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How to Have a Horror Movie-Themed Party

I enjoy giving creative ideas on how to throw unique parties.

Check out these ideas for a movie night inspired by the horror genre!

Check out these ideas for a movie night inspired by the horror genre!

Horror Movie Parties

Whether it's Halloween or just a regular Saturday night, why not throw a horror movie party as an excuse to get all your friends together? There are so many different things you can do to make your party a success, and it's up to you how gruesome you want things to get. With a horror party theme, you can really let your imagination run wild.

Horror Party Invitations

You'll want to set the tone for your party from the beginning, so why not choose some horror-themed invitations to send out to your friends? It's a good idea to send out invitations at least two weeks ahead of time so that if you have decided to ask them to dress up, they will have time to plan out their costumes.

Ask your guests to RSVP by a specific date, at least three to four days before the party, so you know who will be coming. That way, you can organise your catering to suit the numbers. It will save you time in the kitchen, and you won't have to spend money on food that ends up being wasted.

Choose the Right Movie to Watch

Something that will require careful thought is which movie to watch at your party. Horror is a varied genre, and while some people love nothing more than a blood-drenched gore-fest, others prefer their frights to come in more subtle form. It's a good idea to have a range of movies available so you can cater to the taste of your guests.

You could also match the general theme of your party to the type of horror film you intend to show. If you want to do this, a good idea would be to have a mini-poll on the RSVP for your invitations. You could ask your guests to choose whether they prefer supernatural horror, slasher movies, or classic monster movies. Then, when you receive the RSVPs, you can pick the most popular theme and arrange your décor, etc., to suit.

A Selection of Horror Movies

Great Classic HorrorsModern Classics (1970s - 80s)Recent Horror Movies


"Amityville Horror"



"The Exorcist"


"The Wolf Man"

"Children of the Corn"

"Final Destination"

"The House on Haunted Hill" (1959)

"The Fog"

"The Ring"

"The Mummy"

"Friday the 13th"

"Dawn of the Dead"

"Night of the Living Dead"


"Paranormal Activity"

"Cat People"

"Texas Chainsaw Massacre"

"Let The Right One In"

"Bride of Frankenstein"

"The Omen"


"The Fly"

"The Shining"



"Nightmare on Elm Street"




It's important to provide the right ambiance for your party. Of course, as it's a horror-themed get-together, you'll want to keep the lights down low. To create a spooky atmosphere, provide some lighting with small lanterns. I wouldn't advise you to use candles, especially if you're serving alcohol, as partying and naked flames don't mix.

If you have the money, you can hire props from party shops or horror movie companies to liven up the décor. If you are on a budget, then why not use silly string squirted from a can to create cobwebs or print off some horror-themed images from the Internet and blow these up to A3 size? Put a gravestone poster on your door to set the atmosphere for your guests.

Something else you can do that won't cost a lot of money is switch out the light bulbs in the area where you'll be serving the food for red bulbs. If you have any old, broken dolls, you could use their detached limbs to decorate the table. This will create a sinister atmosphere without a lot of cost.


Before you show the movies, you will want to spend time chatting with friends and give everyone a chance to sample some of the food you've prepared. Play atmospheric music to set the tone. Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield would be a classic choice.


If you want to dress up, ask your friends to come as their favorite movie characters. There are lots of great characters to choose from, including horror villains like Dracula or Frankenstein, Freddy Krueger, or Michael Myers. Alternatively, they could come as the blood-soaked victim or damsel in distress.

Children of the Corn Chips With Insidious Salsa

Children of the Corn Chips With Insidious Salsa

Food and Drink

If you want to go all-out and make really grotesque, scary food, you can create eyeballs by putting black olives into the centre of balls of mozzarella. Tear hot dogs in two so you have jagged edges, and dip the edges into ketchup for severed fingers. If you wanted to have a bowl of guts, you could cook up some long spaghetti and drench it in a blood-red tomato sauce. If you're quite artistic, you could make cookies with horror-themed fondant decorations or cupcakes with severed fingers made of fondant sticking out of the icing.

Personally, I prefer to keep the horror elements out of the catering and go for a more subtle food that is appealing to eat but fits with the overall theme of the party. How about Texas Chainsaw barbecue or Children of the Corn Chips with Insidious Salsa? This is just regular corn chips served with spicy salsa that gives an unexpected kick. You could make pigs in blankets and sandwiches and call it Freddy's Finger Food.

For something sweet, you could have bloody red velvet cupcakes or raise the devil food cakes. Drinks could include Blood Red Sangria or Black Widows. How about Jason's Jell-o shots made with red jelly and vodka? These would be really simple to make, and you could add a little red coloring to make them look extra bloody. Let your imagination run wild and create food your guests will love.

Horror Movie Matchmaking

If some of your guests are single, why not try your hand at a little matchmaking? If you have unattached friends who you think would be perfect for one another, orchestrate the seating so that they are next to one another. You never know; perhaps they'll find comfort in each other's arms during the scary parts of the movie.


Dale Anderson from The High Seas on March 02, 2020:

I'd like to come to one of your cool theme parties!

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on May 19, 2012:

Voted up and interesting. Some great ideas here. Just grab a ghoul and party. lol

Dan Reed on April 29, 2012:

Horror movies rock! This is a great reason for my wife to let me get my fill...make a party out of it! What a great idea.

Mmargie1966 from Gainesville, GA on April 28, 2012:

Great Hub! You could make it a date night too!

Voted up!

alliemacb (author) from Scotland on April 28, 2012:

Thanks, Marcy. I do love horror films but I love food too and want to be able to eat it without feeling queasy.

Marcy Goodfleisch from Planet Earth on April 28, 2012:

I love these ideas! The Children of the Corn Chips gag alone is worth throwing a party! I've been looking for a theme party idea, and this may be it. I agree - I'd prefer to go easy on the horror-based munchies (we staged a few spook houses in the garage for Halloween for our neighborhood, and I think I've had my fill of the peeled-grape eyeballs and mushy spaghetti brains). Terrific and fun tips here!

shea duane from new jersey on April 28, 2012:

What a great idea! My son and his friends would love this!

blaeberry from Scotland on April 28, 2012:

Some nice ideas. Thanks for using my invitatons.