How To Host A Great Horror Movie Night

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December 18, 2023

Written by Ella Rebecca Horton

Ella Rebecca has been in love with the horror genre since an early age. The Bride of Frankenstein began her love of the classics and she's been writing and collecting since.

Want to turn your place into the ultimate scare zone? Let’s make your horror movie night so epic that your friends will talk about it for ages!

The Ultimate Guide to a Spine-Tingling Horror Movie Night

1. Craft the Creepiest Vibe

To set the perfect eerie atmosphere, dim those lights or use candles for a flickering shadow play. It’s all to create those heart-pounding silhouettes. And don’t forget the power of sound — a playlist of haunting melodies or spine-chilling sound effects can really amp up the suspense.

2. Pick the Perfect Scary Movies

Mix it up with classic horror staples, some lesser-known chillers, and maybe a wild card for the horror veterans. Gauge your audience — if they’re new to the genre, ease them in with something less intense. For the seasoned horror hounds, throw in a curveball they might not have seen.

3. Snacks That’ll Make ‘Em Scream (With Delight)

Spice up your snack table with some eerie yet tasty treats. Why not try “mummy” wrapped hot dogs or a “brainy” guacamole dip for a spooky touch? And here’s a twist: add some Live Rosin Gummies to the mix. These are perfect if you are looking for something really special.

4. Make It Interactive

Start the night with some horror trivia to get everyone’s adrenaline pumping. Encourage guests to dress up as their favorite horror movie characters — it’s a fantastic way to break the ice and perfect for those Instagram moments.

5. Set Up a Cozy Scare Space

Ensure there’s plenty of comfortable seating. You don’t want anyone missing out on the scares because they’re too busy about their spot. And keep a stash of blankets handy — they’re perfect for those who need to shield their eyes during the jump scares!

6. Chill Out After the Chills

After an intense scare-fest, lighten the mood with a more humorous or light-hearted film. It will bring everyone back to reality. Plus, a post-movie discussion can be fun to share reactions and theories.

7. Keep Everyone Safe

Safety is key. Ensure everyone has a plan for getting home, especially if they’re too spooked to drive themselves.

8. It’s All in the Details

Encourage a phone-free zone to keep everyone immersed in the experience. Also, it would be best if you had easy control over the lighting to transition from an eerie ambiance to a more relaxed setting when needed.

9. Learn for Next Time

Gather feedback with a quick survey the next day. It’s a great way to discover what worked and what could be improved for your next horror movie night.

7 Must-Watch Movies for Your Horror Night Extravaganza

Here’s a list of seven spine-tingling movies to make your horror night a scream-tastic success.

  • “The Conjuring” (2013)

Get ready for a real chill. It’s about these ghost hunters, Ed and Lorraine. They check out a super haunted farmhouse. It’s all true stories, which makes it even creepier. You’ll jump a lot, trust me. Perfect for ghost story lovers.

  • “Get Out” (2017)

This one’s a mind-bender. Chris goes to his girlfriend’s family home, and, boy, things get weird fast. It’s scary but also makes you think. It’s like a puzzle because it mixes horror with some severe stuff about society.

  • “Hereditary” (2018)

Not gonna lie. This one’s intense. It’s all about family secrets and some really dark stuff. After Annie’s mom passes, things go south. The ending will shock you. It’s slow but in a way that gets under your skin.

  • “A Quiet Place” (2018)

Imagine living where even a whisper could end you. This family tries to survive in a world full of scary creatures. It’s super tense, with hardly any talking. You’ll be on the edge of your seat the whole time.

  • “It Follows” (2014)

This one’s different. It’s about a curse that’s passed around. The music’s spooky, and it’s got this constant creepy vibe. This is it if you’re into something a bit off the usual path.

  • “The Babadook” (2014)

This Aussie movie’s a deep dive into motherhood and some spooky stuff. A mom and her kid find this freaky book, and things get scary. It’s a mix of real-life worries and ghostly scares.

  • “Halloween” (1978)

The classic slasher. Michael Myers comes home, and it’s not for a family reunion. This movie started a lot of what we see in horror today. If you’re up for some old-school scares, this is your go-to.


There you have it! With these tips, your horror movie night will be a hit. It’s all about a fun, spooky atmosphere that everyone will remember. So, let’s get those scary movies rolling and have a blast! Happy haunting!


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