5 Tips to create a successful family movie night!

by Melissa

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Universal Pictures, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #BoxtrollsFamilyNite http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

One of our favorite weekend events is our family movie nights. Our most recent one we went a little crazier than normal and made a pillow fort and watched The Boxtrolls. It was a lot of fun and our daughter had a blast chilling in her hideaway. We also added in a few extra touches by making coloring sheets with The Boxtrolls photos.

Check out these 5 easy ways to make your family movie night a hit.

I love family movie night because we always try to pick out a movie that can teach lessons. The Boxtrolls did just that and showed how easy it is to lose sight of what really matters in life, which is your family. Also, the evil minions struggle through the film about whether they are on the right side of the fight or not and that plays into learning about how it can sometimes be complicated to recognize right and wrong. Which is a great lesson for kids because they are learning about that each and every day.


Having a great movie like The Boxtrolls to help teach lessons to our kids during family movie night is awesome. We also like to throw other fun stuff in the mix like coloring and eating yummy treats like Pop Secret popcorn. Which is a movie night must have!

How can you make your family movie night a success?

1. Plan it out! Plan it out just like any other special event. That way you will have no interruptions. Like pesky phone calls during the best scene of the movie!

2. Choose the movie! We like to take turns choosing the movie and the rule is no fussing when it isn’t your turn. Obviously if you have kids who will be joining in on family movie night you will want to make it appropriate for the age of the viewers.

3. Choose a theme! This part isn’t necessary but when you have kids you can make family movie night extra special like choosing to do things like adding coloring pages to the mix. Other great ideas would be treats or games that go along with the movie.

4. Plan the location! We often have family movie night right in our living room but there are ways to make it extra special, like creating pillow forts. You could also rent a projector and have it outside under the stars. That would be tons of fun.

5. Discussion Time! As I already said above we like to watch movies that teach lessons. Discuss what your children learned from the movie or what they liked about the movie. It doesn’t have to be a deep conversation, just casual and family oriented.


We created The Boxtrolls coloring pages by following these steps where you can turn any photo into a coloring page. How awesome is that?



(make sure your printer settings are fit to screen)

If you haven’t seen The Boxtrolls yet or want to see it again it is available at your local Wal-Mart. You can also pick up Pop Secret Popcorn 10 box count while you are there, our favorite being the movie theater butter (pictured below, while supplies last).


This movie is a really cute and a well put together stop motion animation film. If you are into stop motion or just really like great films be sure to check this one out. It is daring and delightful!



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Robin (Masshole Mommy) February 2, 2015 - 9:12 AM

We have lots of movie nights in our house. It’s definitely no fun without popcorn!

Christie February 2, 2015 - 9:20 AM

We need to do more discussion time after a movie. I love hearing my kids thoughts and take away moments on the films

Amy Desrosiers February 2, 2015 - 2:18 PM

My kids are excited to see this movie! Maybe I will be a nice mom and print these pages for them!

Jess Weaver February 2, 2015 - 5:29 PM

My boys loved the Boxtrolls! We often enjoy movie nights camped out on the living room floor with lots of blankets, pillows, and popcorn.

Terry February 2, 2015 - 6:52 PM

You can’t have Family Movie Night without a huge bowl of popcorn. Oh… and of course the movie.

Nina Say February 2, 2015 - 7:25 PM

My favorite tip is saying NO OTHER ELECTRONICS! It’s way too easy to not pay attention to the movie.

Kiwi February 2, 2015 - 7:31 PM

I love movie nights! I dont have kids yet but this a cute list!

Pam February 2, 2015 - 7:59 PM

Themed movie nights are so much fun. One time we even made Scooby Snacks to eat with a movie.

Liz Mays February 2, 2015 - 8:25 PM

Movie nights are some of my favorite nights. The hardest part is agreeing on the movie we watch!

Shell February 2, 2015 - 8:56 PM

My boys saw the Boxtrolls and they loved it! I didn’t see it yet, so I’ll have to watch it with them soon.

Jeanine February 2, 2015 - 9:32 PM

Great tips! We love movie night in our house. I think next one a Fort is in order! Popcorn is always a must have!

Catherine S February 2, 2015 - 9:41 PM

These are great tips. We usually have family movie night on Saturday night after work. We always make popcorn.

Ann Bacciaglia February 2, 2015 - 10:51 PM

We love to have movie nights. We have a board in the kitchen where we can put movie suggestions for the next time.

Theresa February 3, 2015 - 12:47 AM

Family movie night is one of my favorite family activities. I can’t wait to see Boxtrolls. With some popcorn, of course!

Beth@FrugalFroggie February 3, 2015 - 12:04 PM

We haven’t had a family movie night in a while. We are definitely do for some popcorn and movies.

Tiffany (Fabulous Mom Blog) February 3, 2015 - 1:43 PM

Great ides! My kids love building forts in the living room and having popcorn made just for them, plus a good movie!

Chrystal @ Nevermore Lane February 3, 2015 - 2:07 PM

Boxtrolls is such a great movie. We really enjoyed it. As for our family movie nights our theme is generally Tinkerbell or what we call ‘rock star’ which is zebra print and hot pink. We do this because we have party supplies (cups, tablecloth, napkins, plates, silverware) that all match. So we use that to eat our snack and decorate the living room. Then, we pick a movie as a family.

Felicia February 3, 2015 - 10:39 PM

These are all great ideas. We have a family movie night every Friday.

Debbie Denny February 4, 2015 - 12:07 PM

I like the theme idea. Popcorn is a must.

Elizabeth @ Food Ramblings February 4, 2015 - 10:31 PM

I love family movie nights- we do them a lot at home!