With Halloween making it’s annual appearance on Monday, this weekend will be full of traveling ghosts and ghoulies making their way to parties all over Tampa Bay. If your one of the brave souls hosting a spooktacular hootenanny you may be suffering from a migraine trying to decide what movies to play in the background. Here’s a little help. The key to finding best kind of movie to play is deciding what type of party your going to have. You really want a horror flick that matches the vibe of the atmosphere your trying to create.
For adult only parties where hopefully a cornucopia of libations are being served and the music is a rockin’, a great horror flick playing on a screen in the background is vital. With these types of parties the movie has to be one that you don’t have to pay any attention to. It is really just filler for guests, so as long as every time they gawk at the screen there is always some kind of festive gore or slashing going on the night will be perfect. A few excellent movies for this type of party are of course Friday the 13th (2009), Halloween (1978), Nightmare on Elm St. (2010). If your looking for something inbred or zombie try any of the Wrong Turn series or be different from everyone else and go for a true zombie classic, Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things (1973).
For theme-oriented, participation parties where cult favorites are shown on a large screen and party-goers play along. The most popular of these movies is The Rocky Horror Picture Show but there are other easy to follow equally appealing flicks. If you are looking for something different try Napoleon Dynamite. Believe it or not in the past few year a Fox Searchlight has been attempting to make this flick into a cult participation film. Some of the props needed are Chapstick, a miniature Mexican flag, a vote for Pedro flyer and a few other thing. You can find a complete list here.
The teen parties where hopefully a chaperone will be present should be full of movies that appeal to their age group. A couple of good ones are Scream and Fright Night. Not to terrifying and it will keep them busy.
A children’s party needs to be simple. We don’t want to give the little ones nightmares. We just want them to have a really fun experience and be able to enjoy the holiday. Some great movies to look for are any of the Goosebump series or Monster House. They are favorites for the older kids. For the little ones go for something simple like It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown or if you want something a little longer try Monsters, Inc.
The mixed party is the most common type of Halloween party now-a-days and needs to stay family oriented. For this type of party the only choices can be something along the lines of Hocus Pocus, The Addams Family, or Monster Squad. These old family favorites are charmingly funny and appeal to any age group.
Whatever the type of party you are hosting or attending have a great, safe, fun evening and please: Don’t drink and drive.