Halloween is my favorite holiday and one of my most-loved traditions is going to see The Rocky Horror Picture Show with my friends on Halloween night. Filled with audience participation, crazy costumes, and general weirdness, Rocky Horror is a unique and super fun experience that can't be missed. Below is a quick guide to the quirky merriness for all you Rocky Horror virgins out there.
The absolute only way to watch Rocky Horror is in a packed theater--it's no fun watching it by yourself at home (and will make even less sense than in the theater, trust me on this one). Some theaters will simply show the movie by itself on the big screen. Others will have actors in full costume acting along with the movie on the screen behind them. But they're both in the theater, ensuring lots of:
Audience (say it with me now) Partici---pation!
The element that makes Rocky Horror most unique is its level of audience participation. Audience members are encouraged to yell at the screen ("Dammit, Janet!"), dress up in costumes, and even throw things. Which brings me to:
The good theaters will provide you (or sell you) a prop bag. Some theaters will let you bring your own props. Either way, you want the props! It's always fun to throw things at people. Here are the basic ones you'll need for various moments in the show: rice, newspaper, water gun, noise maker, party hat, toilet paper, rubber gloves, playing cards, and, my personal favorite, toast.
Let's Do The Time Warp Again!
Like with all great movies, there's a dance number in Rocky Horror. Now, you're not required to do The Time Warp, but its way more fun if you do! The instructions are in the song lyrics but if you want a step by step instruction before you go, here is a great tutorial.
But most importantly, remember to have fun, let loose, and embrace your own weirdness! That's what Rocky Horror is all about, after all.
What are your favorite Halloween traditions?