What to Put on a Halloween Invitation

by Kate Bradley
Your invitation should project Halloween's delightful spookiness.

Your invitation should project Halloween's delightful spookiness.

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If you want your Halloween celebration to be a wild, raging success, you've got to capture your guests' interest with an awesome and informative invitation. Of course you should include the time, date and location details, but a one-of-a-kind, well-planned invitation will intrigue your guests and have them clamoring to RSVP.

Appropriate Imagery

Guests should know immediately what kind of party they can expect. For an adults-only party, feel free to pour on the bloody skulls and flesh-eating zombies. For a kids' party, keep it light and friendly; for example, smiling jack-o-lanterns and happy-looking witches dancing with ghosts. If it's a neighborhood or family party, go with something a bit creepier but still harmless, such as a dark haunted-looking house, tombstones or yellow-eyed black cats arching their backs.

Details

Where's the party? What time should guests arrive? Don't forget to include the party details on your invitation. If you live in an out-of-the-way neighborhood or your house is hard to find, include detailed directions. Add your phone number and email address and a deadline to RSVP. If you don't mind whether guests are costumed, indicate that on the invitation. If your party has a theme, such as couples' costumes, or you're holding any costume contests, let guests know.

Clever Wording

Anyone can scribble a few details on a card and mail it. You want your Halloween celebration to be special, so put some thought into the invitation wording. Make up a rhyme, such as "Join us if you dare/For a Halloween scare!" It may seem cheesy, but a little effort goes a long way. You can also quote or paraphrase famous horror movies on your invitation; for example, include a picture of Jack Nicholson in "The Shining." Write "Heeeeere's the Party!"

Activities & Menu

If you're having games or activities at the party that guests need to prepare for, indicate it on the bottom of the invitation. For example, if you're having a haunted house where guests may get covered in "blood," urge them to bring a change of clothes. Tell guests what foods you'll be serving, too. Some guests may have dietary restrictions, such as sugar- or gluten-free. Encourage them to contact you with special needs so you can plan alternative refreshments.

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