If you love the Saw movie series and want to host a Saw Halloween party with a particularly frightening touch, you’ve come to the right place. Here I’ll cover everything you need from invitations to props to games, to ensure you that you’ve thought through the entire party from start to finish.
Are you ready? Let’s get started.
“Do you want to play a game?”
There aren’t any ready-made Saw invitations that I’ve seen online or in stores — at least not as of the time of writing this — so you’ll need to invest a little bit of time crafting your own. You can make them on your computer if you want to save time, but hand-made invitations are consistently better received in my experience.
I would recommend using an image of the Jigsaw mask and the line “Do you want to play a game?” along with some blood splatter. If you’re delivering them by hand, I would recommend rolling them up
and tying them with a black or red strip of leather or ribbon.
Be sure to include the date and time of the party, as well as RSVP details in your invitation. If costumes are required, you will want to specify that as well.
If you want, you can pique your guests’ interest from the outset even more by using a method similar to the proven bait-and-punchline technique that was so successful for my Mad Scientist and Vampire Nurse parties. Basically, write a brief story-line on the invitation that will create tension and anticipation. Perhaps the host or another guest is being held by Jigsaw and your guests need to come rescue them…
You’ll need to recreate the twisted, terrifying world of Saw with your decor so that your guests are instantly immersed in it as soon as they arrive. For maximum realism, the aim here is to try and frighten grown adults.
That means you’ll need to recreate a bloody, psychotic ambiance that’s as accurate as possible, but you’ll need to populate it with instantly recognizable Saw elements as well. Bloody sheets and tablecloths, bloody hand prints, dim lighting, and an overall industrial feel should be top of mind for you.
To help you get started, here are some great decorations and props you may want to acquire to set the stage for your Saw Halloween party:
- Saw scene setters
- Jigsaw puppet mask
- Pig head mask
- Bloody weapons garland
- Cadaver covered in bloody sheet
- Adult body bag
Once your guests arrive, they should find out that they need to play a game. Better still, they should be given an impossible choice as to whether to play a game, in keeping with the films.
Here, you can get as creative as you like. Ideas that I particularly like are classic Saw-inspired games like finding a hidden key to unlock a device that is about to kill someone in a horribly gruesome way. For example:
- Guests are shown the device in question, perhaps a reverse bear trap fastened around someone’s head, or something simpler like a chest that contains the antidote to a “poison” someone was administered. In either case, the device is locked and requires a key.
- They are given a time-limit within which to do this (perhaps 30 minutes or so, no more than an hour). After this time has elapsed, the victim would perish (i.e., the device would activate or the poison would have done irreversible damage).
- Guests then scour the area in search for clues as to the location of the key. They find a leather pouch or Ziploc bag inside a cadaver. The bag contains a black light. They they take the black light to a dark room in search of the next clue.
- The next clue is written in invisible black light paint and provides instructions to the location of the key.
- The key is hidden inside the leg or other body part of another guest who is in on the act. The guest is perhaps tied to a chair somewhere. You can get some great latex or silicone wound kits and hide the key inside. If this is too challenging for you, you can always hide the key just just about anywhere else.
- The guests then use the key to unlock the device, save the host (or other victim), and start the party!
I would recommend disgusting food items if you can manage. Things like a foot loaf (meatloaf in the shape of a foot), brain-shaped Jello-O (you can get a mold just about anywhere). Old, dried up leathery human skin and meat also fits in nicely with this theme, so food items like beef jerky are good to include as well.
If you’re concerned about food allergies, I’d recommend using my free Halloween food labels to identify your dishes for your guests.
Just about any and all drinks will work for a Saw party since there aren’t any major references to drinks in the movies. That said, anything red would certainly enhance the blood-soaked atmosphere, so I’d recommend red wine, cranberry juice, and fruit punch.
If you want to add a touch of Halloween to your beer, consider making a batch of pumpkin spice beer (I share the recipe in this post).
- Serving your food on bloody tableware will definitely enhance the mood
- Consider making a creepy Saw-themed video or sound recording of your game instructions and/or invitations to take things to the next level
Want more? Visit the Ideas section for more party themes and inspiration or get some party planning advice in the Hosting section.
I’m more than happy to help and usually respond within 24-48 hours at the very most, so if you have a question or comment, please feel free to post it below!