This is a "Vampire's Ball" themed Halloween party, for grown-ups only. It's based on the Endless Night Vampire Ball held each year in New Orleans, New York, Paris and Berlin. How do you explain our collective fascination with vampires? Well, in spite of the terrible curse that they must endure, these undead bloodsuckers have some attributes to which almost anyone can relate - and sometimes envy. Vampires live forever, but are mostly hated (or at least misunderstood). They are usually sophisticated and seductive, but must prey on the living to survive.
I was into this goth/vampire culture my first year of high school. My goth friends were nice, but was not allowed to associate with them. Maybe once a year, I will still let my inner "dark side" out to play...
Haunted house – an artfully disheveled southern plantation house
Entry – swirling bats and gas lanterns. Paradise GL23702 Cast-Aluminum Solar-Powered LED Streetlight-Style Outdoor Light Crime scene tape and chalk outline of a body and bloody hand/foot prints
Living Area: Gothic Victorian Decorations...police waiting to talk to host?
Pillow Decor - French Damask Gray Decorative Throw Pillow
Couristan 6316/6333 Everest Retro Damask/Grey-Black 2-Feet by 3-Feet 7-Inch RugBordello Perfume Oil
Chapel - alcoholic Irish priest, Jesus, lots of creepy candles and religious décor like in Carrie's prayer closet?
Master bedroom - Vampire banging a blow up doll suspended from the ceiling
Bathroom - tons of candles & rose petals, large-sized bottle of B-vitamins next to the sink...72 Pieces Red Glass Votive Candle Holders + 72 Pieces White Votive Candles, Red
Basement - coffin with waking vampire, shackled prisoner like the basement at Fangtasia IR80117 Leg Shackles
Back Yard - cemetery with moving graveyard statuary, like in interview with a Vampire, wrought iron railing, tombstones, fog Chauvet Hurricane 700 Fog Machine Bundle with Quart-Size Fog Fluid, Wireless Remote Control, and Polishing Cloth
10 Pk Of Halloween Graveyard Fence Yard DecorationTombstone Winged W/ Moss
Other ideas for haunted room surprises:
Werewolf, Ghost, Zombie, Magician, Fortune-telling Gypsy (Lafayette), Hoodoo-Voodoo woman (from Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil), Skeleton, Belly Dancer, Elvis, Burlesque dancer, Bondage scene, Medical emergency scene, Harry Connick Jr., Psycho Clown, Creepy Ventriloquist, Satan ...?
How To Haunt Your House
Eerie Elegance: How To Host A Haunt And Other Fabulous Frights
Coffee Table Books:
Coffee Table Books about New Orleans, there are too many to mention here, because New Orleans is a very photogenic place.
New Orleans: Elegance and Decadence
Vieux Carre Chic: The Art of Overindulgent Home Decor
Southern Comfort: The Garden District of New Orleans
Obituary Cocktail: The Great Saloons of New Orleans
Gardens of New Orleans: Exquisite Excess
The Secret Gardens of the Vieux Carre: The Historic French Quarter
Orleans Embrace with the Secret Gardens of the Vieux Carre
Elysium: A Gathering of Souls: New Orleans Cemeteries
New Orleans Cemeteries: Life in the Cities of the Dead
Vestiges of Grandeur: Plantations of Louisiana's River Road
Lost Plantations of the South
Degas and New Orleans: A French Impressionist in America
Bellocq: Photographs from Storyville, the Red-Light District of New Orleans
Vampire Host Costumes:Onyx Pearl Feather Mask Halloween Costume Accessory InCharacter Costumes Vampiress Of Versailles Adult Full Length Ball Gown Costume Sexy Black Sparkle Venetian Half Mask-Mardi Gras Halloween Costume Party California Costumes Men's Baron Von Bloodshed CostumeManic Panic Semi-Permanent Hair Color Cream, Vampire Red, 4 oz
The Maid...looks a lot like Sookie:
Divine Blonde/Light Blonde Premium Wig
Vampire Bite Tattoos
Secret Wishes Sexy Dust Bunny Maid Costume
Dinner: More Dead Can Dance...
At some point, the electricity goes out, leaving only candlelight and battery-powered sound effects, such as a recording of a violent wind and rain storm. This will buy enough time & distraction to plant the dead body for the murder mystery. They see it when the lights come back on.
Dance Party: Create a playlist of dance tunes, mix in with danceable tunes from Vampire movies. You may have to check the movie credits for the really good songs.
Watch Vampire Movies for style ideas:
True Blood, Twilight, Blade 1 & 2, Lost Boys, Underworld, Near Dark, Fright Night, Salem's Lot, Vampires, Bram Stoker's Dracula, 30 Days of Night, Interview with Vampire, Night Watch, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dracula, Nosferatu, From Dusk Till Dawn, Van Helsing, Let the Right One In, Horror of Dracula, Cronos, Vampyr, Thirst, Martin, I am Legend, The Omega Man, Day Watch, Fearless Vampire Killers
New Orleans, Louisiana-style food, Southern home cooking.
**Casual and Healthy Halloween Lunch or Dinner**
Red Beans and Rice, with or without sausage
Whipped Sweet Potatoes with OJ, garnish with fresh Orange Slices
Mixed green salad with apples, candied pecans,and bleu cheese with raspberry vinaigrette
IZZE Natural Pomegranate Soda
Vampire Cocktail: Pomegranate Martini with Pomegranate garnish
Snow White's Bitter Apple Martini?
Cherry Coke & Shirley Temples, make with real grenadine and pomegranate garnish Employees Only Grenadine Syrup - 12 oz with or without rum
Sazerac - classic NOLA cocktail
Izze pomegranate soda Izze Sparkling Pomegranate Soda 4 Pk (4-12 ounce bottles), covered with homemade True Blood labels
Savory appetizers? Sautéed Frog legs?
Halloween is an important holiday for many vampires, not to mention the beginning of the Pagan/Celtic New Year. This is a formal dinner served after sundown with the long table & candelabra like in Interview with a Vampire… The vampire hosts lurk in the background sipping on True Blood, acting strangely solicitous of their human and fairy guests.
Spiced blood-orange champagne cocktails, can be made with sparkling non-alcoholic cider
Crown Roast of Pork with Dirty Rice Stuffing and Creole Mustard Sauce
Maple Glazed Acorn Squash with Apple, Parsnip and Sage Stuffing (for the vegetarians)
Whipped Sweet Potatoes with OJ, garnish with fresh Orange Slices
Mixed green salad with apples, candied pecans, and bleu cheese with raspberry vinaigrette
Utterly Deadly Southern Pecan Pie
Booze & Cupcakes
The vampire bar from before, plus...
Rum Plantation/Creole/Rum Punch with Blood Oranges?
Herbsaint ...serve with presentation like Absinthe, the flames will show well in the darker environment
Can fill communion cups with Black Cherry jell-o shots & pass around
Communion Cups - Box of 1000 - Disposable
Brasstone Aluminum Communion Cup Tray
Satan's Psychedelic Cupcake Tower (the demon weed is inside)
Red Velvet cupcakes with Dark Chocolate Ganache
Devil’s Food cupcakes, with devil red frosting
**Breakfast in the French Quarter**
(send overnight guests off with something more than a hangover)
Bloody Mary Oyster Shooters
Grand Marnier French Toast
Ruby Red Grapefruit or Juice
Café au Lait
There are too many New Orleans/Louisiana/Southern cookbooks to shake a stick at, this is just a sampling…
Every Day's a Party: Louisiana Recipes For Celebrating With Family And Friends by Emeril Lagasse
Louisiana Real and Rustic Hardcover by Emeril Lagasse
Plantation Cookbook: Junior League of New Orleans by Junior League of New Orleans
Commander's Kitchen: Take Home the True Taste of New Orleans with More Than 150 Recipes from Commander's Palace Restaurant by Ti Adelaide Martin
The Commander's Palace: New Orleans Cookbook Hardcover by Ella Brennan
Canna Pick: MK-Ultra. Good for parties, dancing, a stimulant, vaporize or put in the cupcakes
Named for the notorious LSD brainwashing experiments conducted by the CIA and the Canadian police in the 1950s, MK-Ultra is an unusual indica: its buzz is “bright”, body-stimulating and speedy, like the body wake-up of strong tobacco or coffee. The immediate, jolting rush is hypnotic; MK-Ultra’s stimulant stone can overcome body fatigue from a long night of dancing, but is a little too intense for focused work. MK-Ultra has a thick, lingering aroma and a fresh pine-tree flavor that surprises with a lingering tongue-fizz, like a carbonated soda or a fizzing candy. The extreme flavor and smell make this strain bad for sneak-a-toke, but perfect for a party icebreaker. MK-Ultra won 1st place in the 2003 High Times Cannabis Cup (Indica category).
Things to do:
(Pre-Party Decorating & Costuming for Hosts, practicing roles in Haunted Home Tour and Murder Mystery)
Welcome - cape check & powder noses. Vampire face painting, glitter tattoos, hair streaks. Gather some costume supplies so un-costumed guests will get a second chance to dress up. Serve drinks.
More Costume Supplies: Deluxe Feather Mask Assortment (1 dozen) - Bulk [Toy]Bon Temps Football T Shirt Cool Vintage Foot Ball Shirt
Manic Panic "Goth White" Powder Cream FoundationSilver Body Glitter (Silver) Party AccessoryKids Glow in the Dark Dracula Vampire Fangs (12pk)
Bill's Haunted Historic Home Tour - with some spooky surprises!
Dinner Party – A dinner party at Bill's House, a dilapidated Southern Plantation house on the evening of Halloween, can provide background for the murder mystery "characters", characters from the Haunted Home tour are also invited to dinner.
Possibly have the lights go off during dinner, or afterwards, leaving only wind and rain sound effects and candlelight. This will buy enough time/distraction to plant the dead body for the murder mystery.
Murder Mystery Game? Can adapt an existing murder mystery...
How to Host a Murder - An Affair to Dismember Or something similar to let dinner digest before dancing starts...
Masquerade Ball in the Grand Ballroom - A Masquerade Ball like the scene from Van Helsing (for ambiance), but with more modern danceable tunes (like Fangtasia).
Chill: Dead Can Dance is nice chill music Spiritchaser The Ubiquitous Mr. Lovegrove* (all)MORE?
Sexy Vampires Playlist - Under Construction
What do vampires listen to? 80's Alternative? Industrial? Techno? I just want songs that people can "vamp" to in their Halloween costumes. A vampire playlist can span several decades, if not centuries.
Dance: The current plan is to start with a solid base of sexy dance tunes & cherry pick the more danceable songs from the vampire soundtracks & mix it in.
Techno is probably the most danceable of all vampire musics...
Chemical Brothers* (all) - Block Rockin' Beats*Dig Your Own Hole
Elektrobank*, Setting Sun*, Midnight Madness*, Galvanize, Hey Boy Hey Girl, Block Rockin' Beats, Swoon, Do It Again, Let Forever Be, Out of Control, Star Guitar, Escape Velocity, Leave Home
Related? - The Crystal Method YES - Jaded,
Thievery Corporation - The Lost People Bon Temps remix* ... MORE? Until the Morning, shadows of ourselves...
Techno music from Blade movie:
All the Blade soundtracks have missing tracks (most of them techno, electronic or even ambient). Here's a list of the techno songs from the Blade movie that can be downloaded individually:
Chin Chin by Bang Wa Cherry* (Japanese song from Blade nightclub scene)
"Go Get On It" by Southside Reverb (first ending credits song)
"Call & Response" by Source Direct
"Yeah" by DJ Krush
"Rattle the Fear" by Spirit Fire Child
"Ni Ten Ichi Ryu (Two Swords Technique)" by Photek
"UT1-Dot" by Polygon Window
"Ether" by Siren
"Ah Singapore" by Shonen Knife
"Chin Chin" by Bang Wu Cherry and DJ Dune (features "Japanese Schoolgirl Rap" played in the Night Club scene)
"Bad Moon Rising" by Creedence Clearwater Revival
...and for the "ambient" music:
"Soleil" by Solitaire
"Eclipse" by Solitaire
"Fearless" by Solitaire
"Rainbow Voice" by David Hykes
Confusion (Pump Panel Reconstruction Mix)* - New Order
Shonen Knife "Ah Singapore"?
Go get on it by Southside Reverb, CD: Breakneck#2
Ni Ten Ichi Ryu "by Photek, CD: Mtv: Mtv Amp or Ni Ten Ichi Ryu #3
Rattle the fear "by Spirit Firechild, CD: Bottom Heavy White Trash Gangs
Nine Inch Nails - Closer Downward Spiral
NIN - Survivalism, Sin, The Hand That Feeds, March Of The Pigs, Down In It, Closer, Terrible Lie, Wish, Hurt, Head Like A Hole
Related? - Marylin Manson, Tool, Soundgarden, Ministry, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo soundtrack, Korn,
My Darkest Days - Casual S***x, Perfect, Porn Star Dancing, Sick and Twisted, Move your Body Sick and Twisted Affair [Deluxe Edition]
Related? - Hinder, Haelstorm, Cavo, Shinedown, Eve to Adam,
Halestorm? - freak like me, ms. hyde, love bytes, daughters of darkness
Theory of a Deadman - Bad Girlfriend, Bitch came back,
The Pretty Reckless - Going to H*****l, make me wanna die, kill me, miss nothing,
METAL - danceable?? TOO SLOW
In this moment - Wh*****re, Bl*******d, Adrenalize, Beautiful Tragedy, The Promise, The Gun Show Blood
Related? - Halestorm, The Pretty Reckless,
Seether , - F****k me like you hate me TOO SLOW, walk away from the sun, like suicide
Sympathy for the D*****vil - Rolling Stones
Buckcherry - Crazy Bitch
Kanye West – Monster*
Neil Young - Vampire Blues
Doors - Peace Frog
Romantic Songs for slow dance
Creep - Radiohead
Univited - Alanis Morissette
Goo Goo Dolls - Iris
Half of You by Cat Power (from True Blood first season)
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Scar Tissue*
Love & Rockets - So Alive*
Wicked Game Chris Isaak*
**80s alternative** ...You tube has an 80s alternative & Goth play list that also has several good selections for a vampire party...though the sound is a bit dated...
Siouxsie and the Banshees? - Red Light*, Peek a Boo*, Kiss them for me*
Relax - Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Echo and the Bunnymen - People are Strange
Sweet Dreams - Eurythmics
joy division - She's lost control, shadowplay
The Cure - Just like heaven, ?
INXS - Suicide Blonde, elegantly wasted, taste it, i need you tonight, afterglow, devil inside, mystify
Gerard - Cry Little Sister
Google "best vampire songs" to find various playlists about vampires. Amazon keeps deleting my own playlist on the grounds that it's "obscene." It includes the usual suggestions plus,
Bauhaus, 'Bela Lugosi's Dead'
Concrete Blonde, 'Bloodletting (The Vampire Song)'
The Toadies, 'Possum Kingdom'
Kings of Leon, 'Closer'
Radiohead, 'We Suck Young Blood'
Outkast, 'Dracula's Wedding'
Smashing Pumpkins, 'Bullet With Butterfly Wings'
Slayer, 'At Dawn They Sleep'
My Chemical Romance, 'Vampires Will Never Hurt You'
Helium, 'Baby Vampire Made Me'
The Misfits, 'Vampira'
Blue Öyster Cult, 'Nosferatu'
The Birthday Party, 'Release the Bats'
Roky Erickson, 'Night of the Vampire'
"Daybreak" - Harry Nilsson
"Fright Night" - J. Geils Band
"Dark Night" - The Blasters
"I Love the Night Life" - Alicia Bridges
"Soul Dracula" - Hot Blood
"Heavy in Your Arms" - Florence and the Machine
"Love Song for a Vampire" - Annie Lennox
"Dinner with Drac" - John Zacherle
"Vampira" - Bobby Bare
"Vampira" - The Misfits
"Vampire Heart" - Him
'Lost Boys' by The 69 Eyes
'Her Black Wings' by Danzig
'If I Was Your Vampire' by Marilyn Manson
'Make Me Wanna Die' by The Pretty Reckless
'Dragula' by Rob Zombie
“Suspended in Dusk,” by Type O Negative
“Darkening of the Light,” by Concrete Blonde
“Passion of Lovers,” by Bauhaus
“Day of the Lords,” by Joy Division
Otsego Undead, by Static-X
Bloodlines, by Slayer
Sympathy for the Devil by Guns n Roses
Stay - Shakespeare's Sister
Jay Gordon: Slept So Long
Voltaire: The Vampire Club
Paramore: I Caught Myself
Bif Naked: Vampire
Nightclub Dance Series: Sexy Moves For The Club
Girls Night Out - Fun Flirty Dance Lessons and Bonus Workout
Old-fashioned paper invitations in Victorian or Gothic style?
Vampire Movie Marathon?
An Old-Fashioned Séance?
A gypsy fortune teller to read Tarot cards, crystal ball, read palms, cast spells...(Lafayette?)???
A haunted ride in a Victorian horse-drawn carriage?
Satanic-type Witches Sabbath Ritual???
Later: Have sex while suspended from a rope from the ceiling...seems to be what vampires are into...or just bondage & role playing...
Inspiration Destination: New Orleans, Louisiana
Endless Night Vampire Ball
Voodoo Music & Arts Experience
French Quarter - Oldest neighborhood in New Orleans
Historic Ghost Tours in the French Quarter
Bourbon Street - Halloween nightlife scene
Frenchmen Street - Halloween street parties
Hermann-Grima House Mourning Tour
"Cities of the Dead" cemeteries - on All Saint's Day (Nov. 1st) they are decorated
The Mortuary Haunted House
House of Shock
Boo at the Zoo
Witches Ball for Samhain
Krewe of Boo Halloween Parade
Burlesque & Cabaret Acts
River Road Drive - New Orleans to Baton Rouge, old sugar plantations