As any good hostess knows, the invitation sets the tone for your party. After all, it’s the first thing that guests will see. And since an invitation is likely the first thing you’ll purchase for your event, the shopping process is the time to get creative. Is your invitation dark with something scary, like red vampire eyes? Maybe that will inspire you to transform your party space into a haunted house of sorts? Are the kids excited about hosting a costume contest with games, like bobbing for apples? Pick a cute illustrated invitation. Or, maybe you’re drawn to the sophisticated stationery with high-quality paper and a gorgeous scrawling font? That may lead you to invite your guests to a formal dinner party that’s less frightful costume party, more mysterious masquerade. No matter what direction you go in, make sure partygoers get excited about your spooky Halloween bash by sending out fun invitations that fit the theme. These creative finds, hand picked by our editors, will help you spread the word. Now all you have to do is handle the rest of the planning (but, here’s a helpful hint: We can give you a hand with that, too).