Ghost-story Hallowe'en party

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Ghost-story Hallowe'en party

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1drbubbles
Oct 1, 2007, 10:47am

I'm thinking of throwing a ghost-story reading party for Hallowe'en, at which partygoers would take turns reading ghost stories. Has anyone ever done this? Any ideas about what works and what doesn't?

2angelikat
Oct 1, 2007, 2:11pm

ohhhhh - I do!! They are so much fun! We take turns reading from books of short stories. It seems to work best if it is a small party of people. Large parties tend to have at least one person who gets antsy or bored, or doesn't like to read aloud etc.
We set it up like a seance where we all sit around a table holding hands, we cover the table and chairs with a bunch of Saris and drape them over the floor lamps, so that it is nice and dark. We have this globe with a Genii head in it that we use as a centerpiece and use a book light too read by. I have found that if you try to keep the stories limited to about five minutes each it keeps a nice pace.
Have fun!

3OldSarge
Oct 1, 2007, 7:13pm

I remember a party when I was a lad where the lights were dimmed to almost darkness and objects were passed around as the host told us about the pieces of the departed we were handling. A huge sponge in a bowl of water was a brain, chalk was finger bones, a bowl of franks & beans was his guts, dowels were arm & leg bones, etc. You get the idea.

As for short spooky stories to tell I would highly recommend these: Scary Stories to tell in the Dark series by Alvin Schwartz.

They're very short and only a few pages each.

4HouseholdOpera
Oct 2, 2007, 8:52am

I once went to a party where we took turns reading stories by Edgar Allan Poe. We turned all the lights out except for a small lamp next to the reader's chair. It was a lot of fun.

Someday I want to host a ghost-story Halloween party!