Five Fall Films for Your Next Themed Movie Night!

Want to host a themed movie night but don’t know where to start? These films are perfect for cozying up on a cool autumn night while dressed like your favorite characters!

Fall brings scents of pumpkin, apple, cinnamon, and caramel. It also brings spooky, chilly, and rainy vibes. An indoor movie night is the perfect way to embrace the Fall season as the air gets cooler and the leaves start to fall. A themed movie night with your besties is a fun way to elevate a night in. Everyone can dress up as their favorite character and bring themed drinks, meals, and snacks. Here are some suggestions!

Practical Magic

The 1998 film starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman as witchy sisters who struggle to overcome a colonial curse put on their family is a great way to embrace your inner witch. The first order of business is to light candles, have a fire going, and dim the lights to create the cozy feel of the film. The dress code should be flowy, witch-like dresses and comfy pajamas.

What would a Practical Magic party be without “midnight margaritas?” They are easy to recreate with tequila, line juice, and salt. As for food, you can put together a fall-themed charcuterie board. Add rosemary and fig crisps, pumpkin cranberry crackers, brie cheese, jam, walnuts, pumpkin pretzels, and extra treats!

Knives Out

Want to throw a murder mystery party? This film has a fall vibe with a mansion on a misty, rainy hill surrounded by harvest foliage. You can nominate someone as the murderer by having everyone pick names from a hat and figure out who it is.

A Knives Out movie night would be incomplete without “a doughnut hole, in a doughnut’s hole.” Add pumpkin, glazed maple, apple cider doughnuts, and doughnut holes to the fall theme. You can also buy Biscoff cookies to channel your inner Ransom. If you want more of a hearty meal, you can make baked beans and sausage to feel like you are at the restaurant with Ransom and Marta. 


Are you team Jacob or Edward? Your guests can dress up as their respective team by sporting a werewolf or vampire outfit. If you get enough food, it can last you through a Twilight Saga marathon.

As an appetizer, you can serve blue tortilla chips and deep, red blood salsa. You can keep it simple for dinner and have a vegetarian meal like the Cullens with a cheese pizza. Desert can consist of blood-red velvet cupcakes with black and white frosting. 


Coraline will do the trick if you want a spooky movie for the Fall season. Dressing up as Coraline is an easy DIY costume. All you need is a yellow rain jacket and blue pants. You can also bring this film to life by recreating some of the foods served in the movie.

For dinner, you can serve chicken breast with mashed potatoes. Dessert can include hot chocolate and Coraline’s “welcome home” cake. You can make the cake by getting a dark chocolate cake mix with pink frosting and red icing to decorate. 

It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

Add this quick 25-minute film at the end of your movie night or even at the beginning to set the Fall mood. There are plenty of Peanuts and Halloween decor to make the party festive and plenty of characters for your friends to dress up as.

The night wouldn’t be complete without pumpkin snacks. You can raid your local Trader Joe’s and get Pumpkin Joe-Joe’s, honey-roasted pumpkin ravioli, any salsa, and fall-leaf corn tortilla chips. 

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Jessica McCrorie

Jessica McCrorie is a junior at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, studying screenwriting and broadcast journalism. When she’s not writing for AfterBuzz TV or Heal Squad x Maria Menounos, she enjoys exploring her other creative outlets and interests, including filmmaking, reading romance novels, playing guitar, and listening to Taylor Swift.