Black Cat Theme
Cut black cats from black cardboard. Put on any necessary lines with a pencil or pen. Make green or yellow eyes, and red mouth and nostrils, with paints. If the faces prove too difficult, draw only the back of the car, as the kindergarten children do. Tie one or two pieces of white writing paper, cut the same shape, to this black cat, by means of a neck ribbon. Write the invitation on the white paper. It may be as follows:
The Black Cat bids you come
Next Thursday eve at eight,
unto his Mistress' home.
Prepared to stay quite late.
Your fortune will be told.
Perhaps you'll get a ring.
And please do bring some stunt
to speak or act or sing!
On the third sheet is the place. Also the words: "To keep Hallowe'en."
For a boy's Hallowe'en party, these invitations would be nice: Cut pumpkins from yellow paper, draw Jack-o-lantern faces on them with pen and ink, and on the reverse side write this invitation:
Please be on hand on Hallowe'en.
I'm going to have a party.
And if you'll dress in your school clothes,
we'll play wild and hearty.
Perhaps we'll see the witches,
as they sail upon their rounds!
Please bring a Jack-o-lantern
to help light up the grounds.
Every boy will be pleased to make and bring his Jack-o-lantern, and they will "light up the grounds" with weird effect.
For a ghost party, write the invitation on blue paper. On the first page draw a ghost in white ink. This is not at all difficult, as a ghost is simply glowing drapery, covering head and all. A long skeleton arm should protrude from the drapery, with beckoning fingers. On the second page write the time and place. On the third, write this verse:
The ghosts invite you,
to the spookiest party
Only ghosts are admitted--
and come all prepared your sad
Story to tell.
Child's Party - Apples
For a child's party, use red paper cut in the shape of apples. A line or two in ink, will be all the drawing necessary. On the reverse side write:
Come and bob for apples.
"Twill be the greatest fun!
the witch will tell your fortune
When the bobbing is all done.
Perhaps to be the President.
Or rich, will be your fate.
You'd better ask your Mamma
If you can stay quite late.
The child will enjoy delivering these himself, dressed as an elf, goblin or some such creature. If he does this, let him state the time. Hours should be clearly understood at a children's party.
Goblin Themed Invitations
For a Goblin invitation, use colored paper or cardboard, cut in fantastic shapes. Draw little goblins peeping from behind curtains, or frolicking around, while in the air floats a bubble marked, "Fate". The goblins may be drawn by any one without the least artistic talent. Draw around a half dollar for the head, and round a penny or ten cent piece for the body. Collect these by a neck composed of two straight lines. Make some with short necks, some with long. Add lines for legs and arms. A few short lines in the lower half of the head will make a grotesque little face. Add a pair of large, pointed ears, and a pair of long antennae, drawing from the forehead,and your goblin is complete. The verse for this invitation reads:
The goblins are coming!
You'd better watch out!
On the weird Halloween
They are all about.
They bid you come over Your fate to try,
for upon this one night
It is hovering nigh.
High School Party
At a Hallowe'en party by a given by a high school girl, these invitations were much appreciated. Go through old picture books for appropriate pictures in outline of funny animals, and transferred them with carbon paper and a lead pencil to the note paper used, going over the outlines with ink. Those cupping up capers were given the preference. The result was very good. On the reverse was written:
Come to my Hallowe'en Party, do!The letters W.S.C. in the lower left corner of the envelope occasioned much guessing till it was discovered that they meant "Wear School Clothes." At a Hallowe'en party this is always advisable.
Come take a stir at the Witch's brew.
Taste of the fortune cake with me,
and see what your fate through the year will be.