Throw a Horror Movie Night to Remember
Horror movies are best in a candlelit room with spooky decor. The perfect gathering will be a blend of fun and scary, delicious and disgusting. It doesn’t have to be Halloween for you to turn your home into a haunted house on a Tuesday. Get those decorations out and be sure to make movie-themed snacks, like werewolf truffles or axe-murderer cupcakes. Being scared makes people hungry.
Set the mood
The first step towards your fantastically scary night is a spooky atmosphere. When you invite your guests, let them know that classic horror movie costumes (ie Jason, Freddy Krueger, or the Jigsaw Killer) are a must. No matter what movie you choose, watching a horror movie in a room filled with terrifying villains will really get your adrenaline going after a couple drinks. Once the invitations are taken care of, turn up the haunted house energy in your home. That means lots of candles, eerie music, and some cobwebs in the corner.
Choose a movie based on current events
If you really want to scare your friends (and yourself) get a movie that could be happening next door. For Halloween season, watch “Halloween,” if it’s close to Christmas, choose “Krampus,” if swine flu has returned to a neighborhood near you, it’s gotta be REC. If you want to combine Horror Movie Night with your friend’s moving away to the Australian outback party, you have to get “Wolf Creek.” If they’re moving to Texas, watch “Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”
Recreate the scariest scenes
In order to make the experience as immersive as possible for your guests, pick a scene from the movie you’ve selected and do your best to recreate it in your home. If you’re going to watch “The Shining,” cut out the number “237” and tape it to your front door. Set up a typewriter on the snack table with paper that says “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”
Food is a vital piece of this puzzle. Have movie themed snacks to take your commitment to scaring your friends to the next level. If you’ve got the energy to go beyond monster shaped baked goods, go for it. For “Scream,” set up a jiffy pop station; for “Cabin Fever,” serve up some lemonade.
Make sure that everyone has a good time
In case some of your guests get a little too scared, have one room in your house that is well lit and free of decorations. Keep a good stock of snacks, blankets and pillows near the couch and have a blast. You’ll be looking forward to Horror Movie Night every month.