Hot chocolate and popcorn for a cosy night in

6 Cosy October Evening Ideas

I don’t know about you, but I love a cosy evening at home, especially at this time of the year. Now that October is here, the autumn weather is slowly creeping in and there’s a chill in the air. The woolly jumpers are out, the heating has finally been switched on, and big snuggly blankets are your new best friend. Evenings are spent wrapped up in a cocoon of cosiness while the rain lashes against the window outside, and the wind howls through the trees, making leaving the comfort of your home a very unappealing prospect.

Autumn is the season for embracing your creature comforts and making the most of staying in. So grab your hot chocolate, round up the little ones and enjoy some family time together.

Here are my favourite ways to have a cosy autumn evening in:

Candles, hot drink and a film

October is officially spooky season. Halloween is just around the corner and scary films are cropping up everywhere. Obviously you don’t want to go too scary when you’re looking for a film to watch with your children, but there are lots of family favourites you can enjoy together. Beetlejuice, Casper and The Addams Family are some nice child friendly films you can try. Light some candles, snuggle up, and enjoy some spooky laughs together.

3 funny ghosts
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Family game night charades

Anyone remember charades? The once popular party game that used to be played together before we had mobile phones and computers at our disposal. How about reintroducing it to your little ones. It’s the perfect game to play for a family evening in and its sure to generate some laughs together.

Growing up, we always played charades at Christmas when we got one of those Joke – Fact – Charade pieces of paper in our crackers. I’ve never been very good at it, and my Mum always talks as she’s doing the actions, but we have a lot of fun playing it. It’s the perfect game for showing off your acting skills or creative side, and the children will love getting involved in it.

Tea party/picnic

It might be wellies and coat weather outside, but you can still pretend it’s summer inside. Instead of giving your little ones dinner at the table, try setting up a picnic instead. Throw down a blanket in the living room and tuck into some picnic food. Scotch eggs, warm sausage rolls, and yummy pies could all work really well. You can even make it Halloween themed with spooky cupcakes and pumpkin cookies to enjoy for dessert.

Living room campsite

If you love camping, you’ll already know that autumn isn’t really the best time to be spending the night out in a tent exposed to the elements. If you’re missing your family camping trip and can’t wait until next summer, then why not bring it inside? Set up a tent in the living room, take all your pillows and duvets downstairs and tell ghost stories with the lights off. When it’s time for bed, you can all curl up together and pretend you’re back on holiday.

Wine and board game

When it’s blowing a gale outside, and the rain soaks through your clothes as soon as you step out of the door then you know it’s time to get the board games out. Treat yourself to a glass of wine while the children try to decipher the rules, and prepare yourself for some good old fashioned fun. There are some great board games you can play that have a Halloween feel to them. Creature Castle and Labyrinth are a couple of our favourites. You can also try Halloscreem, Booo-Opoly and Spider Splat.

Create some new flavours

Everyone loves hot chocolate; It’s the staple autumn drink. Instead of having it on its own, try adding some special touches to create a new flavour. Marshmallows, chocolate sprinkles, and different syrups can all work really well. It’s something children are sure to love experimenting with, and you can all enjoy a decadent delight while you try to decide which film to watch.

A hot chocolate and marshmallows
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I hope you have fun trying out these suggestions. Enjoy your cosy nights in!.

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8 Replies to “6 Cosy October Evening Ideas”

  1. That’s some wonderful ideas. Especially the tent one. I used to sleep inside in a tent when I was a kid. My dad would put it up for me in the living room and I would spend the whole day playing in it. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Dad’s are great for stuff like that aren’t they 🙂 The tent one is one that I’m planning on doing a lot this winter with my little boy 🙂

  2. These are some lovely ideas. I especially like the living room campsite! That’s a great way when it may be too wet or cold to camp in the garden, or go on a camping trip.

  3. I love this – a good (or usually terrible) horror film and some popcorn and a hot chocolate (or something alcoholic and ginger based!) sounds like a great evening in! I don’t live with my family so a game night could be a bit difficult for me, but I do love a solo session of self care that includes fluffy socks, more food and a pampering!

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