The Rocky Horror Picture Show has a set part-tic-i-pation guide.


Rocky Horror Picture Show fans, don’t miss:

At the midnight showings, not only do patrons dress up, they bring props.

There are no hard-and-fast rules on props, but the following is a list of some of the most common:


Rice (to be thrown at Ralph and Betty’s wedding);

Water pistols (back row squirts them during rain scene); 

Newspapers (for front and middle rows to shield themselves from rain);


Flashlights or cigarette lighters;

Rubber gloves (during and after the creation speech, Frank snaps his gloves three times); 

Noisemakers (the Transylvanians applaud Frank’s creation – so should you);

Toilet paper (when Brad yells “Great Scott!”, throw a roll);

Toast (when Frank proposes a toast at dinner);

Confetti (at the end of the “Charles Atlas” reprise, the Transylvanians throw confetti); 

Party hat (when Frank puts on his hat to wish Rocky happy birthday, so does the audience);

Bell (“When we made it/did you hear a bell ring?”);

Cards (“Cards for sorrow/cards for pain”) 

It is also customary for the audience members at these interactive film screenings to take part in “callbacks” throughout.

Participation props

A quick online search will give you a crazy long list of appropriate – but actually extremely inappropriate – responses to shout after certain lines in Rocky Horror. As mentioned, there are also certain props that the audience can bring along – for example, a party hat to put on at the same time as Dr Frank to wish Rocky a happy birthday. And woe befalls anyone who strays from the script.


There’s a set participation guide for these screenings (and it’s extensive). Visit the official participation guide website here