Hosting the Wanda Witch Party the Second Time Around

When I posted the Wanda Witch anonymous Halloween Party two years ago, I was pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to pull it off again.  Unfortunately since my name is posted on my site it’s pretty easy for party guests to figure out my identity.  Of course I love Halloween way too much to just let the holiday pass me by so last year I decided to host my first non-anonymous Halloween party.  I kept the same basic premise – an amazing race style bash with a spooky twist – but this time I skipped all the secrecy and just focused on putting together a great party for my friends.  I called it our Haunted Halloween Challenge.

Since I didn’t have to stress over keeping my identity hidden, I had a little more time to experiment with new clue ideas and new challenge options.  Some things worked beautifully, others… not so much.  Over the next week or so I’ll be posting some of the most successful stuff from last year’s party.  Many of you have emailed me over the last few weeks for clue ideas and party advice – hopefully the next few posts will help spark the creativity of those of you who are in the middle of your Wanda planning right now.

To kick things off I thought I’d share my invitation idea from last year.  I planned to invite a lot of guests so I needed an invitation that was easy and inexpensive to create.  I designed the invitation in my graphics program, printed it silvery vellum and then mounted it on a simple square of black cardstock with glue dots.  Specialty vellum can be kind of expensive so I designed the invitations to fit two to a page so I could use as little as possible.  I purchased the vellum (and the 6″ square envelopes) at Michaels and the black cardstock WalMart.  Overall, each invitation only cost me around fifteen cents and took less than  five minutes to create.  I must say, I think it’s my favorite invitation so far.

Haunted Halloween Challenge Invite

Unfortunately, I created the file in my Adobe design software, so posting it on the site wouldn’t be very helpful.  However, you are more than welcome to click on the pictures above and duplicate the idea.  Of course, if you’d like to save yourself a lot of time, you could also just order the printable file in my Etsy store.  All you have to do is place the order and send me an email with your party information.   I’ll edit the invite details for you and then send the finished file to you via email within 24 hours.  Just think, in less than two days you could have a set of fabulous, inexpensive invitations right in your hands.  It doesn’t get much easier than that!

Sample of Printable Invitation File

Don’t forget, if you haven’t had a chance to comment on the MyNurseOnCall post, you’ve still got time.  There are still three $25 Target gift cards up for grabs so hop on over to that post and join in!  More Haunted Halloween Challenge details to come soon.  Good luck to all you Wanda’s out there!  Just thought I’d pass it on.


  1. I am looking forward to hearing about your party and get some ideas for some challenges.

  2. april kentner

    Hi Marie! I just wanted to tell you I just started really reading your posts on your blog and love your ideas! I remember the Wanda Witch party and had so much fun at it! For our neighborhood I do some block parties every year and we are starting to get really good at getting more and more people coming to them that we decided to try a Halloween party. I took your Wanda Witch idea and toned it down to make it work for our neighborhood. We are still in the planning stages but it looks like it will work great! I printed off your sheets and will not have it a surprise host but have them all met together in costume and them divide into teams. I picked out 6 locations in our neighborhood. We are lucky to have a creak and have two bridges and some other fun locations. Thanks so much! Hope you have a great Halloween!


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