TGIF. Bring on the weekend!
Today I’ve got a guest post by Austin Toller, a life-long Buffy fan who’s always looking for new ways to bring the Sunnydale crew (back) into his life – and the lives of friends.
Welcome Creatures of the Night
Who said it has to be October to host a horror-themed party? When it comes to horror and poker, any month is a good month. Start by inviting your favorite demons—the night promises to be killer.
Let the Coolest Vampire Help Start the Shindig
Kick off the festivities with a relaxing time in front of the tube. The perfect party warm-up is watching episode five, season six of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”. In this episode, “Life Serial,” Buffy and Spike (the coolest vampire, ever) crash a demon poker game in which kittens are used in place of chips (not recommended for your party). What more of a mood-setter can you ask for than vampires, demons, poker, and kittens? At the end of the episode, turn on your scary sounds to terrify the guests throughout the evening.
The Wickedly Fun Game Itself
You can be really creative with your poker accessories. Use anything from plastic insects to toy eyeballs as chips. As for the cards, check out these awesome horror movie decks at Zazzle. The losers of each hand must drink something that looks really gross, or blindly take a bite out of something slimy. The stakes will be high, so make sure to brush up on your skills and read over the particularly helpful tips at PartyPoker. Tips such as playing loose players and avoiding tight ones can improve your chances of success and triumph. After all, you don’t want to be the big loser at your own party.
Devilishly Good Food
The food for your themed party can make or break it. If you really want to swing for the fences and make your horror bash one of epic proportion, then a little time and care will be necessary to prepare the chow. Just check out these 14 gross-looking, yet delicious recipes at Delish:
- Spooky Fingers
- Crunchy Doughnut Eyeballs
- Brain Cupcakes
- Chocolate Mice
- Tentacle Alien
- Guacamoldy Eyeballs
- Chocolate Eyeballs
- Eye-Popping Soup
- Big-Eyed Alien
- Worms in Dirt
- Pickled Brains
- Ladies’ Fingers and Men’s Toes
The sky is the limit here on nasty. It all depends on how far you wish to take it. You can follow these monster recipes or conjure up your own mad scientist creations. Do whatever you must to provoke, delight, and disgust.
Cobwebs are a staple of a good horror party, but you can go a bit further. Placing white sheets over furniture is cheap and always gives off a creepy and unsettling vibe. If you have picture frames around your home or apartment, just print out some disturbing photos from the internet and place them over the existing pictures in the frames. This is also a cheap way to add to the fright. Another inexpensive trick is to replace some of your lighting with colored bulbs. If you really want to go all out, you can purchase some cool props like gravestones, skeletons, and a fog machine. SpiritHalloween has a great inventory of decorations that you can order or just use for inspiration. Again, creativity has no limitation, so have fun and make your place look spooky as all hell.
There Will Be Blood
Just kidding, you may want to stay away from that stuff—it’s really hard to get off of your clothes. So, let Buffy and Spike commence the ceremonies and then fill the airwaves with a nightmarish soundtrack. In the meantime, play the most twisted poker game in the history of all poker games while munching on some ghoulish grub and taking in the bone-chilling décor. Let the haunting begin.
Thanks, Austin. I don’t know much about poker, but a horror themed poker night sounds like something that would inspire me to learn.
Have a great weekend everyone.