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    A relatively recent development in the long tradition of Halloween is an association with images representing any kind of frightening monster. Theme Halloween party decorations now include many familiar monsters; Frankenstein, the Mummy, the Werewolf, and Dracula obviously being the most familiar images. Here are a few monster theme Halloween party ideas to help you set the stage for a monstrous holiday event.


    One simple monster theme Halloween party invitation idea is to use inexpensive black paper eye masks. The inside of these types of mask is usually white. Write your invitation copy on the inside of the masks. Another option that my be a little more expensive is to use white hockey masks similar to the one used in the Halloween movies by the Michael Myers character. Mail in a padded envelope.


    If you would rather avoid using props for your monster theme Halloween party invitations, you can simply write or type your invitation copy on Halloween theme paper. You can usually find Halloween theme paper in office supply stores during the weeks leading up to Halloween. Alternatively, you use white paper and add images with rubber stamps or clip-art.


    If you are hosting an indoor monster theme Halloween party, consider tenting the party room. Use a black navy blue or purple cloth to create a dark, foreboding atmosphere. To tent a room, attach the cloth to the ceiling in the center of the room and in the corners. A parachute from an army/navy surplus store or one or two king-size bed sheets will do the trick.


    Another option for decorating the ceiling for your monster theme Halloween party is bats. Creating bats is easy and cheap. Just cut them out of black construction paper, black flocked paper or black felt. Hang them in bunches in every corner that you can. To give the impression of bats flying into the room, try this idea. Hang small bats on small lengths of clear fishing line close to the walls in the corner. As you work your way out away from the wall, use progressively larger bats and longer lengths of clear fishing line. At the outer most edges, hang two or three realistic artificial bats for added affect.


    Balloons are another option for covering the ceiling for your monster theme Halloween party. Again, use black, dark blue and purple colored balloons. For a spooky atmosphere, cut strips of black ribbon in varying lengths. Fill each balloon with helium and tie it off. Then tie a black ribbon to the end of each balloon. At the other end, attach a bat. Let the balloons float to the ceiling with the bats dangling below.


    Phony tombstones and coffins are other monster theme Halloween party decorations you can employ. To create phony tombstones, use styrofoam sheets cut into tombstone shapes. Paint them with Fleck Stone spray paint to give your tombstones the look of real stone. Use a broad tip black permanent marker to write humorous epitaphs on each one. Then give each tombstone a clear acrylic topcoat finish. Use wood dowels to stick the tombstones in the ground near the guest entrance. You can also piece them in corners of the party room.


    Add coffins to your monster theme Halloween party. They don't have to be life size coffins, although that would definitely make a dramatic impression. You can use small coffins to create the desired effect. Small four foot coffins can be cut from one four by eight sheet of plywood. Cardboard coffin-making kits are available from Hallmark stores at Halloween time. You may be able to find them at large party supply stores as well.


    Don't forget spider webs in decorating for your monster theme Halloween party. Use decorative spider webbing everywhere throughout the party area. String spider webs around lamps, light fixtures, potted trees and so forth. Another decorative accent is skull and crossbones. Create a dozen or so skull and crossbones using white construction paper. Hang them from stairway railings, mantels and potted tree branches. Tape them to doors, walls and windows.


    Do you want to make a spooktacular impression when your guests arrive at your door? If so, get some black, white and red crepe paper. Cover the front door with the black. Cut out pointy teeth from the white and glue them onto the black crepe paper in the form of an open mouth. To add the perfect finishing touch, glue red crepe-paper crops to give the appearance of blood dropping from the mouth.


    A monster theme Halloween party is a great theme for an older kids Halloween party or an adult Halloween party. Use the ideas in this article for instruction and inspiration to help you host a memorable holiday event. More ideas can be found in the books listed in the sources section below.


    Adapted from The Penny Whistle Halloween Book, by Meredith Brokaw and Annie Gilbar (Fireside).

    Additional Resources:

    1. ---.50 Boo-Tiful Full-Size Halloween Patterns And 100 Tricks For Using Them. Better Homes & Gardens, 2002.
    2. ---.Hocus Pocus! Halloween Crafts For A Spooktacular Holiday. Martingale & Company, 2003.
    3. Lyons, Charlotte. Mary Engelbreit's Autumn Craft Book. Andrews and McMeel, 1996.
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