years). Lots of fun and laughter when we do. Beautiful to see them all huddled together under tv blankets sharing family time.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    Top tips are:
    Start early, so the night is not toooo late for smaller kids.
    Make the room really dark (during the day the kids love that part too-adds to the excitement,my kids love that!!)
    I like home made popcorn with a small amount of icing sugar on top YUM!ReplyCancel

  • Bek

    Make the room dark and cool. Drag queen size mattress out with oodles of pillows n blankys for snuggling. Popcorn, maltesers and choc-tops.ReplyCancel

  • Grace

    Movie night for us means finger food dinner while we watch the show followed by delicious dessert with all lights off sitting on comfy cushions,right next to each other.The most important tip is to turn off all phones or ignore any calls, so that there would be no interruptions to the family time.ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl S

    When we were lucky enough to have a new DVD the children and I would run around and have the movie night as soon as we had picked up the DVD and organised dinner and had everything ready so we didn’t have to leave the room again. Dinner would be eaten on the coffee table or laps depending on what it was while watching the movie cause we couldn’t wait! Lights were turned out and we would all be snuggled up with blankets.ReplyCancel

  • Suanne Sykes

    We love family movie nights. Preparation is keeping an eye on foxtel to phone in for suitable movies. Plenty of cushions and throws and having popcorn and cut up fruit ready to go. The best part is snuggles with Mr 5. One of those moments to cherish before they grow out of them.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Short

    Special family time with popcorn, healthy drinks (just don’t tell the kids) and a rotation of movies over 4 weeks (4 kids) each one given a choice of feature movie.

    We play a short dvd of cartoons, then have an intermission before the main movie, JUST like when I was a child.

    Can’t wait for the reaction when they get the “TICKETS” next session, thank you for the printable

    Best time in my world with familyReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    Many of the top tips have already been suggested in your blog post, but one major point that I would like to add is plan for a ‘half time’ break just like the intermission from the old cinema days.
    Its a good idea for restless children, especially when most have limited attention, it gives everyone a chance to use the bathroom and to restock food and drink.

    Now nobody misses the crux of the movie!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    Family movie night involves an early dinner of homemade pizzas on dough made by the kids, lots of pillows and blankets and the family snuggled on the lounge. These nights are planned around movie releases and some classic oldies like ‘The Goonies’ or ‘Back to the Future’. We watch the movie and eat a magnum or drumstick ice cream. It is loads of fun and we place bets on how much of the movie daddy will see before falling asleep.ReplyCancel

  • Heidi bruxe

    Movie nights are Friday nights. We usually pick one from Netflix and lay out their fold out couches and turn the lights and phones off. Kids set up their own couches with pillows and bedding and mum and dad organises the foodReplyCancel

  • Yvonne

    Turn all mobile phones off take the home phone off the hook, make sure the snacks aren’t sugar based as the kids won’t sleep after the movie. Nothing to stop you having movies on a rainy day, or during the day on the weekend especially when school starts. We often have movie nights, or movie marathon of the sequels in a dark room, surround sound, the grandkids love the cars zooming behind them etc. popcorn or other snacks. But especially enjoy our togetherness as a family with the grandkids. At Christmas we do our own kids home movies. Most of all cherish these special moments together which will create memories for our kids.ReplyCancel

  • Shell

    My top tips for a movie night are to not have a too big of a meal, if all the kids can have a say in the snacks it’s a good start, less complaining! Make the room dark, lots of snuggle blankets/doona’s, and make sure that Mum & Dad actually sit and watch the movie with the kids, no other screens allowed!ReplyCancel

  • Paula fitzpatrick

    We love Movie Night in our house, we call it Fam Jam Movie Time. We have snacks drinks and kids in jammies. Inevitably it’s us grown ups that have nodded off before the end of the movie.ReplyCancel

  • Phillip Cunningham

    As we have a 3D TV and player we’d be all wearing the 3D glasses and munching popcorn cooked with a minimum of butter and have glasses of cold water with ice cubes.ReplyCancel

  • Jen G


    #1 rule: The night has to be mobile free!
    Before starting the movie, send the kids for a wee.

    Pop a packet of popcorn in the microwave;
    Snuggle together – if the movie’s scary, it helps you be brave!

    Together laugh, scream, cry or smile in delight;
    It’s quality time, it’s your family movie night!!ReplyCancel

  • Marnie Quinn

    We love movie nights in our house. We take turns in choosing the movie and snuggle up together on the couch. I like you clean up the lounge first. Boys help then we chose snacks and get started. When I’m having an especially anxious day movie night snuggled with hubby and boys always relaxes me! Bliss.ReplyCancel

  • We often have movie nights.
    My kids are 5 and 7 and on movie nights we have an early dinner then bath.
    We all snuggle up on the couch with our doonas and some our favourite movies are old classic ones like “Mary Poppins”, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and most recently “Sound of Music” (they are singing Do Re Mi … all time now :))
    And we have pop corn – popped over the stove in some olive oil and with salt – you just can’t watch a movie with out pop corn 😉
    The plan is that the kids can fall asleep and I can put them straight to bed, but fact is that I am often the one falling asleep and waking up when the movie finish :)ReplyCancel

  • Brooke R

    My top tip for a family movie night that is enjoyed by all is going all out with the theme! We have a menu of dinner and snacks to match our selected movie. One of my girls favourite movie nights so far has been ‘Frozen’ where we indulged in troll stones (meatballs), Kristoff’s Ice Flakes (rice) and Sven’s Salad (carrots and beans) for our dinner!ReplyCancel

  • Flip

    We turn the dinner table to face the tv and they eat dinner and dessert while watching. Then they might get a lolly or choc to end.ReplyCancel

  • Aaron Kaczmarczyk

    Have everyone enter the movie they want to watch into a hat and whatever gets pulled out, everyone has to watch!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    Mattress in front of the TV with lots of blankets and pillows.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    We pick our movie days in advance. It gets everyone excited about it. They older ones research the movie and the little ones are better behaved when they are reminded abhor Movie night.

    We have a movie room that is just for movies and games and have the popcorn machine and drinks there.

    PJs, Picnic blankets, loads of pillows and blankets (and a couple of pull out mattresses) mean the kids can camp out if they want and if they fall asleep is OK to stay there. There’s no school in the morning so they love to be able to stay up a little later on movie night.

    I get more cuddles during movie night than any other time during our busy week. I love it.ReplyCancel

  • sandra dare

    Our movie night must haves are snacks, pillows, and obviously a movie :) some times we have a picnic in the lounge room (tea time) or the normal popcorn & lollies or a bowl of cut up apple & cheese xx we have a regular Friday night movie night during school terms – during holidays our movie nights can be almost every night.ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    We have come up with a list of movies we all want to watch, have written them out and take turns selecting one. That way we don’t spend a long time trying to choose a movie on the night.ReplyCancel

  • Aja

    We usually put a big mattress down and build a cubby to make it a bit more special. Heaps of pillows and squishy cushions, and plenty of snacks and drinks for everyone.ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne

    Every Friday and Saturday night we get out the bean bags and the big cushions. The chips and popcorn ready, turn off the lights and we are ready to watch a movie.ReplyCancel

  • Dani

    We bring in the spare mattress and make a big bed on the floor next to the couch with lots of pillows and blankets. Have great fun picking the movie together, then pop the popcorn, dim the lights, snuggle, munch, enjoy! Love these special family moments xxReplyCancel

  • Tanya Clarke

    My son and I select the movie together. We prepare our snacks together and snuggle up on the couch. He feels very special because he gets to stay up late on movie night!ReplyCancel

  • Laura Scriven

    Discuss it earlier in the week to pick the movies and purchase/hire them.
    Have them help make the snacks after school that night.
    Ensure snacks are a little balanced so you can skip dinner.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy

    Every Friday night is movie night in our house. Everyone helps to make pizzas all the while discussing the movie to be viewed. Then younger kids make cubbies, older kids lie on scatter cushions, mum and dad are relegated to the couch. Top tip? No gadgets, all phones away and everyone focused on the TV. At the end quick rip around the crew as to what part they enjoyed the most. We all love movie night!ReplyCancel

  • Pat

    We manage a movie night about once a month. We have a special dinner then retire to the lounge room. Crochet blankets come out and everyone snuggles down. Sometimes there is discussion on which movie to view and other times we agree on the first option.
    Even thought the youngest is now 25, we still watch kid friendly movies as they are so much fun to watch and always make for a good night’s viewing.
    We are generally too full from dinner to want snacks, but they are there if anyone wants them.
    The cats sometimes come in and join us. Happy humans make good cat beds.
    When the movie is over we have a cuppa, then those that need to drive off do so.
    We started doing this when the kids were in primary school with everyone in their PJs after we bought our first video machine. Here it is thirty years later and we are still doing it. In deference to those driving we stay in our day clothes now.ReplyCancel

  • Tiona Evans

    Friday is our standard movie night if we have no other plans. My two girls alternate choosing food which is usually take away or sometimes Mum will cook a special/easy meal. This is a big responsibility which can take a whole school day to choose. Then either a trip to the DVD store or we will have taped a movie on our handy HDD recorder. One sets our picnic spots on the carpet while I dish up the food. The movie starts while we eat, we then take a quick break to clean up and sit back down with desert (weather appropriate). Then movie finishes in time for bed.ReplyCancel

  • Cherry G

    Always make sure that’s there plenty of popcorn in the bowl for all and make sure all the phones are off. No one likes to be interrupted during the movie. Then give the kids the choice of picking the first movie. We like to do theme nights. So we watch all syfy movies one night then Disney another etc., It all depends on what mood we are in. Then we have to shush as my youngest doesn’t like talking when he’s watching a movie.ReplyCancel

  • Helen Flockhart

    It has to be an electronic free night except for the movie, so no phones, tablets etc. Ignore the landline and let the machine take the call. Smart phones have a DND function where you will be not be disturbed by any phone call except one from your selected and friends emergency calls.
    If there’s a dispute over movie selection put the names in a colander and let the youngest person pick.
    Prepare your snacks. Air popped corn is a great one. You can vacuum the mess easily. I like water best. No big mess if spilled.
    Room temperature controlled to be comfortable. If it’s cool weather curl up with a rug or quilt.
    Ask anyone who needs to visit the toilet before the movie starts but don’t stress if someone needs to excuse themselves. It’ll become smoother over time when they’ve learnt that Home Cinema is like the real thing and you don’t stop the movie for anybody needing the toilet! Of course it may depend on the age of the children but it is a family time not just for one person to hold things up!
    Everybody should wash their hands before sharing the snacks and germs!
    If you’re having two movies you can have an intermission in the kitchen for ice cream and other messier items. You might have pizza or party pies, sausage rolls if you’re combining dinner with your fun night. Then wash the hands and settle back for the second movie.
    Whatever way you organise your night, enjoy it and make beautiful memories.
    My grandchildren tell my great grandchildren what movies we shared and enjoyed at the cinema and then at home with that wonder new invention of VHS tapes!ReplyCancel

  • Eva Kiraly

    Some yummy healthy treats, a comfy couch and a great movie is all we need for a family movie night, it’s something to look forward to when the weekend arrives!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy

    (F)amily movie night means to us…
    (A)lways munchies to nibble on.
    (M)any cuddles.
    (I)ndividual drinks with spill-proof lids.
    (L)ots of laughs and, finally, plenty of tired
    (Y)awns when the movie has finished…
    so the happy and contented kids can all go to bed!ReplyCancel

  • james pizzey

    a family movie nights are a tradition we choose a movie the whole family will enjoy chips and nuts plus a bar of chocolateReplyCancel

  • Linda Marquis

    We always draw the curtains and make the lounge room nice and dark so it seems just like we’re at the cinemas.ReplyCancel

  • Renee Ballantyne

    my major tip is to ban electronic devices such as phones and such during the movieReplyCancel

  • Han E

    My daughter always wants to watch a family movies so we started watching ‘older’ movies from when her Dad and I were young and she enjoys that a lot. It’s a good way to introduce her to what we have experienced when we were young. Along with that, homemade popcorn and frappe’s or spiders … Love a good movie!!ReplyCancel

  • Jemma Y

    I am a mummy to four girls we love movie nights with daddy.
    we love disney movies,my girl’s love making popcorn and making smoothies,with mummy’s help, usually monthly on friday nights,so much fun.ReplyCancel

  • skye

    Switch off the phones and make sure the popcorn and drinks are ready ?ReplyCancel