Bring Them In With Quality Halloween Party Invitations
We’ve featured many crucial aspects of planning the perfect Halloween party for you and your friends and loved ones, so now it’s time to get the ball rolling with some Halloween party invitations. The reason you might want to wait and do these AFTER planning the rest of the party is because you’ll know exactly what to include on the invitations, what to say, you’ll have a better idea who you would like to attend your Halloween party and stuff like that. We’ll go over some vital information that all Halloween party invitations should include, as well as some different options that you have when it comes to making or buying your Halloween invitations.
Halloween Party Invitations – Homemade, From The Store, or Digital?
Those are the 3 big options when it comes to choosing your Halloween party invitations. We’re about to look at some of the pros and the cons for each one.
Homemade Halloween Party Invitations
If you aren’t already stressed about all the things you need to get in order before your party (Honestly, it’s not THAT much usually, especially when you’ve broken it down into categories like we have on our Halloween Party Ideas page.
So if you’re still feeling creative and want to add a final personal touch, handmade Halloween party invitations are a great choice. If you visit a local craft store, you’ll find all sorts of supplies. The scrapbooking section can be very helpful, and chances are if you’re at a major store like Michaels and the like, you’ll find an aisle dedicated specifically to making invitations. Be creative, make sure you have enough time to look around for supplies, and don’t be shy to ask the staff for tips or suggestions, chances are they’ve seen it all and are also creative people.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money, either. You can use scraps of paper, magazine clippings and stuff like that too. Here’s an example. You know when people write notes using letters that they have cut out from the newspaper or magazines? That makes an EXCELLENT creepy invitation to your Halloween party. It’s a lot of work, but if you have some kids around it’s also a fun project for them to help with. If you’ve having a bit of trouble picturing what I’m describing, it’s a common trope in movies and tv shows for letters from prison / from serial killers to have this style to them, if that helps you to picture it. All you need to do is clip out a bunch of letters from magazines and newspapers, advertisements and whatever else you have lying around and then paste them together to spell out that you’re having a Halloween party!
Store Bought Halloween Party Invitations
We already looked at buying supplies for homemade Halloween party invitations at the store, but what if you want to skip the whole step of putting everything together and just buy some invitations to send out? There’s nothing wrong with that, you can save time and likely some money too, compared with buying supplies to make really fancy and creative Invitations.
This option will be less personal, and less customizable. You’re basically stuck with whatever the store’s got, which can be good if you’re indecisive like me, or bad if you’re a perfectionist with a strong attention to detail like my wife.
Online Halloween Party Invitations
Chances are that you’ll just invite everyone using Facebook and email, but we’re just mentioning this to point out how much more fun it is to get an actual invitation in the mail. It’s a bit of a lost art, since it’s so easy to wrangle up a list of friends and blast out an “e-vite” to everyone in a couple of minutes, but keep in mind that people also don’t take those as seriously.
It’s easy to shrug off an online invitation to a Halloween party, but it’s tough to ignore a personalized invite that arrives in the mail, especially if it’s handmade. This extra effort shows your would-be guests from their very first impression that they can expect this Halloween party to be something special.
What To Include On Halloween Party Invitations
You’ll want to make sure your Halloween party invitations include the time of the party, the location, directions if it’s hard to find and any special instructions for getting inside such as a buzz code if you’re in an apartment building, or if you would like your guests to call when they’re outside, etc.
Depending on the situation, you may want to mention where your guests should park, and any little details like that that somebody might be concerned with. The less things that they’re uncertain about, the less likely your guests are to talk themselves out of going.
You will also want to let them know what your Halloween party’s theme is, for example do you want your guests to dress up? Are costumes mandatory, optional? Let them know if you will be service drinks, snacks, or a full meal. Don’t just assume that because the party starts at 9 that everyone will understand that they should eat dinner before arriving, and you can avoid embarrassment for either side by simply stating that you’ll have dinner, maybe mention what’s for dinner, if there’s anything for vegans or vegetarians, or if you’re just going to have some simple snacks and dessert. Whatever the case is, casually mentioning it on your invitation will likely be very much appreciated from your attendees.
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That’s it for Halloween party invitations for now! Can you think of anything that we missed? Do you have any more questions or concerns? Worried about the proper etiquette when it comes to a certain aspect of your party planning? Don’t WORRY, we’ve designed this section of our site to address all the most common concerns of a Halloween party planner – but if we’ve missed anything, just leave a comment and we’ll respond as soon as possible with assistance!