Horror Party Ideas & Games

Don’t think that a horror party is only suitable for Halloween, if you are a fan of scary movies and all things that give you goose bumps this could be the perfect teen theme party for you. Tons of fun scary games to bring the fear out in your group. Some games are of true paranormal nature, some are just scary or creepy fun, and others are not so much as scary, but meant celebrate scary movies and test the fans of those horror films.

Horror Party Ideas & Games
Scare Fest

The rules to a scare fest are easy. Divide players into teams, depending on how many guests you have you can form 2-4 teams. The object of the game is to make members from the other team scream as much as possible. Consider dividing up the teams a week or two beforehand to give teams time to think of strategies and/or scream worthy pranks.

Rules are simple, no one is to actually put anyone else in any physical danger. All screams must be genuine and not forced, bribed, or coerced. What counts as a "scare" is up to the host. It usually is a scream, though sometimes the host will agree to counts jumping in fear as a "scare" also.

To keep track of screams provide each team a color and give every member of that team 5 poker chips in their teams color. When another team makes them scream then they must forfeit to them one of their chips.

At the end of the playing time (which you can determine to be anywhere from 30 minutes to all night long) the team with the most chips from the other team wins. The team who lost the most chips usually has to have a consequence. A common consequence is having blood and guts ( red water and cooked pasta) dunked on you.


Horror Party Ideas & Games
Pandora's Box

Set up four Styrofoam coolers, and cut a hole in the top of each of them just big enough for a hand to fit inside of it. Each box will hold something different, three being not so fun. One box will hold something UNPLEASANT, another something CREEPY, another something GROSS, and the last something NICE.


Each person must choose one box to place their hand down into to (until it touches the bottom) for one minute. They do not know which box is which, so they do have a one in four chance of getting the NICE box. Here are what the boxes should contain:

  • UNPLEASANT box: Fill with lots of ice and water
  • GROSS box loads of live worms. These can be purchased by the tub at a local bait shop. You want their hand to be immersed in them. Consider using cooked spaghetti noodles as filler.
  • CREEPY box Fill with syrup and peeled grapes. Consider coloring it with red food dye so when they pull their hand out it looks bloody. Best if warm.
  • NICE box This could be anything, consider marshmallows, feather, or jellybeans.

After each person takes their turn mix up the boxes so no one figures out which one is which. This game makes a great icebreaker to get everyone in the mood for a night filled with horror and creepy surprises.


Horror Party Ideas & Games
Scary Movie Bingo

Turn your scary movie marathon into a game by giving everyone a special bingo card filled with things they might see in a scary movie before the film begins. Give prizes for first bingo, first to get all four corners, and first to fill their card completely. Here are some good fillers:

  • girl screaming, blood, knife, sadistic smile, running
  • gun, tight shirt, creepy child, red car, dog
  • dead person, jumping in fear, laughing, tripping, creepy music
  • hiding, bad hair day, cliché, dark room, sexy scene
  • surprise twist, scary phone call, graveyard, kissing, lights go out,

Make and print your own custom bingo cards for free at Print-Bingo.com . Just type in the words or phrases you want to use, and they will generate the bingo cards for you – FOR FREE!! Use the word list above and it’s almost done for you. It just can’t get much easier than that!


Horror Party Ideas & Games
Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board

Turn out the lights and light a candle to set the mood for this spine tingling game. This is a classic paranormal party game where one person lays on the ground, crosses their arms over themselves, and closes their eyes. All the other guests form a circle around that person and wave their hands over them chanting “light as a feather, stiff as a board” over and over again. The laying person should not speak at all.

Everyone should be concentrating on the person lying on the floor. Finally the person leading the chanting says “now”, and everyone places two fingers from each hand underneath the person, and still chanting begins to raise that person up.

It is said if done correctly the person will float up! Hmmmm, wouldn’t that be a conversation starter!


Horror Party Ideas & Games
Murder Mystery Game

What could be scarier than murder and mayhem in your midst? There are tons of fantastic murder mystery party kits you can purchase to turn your horror party into a mystery. Your friends will have a blast becoming new and fun characters and trying to discover the clues to determine who among them is the murderer.


Horror Party Ideas & Games
House of Horrors Seek & Find

How well do your guests know there scary movies? Find out in this fun scary movie buff game! To prepare this game you’ll need to create and set up clues or homages around your playing area that replicate or represent items from classic scary movies. Examples could include:

  • a tombstone in the yard that reads Gage. This can be made from a posterboard. It is from the movie Pet Cemetery
  • A guest registry when people come in with the name “Marion Crane” on top or a bloody shower curtain . This is from the movie Pyscho.
  • A Chianti bottle sitting next to a plate with a piece of liver and beans on it From Silence of the lambs
  • White hockey mask Friday the 13th
  • A television on static channel. This is from the movie Poltergeist.
  • A bowl of pea soup, or if your commited a wall covered in pea soup From the Exorcist
  • a bloody corsage From Carrie

Think up and create as many clues as you can, they can rate from obvious to the not so obvious. Divide guests into teams and arm each team with a digital camera. Give each team a list of the movie scenes that you represent somewhere at your party.

There job is to find as many of them as they can, snap a photo, and then mark which movie they came from on their list. Set your time limit for however many clues/homages you create. The team that collects the most scenes AND correctly identifies what movie they came from wins!!


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Bloody Mary Prank

Do you dare take the Bloody Mary Folklore Challenge. They say to summon the ghost of Bloody Mary from the dead you must only stare into a mirror in the dark and say the name “Bloody Mary, I stole your baby” 3 times. Bloody Mary is most often said to be the ghost of a young woman whose baby was kidnapped. People wrongly accused of killing her own child, but in truth the loss turned her insane with grief and ultimately she took her own life.

They say if you summon Bloody Mary she will take a violent revenge out on you. Do you dare summon her?

If any of your guests are brave enough to take the Bloody Mary dare then have something fun prepared, the most often used Bloody Mary prank is to have someone hiding in the shower wearing a scary mask ready to jump out after the person finishes the third “Blood Mary”. Hilarious, have your video camera ready for that one.


Horror Party Ideas & Games
Silent Movie

This is not a scary game, but a fun game nonetheless for horror movie buffs. You divide players into teams, having a least one person be the judge, preferably more. Each team takes turns pulling a famous movie scene from a hat and acting it out silently with their teammates.


The judges must try and guess what movie scene they are acting out. They have 1-3 minutes for each scene. If the judges guess the movie then that team receives a point, which is why it is best to have more than one judge. Each team plays out 5-10 scenes, depending on how long you want the game to last, the team with the most points at the end wins!


Horror Party Ideas & Games
Past Lives Reflection

In this paranormal activity you may get a glimpse of who you were in a past life. You’ll need a candle and a mirror. Turn the lights off in the room and light the candle, continue to stare into the mirror without blinking. Soon your face will start to contort and a new face will appear. This is the face of the person you used to be. This game is perfect if you’re looking for a not too scary, but definitely freaky paranormal game.


Horror Party Ideas & Games
Close Encounters

Forget the familiar cliche ghost stories, the scariest stories, by which I mean the ones that really give others the goose bumps, are the one drawn from real life. Light a candle and form a circle around it. Invite everyone to share the closest brush with the paranormal they've ever had or anyone they've known has ever had.


Horror Party Ideas & Games
Quija Board

The famous Ouija board--it's been consulted for over 30 years. How it works is still a mystery! It's simple to use. Rest your fingers lightly on the game's oracle and ask the spirits around you to speak to you through the board. Now ask your question.


Concentrate hard and watch as the answer is revealed in the message window. Will it tell you yes...or no? Will it give you a number...or spell out the answer? Ask any question you want. Ouija will answer.


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