Last Updated on November 1, 2021
Halloween isn’t just a night for trick-or-treating or classic horror movies. Before it was heavily commercialized, its roots date back to an old Celtic festival called Samhain. In fact, not everything on this holiday is about the dead. In ancient times, there was plenty of fortune-telling and games, too!
The Original Halloween
The ancient Celtic festival Samhain was believed to have been celebrated even before the first Celts came to Ireland over 2500 years ago. Samhain marked the end of harvest and of the summer season, signaling the beginning of the ‘dark half of the year’. The coming of the cold season was generally associated with death, sickness, and ill health.
They believed that during this time, the barrier between the living and spirit worlds was weak. The dead would often come to visit, and supernatural beings can play tricks on people as well. To appease the deities, communties would gather with Druids (Celtic priests) to burn crops and cattle as sacrifice in sacred bonfires.
Despite the spread of Christianity in Celtic territories, these pagan rituals persisted. By the Middle Ages, what we know now as Jack-o-lanterns (originally made from carved turnips) were used to help ward off malevolent fairies and witches. Fortune-telling and mischief-making were also common.
Today, Halloween is still celebrated on October 31st, before All Saints’ Day on November 1st. Old customs such as trick-or-treating is still observed, as well as familiar games like bobbing for apples. In the 1920s and 1950s, Halloween was mostly for children. Eventually, its popularity grew to include adults, too.
Nowadays, anyone can enjoy Halloween through various activities: from attending parties, watching scary movies, telling ghost stories, to playing at escape rooms, having your fortunes told, or re-enacting old traditions, like the Samhain.
Modern Halloween Invitations
Is your community planning to hold a district-wide event on the 31st? Or maybe you want to gather some friends over for Halloween movie night? Then these modern Halloween invitations are sure to get you in a spooky mood!
1. Halloween Party Flyer Template
Haunt the halls during the witching hour in this black, gold, and maroon invitation template from EightonesixStudios.
2. Halloween Party Flyer Template
Cartoonish but reminiscent of 80s movie posters, this party flyer will excite your guests even before the real event begins.
3. Halloween Party Flyer Template
Skulls have long been symbols of death because it reminds people of decay. But in this case, this skull is here to remind you of a Halloween rave.
4. Retro Halloween Party Flyer
100 percent vector with AI, CS6, and PSD files included, this pack from Vynetta has well organized layers and lots of spooky personality.
5. Halloween Party Flyer Template
Featuring an aged Jack-o-lantern, this simple black-and-orange template is all about classic Halloween hues and vibes.
6. Halloween Party Flyer Template
Don’t be scared – this giant red skull is just here to invite you to this year’s most exciting (and probably most provocative) party.
7. Halloween Poster Template
Throwing a Frankenstein or mad scientist theme bash this Hallows Eve? Then this poster template would be perfect for you. 100 percent customizable, with all shapes resizable.
8. Halloween Flyer 02
Available in two colors, this flyer template will look great for school events, house parties, or children-themed blowouts.
9. Halloween Party Flyer
Hosting a Halloween affair? Whether it’s movie night or a dance showdown, let the world know of the occasion with these cute flyer designs from Lilynthesweetpea.
10. Halloween Party Flyer
Orange and black hues set the tone for this spooky yet fun party flyer product that contains 1 Ai and 1 PSD file.
11. Halloween Flyer vol.01
This high-quality arrangement by Rometheme is cute, modern, and colorful enough to be used on both kids and adult-themed events.
12. Halloween Party Flyer and Poster Template
Let these creepy poster and flyer templates by Amber Graphics seduce your guests to a night of good fun. Product includes 4 flyer (US, Letter, DL, and A5 formats) and 2 poster templates in PSD and EPS files.
13. Halloween Party Flyer
Purple, black, and orange slime dominate this spooky but cute flyer by MONOGRPH that will help you announce all kinds of All Hallows Eve events.
14. Halloween Party Flyer
It’s not easy planning a Halloween party. So use this set by Miao Drawing and make your life easier. It comes with fully editable layered Ai and PSD files.
15. Halloween Concert
Aiyari presents this hard-core – albeit still delightful – template that’s recommended for raves, concerts, or music happenings.
16. Spooktacular Halloween Party Invitation
Cute ghosts and stars illustrations are featured in this charming invitation design by Clementine Creative.
17. Halloween Flyer
‘Orange’ you glad it’s Halloween? Put a smile on your guests’ faces with this black-and-orange template that can be used as an invitation or as a poster.
18. Halloween Custom Party
If you need a Halloween invite that caters for any age group, check out this template from Aiyari Graphic.
19. Halloween Party
Spooky green and a Frankenstein’s Monster-inspired motif makes this Graphr template a definite standout.
20. Templates Flyers Halloween in Gold
This Fay Francevna creation uses well-known spooky motifs ingold, giving your invitation or flyer an elegant touch.
21. Halloween Party Flyer
This red skeleton design from VectorVactory is wondering if you can attend an eerie get-together at midnight. Product also contains Instagram Post and Story templates.
22. Halloween Party and Show Flyer
Hair-raising but endearing templates for a wide range of events are not a problem thanks to this VectorVactory creation.
23. Simple Halloween Flyer Set
This flyer set from The Good Store includes 3 PSD files and 3 Ai files with Instagram Stories and Post templates to help you get the job done.
24. Retro Halloween Party Flyer
Whether you’re planning a house party or a virtual bash, these creepy retro elements are sure to catch attention!
25. Halloween Party Flyer Template
Hotpin’s exciting, modern format would be great for rave parties, nightclub events, or any spooktacular festivity that lasts until sun up.
26. Halloween Flyer Set
Want a catchy design for your dance events, night parties, or costume conventions? This flyer set from The Good Store is a top choice.
27. Halloween Flyer Set
Get ready for a night you won’t forget – because these flyers want to share a killer thriller with you! Would you believe that these are free for commercial use?
28. Halloween Event PSD Flyer Template
Jack-o-lanterns burning bright in the dark forest in this super scary template from Rina Shkodra.
29. Halloween Party Flyer
Somewhat reminiscent of the 2018 gothic supernatural film, The Nun, this invitation template will certainly satisfy not only Halloween lovers, but also fans of the The Conjuring franchise. Photoshop Cs3 version or above needed.
30. Halloween Minimalist Flyer V3
Your All Hallows Eve events will definitely be a ‘killer’ with this easy-to-use design from Romecreation featuring a white hockey mask.
31. Halloween Kids Party Template
This modern and unique design from Madhabi Studio uses bright colors and fancy motifs for the perfect children’s Halloween invitations.
32. Vintage Halloween Party Flyer
No scary night would be complete without a trip to a haunted house. And what better way to celebrate such a spooky occasion than with this purple, black, and orange template from Madhabi Studio.
33. Halloween Party
The moon shines bright in this simple yet eerie party flyer idea by DesignWorkz. Fully editable and print-ready, you can quickly customize it – just before the ghouls come out!