Friday the 13th - that’s today by the way - also happens to land on a full moon!
(Pauses. Absorbs.) Yes, you heard that right. The scariest day meets the scariest moon…it’s got to be rare, auspicious, and all things bone-chilling, right?
Well, the last Friday the 13th with a full moon occurred 14 years ago on October 13, 2000 and the next won’t occur for another 35 years on August 13, 2049. If that isn’t a cause for celebrating the macabre, gothic and generally spooky, then what is?
Queue the Theramin and pipe organ. It’s time to get weird! And we’re talking full moon, Friday the 13th weird! So deck the halls with blood spatters, trim the mantle with decapitated heads, and lock down your favorite Jason costume. Tonight is going to be one chilling night for a party!
Blood Guts and Horror: Non-Negotiables
Absolutely the best part about throwing a Friday the 13th party, is that "spooky" is built into the blood drenched fabric of the day. Unlike Halloween where people can be sexy, funny, ironic, cute, etc, Friday the 13th is good for one thing and one thing alone – pure, unadulterated horror! Here are the supplies we used to put our party together:
Catacombs Backdrop - Shop Bloody Wall Backdrop - Shop
Camp Crystal Lake Sign - Shop Moss Garland - Shop
Jason Costume - Shop Jason Machete - Shop
Instruments of Torture Kit - Shop Seaweed Boa - Shop
Decapitated Old Man - Shop Decapitated Corpse - Shop
Chain Link Rope - Shop 14 in. Jason Prop - Shop
So make it clear that the dress code requires blood, guts or the like, and buckle down for a night of scary movies, horror inspired cocktails and all things that go bump in the night.
Swap Your Bowls for Bowels
When throwing a proper horror party, spooky decor, dismembered body parts, and Halloween props are really shriek, errhmm, we mean chic. If your cupboards are currently filled with bowls, it's time to replace them with bowels, bloodied limbs, and heads.
Between iron chains, implements of torture, skulls, and anything else your twisted little full moon-infused mind can think up, it's pretty easy to transform your living space into Jason's lair in no time.
The Fixins that Sicken
Sometimes the simplest answer is the right answer. When it comes to cocktail hour, make it coctail horror with a themed Bloody Mary bar!
The best part about a Bloody Mary is that everyone makes theirs just a little differently. Be sure to give your ghouls of honor plenty of options (and vodka) to meet their Bloody-Mary-lust.
Slasher flicks are essential for a horror themed party (duh), and not just for the obvious reasons. It's not like we are hanging on the edge of our seats to piece together the intricate plot movements between victim six and victim seven in most old horror flicks, right?
Horror movies are great background entertainment, where tuning in and out between conversations doesn't leave the viewer completely lost. A little bit of conversation mixed with a little bit of squirming and gasping sets a nice tempo!
Yeah, we get it!
The classics can play amid a boisterous crowd and still mess with the senses: The Halloween/Michael Myers’, Jasons, Chuckies, Nightmare on Elm Street/Freddie Kruegers, Pet Cemeteries, Night of the Living Deads, Nosferatus, Psychos, and Children of the Corns of the horror industry are obvious go-tos. There are tons to choose from, so go nuts!
For a smaller group that’s more likely to actually pay attention to the plot twists of a movie, a psychological horror should make people feel good and uncomfortable. In the last couple of years, many of the movies on the IMDb most popular horror feature films list fit the bill. Sure some of them might be more on the slasher side of the tracks, but there is no doubt that the paranormal - less than the axe wielding maniac - is on the rise in the horror industries in the 2010s!
Where better to start than the IMDb list of the most popular horror feature films in recent memory? (You might be surprised just how many films slipped below your radar!):
1. The Green Inferno
Care to delve into the darker regions of the Amazon jungle? The Green Inferno received 6.2 out of 10 stars on IMDb.
How do you prove supernatural forces were actually the cause of a murder for which a man has been convicted? Into the Oculus we go. Oculus received 6.7 out of 10 stars on IMDb.
3. Willow Creek
Have you been looking for a "found footage" fix since the latest Paranormal Activity, or perhaps as far back as the Blaire Witch Project? If so, Willow Creek might be the Friday the 13th flick for you. Willow Creek received 5.7 out of 10 stars on IMDb.
4. Vampire Academy
There is nothing quite like a new take on a classic. What happens when a half-human vampire goes toe-to-toe with vicious, immortal vampires, contending for the fate of the Moroi? Vampire Academy received 5.8 out of 10 stars on IMDb.
5. The Conjuring
Based on true events, The Conjuring is a wild ride for anyone who is interested in the paranormal, demonic, and all things possession-y. The Conjuring received 7.6 out of 10 stars on IMDb.
This remake of the classic takes telekinesis out of the world of comic books and throws it onto the blood spattered stage of a senior prom. You know the story! Take it for another spin! Carrie received 6.0 out of 10 stars on IMDb.
7. The Human Race
There is something terrifying about the concept of being pitted against total strangers in the competition for your life. Follow the rules of the race or die! The Human Race received 5.6 out of 10 stars on IMDb.
8. 13 Sins
Each task, a sin. Thirteen tasks in whole. On Friday the 13th - well, why not?! Sounds like a fit. 13 Sins received 6.2 out of 10 stars on IMDb.
The star-studded cast of Zombieland breathes new life and reanimates the zombie concept, mixing horror with comedy and leaving the audience guessing whether they should laugh or cringe. Zombieland received 7.8 out of 10 stars on IMDb.
10. World War Z
The outbreak is sudden. The reach is global. When the world is consumed by a zombie pandemic, how will humanity survive? World War Z received 7.1 out of 10 stars on IMDb.
Don’t Forget the Re-Flesh-Ments
Now, in all honesty, usually the scariest part about any horror party is that it's not <gasp> catered. Expending all that mental energy on horror movies makes people hungry! So make sure they have all the grub they need.
In the end, just don't overthink it. A good horror party is like any costume party - the fun is in the company, costumes, and entertainment. If you can make it through tonight’s party alive, you just might have another 35 years to plan your next full moon Friday the 13th party!
Until then, Happy hunting!