Type of Letter for an Invitation to a Halloween Party

by Michael Monet, Demand Media

    An invitation to any party should express the theme and spirit of that party. Halloween brings to mind ghosts, ghouls, vampires, witches and zombies. Your guests are prepared to dress up, drink bright green punch out of a pumpkin bowl and dance the night away to "The Monster Mash." Make your invitation letter as exciting and festive as you expect your party to be. The invitation is your opportunity to get guests excited about what's to come.

    Handmade

    When Halloween rolls around, people everywhere begin making all types of things by hand -- costumes, pumpkins, Halloween-themed snacks and house decorations. Get a party of people together to make handmade Halloween invitations that are one-of-a-kind. Gather supplies, including card stationery, Halloween stickers, Halloween stamps, colored pens and pencils, a hole punch and black and orange ribbon. Stencil on popular Halloween imagery, such as the outline of a ghost, witch or vampire fangs. Decorate with your art supplies. In the center of the card, write a standard invitation greeting with the address, date and time of your party. Your guests will be pleased to unwrap a totally unique card that obviously took time and care to make.

    Themed

    If your Halloween party is themed, your card should be themed to match. Regular costume parties can use any type of Halloween card, including handmade cards with a general Halloween theme. If you're asking your guests to dress up in a particular way, such as a paired costume theme like "vampires and victims," write your card directly to the vampire and her victim. If you're asking guests to dress up as ghosts or witches and wizards, address them appropriately. Buy premade cards to match your theme or make them yourself.

    Wording

    The key components to a party invitation are to address the party theme, include the location of the party, the date of the party and the time. If you want to include special instructions, such as the fact that this party is potluck style or guests should "B.Y.O.B.," make sure to do this as well. Write out the specific details on a piece of scrap paper so that you don't forget to include any important basic information. A well-designed invitation can let the illustrations speak for themselves and leave the text as basic details about the party. If you want to stylize your wording, play with popular Halloween-themed words and ideas.

    Examples

    A simply worded Halloween card is written as: "John and Sara invite you to their Halloween costume party on Monday, Oct. 31, 2011, at 9 p.m. at 14 Castleway Drive. RSVP to The Johnsons, (555) 555-5555 or TheJohnsons@nomail.com. Please remember to bring your favorite Halloween dish or dessert." If you want to get more creative or stylized with your wording, think of kitschy Halloween phrases to use, such as: "Dear ghosts, ghouls, witches and wizards: Something ghoulish is brewing at the Johnsons' house on Monday, Oct. 31, 2011, at 9 p.m. at 14 Castleway Drive. RSVP to The Johnsons, (555) 555-5555 or TheJohnsons@nomail.com. Bring your own cauldron of witches brew and prepare to howl in the full moon. Attend at your own risk."

    About the Author

    Michael Monet has been writing professionally since 2006. At the San Francisco School of the Arts, he studied under writers Octavio Solis and Michelle Tea, performed his work in Bay Area theaters and was published in literary journals such as "Paradox," "Umlaut" and "Transfer." Monet also studied creative writing at Eugene Lang College in New York and Mills College in Oakland.

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