Invite Your Best Friends for an Evening of Fear and Poker

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:

  • Spiders
  • Spooky Fingers
  • Crunchy Doughnut Eyeballs
  • Brain Cupcakes
  • Chocolate Mice
  • Tentacle Alien
  • Guacamoldy Eyeballs
  • Mummies
  • 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.


Abominable Decorations

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.


About Emma

Buffy fan, avid reader, writer.
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15 Responses to Invite Your Best Friends for an Evening of Fear and Poker

  1. This sounds like fun! 🙂 I totally remember that episode of Buffy. You know, since I’ve watched the series about 6 times.

  2. Mae Clair says:

    What wicked fun! I checked out the recipes too. Love the tentacle alien. I’ve never followed Buffy but I like poker and spooky fun, so that should count too, right?

    • Emma says:

      I’d have trouble eating some of it, like the spiders. Gah – I wouldn’t be able to put those near my mouth. The spooky fingers seem tasty. 🙂 And the buttercream in those tentacles looks yummy.
      And of course it counts. I still recommend giving Buffy a try though, Mae.

  3. Jo-Ann Carson says:

    Great ideas
    I can imagine the room with the covered furniture and cobwebs. Oooh, so cool. Thanks for sharing the ideas. I think I might steal a few to add to my mystery nights.
    Best Wishes

    • Emma says:

      I’m coming back to this post in October. I’m sure people would love going to a party like this. Your mystery nights sound fab, Jo-Ann.

  4. Sounds like a great Halloween treat. Have to keep in mind.

  5. Yeah, Halloween all year long! Still haven’t gotten around to Buffy, but I love Joss Whedon’s other projects.

  6. Loved Buffy way back when, and everything in this post is super fabulous! LOL What clever ideas!

    • Emma says:

      The syfy channel is playing Buffy from the start at the moment, and the early episodes look so so dated. 1997 seems so, well, 90s!

  7. sherry fundin says:

    Cool post. I love poker, but I don’t know about your food selection. LOL

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