Halloween Room Themes and Scenes
If you are doing a house party, it makes sense to organize rooms around themes or to feature scenes within them.  If you've ever been to a party where the decorations are just sort of randomly put out, it just doesn't work cohesively together.



Even though we just have an assortment of decorations, we've found ourselves moving increasingly in this direction.  For example, all the spider decorations and webs and whatnot have ended up in the kitchen, sometimes to the point that they exclude all else... which is a good thing, really.  The bathroom started out as a crime scene, but then we started adding crime scene photos on top of that as well.

Haunted mansion
dust covers on furniture
candelabras
cobwebs
dust
chandelier (candle-style)
bookshelves
secret passage (accessed behind bookshelf)
old portraits of ancestors (can look through the eyes)
suit of armor (plus family crests)
bookshelves of leather-bound volumes
stone walls in basement
large staircases
red velvet cushioned furniture
wooden barrels in basement
grandfather clock

Crime scene
police tape
body outline on floor
blood splatter
knife or saw (i.e., murder weapon)

Serial killer's lair
collection of mementos/trophies from victims:
locket of hair (with beret like a child's)
keepsakes like a watch
pictures of crime scenes
newspaper clippings of his crimes
pictures of (future?) victims
various murder weapons (bloody knives, meat cleavers, saws)
barrels for disposing of the bodies
body parts in jars

Exorcism
demon girl in floating bed (or floating above)
pea soup splattered on walls
bible (and pages torn out and strewn around room)
crosses (or rosaries) and holy water
pictures turned crooked on the walls

Ancient Egypt
mummy
sarcophagus
hieroglyphics on walls and artifacts
gold riches and jewels
traditional organ jars
stone tablets, papyrus

Frankenstein's lab
jars of body parts
test tubes and beakers with dry ice
Jacob's ladder
knife switches
electrodes
chains
operating table (with straps)
medical equipment (e.g., IV bag and stand, instrument carts, etc.)

Pirate ship
treasure chest with gold
skeletal pirates
telescope
nautical navigation instruments
ship's wheel
rope

UFO
grey aliens
computers
blinking lights (xmas lights work)
computer screens (black lights are good too)

Retro sci-fi
'50s ray guns
astronauts
vinyl suits
robots
rocket ships, space stations
countdown clock
instrument-covered control panel

Graveyard
decomposed bodies
gravestones/crypt
shovels
dead, dessicated flowers
coffins

Execution
electric chair
noose/gallows
rack (for lethal injection?)
chains
executioner's hood/costume
giant axe
guillotine

Dracula's castle
vampire's coffin
bats
goblets of blood
cobwebs
fog
candelabras
castle paper (i.e., faux bricks)

Hell
Satan
demons
snakes
fire and flames
pentagrams

Living dead
zombies
graveyard
chemical barrels with hazardous waste/biohazard signs
body bags

Witches
cauldron (smoking)
children in cages (and bones of eaten children)
black cats
brooms
jars of ingredients (labels: "eye of newt")
spell books
candles

Pumpkin patch
carved Jack o'lanterns
scarecrow
hay bales
crows

Kingdom of the spiders
webs
cocooned flies and other things (like a person)
egg sack
giant spider
smaller spiders

Carnival/side show
freaks (bearded lady, lobster man)
fortune teller with crystal ball
barker (or ring-master)
circus posters
clowns
tents

Dungeon/torture chamber (à la Hellraiser)
chains
rack
whips
hooks (on chains) and other edged instruments
castle paper (i.e., faux bricks) or lath (lit from behind)
torches on walls

Satanic sacrifice
goat's head/skull
sacrificial altar
knives
bowl of blood
candles
pentagram and other symbols (think Supernatural)

Rosemary's Baby's nursery
bloody walls
demon baby
crib
old children's toys (with a demonic twist or slightly destroyed)

Haunted TVs
faces try to get out of tv sets
glowing screens changing colors
sets filled with props (moving, strobing lights, etc.)

3D
Chromadepth 3d glasses combined with fluorescent paints and blacklights

Vertigo
spinning spirals
disco ball effects (lights moving around the room)
vertigo tunnel

Room on fire
projector with flames
yellow/orange/red lights
sound fx = roaring fire (and maybe sound
windblown flames (inflatable blower)
burning/charred skeletons
fog machine

Christmas Bloody Christmas
bloody presents
open presents = body parts
tree with broken ornaments and bloody weapons, etc.


Odds are you already have some props to put together the beginnings of at least a few of these scenes.  If this helps organize your thinking about what to turn a room into, then you now have shopping list to tell you what you need in order to finish it off.


Spooky settings

Here are some other spooky settings you could develop into rooms/scenes (there's some overlap with the above, admittedly).  I developed this list from settings used in shows like Scooby Doo, Where Are You?:
Haunted house/gothic mansion
Castle
Abandoned amusement park
Carnival freak show

Hospital/morgue
Old mine/Cave
Shipwreck
Circus
Backstage at a movie studio
Opera house/theater
Church/cathedral
Museum (usually emphasizing paleontology and/or archeology)
Wax museum

Barn/farm
Woods
Beach cove
Ghost town
Summer camp
Campground/woods
Warehouse
Space station/spaceship
Basements and attics
Cemetery
Funeral homes
Military base
Haunted prison




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