11 Pieces of Gear for a Backyard Movie Night

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Bring the movie theater to your backyard with these gadgets. Now all you need to do is choose the movie.

1. Dr. J Movie Projector and Screen; $230

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The first step in creating your own backyard movie theater is the right projector. Dr. J’s 1080p projector, which has a 4.6-star rating on Amazon, has a 50,000-hour lamp life, built-in stereo sound, and is compatible with laptops, tablets, Blu-ray players, smartphones, and more (though you may need an adaptor for some hook-ups). It even comes with a 100-inch screen, so you don’t have to worry about buying one separately.

If you want to splurge, The Wirecutter recommends this projector, which is good for smaller yards, as well as this easy-to-set-up screen.

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2. Thermacell Radius Zone Mosquito Repeller; $50

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Movie night will not be fun if you have mosquitoes buzzing in your ears (or biting your legs!). This rechargeable device lasts 40 hours on one refill; simply turn it on, place it in the middle of your viewing area, and wait 15 minutes to enjoy your skeeter-free zone.

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3. Best Choice Products Set of Two Zero Gravity Chairs; $155

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These weather-resistant chairs have 160-degrees of movement, allowing you to sit up or lounge back—whichever your preferred movie-watching position is. The chairs also have a tray for two cups, books, and your phone.

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4. AlphaBeing Inflatable Air Lounger; $46

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If zero-gravity chairs aren’t your thing, kick back in these durable nylon inflatable loungers, which come in eight colors, have a headrest and mesh side pockets to hold your drinks and phone, and pack down small for easy storage.

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5. Yeti Tundra Cooler; $250

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Avoid having to keep going back inside by storing all your movie-night drinks in this Yeti cooler, which, with its 2-inch-thick insulated walls, will never let your beverages go warm. Even better, thanks to the Yeti’s durable construction, you can haul it along on camping and tailgating trips, too.

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6. West Bend Hot Theater Style Popper Machine; $59

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No movie night would be complete without movie theater popcorn. This popper can whip up six servings of popcorn in just a few minutes and is equipped with a tilt door for easy serving. And consider grabbing these cute containers, which have that movie theater feel (and will also keep kids from chowing down on everyone else’s popcorn!).

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7. Bite-Sized Candy Care Package; $23

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If you’re more interested in indulging your sweet tooth during movie night, this care package—which includes 50 different candies—should satisfy.

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8. Acrylic Glasses; $20

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Shattered glass will put a damper on any movie night, so drink out of these shatterproof acrylic glasses instead.

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9. Last Lake Camping Blanket; $23

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Summer nights can be surprisingly cool; keep cozy under this blanket, which has one waterproof side and one side equipped with plush fleece.

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10. Sunthin Outdoor String Lights; $86

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Illuminate the way from your backyard theater to your door with these waterproof and shatterproof LED lights.

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11. AmazonBasics 100-foot Extension Cord; $29

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It would be terrible to get set up for your outdoor movie night only to realize you have no way to turn anything on, so make sure you’re prepared with an extension cord and a surge protector.

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Get Into the Halloween Spirit With Harry Potter and Star Wars Costumes and Accessories From Hot Topic

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Halloween is fast approaching, and that means it's time to start picking up those decorations, planning your costume, and settling down for a few monster movie marathons. Hot Topic is already way ahead of you, with a selection of costumes and accessories based on fan-favorite movies and TV shows like Harry Potter, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Stranger Things, and Hocus Pocus. We've picked out some of our favorites for you to check out below.

Harry Potter

1. Beauxbatons Hat and Cape Uniform; $60

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If Fleur Delacour is your favorite character from the Triwizard Tournament, then this look is for you. Beauxbatons baby blue hat and cape can now be yours to prance around in and pretend you're from the magical French academy for young witches.

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2. Hogwarts Zip-Up Hoodie Cloak; $55

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One of the most iconic parts of the Hogwarts uniform is the cloak. The sweeping black robes looked so official and mystical in the movies that it almost seems wrong not to wear one if you want to be a Hogwarts student for Halloween. These hoodie cloaks are available in all four house colors.

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3. Hogwarts Cardigan Sweater; $49

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Much like the cloak, the sweater vests and cardigans the students at Hogwarts got to wear are essential to any costume. You can choose from the four house crests and colors, so you can show your allegiance while also making a fashion statement.

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4. Hogwarts Plaid Skirtall; $45

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Though this isn't a look you'd recognize from the Harry Potter movies, these plaid skirtalls—skirt overalls, basically—feature the crest and colors of whichever house you represent.

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Star Wars

1. The Mandalorian Helmet; $17

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With the second season of The Mandalorian coming out right in time for Halloween, going as one of the show's main characters is a no-brainer. And since you probably can't pull off the Baby Yoda look, this simple Mando helmet is your best option.

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2. Yoda Pet Costume; $20

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Baby Yoda is easily the cutest thing to emerge from the new Disney+ series, and there's no shortage of merchandise with that little green face plastered across it. From Amazon Echo Dots to slippers to LEGO sets, the little rascal is everywhere. But if you're more a fan of classic Yoda, you can impose your love of the character on your dog with this costume, complete with floppy green ears and tiny Jedi robe.

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3. The Force Awakens Rey Costume; $48

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Rey represents a new generation of Star Wars hero, and her costume during her time on Jakku from The Force Awakens is still her most iconic look. It's also a costume that's simple enough to throw on for Halloween and still feel comfortable in.

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4. R2-D2 with Pumpkin Decoration; $50

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When trick-or-treaters stop to collect candy from your house, greet them with this inflatable R2-D2 decoration that's primed for Halloween. Standing around 3 feet tall, this will show off your love for a galaxy far, far away and your holiday spirit.

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The Nightmare Before Christmas

1. Sally Scrunchies Set; $10

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If you're looking to embrace your The Nightmare Before Christmas love in a more subtle way, opt for these Sally-approved scrunchies that embody the colors of the movie without going too far overboard.

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2. Jack Skellington Button-Up Shirt; $35

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If Jack Skellington is your ultimate fashion hero, then this button-up pinstriped shirt is the ticket for you. It mimics Jack's look right down to the unique bat-shaped collar.

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3. Jack and Sally 'Love is Eternal' Eyeshadow Palette; $17

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Makeup inspired by your favorite characters is the key to completing a Halloween look, and this palette will help you make a colorful, smokey eye featuring shades seen in The Nightmare Before Christmas. You can even use these colors long after Halloween is over once you've mastered your favorite style.

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4. Zero Dog Costume; $29

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The real star of The Nightmare Before Christmas has to be the dog, Zero, and now you can drape your own pooch in the ghostly visage for under $30.

Buy it: Hop Topic

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Win a Luxury Montana Getaway While Supporting a Charity Dedicated to Black Voter Rights

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Reconnecting with the great outdoors is one of life’s simple pleasures, and in the United States, there's no shortage of beautiful destinations to discover. Near the top of that list has to be Montana, which is home to sprawling plains, portions of the Rocky Mountains, and plenty of outdoor activities to indulge in. Omaze wants to give you the chance to win a luxury six-day glamping getaway to the Treasure State, all expenses paid.

The trip will take place at The Resort at Paws Up in Greenough, Montana, where you’ll get the chance to experience a 37,000-acre cattle ranch, have a private camping butler, and enjoy high-end amenities. You’ll also get an additional $2000 to design how you spend your trip, from spa days to fly-fishing trips to river rafting. It's your trip to customize.

While anyone can enter the sweepstakes once for free, there are ways to improve your odds if you donate under different tiers: a $10 donation gets you 100 entries, $25 gets you 250, $50 for 1000, and $100 for 2000. Donations will go towards Black Voters Matter, an organization working to protect voter rights, strengthen power within marginalized communities, and support organizations working on important issues like mass incarceration, education, and gentrification.

The sweepstakes is open until November 24, and the winner will be announced on December 9. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, safety is paramount, so you’ll have until December 31, 2022, to schedule the trip. Explore the natural beauty of Montana and help people along the way by entering the contest here.

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