The Best Halloween Party Invitations Free: Give Your Friends The Finger

Hollywood Movie Monsters make great costumes
Hollywood Movie Monsters make great costumes

Where Has Halloween Gone

 

Most of us - Americans anyway - remember our early years filled with Halloween happiness every October, 31st. The pirate costumes, the fairies, the hobo''s, the ballerina's or, best of all, a Hollywood movie monster. Then there was the trick-or-treat inventory, dumping your booty on the bedroom floor to admire your sugary, cavity inducing treasure. And mom's ubiquitous warning, "only 3 pieces tonight." Huh? Three pieces! Was she crazy or sumpthin'?

Sadly, the world is not what it was then. There are bad people out there. Stories of razor blades secreted within apples, needles nestled in candy bars awaiting the tender mouth, poison infused into gumballs and worse, set fear into the hearts of parents everywhere. Oh, it didn't deter us kids very much. We were willing to take our chances. "Step away from the bag, woman. I've got places to go and candy to eat." But in spite of our willingness to risk our very lives, the numbers of trick-or-treating kids began to dwindle, an atrophy that continues to this day.

The Mummy

Let's Get This Party Started

Fortunately, all was not lost. Private Halloween parties began to replace the public "beggary en masse." Similarly, adult Halloween parties have grown in popularity, perhaps due to the youthful deprivation of having the second best holiday ripped from our "sugar shocked" mouths. Yes, adults are having more Halloween parties than ever before, and they are doing it up in ways that would have sent us - as youth - into a diabetic coma. It has almost become a contest to see who will give the best ghoulish gathering when it's their turn to play Host of Horror. I hope it's your turn, my friend, because I am here to help. And it all begins with the invitations. For yours, I would humbly suggest you give your friends the finger.

A Tale of Two Fingers

Martha's fingers are for sale
Martha's fingers are for sale
MMmmmm...Lady fingers
MMmmmm...Lady fingers

It's a Good Thing

Giving the finger is easy and I will tell you how to do it, but you will also find a variety of original Halloween cards below which you can print, cut out, and then mail to your guest ghosts, either along with the finger or simply on their own. Evidence points to Martha Stewart as the first person to give the finger. She also instructed how to make the severed digits, but her way is a little complicated. Maybe intentionally because she also sells them. $12.99 for 6 with all the trimmings. I don't know about you, but unless they are actually Martha's real fingers, that seems a little pricey. You'd think she'd at least offer a 5 finger discount. Besides, at last check, they were sold out, so plan on making your own.

How To Shape Marzipan

A Favorite Hollywood Monster

Come on in...the water's fine.
Come on in...the water's fine.

Making Edible Marzipan Fingers

Tired of hearing, "Get your fingers out of your mouth!" Then make these edible marzipan fingers. Heck, you'll get your delicious fingers into everyone's mouth for a "treat" they'll never forget. Say "ahhh."

(Special thanks to Paraglider for this idea!)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups granulated sugar

  • 1/8 tsp cream of tartar

  • 4 cups ground almonds (or almond meal)

  • 2 egg whites

  • Powdered sugar for dusting

Preparation:

1. Prepare a workspace by sprinkling powdered sugar over a marble slab, wooden cutting board, or large baking sheet. Fill your sink or a large bowl with cold water.

2. Place the sugar and 2/3 cup water in a large heavy saucepan and heat gently, stirring, until the sugar dissolves.

3. Add the cream of tartar and turn up the heat. Bring to a boil and cover, boiling, for 3 minutes.

4. Uncover and boil until the temperature reaches soft-ball stage, 240 degrees on a candy thermometer.

5. Place the bottom of the saucepan in the cold water you've prepared, stirring the sugar mixture constantly until it becomes thick and creamy.

6. Stir in the ground almonds and the egg whites, then place back over low heat and stir for 2 minutes more until the mixture is thick.

7. Spoon the marzipan onto your prepared work surface, and turn it with a metal spatula until it cools down enough to touch.

8. Coat your hands in powdered sugar and begin to knead the marzipan, working it until it is smooth and pliant. Shape into fingers.

9. Your marzipan can now be used immediately or stored by wrapping it in plastic wrap and keeping it in an airtight container.

Shipping Your Fingers

Good packaging protects the finger
Good packaging protects the finger

Presti-digit-tation

Get out a cutting board and a sharp cleaver. A really sharp cleaver. Use the cleaver to open a package of white sculpey clay, available at art supply stores, craft stores, or on the Internet. Take a small amount of clay and place it on the cutting board, rolling it out into a cigar shape. Shape it like your own index finger - hopefully still attached - adding the nail area and making knuckle lines with a toothpick. Flatten the bottom where the finger was figuratively severed. Repeat until you have enough fingers. Bake your fingers for 2 minutes according to package directions. Place on the cutting board to cool, taking care not to flip the fingers. You should be able to make about 15 severed fingers in 10 minutes if a friend lends a hand..

If desired, use a child's watercolor kit to "colorize" your fingers. Rub diluted black watercolor into the finger for a sickly, grey color, or give it a flesh tone. Add some red to the severed area. If it's a ladies finger, paint the nail either with red paint or nail polish. Make as many as you need. The clay will cost about $11.00. Martha's way is to purchase a rubber mold kit at stores as listed above, some quick-drying plaster, and make actual casts of your fingers. While it does produce a perfect replica of the real thing, this is messy, time consuming, and expensive when figured on a dollar to finger ratio. If you can't find white sculpey clay, look for any white oven-bake clay. These usually require a longer curing period (about 2 days) before baking, however.

Vampire by Clyde Caldwell
Vampire by Clyde Caldwell

Let Your Fingers Do The Talking

There are also "toe-tags" for your fingers below. Simply punch a hole where indicated, run a thin red ribbon through the hole and tie to the finger as a "reminder" of your approaching party. Then place in a small cardboard or jewelry box - available at craft stores - and mail to your amputees, er....invitees. If you don't wish to send your fingers through the mail, you may want to let your fingers do the walking and deliver them by hand. Your friends will get the point and will surely attend your nail-biting evening of suspense. Or, simply use them as party favors, placing them in small gift bags along with candy for "takeaway" gifts.

The Halloween card sets below can be saved to your computer and will print 3 on a standard sheet of paper. They should be printed on photo paper or cardstock, cut out, and then placed into a standard 6 ¼ envelopes (6 ¼ inches x 3 ½ inches), commonly available in stores everywhere. There is a style for everyone, whether you are giving the finger or not. Use and enjoy!

Horror Movie Poster Cards

Print, cut out, place in standard 6 1/4 envelope.
Print, cut out, place in standard 6 1/4 envelope.

Hollywood Monster Invitations

Halloween Cards for Invitations or Greetings

Happy Halloween Cards

"Toe Tags" and Gift Tags

Print, cut out, thread with ribbon and tie around fingers or gifts.
Print, cut out, thread with ribbon and tie around fingers or gifts.

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mistyhorizon2003 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

Wonderful idea and truly gruesome :)


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Thanks, Misty. Nice to see you.


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

Very Creative Hub. Love the baking idea. I'll be sure not to flip the fingers! A fun read and thumbs up.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Hi, Dottie: Thanks for your comment. Yes, for heaven's sake, don't flip the finger! Always great to see you!


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Anna Marie Bowman 7 years ago from Florida

Great job!!! Two severed thumbs up!!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Hi Anna Marie Bowman: So glad you stopped by and gave me two severed thumbs up! You're so special, I'm gonna give you a hand!


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Paraglider 7 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

How about making them out of marzipan? You could create a small sensation by biting through them.


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Marian Swift 7 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

This is sick.  Sick is good.

Four thumbs up!  (I always carry spares.)


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Paraglider: I love the Marzipan idea. I have never worked with Marzipan before, though I have eaten it. Would you need a finger mold or could you shape it with your hands? It would be quite a treat to bite someone's fingers.

Marian: Thanks so much for stopping by and getting sick. That makes me feel all warm inside. And four thumbs up! That is the most generous giving of up thumbs I have ever had. Thanks!


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Paraglider 7 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

Marzipan will work almost like plasticene, as long as it's warm and you don't rush it, or it will crack.


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Princessa 7 years ago from France

I love the finger idea, I should try making them out of marzipan like Paraglider suggested, is cheap and easily moulded. And the French love it!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Paraglider: That sounds great. Making them edible had not occurred to me. I think I'll add that to the article along with a recipe and credit to you, if that's OK. Thanks!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Princessa: If you invite me to your Sexy Halloween Party....

http://hubpages.com/holidays/Sexy-halloween-party

...I will bring the marzipan fingers. I have always wanted to give you the finger.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Christoph, this is such a great idea. I love how you included toe tags! Great job as always!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Gwendymom: Thanks for taking the time to stop by and leave a comment! You're encouraging words are always appreciated! Your Okie pal, CR.


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Princessa 7 years ago from France

Invited, but you must promise to wear something really really sexy, and bring plenty of fingers... we are very greedy ;-)


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Deal. I better get working on my costume! I'll have enough fingers for everybody!


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Christoph, an Okie, I had no idea. I should have known, with that great sense of humor of yours.


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California

Yet another pleasant read. Totally cool ideas too. Too bad I'm such a lazy bastard or I'd actually do some of this. I do like the edible finger thing though, imma have to forward this to my wife and see if she'll bust out some fingah action.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Gwendymom: I thought we had the Okie conversation before. When Spryte wrote a hub about catching mudpuppies as a kid. Anyway, yea, I lived in Muskogee age 7 through age 13. It was actually a great little place to be a kid, mostly. There were lot's of adventures. But there was also that "Outsiders" element which could get kind of scary. I could tell you some stories about that! When I was in the Library once, a "greaser/hood" tried to extort money from me by threatening me with violence. "Give me a dime or I'll pop you in the eye," he kept saying. He was older. I wouldn't give it to him so he got more and more threatening. Nobody in the Library would help me. Not the librarian, nobody. I refused to fork over the dime though, until eventually he actually popped me in the eye. He was very impressed that I wouldn't give him the dime, even afterwards. In later years, he looked out for me and kept the other hoodlums from messing with me.

Shade: I know what you mean. I actually did make them with the rubber mold. That one with the painted nail above is my wife's finger. Don't tell anybody, but what a pain in the ass. They were cool though, but I never did it again. I hope you get some finger action from your wife!


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California

Me too. LOL


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Chris, I am sorry. I really do need the lobotomy! Yea, loved the book and the movie. So many hot guys in one movie, it was almost to much.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Shade: When she's done with you....(Oh, dear lord, forgive me for that joke right there.)

Gwendymom!!!! Well, look at you! Changed your avatar! Testing the waters, are you? See, you are very attractive. You're a front runner! Wowza! Woo, woo, woo, woo, woo, woo.

Yea, The Outsiders was packed with future stars. We used to read the book as kids. It was like a bible to us, or something.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Chris, your so funny. I can't wait to see you in the contest!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

I wasn't being funny. And I don't think I'm going to enter. it just seems weird. I'll have to keep my hotness to myself!


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Paraglider 7 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

Christoph - be my guest :)


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Thanks! It's already done.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Christoph, I am so very dissapointed. :(


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

AW, don't be. I've been thinking about doing a funny hub called, "Help Me Choose My Avatar or How Not to Choose an Avatar." I'll put it there. Besides, if other people enter, I could change my mind.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Well you have gotten lucky, the hub has been unpublished for some reason.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

I was just going to say that, as I just saw it too. Woo, hoo! I wonder why?


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

I don't know. hmmm did you have something to do with it?


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Probably. He did delete a couple of messages last night, one of which was mine! OOoops!


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

hmmm, shame on you for getting hubs unpublished. watch your mouth mister!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Already washed it out with soap.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

good, now let's talk about this fan thing. I have recently noticed that you are not one of my fans and my heart nearly broke. Can you please explain yourself?


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Oh my goodness. This is a terrible oversight. I'll remedy this pronto!


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Christoph, I like playing comment tag with you too. Thanks!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Your welcome!


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Sally's Trove 7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Awesome visuals, instructions, and presentation. This Hub is another Christoph Sensation.

I'm thinking it might be nice to put one in a bowl of candy on a table at a party and wait for it to be discovered *by accident*, or maybe bake a clay one into a Halloween cake. Surprise! The number of nasty things you can do with this thing is probably limitless.

Fingers up!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Hi Sally: Thanks for the visit. My day is made and now I can go back to bed! I think you have some excellent ideas for scaring people with your fingers. I really like the candy bowl idea. Thanks for the fingers up! I'll send you my ear, just like Van Gogh!


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

Duh...I read this hub a while ago, went off on a fantasy tangent about fingers...and then completely forgot to hit enter on my reply. Great ideas Christoph...are you available to cater other affairs? :)

And DJ's hub contest was unpublished? Hmmm...makes me wonder just what kind of pictures he might have been getting... I bet there's a story in there...


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Sally's Trove 7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Christoph, please do not send your ear, unless it is a likeness molded in marzipan or clay (and even then, I probably don't want it). So, if you feel you need to send me your live blood and guts ear in sympathy with Van Gogh, I claim no responsibiliity. But I do appreciate the connection, one writer, artist, to another. :)


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

I'll take one of your marzipan ears to nibble on :)


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hot dorkage 7 years ago from Oregon, USA

Great Party Idea! a severed finger. Oooh yeah I like the edible one.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Hi Spryte! Thanks for re-stopping in and commenting. I am available for other affairs. Our motto: Have body parts, will cater affairs.

I do think I was involved in the imbroglio that lead to the cessation of D.J.'s hub. I hope it wasn't me. My comment (a response to someone else's comment) was unapproved along with theirs, not that I said anything bad. I got out of it as the other party continued, so I think they are to blame. I wish I knew, though.

Sally: You don't want an ear? It will make an excellent candle (waxy, you know). I understand completely. Just think of me on Halloween and I'll be happy, I'll eat a piece of candy to you!

Spryte: That's two ears for table 3. Okie, Dokey!

Hot: I've had marzipan before, but never a finger and I've never made it. It doesn't look too difficult.


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marisuewrites 7 years ago from USA

You've got to be a lot of fun at a party, or anytime!! Great presentation, I'm going nowhere near your place for Halloween, though. LOL


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Hey, mariesue. Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your time and comment.


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izettl 5 years ago from The Great Northwest

I vaguely remember my childhood halloweens because I was allowed no candy- not one piece. My parents were health nuts. They made me be a "good" kid and give my candy to my friends or the neighbor kids. Usually I was just happy to be out past dark.

Luckily, and kind of funny, my daughter chose her first piece of candy to be a tootsie pop, but it took her so long to suck that thing down, it was time for bed so she only got one piece of candy and was actually content with that. I laughed becaue I thought of all the candy bars she could have ingested in the time it took to suck on the lollipop. It all worked out, but reading this hub made me think back to Halloween parties (BK- before kids). Now that was fun suff. My best costume ever, and I know you'll appreciate this, was a school girl. At that time I had mostly blonde hair so many people insisted my costume was Britney Spears. I didn'tmind because this was the time period when she was cool and not crazy.


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Christoph Reilly 5 years ago from St. Louis Author

izetti; You didn't really feel deprived? To not be able to eat some of the candy you had collected seems like it would have been difficult for a kid to grasp. Well, I'm glad it all worked out. The best part of the adult Halloween parties is that for some reason, the ladies see it as a night to cut lose and dress slutty.


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Ruby H Rose 3 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

Perfect for the scary story time, thanks. Great hub, great photos, love the finger ideas...

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