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.

Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images

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.


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.

Photo Credits

  • Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images