movie soundtracks are good for background music. Check the
movies you have in your own collection, libraries, friends
and neighbors. Also - you could play a movie on your television
or computer and have the screen turned off, so there is a
"soundtrack" of sorts. Here are some suggestions
when choosing your soundtrack music - you'll want to do what
you can to play soundtracks that your guests will recognize,
you can burn your own CD collection of different songs from
different movies. Play the music low enough so that regular
conversations can still take place.
Hang a large map of the world showing "where there's
trouble." Usually these are in the lairs for the superheroes
to see where they are needed.
Create a city skyline in your home or party area. You can
get large sheets of cardboard and paint them black, or get
solid black wrapping paper. For the cardboard, try finding
large appliance boxes at a nearby store, and then you can
cut the box apart. Or if you've recently moved, you can cut
your moving boxes apart, and then tape sections together.
Create sections of different lengths and then mount them side
by side on the wall to create the skyline. You can string
white holiday lights around the outline of the buildings.
Or if you string a line along the bottom of your skyline,
it will look like streetlights of the city. If you are patient,
you could push the lights through the back of the paper to
give the appearance of the window lights of the buildings.
If there's been a crime, a fun decoration is to use the yellow
DO NOT CROSS tape that can be found at most large hardware
stores. This can also work for streamers in a villain's lair!
Find a local comic book store and pick up some of the 25 ¢
or 50¢ comic books. There is usually a big variety of
superheroes available - you'll typically be able to find what
you're looking for. They would be good to lie out on tables
for decoration, give them away as prizes (or let the winners
choose one off the table), put them in goody bags. Be sure
to look through them before you buy them, to ensure the comic
is age appropriate for your party and/or guest of honor. You
may need to pull out some inappropriate advertisements, or
just skip and getting a book altogether.
Set up a walkie-talkie as a centerpiece on your main table
or display. When you are ready to begin activities for your
heroes you can have the "mayor" or "police
chief" call out for the heroes through the radio. Perhaps,
"May day, May day, calling all heroes" "Heroes,
where are you?" You can have a representative hero -
the guest of honor? - answer the call on the walkie-talkie
and get instructions for what to do next. The radio call will
add a sense of urgency and "reality" to the missions.
If you know your hero information, you can use the actual
characters from the comic strip.
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