How to Make Your At-Home Movie Night More Fun

Popcorn is the perfect place to start.

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I'm constantly brainstorming how to keep our family of five entertained without spending a ton of money. Backyard campfires, family walks, tie-dye sessions and bike rides are all on the list, but one year-round activity that we love — that does not require favorable weather — is Friday movie night. It's an inexpensive — and not to mention delicious way to close out a long week. Because watching a movie goes hand in hand with eating popcorn, right?

The next time you get ready to cozy up on the couch, though, don't just zap one of those microwavable bags. Making your own popcorn is easier than you think, and it's a surefire way to make your at-home movie night a whole lot more fun.

Bacon-Jalapeno Popcorn (pictured above)

Guy Fieri knows how to spice up a Friday night in: Add smoky bacon and charred jalapeno peppers! It's an unconventional but utterly delicious take on popcorn that the grown-ups will love, even if the littlest palates need to stick with a flavor option that's a little less bold.

Host Giada de Laurentiis' dish, S'mores Popcorn, as seen on Food Network’s Giada’s Holiday Handbook, Season 1.

Host Giada de Laurentiis' dish, S'mores Popcorn, as seen on Food Network’s Giada’s Holiday Handbook, Season 1.

Photo by: Eddy Chen ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Eddy Chen, 2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

When a sweet-salty craving hits, whip up Giada De Laurentiis' campfire-inspired treat. Melted chocolate, graham cracker crumbs and marshmallows bring the outdoors in, and no one will soon forget the night they were allowed to eat s'mores in the living room.

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yia thao

Valerie Bertinelli combines paprika and cumin with just a few tablespoons of confectioners' sugar to create a sweet-spicy mixture that will melt over the popcorn and coat every bite.

Bring the beloved flavors of cinnamon-sugar toast to movie night and add an elevated level of flavor with vanilla seeds. Melissa d'Arabian's recipe is ready to share in minutes.

Calling all onion dip lovers! Trisha Yearwood has a mouthwatering way to completely transform a bag of microwave popcorn. Combine dried herbs, sugar, onion powder and salt, then toss together with the buttery popped popcorn. Think chips and dip, only better.

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