Saturday, September 30, 2006

10 Websites You Can Send a Free Halloween Card From

It's Halloween soon! Make sure the spooks are flying and the ghosts & ghouls will haunt everyone into having frightfully fiendish time ! Spread the magic by sending wonderful Halloween e-cards available from the following websites:

http://www.123greetings.com/events/halloween/
http://www.halloweencardshop.com/
http://www.marlo.com/hallowee.htm
http://www.care2.com/send/cathallow1.html
http://www.101halloween.com/
http://www.rats2u.com/calendar_gh/calendar_halloween.htm
http://www.freewebcards.com/cards/halloween/
http://www.halloweengreetingcards.com/
http://www.halloweenhorrors.net/
http://www.e-cards.com/area/halloween/

As you already know I think there there is more value and love involved in sending physical cards, especially hand made ones. But if you really have no time, then these sites should help you immensely.

Become a Halloween Card Collector

As Halloween cards were first produced in the early 20th century there is lots of scope for collecting cards, especially older ones that often came in postcard form.

I quite like the witch, cat, pumkiny, spooky (as you can see from my blog header) kind of theme so I could get some fun and pleasure from finding some Halloween card treasures and even show off my collection in scrapbook form.

So where would I go and what would I do to find some Halloween cards?

Firstly I would go onto Google and look for finding collectible halloween cards and see what that brings up. Apparently if you are looking for Halloween postcards don't expect to find original ones for less then $20. There are on the other hand plenty of prints available a lot more cheaply

I also found out if you are looking for older cards, you won't find many in gift shops and specialist shopss, online auctions seem to be the place to go. You could look out for limited edition cards to add value to your collection.

Then I would look at Amazon and Ebay and see what I could see.

At time of writing, a quick search on Amazon.com for Halloween cards, there are over 2oo results with things like: 24 old fashioned Halloween cards, Gypsy Witch cards and Edible Halloween cards. The things that some people think of, I don't know - I wish I had!!

All I can say about Ebay is Wow!! I searched for Halloween card in collectibles and there are so many cards vintage, old and new. I'm going to have to stay away from there as I will spend a fortune!!

Till next time.

Friday, September 29, 2006

The Art of Giving a Halloween Card

One of Halloween customs that has developed over the years is card sending

The first commercial Halloween card in the United States was first produced in 1908. The company Hallmark offer about 350 Halloween designs so the 'right one' should be able easy to find (but if in doubt make it yourself!).

Everyone likes to receive a card so why not make this Halloween another occasion to show your friends and family you care and are thinking of them. Halloween cards in their nature are funny so put a few smiles on people faces this year. (Its even better if you hand make the card and write the Halloween verse yourself as it will be more appreciated)

Most people won't be expecting to receive a Halloween card so the element of suprise will also make the card more appreciated. Its infinitely better even to post a bought card rather then sending an e-card as more thought has to be put into it and your recipient is probably more likely to look through post then check their emails.

Hallmark are finding a trend that Grandparents are sending fun cards with some some money inside rather than sending candy - whilst this is a great way to share Halloween I suppose its too late to say not to commercialize it too much!

Stick to the treats thats what I'd say and making friends and family smile.

More Helpful Blogs to Make this Halloween Your Biggest & Best

We all love to dress up at Halloween. Here are a couple of blogs on ideas for infants and dog halloween costumes - Remember don't let your dog miss out on the fun!

http://infant-halloween-costume-ideas.blogspot.com/

http://halloween-costumes-for-dogs.blogspot.com/

Why not set the adult costumes of with a pair of Halloween contact lenses (not recommended for young kids or dogs)?
http://halloween-eyes.blogspot.com/

Or you could get in the mood for Halloween by wearing a different Halloween t-shirt every day of October.
http://www.dhalloween.com/

My last recommendation today is prepared to be scared as you read about the horrors of halloween here:
http://horrorhalloween.blogspot.com/

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Make this Halloween Your Biggest & Best!

Halloween is all about fun so here are some related Halloween blogs to read to make this Halloween the biggest and best you'll ever have (until next year anyhow!):
  1. Craft ideas and halloween projects for inside, outside, for school or at work! http://halloweencraftsandprojects.blogspot.com
  2. No shortage of fun, creepy and scary Halloween food and general ideas: http://halloweenfoodfun.blogspot.com
  3. What will the Halloween Witch Confess? - you'll have to keep watch! http://halloweenwitch.blogspot.com

Quick History Of Halloween

Lets start with a little history. Just why and how did celebrating Halloween come about? This is just one version of events!

The Halloween trick or treating tradition in America began when the Irish came over after the potato famine in the 1840s. On Halloween the Irish peasants would beg for food and if they did not receive anything, they would play practical jokes. To avoid these practical jokes the rich handed out cookies, fruit and candles. This has now modern day trick or treating.

But the Halloween tradition started far earlier in England. It is believed to date back to 700 B.c when Celts reigned. 1st of November was seen as the start of the new year so 31st October signified the end of the harvest season and the start of a new year.

As it was the end of year and start of a new one, the Celts thought that past and present were closely linked so would dress in constumes, light bonfires, give food and drink to maked revellers. People say this was to keep the evil spirits away and to placate the dead.

Now that Halloween has become a popular day in so many societies - it has become the 8th most popular card spending opportunity with more than 24 million Halloween cards sent each year.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Some Homemade Halloween Card Ideas

Homemade Halloween Card Ideas

A Scary Pop Up Spider Halloween Card:
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/halloween/spiderpopupcard/

A Great Spooky Black Cat Card
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/halloween/cat/

Lots more great ideas for Halloween cards:
http://www.impressrubberstamps.com/ideas/archive/ideas_halloween2002.html

Places to cut and print out resources for your Halloween card:
http://desktoppub.about.com/cs/holidaysfallwinter/a/halloween_print.htm

More fun with Clip art:
http://www.thecraftypc.com/creepcasdoub.html

Reverse Halloween Card
http://www.mycraftbook.com/craftidea.asp?craftID=214

Should be some inspiration here for you to get your mind buzzing with more Halloween card ideas.

Halloween Card Verses You Could Use in Your Creations

Here are some halloween card verses for inspiration from: http://www.free-e-cards-online.com/HalloweenCardVerses.html

HALLOWEEN CARD VERSE 1
A Spell on You

Eye of newt and wing of bat
Will complete the mixture in the vat.

One witch stirs and another titters,
But there's no reason to get the jitters.
On you, a spell has been placed
to make your Halloween fun and safe.

(Poem Written By: Mary Burling)

Halloween Card VERSE 2:
Halloween Fun

Halloween is lots of fun
costumes, treats for everyone.

Black cats, witches, ghosts galore
waiting just outside your door.

Trick or treat is what they say
Happy Halloween today!

(Poem Written By: Joan Deines)


HALLOWEEN CARD VERSE 3:
Let's be spooky. Let's have fun.
We'll scare ourselves before we're done
with ghosts and goblins, winds that howl,
things that fly and things that prowl.
We'll talk about such creepy stuff,
until we all get scared enough
to hear the things we cannot see,
and see the things that just can't be.
Let's be spooky, you and me.

Why not use these as inspiration and have fun coming up with your own verses to put in your own halloween cards. May be a different halloween card verse for each friend or family member. Be creative and imaginative in everything you do.