How to Throw a Halloween Movie Party

What was your greatest fear as a kid?

Jared and I watched the new IT movie, which I recommend, and it put us in the mood for October and Halloween. Our first date was actually a back to back scary movie viewing so he and I are quite fond of horror, sci-fi, and the things that go bump in the night.

It took a bit of convincing for TY though. She is not a scary movie fan. I don’t blame her! I still get so frightened that I have to cover my eyes and plug my ears during the movies. But that’s all part of the fun right? A good, fun scare to remind you that winter is coming!

TY hosted us for this scary movie party at her apartments private movie theater and we have a few spooky yet practical tips for throwing your own Halloween Movie viewing party!

Five Tips for Throwing a Movie Party

1. Give it a Theme!
Try a really different idea that is Halloween related. We went with Dracula’s Abandoned Parlor. We covered the chairs with white cloths and put faux/real dead leaves on the ground and in our spread to make it look as if it had been vacant for a while! We had old black and white photos and roses (because Dracula is a bit of a romantic) amongst our snacks to juxtapose the dead and the living. The better the back story, the easier it is to come up with a cohesive look. The possibilities are endless.

Don’t believe me? Here are some examples:

  • A Gala for Ghouls: Fancy black table settings, candles, and a feast fit for a dinner party in the cemetery.

  • Jaws in 3D: Have a bloody TIKI theme and view this classic with a nautical vibe.

  • A Fortune Teller’s Seance Room: Jewel-toned fabrics and floating furniture with crystal balls, ouija boards

2. Have plenty of snacks
Dare I say finger food? Okay, that was a bad body horror pun but movie snacks like popcorn and candy make watching a luxurious experience. I suggest kicking it up a notch and pick snacks that go along with your theme as well as the classic movie snacks. Our party was over 21 so we had cheese boards with wine and cider to compliment. We feel like Drac would have a sweet wine library hidden in his castle somewhere.

3. Pick a movie that suits your audience
Self-explanatory but I suggest that you take into account who is watching. If you have people that aren’t really into true scares, maybe watch a horror musical or a funny Halloween movie. Will there be kids? Choose something that is friendly for their little eyes. Will people be eating during the movie? Maybe stay away from something TOO gory.

4. Dress up!
Halloween is synonymous with trick or treating in costumes after all. It might be fun to have you and your guest dressed for the occasion! It will make for awesome pictures and a party vibe! Have guest show up as whoever or as a character to fit your theme.

5. Look around the house for props. 
TY and I had shopped a little for Halloween props. We ended up getting faux leaves and moss as well as dining and serving supplies. My future in laws have quite a bit of really macabre clutter...ahem...I mean heirlooms that came in handy for the decorations. I found a scythe, old black and white photos, hand statues, antlers, taxidermy birds, lamps, skulls, I could go on! It was a lot of fun foraging for these so don't forget to look around your house or the house of the nearest eccentric magpie because you may already have your decorations. 

Blanking on movies? Here is a list of KK’s Favorite Halloween Movies:

NOTE: This list is not comprehensive! Let us know if you want KK to post her top 10 or maybe an entire Horror movies to see before you die list!

Scary (What are you afraid of?)
The Unknown and Out of this world? Alien, District 9, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, War of the Worlds
Victorian Ghosts? Crimson Peak, Woman in Black
Urban legends? Sinister (the first one only)
Demon Possession? Insidious, Exorcist  
Classic: Nightmare on Elm Street, Rosemary’s Baby, The Shining
Diseases & Zombies? 28 Days Later, Outbreak  
Gore-y/Body Horror? Hostel, Walrus, Human Centipede (provide more alcohol and less snacks for this one), Evil Dead (2013)
Weird/Cerebral: Freak Show, Trick or Treat, Event Horizon, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane, Killer Clowns from Outer Space, The Final Girls, The Cell, Beyond the Black Rainbow

Not so scary for my fellow Weenies
Classic (I COULD GO FOREVER IN THIS CATEGORY): Hocus Pocus, The Addams Family, Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Rear Window, Ghostbusters, The Witches, ET
Musical: The Nightmare Before Christmas, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Little Shop of Horrors
Funny: Cabin in the Woods, Shaun of the Dead, Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, Gremlins, Tremors, Zombieland
Family Friendly: Casper the Friendly Ghost, Hotel Transylvania, Monster House, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, Paranorman

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What are some of your favorite scary movies?
 How are you celebrating Halloween?
Let us know in the comments below!