101 Ways to Make Family Movie Night Extra Special

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Take Family Movie Night up a Notch!

Cue the lights and pop that corn because we’ve got a list of family movie night ideas that will knock your socks off. Each of the following movie ideas is not only super easy but will help turn an ordinary movie into a fabulous, full-blown experience! Seriously, how fun is that?! From themed movie night snacks and activity ideas to everything in between, we guarantee this list is one the entire family will approve of. Ready to make your own movie magic? Let’s take a look!

Have some fun the whole family will remember with these themed movie night ideas! #movienightideas #movienightsnacks #datingdivas

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We’re getting seriously excited and you should be too! To help make your movie browsing even easier, we’ve divided our list into the following four categories:

  1. Themed Movie Night Ideas
  2. Themed Movie Night Activities
  3. Themed Movie Night Snacks
  4. Anytime Movie Night Ideas

36 Themed Movie Night Ideas

From Disney faves to Pixar perfects (plus a whole lot more!) these movie night ideas will help you take your themed evening from start to finish!

Themed Movie Night Ideas for Kids

Themed Movie Night Ideas

  1. Superheroes (The Dating Divas) – Get ready to go up, up and away with this superhero marathon. Free printables are included!
  2. Hotel Transylvania 2 (Belle Vie) – Everyone’s favorite monsters are back! Throw together this spooky movie night in no time flat.  
  3. Peter Rabbit (Artsy Fartsy Mama) – From garden popcorn to Peter-themed popcorn boxes, this is one movie night your littles will LOVE. 
  4. Captain Underpants (Momtastic) – With decor and DIY ideas, plus a whole lot of underwear, this is one hilarious movie night you don’t want to miss!
  5. Mary Poppins (i Heart Naptime) – The world’s best nanny is back and better than ever! Now pass the Mary POPins corn, please!
  6. Coxco (Paper Angels) – If you haven’t seen Coco yet, you’re missing out. Set the stage for this magical Mexican movie with these ideas.

Themed Movie Night Ideas for Family


  • Harry Potter (The Dating Divas) – Originally created as a date night for two, these Harry Potter movie night ideas are seriously spectacular.
  • Toy Story (Raising Whasians) – Take your themed movie night to infinity and beyond!
  • Camping Movie (Diana Rambles) – This camping movie night ideas go perfectly with any outdoor-themed flick. PS. You HAVE to check out that portable campfire idea…too cute!
  • Ghostbusters (The Dating Divas) – When there’s something strange in your neighborhood… throw this themed movie night!
  • Inside Out (Printable Crush) – This budget-friendly movie night literally gives us all the feels.
  • Secret Life of Pets (Crafts by Courtney) – Pet-themed movie night snacks and a whole lotta fun make this a winner.

Family Themed Movie Night Ideas


  • SING (Mom Endeavors) – Koala Krispie Treats, anyone? That’s just a ‘taste’ of what you’ll find in this start-to-finish idea.
  • The Grinch (Amy’s Party Ideas) – If you’re looking for a few festive movie night ideas that will warm everyone’s hearts (and maybe make them grow a few sizes!), this is it!
  • Indoor Beach (Mom. Wife. Busy Life.) – Get ready for some fun in the sun! This Indoor Beach movie idea pairs perfectly with Finding Dory.
  • Hocus Pocus (So Festive!) – Everyone’s favorite Halloween flick is about to get even better. 
  • Avengers (Sweet Phi) – Thor’s Hammer Cheesecake? Hulk Smash Punch?! What’s not to love?
  • Moana (Make Life Lovely) – Confession: We’re OBSESSED with Moana. And you’re about to be too!

Movie Night Ideas


  • Descendents (Tonya Staab) – Everyone’s favorite little villains are back! Give them a warm welcome with this clever idea.
  • Big Hero 6 (All for the Boys) – Where my Baymax fans at?! Celebrate that white and wonderful character with these ideas that are so beyond fun!
  • Jurassic World (The Dating Divas) – Use these free and fabulous printables for a family movie night OR for a date with your sweetie. 
  • The Little Mermaid (See Vanessa Craft) – “Wish I could be… part of your” MOVIE NIGHT! But for real, how fun does this look?!
  • Boxtrolls (Frog Prince Paperie) – A DIY troll-themed popcorn bar takes center stage in this night of fun.
  • Jumanji (Handmade Charlotte) – If you haven’t had a chance to see this hilarious sequel to the original, get on it! And use these snazzy ideas while you’re at it!

Family Movie Night Ideas


  • Pirates (Sugar, Spice & Glitter) – Yo-ho-ho and a movie night of fun is what you’re about to get. PS Those banana fritters? To die for. 
  • 101 Dalmatians (Adventures in Familyhood) – ‘Pawty’ time and ‘Pup-corn’ are just two of the perfectly punny phrases you’ll encounter with this idea!
  • Monsters U (Sprinkle Some Fun) – Time to graduate from ordinary movie nights to a monster-filled night of fun.
  • Tangled (Creatively Jazzy) – With DIY wish lanterns and a fabulous menu, these movie night ideas are beyond magical.
  • Finding Dory (Lola Lambchops) – Find Dory (and a whole lotta fun!) with this fish-themed evening. 
  • Beauty & The Beast (Stuffed Suitcase) – Um… can we be your guest? This idea looks too fun for words!

Fun Family Movie Night Ideas


  • Lego Batman (Kara’s Party Ideas) – Creatures of the night, we’re lookin’ at you! Grab some Legos and get on this!
  • Kung Fu Panda (The Resourceful Mama) – Pawprint games and panda masks await with this uber-easy idea.
  • Star Trek (The Dating Divas) – Put a starry spin on this date idea by using it with the fam! 
  • Guardians (Printable Crush) – These free printables are practically all you need for a Guardian-themed movie night. How great is that?! 
  • Princess & The Frog (Sugar, Spice & Glitter) – From menu ideas and crafts to some super sweet decor items, there’s truly something special about this one.
  • Angry Birds (Making Time for Mommy) –  Those birds may be angry but we sure aren’t! Take a peek!

    18 Themed Movie Night Activities

    For a more mellow evening, pick one or two of the following themed activity ideas and pair it with its coordinating film. Presto, done-zo! 

    Activities and Themed Movie Night Ideas

    Movie Night Ideas for Families

  • Troll Magnet (Fun. Learning. Life) – We’re in love with this Trolls idea that helps kids get extra crafty! 
  • Washcloth Owl (A Few Shortcuts) – Harry Potter fans will adore creating these washcloth owls. A video tutorial is even included!
  • Honey Slime (Sugar, Spice & Glitter) – This three-ingredient slime is the perfect way to celebrate a Pooh-bear-themed evening.
  • Olaf Bowling (Disney Family) – Everyone’s favorite Frozen friend is back and better than ever with this creative game.
  • Marshmallow Men (The Craft Patch Blog) – Build your own Baymax? Sign us up!
  • Hook Toss (East Coast Mommy) – Peter Pan or Pirate night is about to get an extra dose of Argghhh!

Themed Movie Night Ideas and Activities


  • Paper Lei (Catch My Party) – Who’s ready to hula? Littles will love crafting these paper leis that go perfectly with the movie, Moana.
  • Villain Bingo (Artsy Fartsy Mama) – The villainous heroes of Disney and Pixar make a fabulous appearance with this printable game.
  • Eeyore Pin the Tail (Disney Family) – Help Eeyore find his tail with this clever spin on a classic game.
  • Cars Craft (Natural Beach Living) – Who’s your favorite? Lightning McQueen or Luigi? Well, now you don’t have to choose!
  • Star Wars Games (Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls) – We don’t think any Star Wars movie night would be complete without these force-filled games.
  • Up Fingerpainting (Raising Whasians) –  If you’re looking for EASY, this Up-themed idea is totally it!

Movie Night Ideas and Activities


  • Dory Snack Cups (As the Bunny Hops) – Okay, we’re over-the-top obsessed with these Finding Dory snack cups! Help your kids make them before movie night, fill with snacks, and then enjoy them again!
  • Inside Out Game (Printable Crush) – Totally cute and perfectly colorful, this emotions game is the PERFECT Inside Out activity.
  • Minion Plate (Easy Preschool Crafts) – Despicable Me lovers, listen up! What if we said you could make your own minions? Take a look!
  • Candy Microphone (Living Lucerto) – Everyone will be ready to SING the night away with these easy to make microphones.
  • Oh Puppet (I Heart Crafty Things) – If you haven’t seen Dreamworks’ Home, you’re in for a treat! And this Oh Puppet is the icing on the cake.
  • Emoji Plates (Natural Beach Living) – Who loves emojis as much as we do?! Pair this easy idea with The Emoji Movie and you’ve got yourself a winner.

    24 Themed Movie Night Snacks

    Take movie night munchies to a whole new level with these themed ideas that are not only adorable but so totally tasty! 

    Themed Movie Night Snacks and Treats

    Movie Night Snacks

  • Butterbeer Chex (Hey Let’s Make Stuff) – If you’ve ever had a craving for the wizarding world’s favorite beverage (guilty!) this is the snack for you!
  • Monster’s Inc. Snacks (Pink Peppermint Design) – Give your movie night snacks a monster makeover!
  • Chewbacca Corn (Two Sisters Crafting) – Loaded with caramel and all sorts of exciting extras, the force is strong with this popcorn.
  • Toy Story Cocoa (Disney Family) – A true classic like Toy Story deserves an extra special treat. This is it!
  • Mad Hatter Punch (Mommy Musings) – If you’re looking for a beverage that’s as mad as a hatter, you’ve certainly found it.
  • Snow White Apples (Six Sisters’ Stuff) – Rice Krispies, pretzel rods, and a few exciting extras combine to create an edible treat Snow White would be proud of.

Ideas for Movie Night Snacks


  • The Grey Stuff (Lil’ Luna) – Try it! It’s delicious! Don’t believe us? Well… just try it anyway.
  • Minion Munch (Sunshine & Hurricanes) – The perfect snack for a Despicable Me night, this is as cute as it is tasty.
  • Yoda Floats (Sugar & Soal) – Is there anything more fun than sipping a Yoda Soda? No, say we.
  • Potter Brooms (Here Comes the Sun) – Packed with popcorn and totally awesome looking, these broom treats will disappear faster than you can say, “Quidditch.”
  • Boxtrolls Mix (Pink Peppermint Design) – Why have popcorn or candy when you can have both?! The Boxtrolls would approve. The original idea we had here no longer exists, so we found another option for you!
  • Teepee Cups (I Can Teach My Child) – Oreos, pudding, frosting…YUM! We think these Dirt Cups would be perfect for a Pocahontas movie night.

Themed Movie Night Snacks


  • Stork Pops (Mom Endeavors) – Help movie night get up and away with these poppable treats.
  • Smurf Huts (A Few Shortcuts) – A bite-sized movie deserves a bite-sized snack. These are it!
  • Lego Pops (Bren Did) – Little Lego Movie lovers will be obsessed with these Lego Pops. We certainly are!
  • Dory Cupcakes (Craft Create Cook) – With a total cook time of about thirty minutes, you’ll be in under-the-sea heaven in no time at all!
  • Emoji Mix (My Mommy World) – If you love emojis as much as we do, you’re gonna love this! Sneak preview: it uses chocolate chips for the poop emoji. Dying!
  • SING Cakes (Eat Move Make) – Take your SING movie night to the next level with these Rosita inspired piggy cakes.

Fun Movie Night Ideas and Activities


  • Groot Bread (Lola Lambchops) – If you love Groot (who doesn’t?!) you’re going to love whipping this up. 
  • Mickey Pretzels (Smart School House) – These soft baked pretzels are the perfect addition to any Disney movie night
  • Lego Batman Cookies (Desert Chica) – Premade cookie mix and frosting make this clever recipe so easy peasy!
  • Peanuts Movie Mix (Happiness is Homemade) – This idea not only teaches you how to make the mix, but will also show you how to get that iconic Peanuts stripe on your popcorn boxes!
  • Ursula Tentacles (Mainly Homemade) – Poor and unfortunate will be the soul who DOESN’T try these!
  • Honey Pot Dip (Disney Family) – Rumbly Tumblies will be a thing of the past thanks to this tasty treat.

23 Anytime Movie Night Ideas

Themed movie nights not really your jam? We’ve got you covered! Try out one of the following anytime ideas for a family movie night that still totally rocks. 

Movie Night Ideas for Anytime          More Movie Night Ideas      

  • Family Movie Date (The Dating Divas) – Bring the idea of a classic family movie night to life! Free printables are included. 
  • Movie Night Bingo (Everyday Cori) – Can’t decide between family game night or family movie night? Not a problem!
  • Popcorn Bar Prints (Unoriginal Mom) – Take the movie outside for a change and use these fabulous popcorn bar prints to spice things up.
  • Fidget Spinner (Bren Did) – Put movie selection arguments to rest with a trendy toy-turned-movie-picker!
  • Snack Tickets (Living Well Mom) – Use these printable snack tickets with your concession stand. They’re bound to be a hit!
  • Caramel Popcorn (Cookies and Cups) – Everyone can use a good popcorn recipe. This one is the perfect blend of salty and sweet.

    Kids Movie Night Ideas


  • Popcorn Cones (Melissa Esplin) – Popcorn boxes are SO last year. Try it in a cone!
  • Rice Krispies Popcorn (Cookies and Cups) – We can’t get enough of these Rice Krispies treats that look just like popcorn boxes!
  • Popcorn Cupcakes (Babble) – Apparently mini marshmallows can double as popcorn. Who knew?!
  • Neighborhood Movie (Your Homebased Mom) – You had us at treat wagon! Show everyone in the neighborhood a good time with this idea.
  • Theater Box (Mom Dot) – Help the kiddos create their very own movie theater snack boxes for some added charm.
  • Movie Bucket List (My Joy Filled Life) – End movie night arguments by filling out these buckets lists and working your way down. So simple!

    Movie Night Ideas for Kids


  • Backyard Movie (The Dating Divas) – Ready for some backyard fun? Try this idea that’s perfect for summer!
  • Movie Quote Game (Clementine Creative) – Test your movie quote knowledge with this printable game that’s perfect for teens.
  • Popcorn Box (Design Eat Repeat) – We love a good popcorn box and this printable version is both cute and functional!
  • Summer Movie Poster (Studio DIY) – Packed with movie ideas that older teens will especially love, this darling poster can be printed as an engineer print for added flair!
  • Movie Tickets (Dabbles & Babbles) – What movie night is complete without the tickets?! Grab yours here.
  • Retro Movie Night (Kara’s Party Ideas) – Throw a rockin’ retro movie night with the help of these pretty printables.

    The Best Movie Night Ideas


  • Movie Kit (My Crafty Spot) – A “party in a bag” is right! Check out these great ideas asap.
  • Movie Picker (Bren Did) – We love any excuse to use a cootie catcher and this one’s a doozy!
  • Outdoor Printables (Hostess with the Mostess) – You haven’t seen cute until you’ve seen THIS idea! We’re drooling.
  • Planner Stickers (Lovely Planner) – You’ll never forget a family movie night again thanks to these cutie patooties!
  • Summer Movie Night (Growing Up Bilingual) – Packed with tips and some adorable printables, this is one summer movie night you don’t want to miss!

What did we tell you?! These themed movie night ideas are the best of the best! For even more movie magic, be sure and check out our list of 101 Family Friendly Movies and our list of over 50 of the Best Christmas Movies.




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