Ideas for a Scary Movie Party


The next time you feel like having a scary movie marathon, invite your closest friends to join in on the fun. It's always better to watch thrillers in a group, so get ready to jump, scream and shake the night away. Don't be surprised if your friends are too scared to drive home and the event turns into a sleepover.


  • Create your own spooky invitations to send out to your guests. Invite them for a horrifying night with invitations that look like they are dripping in blood. Be sure to tell your guests if you want them to dress up as a favorite horror movie character or if you want them to come in their pajamas.


  • About a week prior to your movie night, email your group of friends asking them what they think are the scariest movies of all time. After seeing their responses, compile a top 10 list and ask them to vote for the two or three movies they want to watch. This will get everyone excited about the party. To add an element of surprise, don't reveal the winning picks until everyone arrives.


  • You can't watch a scary movie if the lights are on, so be sure to dim the lights or turn them off completely. Make sure there are plenty of comfy pillows to grab hold of and blankets to curl up under. Flickering candles can add a creepy feel to a dark room. Decorations aren't necessary, as you will be in the dark for most of the night, but check your local craft or party store for some fitting favors, especially if you are hosting your party near Halloween. You will have an abundance of scary decor to choose from, like fake skeletons and plastic bats. To really create a scary setting, drape couches and tables in black fabric, set up a fog machine, make spiderwebs by spreading out cotton and lay out old Halloween masks you may have saved.

Food and Drink

  • No movie screening is complete without snacks and drinks. Be playful with what you serve by turning ordinary food items into creepy concoctions. For instance, tell your guests that the chicken wings are really frog legs that you made yourself or that the gummy worms came from your backyard. You can even serve them in a bowl filled with cookie crumbs to look like dirt. Make "mummies in a blanket" by wrapping mini franks with croissant dough. Roll cookie dough in the shape of a finger, bake and attach slivered almonds as fingernails to make "lady fingers." Serve a blood red punch in a deep, black bowl, or "cauldron." The more fun you have with the dishes, the more your guests will get into the spirit of things.


  • In between movies, take a screening break so guests have time to go to the bathroom or refill their drinks and snacks. To get more into the spirit of your scary party, have guests tell stories of the times they were the most frightened. Alternatively, quiz guests on scary movie trivia. Ask guests to identify movie quotes and to answer questions about some of your favorite characters or plots.

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