Ultimate List of Halloween Movies for Your Halloween Party

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Halloween doesn’t just have to be about getting really, really scared. Not everyone likes being scared and not everyone buys into the traditional scares that are doled out by even the most popular scary movies. This can leave with you a little bit of a dilemma.

Consider this situation: you’ve planned a Halloween movie marathon party for yourself and your friends. It’s going to be fun, you think, until you realize that you’ve invited about ten people, and there is no way you can get all ten people to agree on a certain movie to watch. You have to decide which movies you want to watch, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing, until you realize that while your best friend loves blood and guts, your girlfriend scares easy and will have nightmares after even watching the trailer for a scary movie.

So, what do you do? You don’t cancel the party. You already have all of the Halloween decorations up and the chairs arranged around your television. Instead, you decide to find a list of movies that will be booth spooky and funny, both entertaining and in the vein of Halloween. To make sure your Halloween party goes off without a hitch, here are ten of the most fun horror movies.

1. Rocky Horror Picture Show – It’s a classic, and there’s bound to be at least a few people at your party who have never seen it before. What does that mean? It’s the perfect movie to start out your marathon. It’s a little campy (Tim Curry in drag, anyone?), but it’s also got a great story with some hilarious and charming songs. It’s not your average musical, and that alone makes it great for Halloween.

2. Fright Night (the old one) – A remake of this movie was recently released and while it’s good, repeats are just never as good as the original. It’s got vampires and it’s got vampire slayers—perfect for the crowd that’s more than a little over Twilight. While it has its campy moments, it’s also actually scary at times.

3. Shaun of the Dead – It’s got zombies, but it’s also funny. Made on the heels of Dawn of the Dead, this movie makes fun of both British culture and the zombie genre, in a way that is both endearing and just scary enough to make it perfect for Halloween.

4. Little Shop of Horrors – Sure, it’s another musical. But it’s not one that your friends are going to complain about, but it’s got plenty of horror elements, too. The 1986 version stars a young Rick Moranis and Steve Martin—and a flesh-eating plant.

5. Gremlins – Another classic, and probably one of the first truly successful comedy-horror mashups. It has some serious moments, but it is also funny and frightening, though not the kind of scary that’s destined to leave the more delicate at your party with nightmares for weeks afterwards. On top of all that, it’s just a well-made movie, so you’re not going to offend any film-critics in your ranks.

6. Beetlejuice – Don’t say his name three times. Or do. This is by far one of Tim Burton’s best films and there’s no denying the charisma of the actors and their characters. The cast has some of the 1980s most famous actors, including Michael Keaton and Gina Davis. It’s funny but not without its disturbing parts, as we would expect from any Tim Burton film.

7. The Birds – This film could go one of two ways. It’s a Hitchcock classic, but it lacks the slasher element of some of his more famous movies, like Psycho. It’s definitely a psychological thriller and some people complain that it takes a while to get started, but don’t worry, there’s enough blood and horror to go around, once Tippi Hedren shows up on the island with those two lovebirds. It will leave your guests speculating about the cause of the birds’ insanity. Pay attention to background conversation and small details—they reveal at least some possible explanations.

8. Zombieland – Funny, smart, and a definite must-watch for anyone who is fan either of comedy or of zombie flicks. It really doesn’t get much better than this movie. The characters are believable and grounded, despite the kind of wacky situations they are put through throughout the course of the movie. It should be a perennial classic—not that it’s actually particularly scary. It has its surprising moments and it’s a little bloody, but it’s not exactly nightmare fodder.

9. Ghostbusters – Another movie that most people have seen but warrants another watch in the spirit of Halloween. Again, it has its scary moment, but more than anything, it is a comedy. This movie has so thoroughly permeated American culture that if you have a friend who hasn’t seen it, it is your civic duty to, under the guise of a Halloween party, make them watch it.

10. The Ring – This movie definitely has its frightening moments, but the more times you’ve watched it (and because of its PG-13 rating, it’s probably a favorite among those who shy away from the more frightening R-rated movies), it just gets a little bit more ridiculous each time. It has its truly terrifying segments (the horses, for example), but it also has some bad acting and a frenzied plot that make it less believable than, say, a Guillermo del Toro movie (which you would only put in if you really wanted to traumatize your guests).

Pop a bunch of popcorn—make it into popcorn balls, if you’re feeling nostalgic for a classic Halloween treat—and settle in for a night of scares and laughs.

Halloween Party Ideas for Kids

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A Halloween party, either before or after trick-or-treating, is a great way to keep kids in the spirit of Halloween. Even if they are too young to appreciate the spooky and scary parts of Halloween, they can still have fun on the spookiest night of the year. Putting together a great party doesn’t have to be difficult or stressful. In fact, coming up with decorations and games can be majorly fun and remind you why Halloween was so great when you were a kid. It’s time to put the fun back in one of the biggest kid holidays of the year!

Costumes

If your party is going to be before or after trick-or-treating, costumes are probably already sorted. Kids can feel Halloween approaching and have probably been alerting you for weeks about what they want their costume to be. If they haven’t picked something yet (or haven’t picked something reasonable yet), there are a few simple costumes you can whip up in less than an hour that will still leave your child looking great.

A black cat is as simple as dressing your child all in black and making some ears and a tail out of felt. If you are really feeling industrious, you can glue the ears on to a black headband and sew the tail and stuff it with fluff to give it some body and movement. Either pin it to her pants or to a belt and she will be ready to go.

Turning your little man or woman into a super hero is super easy. All you need is a length of red or yellow fabric to make a cape, and maybe some felt to make a letter for his chest. If he has some red, yellow, or blue clothing, use this as a base, and then pin on the cape and letter. For an added touch, make him a mask to hide his secret identity, either out of some felt or some leftover fabric from the cape.

A robot is as easy to make as a box and some tin foil. Painting on some buttons and accents will make him look like a real metal man.

If your party is a few days before Halloween, you might consider having pre-made costumes prepared for your guests that show up without anything. These could be as easy as capes to turn them into super heroes or tiaras to turn them into princesses.

Games

Games are definitely one of the best parts of any party, especially for little kids. There are plenty of games that are fun, easy to set-up and easy to clean up, once the party is over. For example, take a classic dart game and give it a spooky twist. Use orange balloons and arrange them like a pumpkin, or use white balloons and make a ghostly figure. Then, let kids taking turns popping the balloons. Whoever pops the most gets a candy prize!

Another twist on a classic game is bobbing for donuts. Instead of putting a bunch of apples in water and letting kids try to fish them out using only their mouths (though that would still be fun), tie donuts to a string and suspend them from a tree or from the ceiling. Then, let the kids race to see who can eat their donut and free it from the string the fastest.

Take pin the tail on the donkey and give it a Halloween theme. Cut out a big pumpkin from a piece of orange paper and pin it to the wall, then cut out pumpkin faces from black paper. Then, after blindfolding the guests, let them try to pin a face on their pumpkin, doing the mouth, nose, and eyes separately. This is a great way to get all of the guests involved and everyone will laugh looking at the silly faces that are created.

For little kids, Halloween is all about candy. And what’s a better way to get candy than from a piñata? Buying or making a bat or ghost piñata will give this classic party game some Halloween punch.

Especially if your party is before Halloween, you can get a bunch of pumpkins and let the kids decorate them with glitter, stickers, and markers. If they want to carve them, let them draw on their designs, but be sure that only adults are wielding the knives.

Food

Food for a kid’s Halloween party should be spooky without being too gross. If you tell the kids the spaghetti is brains, they are probably not going to eat it. However, spiders made out of Oreos and pretzel sticks, tombstone cookies, and carrots in the shape of fingers are probably all safe. They will look great on the plates and add some creepy flair while still being kid-friendly.

You can add some dry ice to your punch to make it fog and bubble like witch’s brew, but just be careful that none of the children get any of the ice into their glasses. Other creepy classics include eyeballs made of carrots, cream cheese, and olives, and cakes decorated to look like graveyards.

Decorations

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Decorating can be one of the best parts of any Halloween party. Making spooky pumpkins, ghosts, and skeletons out of paper is a great way to cut down on costs without cutting down on décor. If you want some authentic looking decorations, look at our party supply store. Not only do we have high quality plastic goods, we have themed cups and plates, plastic flatware, and just about anything else you could need to outfit your party.

 

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How to Make Halloween Great for Children

Halloween can be one of the best nights of the year for kids, but one of the most stressful for parents. In today’s day and age, it is often not an option to let children go trick-or-treating by themselves, and before October 31st, there are plenty of preparations that must be made, both to the yard and house, as well as the costume for your kid or kids.

While it might seem like something of a production to make all of these preparations for one night, Halloween can still be majorly fun for kids of all ages, with just a few preparations on the part of the parents. When it comes to costumes, decorations, and trick-or-treating, we have a few tips to make Halloween smooth and fun for all parties involved, even if you’re not a fan of the scary or spooky.

Costumes

When it comes to costumes, the best place to start is a costume store. Even an online costume store can have a great selection and make it easy for you to buy or rent the costumes you want for yourself and your child. However, in some instances, it might be easier or cheaper to make the costume, instead of buying or renting it.

If your child wants to be something very specific, you may not be able to find a cheap pre-made version of that costume in stores. This is where hitting the craft store and picking up a pattern and a few fabrics is a great plan. If you’re handy with a thread and needle, you can fashion exactly the costume he wants, in his size, and maybe be able to get two or three years of wear out of it before he moves on to another costume.

If hand making a costume from scratch is not an option, there are several costumes that you could make just out of things you have lying around your house. A great costume doesn’t have to be complicated. For example, a yellow sweatshirt and tights can be dressed up with strips of electrical tape, in order to make a bumblebee. A black cat can be as easy as cutting some ears and a tail out of felt or sturdy black paper and dressing the child up in all black.

If you are going trick-or-treating with your child, a costume is not a necessity, but it can make the night more fun. Check out our list of last minute costume ideas for a better idea of how to whip up a quick costume, without breaking the bank or spending the entire afternoon making something.

Yard Decorations

While yard decorations might not be an essential part of every neighborhood’s Halloween festivities, it is a great way to have a little more fun with this holiday and make sure kids know that your house is giving out candy this year.

Yard decorations can be as simple as a few gravestones, bought from your local party supply store or as complex as a tableau of classic movie monsters. Whatever decorations you decide to implement, make sure they are well-lit, so that all of your hard work can be seen from the sidewalk and driveway.

If you want to create a few easy decorations, we do have some ideas to get you started. If you save Styrofoam from deliveries, you can use a knife and some dark gray spray paint to create custom tombstones. Just cut out their shapes, and given them a coat of the paint. Keep in mind that if you want a marbled look, you shouldn’t completely cover the entire piece with paint.

Other easy decorations come in the form of pre-made ghouls and monsters. All you have to do is buy them from the party store and stick them in your yard. For an extra scare, stick them in your side yard or in a tree, with just a little bit of light on them, so that when they’re spotted, they’ll be extra frightening.

Trick-or-Treating

Now that your costumes are made and your yard is decorated, it’s time to hit the streets and start trick-or-treating. This part of the night can be some parents’ worst nightmare, but with just a little pre-planning, it can actually be an enjoyable time.

Instead of taking your kid out alone, try coordinating with the parents of your child’s friends. Trick-or-treating is more fun in a group of friends, and if you all live in the neighborhood, it will be easy to switch off watch duty. In some cases, there might even be a parent who volunteers to stick with the group for the entire night, so the rest of the group’s parents are off duty all together and can just stick to giving out candy.

Candy to Give Out

Choosing what kinds of candy to give out doesn’t have to be difficult. Most companies make mixes of fun-size candy bars, so all you have to do is open the package and let the kids choose their favorite out of the bowl. If you want to give out something more unique, try mini packages of pretzels or even a little toys, instead of candy.

If your neighborhood doesn’t see a lot of trick-or-treaters, you might consider buying full-size candy bars, to reward those intrepid kids that do make their way out to your street on Halloween.

What if my neighborhood isn’t great for trick-or-treating?

If your neighborhood isn’t great for trick-or treating—and some neighborhoods just aren’t—but you still want to give your kids the trick-or-treating experience, don’t be afraid to take them to another neighborhood or to connect with a parent of one of their friends who does live in a kid-friendly part of town. Just because your neighbors are all in bed before eight doesn’t mean the kids shouldn’t have a great time on Halloween.