What better way to celebrate Halloween than with a family friendly movie marathon! Here’s my list of favourite movies and a mix of healthy and not-so-healthy accompanying treats for Halloween! Read til the end to find out about how to make the perfect Halloween temporary home theatre.
- Harry Potter parts 1-7
These movies hardly need introduction, and the magical world of Harry Potter is probably the best way to celebrate Halloween. Take yourself and your children to the wonderful world of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and let the narrative thrill you into wishing you weren’t such a muggle.
Extra Treat: Why not make yourself some home-brewed butterbeer. Simply add a dollop of vanilla ice cream to a cup full of non-alcoholic gingerbeer and watch if fizz up like it does at the Three Broomsticks!
A Halloween Classic, Ghostbusters is one of the funniest and most entertaining movies out there. Hang out with Slimer, Dana Barrett and the Ghostbusters crew for some ghostly fun!
Extra Treat: Make yourself some green-slime popcorn. With popcorn, butter, corn syrup, vanilla extract, marshmallows, and of course, some green food colouring. My mom always made this treat for us so I don’t know the exact measurements, but google it and it’ll be sure to come up.
- Hocus Pocus
This witchy-watch should be on everyone’s lists. This spell-binding movie needs no introduction, it’s a classic so don’t miss out!
Extra Treat: If you want some healthy Halloween treats, go ahead and peel some clementines, add a bit of green pipe cleaner at the top to make a stalk, and there you go.
- The Nightmare Before Christmas
Join Jack Skellington the Pumpkin King in the Town of Halloween. Perfect for a spooky night in with the whole family.
Extra Treat: Buy a bunch of white marshmallows, draw Jack’s face on them and stick a cocktail stick/toothpick/lollipop stick and voila! The perfect, easy treat to go with this movie.
Delve into the magic of Coraline’s world! This spooky tale has a wonderful moral to it to appreciate what you have.
Extra Treat: Take your favourite peanut butter cookies recipe, pop in four little holes, to make them look like buttons, and there you go!
- Monsters Inc
Probably my favourite Disney-Pixar movie, Monsters Inc is slowly becoming a Halloween classic. Join Mike Wazowski and Sulley. If your little ones are scared of monsters, this is a great way to show them that monsters are scared of them!
Extra Treat: Make yourself some monster treats by taking a clear plastic cups and a sharpie and drawing a monster face on it. Then, fill the cup with green or red grapes to the brim, and there you have yourself a healthy little monster!
- What’s New Scooby-Doo? Halloween Boos and Clues
Scooby-dooby- woo! I love Scooby-Doo special episodes, and this Halloween themed one is no exception. Hang out in the Mystery Machine with Scooby-Doo and his friends, which will be just as entertaining for the kids as for you.
Extra Treat: This is probably the easiest treat of all. Just make yourself or use old packaging for anything, label it ‘Scooby Snacks’ and there you have it. Any kind of cookie will do!
- Corpse Bride
Tim Burton pops up again in this story of a tragic tale of Victor, a young man who accidentally marries a corpse bride while his real bride waits for him in the world of the living. This is a moving tale of love-conquers-all, with a spooky, Halloween twist.
Extra Treat: For this treat, you’ll need some white masking tape, some googly eyes stickers and cartons of milk or juice with little straws. Tape the cartons all around with masking tape, add the eyes and you’ve got yourself some cute little mummys.
- It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
If you’re feeling old school, go back and watch this Charlie Brown Halloween special. It is absolutely adorable.
Extra Treat: Anything pumpkin related would do, but it’s a family tradition of ours that we watch this while we are pumpkin carving.
No Halloween list would be complete without Casper! Hang out with everyone’s favourite ghost at Whipstaff Manor, and be prepared for a hilarious, totally family friendly, ride.
Extra Treats: Make yourself some ghosty treats with casper. If you’re feeling a little bit healthier, you could make white-chocolate covered strawberries and paint little eyes and mouth with milk chocolate, m&ms or smarties.
So there’s the list, but to create the perfect experience, why not create your own temporary Halloween Home Theatre? Here are some tips and tricks to make your own.
- Hang up some black, Halloween-themed curtains to black out any light source. If you’re feeling DIY, you could even hang some pumpkin, witch or ghost bunting up on top.
- Invest in a projector and place that in front of a white wall to view all of your favourite movies on the big screen, if you’re short for space, then choose a short-thrown projector or rent one. And, if you don’t want to invest in big bucks, go for a simple soundbar, which will do the trick just fine.
- Invest in some black and orange throws to cuddle up together during those scary movies! And if you want to get some seasonal cushion-covers, I find this is one of my favourite ways to decorate our movie-room come Halloween.