Too old for ghosts in white sheets? Take terror to the next level with these Halloween party ideas for teenagers!
Make Sure Your Digs Are Spooky!
For a killer Halloween party, the first thing you gotta do is set your scene. The cheapest and easiest way to do this is to light lots and lots of candles. This creates an eerie milieu of flickering light and animated shadows.
Next, put out a few well-placed props. Drape your furniture in black, gray and blood red sheets, or use any dark or gauzy material you can find. Most costume shops, drugstores and dollar stores sell packages of fake cobwebs to stretch out in corners, in door-frames and over furniture. 'Bloody' knives, scythes, scary masks, rubber rats and spiders, dismembered body parts and signature props from scary movies (Jason's goalie mask, Freddy's fedora, Candyman's hook hand) can be found at Halloween shops, or use your imagination to build your own Halloween party props!
If you have a guest list, 'build' a tombstone for each guest. Cut out pieces of cardboard into tombstone shapes, spray paint them gray, 'age' them with a few light sprays of black spray paint and write a funny or fearsome epitaph for each of your friends. It's scary to see your own tombstone!
Once your Halloween party house looks scary it's time to make it sound scary, too. Look for free downloads, or borrow your friends' music collections to compile a spooky Halloween party soundtrack.
There are hundreds of songs to suit your Halloween theme. Here are just a few suggestions (warning, these are not your parents' Halloween pop classics!):
1. The "Halloween" theme song (teenagers love Rob Zombie's 2007 version)
2. "People Are Strange" by the Doors
3. "Psycho Killer" by the Talking Heads
4. "Waltz in Black" by the Stranglers
5. "Bela Lugosi's Dead" by Bauhaus
6. "Let There Be More Darkness" by Robyn Hitchcock
7. "Teenagers" by My Chemical Romance
Pumpkin Carving Contest
One hypothesize this is such a great Halloween party idea for teenagers is teens love to make a mess! Be sure to hold your contest in a room with floors you can mop, away from the good furniture! For easy cleanup, line your work area with newspapers!
1. Here's what you'll need: adequate pumpkins that each guest or pair of guests can carve one; tablespoons; as many fine felt markers (or pens) and paring knives as you can 'scare' up; 2-3 large bowls (for pumpkin 'guts'); tea lights or short candles.
2. Draw circles colse to your pumpkin stems, large adequate for your hand to fit through when the holes are cut. Cut along the edge of each circle, development sure to angle your cut so that the 'lids' will not fall through the holes.
3. Using tablespoons, scrape out the pumpkin seeds and guts, putting them into the bowls provided.
4. Let your guests draw and cut out anything designs they want for their Jack o' Lanterns.
5. Once everyone is finished, place candles into the Jack o' Lanterns and light them. Vote for the scariest, most primary and best-made Jack o' Lanterns. Be sure to have some small prizes ready for the winners!
Once your pumpkins are gutted, rinse the pulp and juice from the pumpkin seeds. Toss the seeds in a limited cooking oil (olive or canola oil works well). Season the seeds with salt, pepper, paprika or your favorite spice, and spread them out on a baking sheet. Bake the seeds at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30-40 minutes, stirring every ten minutes or so.
This is a great idea for a party snack later on, when you're all curled up to watch a scary movie together - the excellent end to a excellent Halloween party!Coolest Halloween Party Ideas For Teenagers