How to Have a Great Outdoor Movie Night


outdoor movie night for kidsI love an outdoor movie night! There’s something magical about gathering with friends and hanging outside to watch a movie on the semi-big screen. My daughter is also obsessed with outdoor movies.

We watched and loved Disney’s Zombies and Zombies 2 and have been impatiently waiting for Zombies 3. It came out July 15, and we used it as an excuse to host a backyard movie night. We invited friends to swim for about an hour, then we’d screen the movie.

You don’t need much! Just three simple things for a successful movie night:

A Good Movie

Everyone Maggie Lynn knows was excited about the movie finally premiering. It streams on Disney Plus, making it easily accessible for movie night.

A Good Audience

The girls we invited were all so excited to see the movie! We had 10 girls come out to watch. They were a sweet group, and we had the best time.


Of course, you need popcorn. Lots and lots of popcorn. We also made blue slushies. (The aliens wore blue! You know I love a good theme). I went to the dollar store and got these popcorn tubs and the baskets. It made everything portable and easy to handle. We also grabbed all the cute movie theater candies from the dollar store. I purchased a sampling, and it was perfect!

Movie Snack Bucket
I love a good bucket!
Movie Theater candy basket
We had to have all the standard movie candy!
Snack and popcorn holders for movie night
We used these baskets to hold the popcorn buckets and slushie cups.

That’s all you need! Now, we used our projector and screen, but you can always gather in the living room or the media room and watch it.

After the movie was over, Maggie Lynn said we should do this all the time. I’d say it was a success!

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Jen was born and raised in the DFW metroplex. She now lives in Rockwall on a family "compound" with her husband and nine-year-old daughter (nine going on 18!). Her parents and brother's family live on the same patch of land. They have had cows and chickens (and dogs, cats, hamsters, and fish). Jen graduated from Texas A&M Commerce with her master's in counseling and almost finished her doctorate in educational leadership. She has worked at a school counselor for all levels and in the special education world. She now works from home with an online school in the state testing department—it's the best of both worlds! When she's not driving her daughter to all-star cheer, sideline cheer, or Girl Scouts, she's saying YES! to something. There's not much spare time left, but she likes to spend it cooking, buying crafting supplies, planning things months in advance, reading, coaching her daughter's sideline team, serving on the PTA, listening to Christmas music year-round, and Starbucks.


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