Halloween Invitation Showcase

My favorite thing to design each year for Halloween is my annual party invitation. I usually get started brainstorming ideas over the summer, and make sure to get the invitations delivered in September so my guests have time to plan. Every year the invitation is different — some years it’s on paper, other years it’s via email, and yet other years, like 2016, the invitation is an actual object, usable as a decoration itself.

2016 Halloween Invitation Showcase

2016 Halloween Invitation Showcase

In 2016 my Halloween party guests received a “poison bottle” invitation. Those closest to me got actual bottles with labels and tags, while those further away were mailed paper versions. Others received a digital version via email. I spray painted an assortment of saved bottles flat black. The labels were designed in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, then printed and cut with Silhouette Studio.

2016 Halloween Invitation - front of bottle and label

2016 Halloween Invitation – front of bottle and label

I also created a tag with additional party info to hang around the bottle, and dressed it up with a plastic skeleton hand. The tag is attached with rough twine.

2016 Halloween Invitation - back of bottle and tag

2016 Halloween Invitation – back of bottle and tag

The paper version is very similar, but much easier to mail!

Left: 2016 Halloween Invitation bottle. Right: Paper invitation.

Left: 2016 Halloween Invitation bottle. Right: Paper invitation.

For the guests who prefer receiving the invitation via email, I created a digital version and sent the invite as a graphic email.

2016 Halloween Invitation - digital version for email

2016 Halloween Invitation – digital version for email

I’m excited to start working on this year’s invitation ideas! I hope this post inspires you to create your own invitations too!

2016 Halloween Invitation - bottles

2016 Halloween Invitation – bottles

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