Charming Halloween Movie Night + Halloween Movies!

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A guide to hosting a charming Halloween movie night and a list of our favorite, family-friendly Halloween movies! Create a not-so-spooky evening with popcorn candy and some charming Halloween decorations.

Halloween set-up with black couch, bats on the wall and  rustic table.

I always try to incorporate some charm in everything I do. Halloween is no exception, so we put together a charming Halloween movie night. Since my love Halloween runs deep, I knew this would be the perfect way to spend it. I adore that Halloween kicks off the holiday season — pumpkin carving, dressing up, homemade chili and trick or treating.

It’s also been one of my favorite holidays for entertaining. Every year, I host a small Halloween night for Romeo and a few of our close friends and nothing makes me happier than creating those memories for their childhood.

Skull decanter, halloween flowers and halloween decorations.

I like to keep our Halloween movie night light with some not too spooky Halloween movies. I shared a few of my family favorites below… who likes stuff frightening anyway?! I like just a little spook. Below are some of my favorite items and tips for hosting a charming Halloween movie night.

overhead of halloween flowers

Halloween Movie Night Ideas

Halloween Decorations

For simple decor, stick these paper bats on the wall. I used the ones from Martha Stewart’s Halloween collection, so easy and fun! You can also do this with spiders.

Halloween movie night, flowers, popcorn and skeleton decanter.


Flowers make great Halloween decor! Create arrangements with darker colors and in a black vase to go with the holiday theme.

Faux Pumpkins

Faux pumpkins are great if you can’t get real ones! They also never go bad, so you can store them away for the following year. They even have carvable faux pumpkins!

More Halloween Decor Items

Skeleton decanters, enamel black dishes, test tubes, and wooden bowls are all great for Halloween decorations!

Halloween candy in test tubes.
Popcorn in a bowl with skeleton decanter to watch Halloween movies.

Halloween Party Food

For food, make an easy slow cooker chili or pot roast when entertaining for Halloween. For an appetizer make our Halloween cheese platter and when the movie starts serve buttery popcorn.

Overhead of Halloween treats and popcorn on wooden table to watch Halloween Movies

Halloween Movie Desserts

Candy and Desserts are a MUST for watching Halloween movies!! Here are some of our favorite dessert recipes that will have everyone screaming!

Black Velvet Cupcakes

Halloween Dirt Cups

Brown Butter Mummy Rice Krispies

The Best Pumpkin Panna Cotta

Delicious Eton Mess

Two Simple Oreo Desserts

Halloween candy in test tubes on wooden table.

Halloween Drinks

For easy drinks serve pumpkin beer (goes well with chili!), hard apple cider.

For kids whip up our 3 ingredients kids punch or homemade almond milk horchata.

If you want to make a cocktail, try one of these:

Purple Gin and Tonic

Monster Mash Lemongrass Punch

Hard Spiced Apple Cider Cocktail

Spiked Apple Cider Punch Recipe

Red Sangria or Black Sangria

Spiked Jolly Rancher Punch

Red Halloween zombie brain candy in hand.

Halloween Candy

It’s not Halloween without candy! We stocked up on candy from one of our favorite boutique candy stores, Sugarfina! I filled bowls with candy, as well as these clear tubes!

The zombie brains are by far my favorite!!

Halloween vintage popcorn machine, with candy and treats on a wooden table set-up to watch Halloween movies.

Popcorn Bar and Toppings

You can find an old school popcorn machine online to add some vintage charm to the Halloween movie night. Add yummy toppings to the popcorn too!

Hand holding halloween candy in small bowls.

Family-Friendly Halloween Movies

Here’s a list of our favorite family-friendly Halloween movies. They’re not too spooky, but still have the Halloween we’re all looking for in October!

  • Hocus Pocus
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • The Addams Family
  • Coraline
  • Goosebumps
  • Harry Pottery
  • Monster House
  • Gremlins
  • ET
  • Halloween Town
  • Casper
  • Double Double Toil and Trouble
A graphic with photos of family friendly Halloween movies.

Now invite some friends over for pumpkin carving and a create a fun Halloween movie night! Let us know if you’re inpsired to host your own Halloween movie night!

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