10 Halloween Party Invitations and Cards
The kids are back to school and there's a return to routine for yourself, but that doesn't mean you can't still have a little fun. Halloween is right around the corner, so why not host a party for your kids and their classmates, a few close friends, or the whole neighborhood?
Among the to-dos on your list: Dramatic decorations, uncanny appetizers, and enchanting elixirs that will add up to one scarily stylish soirée. Brew up a cauldron of Blood Moon punch, serve out candy and homemade treats (werewolf paw cookies, anyone?), and even don a transformative costume for the evening… but first, you've got to mail out the invitations.
Our Halloween cards vary from spooky (think: skulls) to sweet as pumpkin pie. Some are easy and fun to make with your kids while others will require a more skillful hand on your part. If you're just looking for something speedy and smart, we offer an assortment of clip-art and templates that you can fill in and send out in the matter of an afternoon. A few of them might even inspire some ideas for a party from the décor to the food to the theme itself! A grinning jack-o'-lantern invitation would be perfect for a pumpkin-carving party while a dancing skeleton is ideal for a monster bash.
Whether you're turning your home into a haunted house or you just want to make trick or treating a family affair, these charming invitations will get your guests in the mood to party—and they must RSVP, or else.
This stark black and white stationery is easy to recreate and allow for your own customization. Layer a few sheets of scrapbook paper under the "BOO" greeting, then inscribe a pre-written poem and the party details on the back. If you want to add something special to each invitation, incorporate a few stickers or themed tokens—the full moon, a murder of crows, or the silhouette of a haunted mansion—that'll make your guest scream with joy.
On the outside, pumpkin invites bear a greeting; pull up on the pumpkin top to reveal the party details. To make invitations, color photocopy our clip-art onto matte heavyweight paper. Using a bone folder, score the center of the pumpkin shape along the dotted line; fold in half. Cut out pumpkin. Use a craft knife to cut along the sides of the insert (a straight edge will help make perfectly straight cuts). Score along the dotted line and fold in half. Secure the halves together using an adhesive dispenser or glue stick. Cut out the top edge. Place the insert on the open pumpkin, aligning top. Trace the insert with a pencil. Apply adhesive around the outline, about ¼ inch from pencil mark; close the pumpkin. Write your invitation details on the pumpkin insert.
Frightening fêtes call for equally spirited invitations. This Halloween, lure party-goers to your haunted house with a bone-rattling skeleton. The creatures have movable body parts, attached with miniature brads, which make them compact to send and spooktacular to receive. First, color-photocopy templates at 125 percent (or download images and print) onto white heavyweight matte paper. Cut out parts with scissors. (For thicker invitations, affix copies to black card stock with spray adhesive, then cut out parts.) At the joints, make holes using a microhole punch. Secure limbs on top of the body with white miniature brads. Write details using a white-gel-ink pen. Fold in parts; enclose card in a #10 envelope.
These avian hunters, equipped with clenching talons and a piercing stare, foretell a ferociously fun evening. With their wings outstretched, the birds exceed the envelopes' bounds and are ready for flight. Color-photocopy the owl template at 125 percent (or download images and print) onto white heavyweight matte paper. Cut out the parts with scissors. (For thicker invitations, affix copies to black card stock with spray adhesive, then cut out parts.) At the joints, make holes using a microhole punch. Secure wings behind the body with black miniature brads. Write in the details using a pen. Fold in the parts and enclose the card in an A6 envelope.
Our clip-art invitation, overrun by spiders, may bring out the arachnophobe in anyone—but hopefully won't frighten your guests away from the fun! The note folds into its own envelope and gets a clip-art address label. Add a sprinkling of punched paper spiders for an extra scary effect.
Lure guests from their homes with messages in apothecary-style bottles. The paper owes its decrepit look not to years in a crypt but to being dyed with tea. If desired, take this extra step to make these invitations look authentically old: Brew strong black tea; let cool. Pour it into a plastic bin. Soak uncoated 8 1/2-by-11-inch paper in the tea for 1 to 2 hours. Remove it, and let dry completely on paper towels. Then, print the invitation template directly onto the dyed paper. Send the bottles in mailing tubes with a few pieces of raffia for cushioning.
The Victorians were able to fill their cabinets with an ever-widening array of objects. Decorate your place with an eclectic mix of store-bought oddities akin to a cabinet of curiosity's exhibitions, and your guests will expect an unusual event when they receive an invitation crawling with bugs. Print our clip-art designs onto heavyweight paper, and fill in the details for your party.
Halloween Luminary Invitations
This invitation kills two bats with one stone, so to speak: the outside of the invitation is actually a bag meant for treats. Nothing will get your guests more excited for a party like the promise of candy. Slip the party details into the bag, then stick the whole thing in a glassine envelope. Simply download and print our template, and you can focus all your creative energy on decorating the bags.
Severed Finger Invitation
For a horrific surprise, send them a plaster cast of your own index finger nestled on a bed of preserved reindeer moss. To make one, mix mold rubber according to package instructions, and pour the mixture into a paper cup. Insert your finger and remove it when the mold rubber dries (about 2 minutes). Pour quick-dry casting plaster into the mold, and allow to set overnight. Carefully remove the dried-plaster finger. (This may require cutting the mold; otherwise, each mold will usually allow one or two more fingers to be cast before a new mold is required.) To make your invitations truly cadaverous, mix India ink and water (1/2 teaspoon ink to 1 cup water), and dab the mixture onto the fingers using a natural sponge. Photocopy the invitation, cut out, and glue to the inside lid of a small cardboard box. Place reindeer moss in the base of the box; using silk embroidery ribbon, tie a "ribbon reminder" around the finger, and place your prank inside the box.
Who doesn't love a craft punch project? You'll surely lure in and catch every guest on your list with these adorable spider web cards. Print the details out on vellum paper, then stick it on a nice piece of scrapbook paper. It's a good idea to punch the webs before you mount the paper in case you make a mistake.