Original Illustration by Stephanie DeAngelis
Set in a small Indiana town in 1983, Netflix's Stranger Things is a joyride of nostalgia that weaves influences from early Spielberg to John Carpenter into a rich tapestry of throwback sci-fi cool. There's much to love. To name a few marquee items: the eerily brilliant score by band Survive, the Goonies-meets-E.T. kid-centric story beats, and Winona Ryder. We could go on like a broken Clash record. Created by the Duffer brothers, the hit serial drama has been thoroughly embraced by fans and critics alike. Whether you're watching for the first time or roping in new converts, we've put together an all-star assembly of key props to take your next viewing to a whole new level. Nailing the 1980s small-town aesthetic to a T, prop master Lynda Reiss hunted down vintage relics from flea markets, estate sales, and eBay alike. Hit pause on your life and order these accessories ASAP to throw the most authentic blast-from-the-past screening party anywhere.
We don't want to give anything away, so we'll keep things vague. Winona takes some important calls on her phone company–issued rotary.
Get in the zone by organizing a group ride with your crew between episodes. Bike lights are a prerequisite.
Keep vintage '80s props as decor for your spread.
In Episode 1, this X-Men No. 134 comic gets a major shoutout. Have your own race with the winner taking home a copy.
Turns out Christmas lights come in handy when constructing a DIY Ouija board. Hang 'em high.
Obviously any covert op is in need of CB radio hardware, so stock up.
A variation on the classic Polaroid 600-type camera, this retro '80s classic outperforms even some newer models. Painstakingly restored by The Impossible Project, it's a must for throwback documentation.
Pay homage to the many Star Wars references by serving up pizza or a cheese plate via this Millennium Falcon cutting board.
It's all fun and games until Dungeons & Dragons becomes all too real. If you really want to get serious, block out a solid chunk of time to take on the classic game with your crew.
Retro bowls and serve ware will jettison your guests back to 1983. For extra-authentic vibes, have them check their cell phones at the door.
Cozy up with this space-themed throw. You'll have extraterrestrials on the brain, so a literal blanket of stars is only fitting.
D&D-themed whiskey stones… You get it.
Go old-school with the same Panasonic boom box Will has in his room. A hand-me-down from his older brother, it's got all the homemade mixtapes on rotation. Time to take Spotify analog.
What are your favorite shows? Tell us what you're watching in the comments. What party can we plan next?