Dead Rock Star Party

Pick a unique Halloween theme party this year - where the guests dress up like dead rock stars. How many dead rock stars do you know? Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Croce, Buddy Holley, The Big Bopper, Duane Allman, Freddie Mercury, Mamma Cass, Jayne Mansfield and Marilyn (all right, so they weren't rock stars but they would have been if they could have been), Jim Morrison, John Belushi (a Blues Brother, no?), Kurt Cobain, what about those guys from the Ramones?

There's nothing more fun than getting into your Rock Star Halloween costume and having a rock and roll party? (besides sex, drugs, and rock n' roll that is...)

Dead Rock Star Halloween Invitations
How to host a dead rock star party? Start by checking out this personalized Halloween Dead Rock Star invitations. Elvis is back from the grave to invite your friends to rock star heaven (or hell).

Or send your own personalized concert ticket with Halloween ticket invitations. The tickets come in many colors and fit the theme perfectly! Very unique.
If you are feeling crafty, you can make your own rockin' invites, use wording like:
Remember Rock 'n' Roll from times past
The ones who've left us are coming back
Heaven or Hell will provide the cast
Let's get together for this ghoulish act
Join us for Bob & Marie's Rock Star Heaven & Hell
Friday, October 31
Come dressed as your favorite dead Rock Star

As always, Party411 can create a fab caricature with you as a ghoulish rock star (you pick who). Ask your friends to dress the part no matter what the invitation says.

Dead Rock Star Halloween Decorations and Party Supplies
Since your guests will be expecting a party worthy of their celebrity status, their entrance should be all about hype and flash. Start with these ideas:

  • Roll out the red carpet for your guests (literally), from the front entryway, down the sidewalk. If you can, rent a "velvet rope" to place at the doorway. You know, the kind outside of exclusive clubs that keep out the riffraff.
  • Create your own tombstones at your entryway. You can customize them by using real data on dead rock stars. Make them glow with blacklighting!
  • A life-sized cutout of the ghost of Elvis back from the grave is perfect at the door.  Use it as a photo op for guests. Everyone will love having their picture taken with the King. 
  • Set up skeleton paparazzi! On either side of your red carpet, pose skeletons with cameras. Your rock star guests will love posing for the camera!

Next, work on turning your party space into a Halloween concert stage:
Set up strobe lights and a fog machine(pyrotechnics are probably not a good idea...)

  • Set a few inflatable guitars around, they give a new meaning to "air guitar". At least these will be hard to smash!
  • Local music stores are great places to find authentic decorations. Scatter guitar picks and drumsticks (both are inexpensive) on side tables and any flat surface that need a little decoration.
  • Set up a skeleton band! Borrow instruments to pose with your skeletons - you need at least two guitarists, a bassist, and a drummer.  Give them costumes from your favorite decade of music (think British invasion, flower child, or 80s big hair), and make everything glow with blacklights.
  • A disco ball is always a nice touch over the dance floor.  Add red and orange dance floor lighting to fit the Halloween theme!
  • Go all out by setting up "shrines" to your favorite dead rock stars.  For Elvis, create a vignette with his classic white sequin costume, some blue suede shoes, and a collection of his posters and albums.  Light a few candles for and add a tombstone for the King of Rock 'n Roll!

Don't forget to decorate your tables with a rock star theme, too.

Halloween Table Decorations and Menu
Make sure your table is dark and has lots of attitude. Try a few of these ideas: 

  • As centerpieces, use black vases with fake black roses Sprinkle star confetti (DEAD rock STAR, get it?) on the tables.
  • Customize these tabletop lantern decorations with pictures of your favorite dead rockstars.  Add wording that says something like, "RIP King of Rock 1977".
  • Or you can dedicate each table to a different dead rock star! Arrange memorabilia in the center of each table and add a mini tombstone that give the name and year of death.
  • Partying like a rock star is all about the booze, so at each place setting put out beer with a personalized beer bottle label

For your buffet, label the food with little tombstones to make your buffet stay in theme. Use your favorite stars to name the food, like Freddie Mercury's Fingers (chicken fingers) or Elvis' Pelvis (perhaps for some kind of beef dish)!

Dead Rock Star Music and Entertainment
Crank up the music! Play songs by dead artists (or bands who have a deceased member) that have some Halloween flair to them. Here are a few examples to get you started:

  • I Put a Spell on You - Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
  • Witchcraft - Frank Sinatra
  • Highway to Hell - AC/DC
  • Monster Mash - Bobby Boris Pickett
  • Purple People Eater – Sheb Wooley
  • VooDoo Child - Jimi Hendrix
  • Super Freak – Rick James
  • Led Zeppelin - No Quarter
  • Bad Moon Rising – Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Sympathy for the Devil - Rolling Stones
  • Don’t Fear the Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult

Music will get everyone in the mood to party, but make sure you have a few things for your rock star guests to do.  Start with:

  • Halloween Karaoke - Use the songs above or other rock n' roll favorites. Award prizes to the "Best Undead Rock Star"!
  • Rock Star Photo Booth - Set up a photo booth with a black sequin back drop.  Add a bucket sexy halloween photo booth props, perfect for a rock star Halloween.
  • The Undead Rock Band - Set up a special area with Guitar Hero or Rock Band, and let your guests rock out! A sudden death tournament will get everybody into a rock star attitude in no time.

Or you can choose something from our long list of halloween party games.

Dead Rock Star Party Favors
Since rocking out is hard work, give your guests a cold frosty brew with personalized beer bottle labels. The sweaty stars will thank you, and the bottles make a great party favor, so order extra. Or try one of these rockin' party favors:

  • Inflatable guitars make great party props and guests can take them home after the party is over!
  • Hand out glow jewelry and light up props on the dance floor. Your rock star friends can party all night long with them and wear them home!
  • Candy is always a classic Halloween favor - personalize chocolate bars with halloween rock stars candy bar wrappers.

Have a rockin' Halloween from everyone here at Party411!