Introduction: Asylum Halloween Party Invite
I love Halloween!
Every year we host a Halloween party and I try to come up with a creative "invite" idea.
This year the theme for our party is Insane Asylum .
I send out a “save the date” a couple months ahead of time. I attached a picture of the STD for this year.
So my idea was sparked by a medicine bottle that one person used as the invite.
You can find that here. http://www.brooklynlimestone.com/
I like to send invites that people can look at , wonder about and be entertained by. I try to send a box of some sort with stuff inside.
I will post links to other invites I have done over the years so you can see those also, at the end of this Instructables.
So this year I had to come up with something that would make them feel like they were going to be admitted as a patient. So in my box I included a medicine bottle and a spoon, an id bracelet, a skeleton key, and a candle and the “certificate of insanity” (invite) I will go through each one of the items, let you know where I got them from.
Hope you enjoy it!
Step 1: Items That I Used
What I used to make these kits
boxes - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BT5553C/ref=o...
self sealing white wristbands https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B019430QWK/ref=o...
skeleton keys https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01304USO0/ref=o...
small black candels https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00K6P0EDC/ref=o...
small amber plastic medicine bottles https://www.sks-bottle.com/340c/fin166h.html
certificate of insanity http://www.hplhs.org/pdf/resources/InsanityCertifi...
old small spoons - good will
sticker paper ( for med label bottle, label on wristband, labels on packaging
Karo syrup (medication inside the med bottles)
Step 2: Lets Get Started
I started off by putting the boxes together and getting them ready to add the items of the kit.
I wanted it to look clinical, so I took quilt batting(found at Hobby Lobby) cut a square area to fit in the bottom of the box and then wrapped cheesecloth around it.
The finished product is a soft cushioned inside just right for all the stuff.
Step 3: Medicine Bottles
For the medicine bottles, i searched the internet for a vintage apothecary label that had to do with "nerves"
I found the one i used here https://www.google.com/search?q=nervine+label&rlz=...
I sized the label in Word to fit the 4 oz med bottle and printed it off on full page sticker paper.
For the "nerve medicine" I added a little water to Karo syrup so that it was not so thick and then just pored it into the bottles. ( you may just leave the bottle empty totally up to you)
Step 4: Patient ID Bracelets
I tried to get real patient id bracelet but it was really cost prohibitive, so I settled for this id bracelet you get when you go into an event. I found them on amazon they were pretty cheap.
I used clear return address labels to add the patient info ( in Avery label maker online) and just stuck them on the middle of the bracelet. I put one in each box. I thought about doing one for each guest, but did want to work that hard, so 1 it was.
Step 5: Invite and "Certificate of Insanity"
I found the certificate after doing a web search. The file that you are pointed to in the first step is a editable PDF. You can change the cert number, DR name, and fill in the info in the middle.
As for the invite itself, i copy and pasted an asylum pic I found on the net inserted into a Word document and then typed my invite using 1942 font.
I printed the invite on the back of the certificate and printed it on an old cream colored thicker paper.
I folded each invited so that the picture on the heading of the invite is facing outward.
Step 6: Outside Labels
I used word in the same 1942 font that was used for the invite and listed each item in the kit, with a little blurb about it.
For the outside of the box I printed in large 1942 font "Asylum Admission Kit"
This was printed on white full page sticker paper that i just cut to fit the box.
Step 7: All Done
I wrapped the box in plain white butcher paper.
I added a return label and address label.
Most of these I hand delivery , in a few cases I do have to mail, it cost right about $3.50 to mail each box.
you can review my other invites below
Hope these inspire you to make a unique invite to.
Thanks for reading this now go vote for me!
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4 years ago
Maybe next year your invite could be to the city morgue or local cemetery. I love the attention to detail. Your parties sound like a lot of fun..
Reply 4 years ago
Thanks, this year it is twisted fairytale, check out the invite this year at https://www.instructables.com/id/Twisted-Fairytale-Halloween-Party-Invite/
4 years ago
Hi... I love how everything came together... It looks incredible! One question... Anyway to lead us to a certificate that will allow us to change the picture, name of the Asylum, location, etc... The specifics? I have a friend that has an actual historic asylum and I would love to make him one of these! Feel free to email me @ email@example.com as well!
Thank you :)
Reply 4 years ago
The is where i got the original item from
I don't think it will let you change the pic put its a good place to start. Hope this helps.
5 years ago
That's a really fun and creepy idea!
Reply 5 years ago
Thanks, fun and creepy are always a good thing :)