Make Ouija Boards of a different flavor at your artsy craftsy Halloween party #Entertaining#art#board games#crafts#gothic#Halloween#horror#party October 24 | Guest post by Natalie Every Halloween we hold a month-long celebration. I choose a theme and we have activities all month on that theme. Our average group size is about 10 people. This year we went with a Spiritualist Theme. We made spirit boards, had a scavenger hunt in a park that's haunted, held a seance in a haunted hotel, and on Halloween we're culminating it with dinner in a haunted restaurant & a graveyard tour! For the spirit board party, we designed invites to look like an old Victorian-era photo album. I created 4×6 pages, complete with little stories about where we'd be going, maps, directions, and ghost photos, and mounted each photo into a little album. It was a lot of work, but I only had to make 8! Here, enjoy our spirit boards! Creating a creepy year-round house that doesn't feel "Halloweeny" Where can you find horror decor that's not Halloween tchotchkes? And how can you keep the creepy spirit in your home year-round, without just looking... [more] Before our guests arrived, we set up the blank boards. And before we got started, we had to share that awkward time that comes with waiting for inspiration. You can see we have a variety of materials out — spray adhesive, magazines, scissors, paint. You can also see the painters tape on the edge, there! We used it to tape off a border around the boards. Reina struck first, outlining her letters in pencil before painting them in. Jen used a scrapbook page background, and then hand-stamped all of her numbers and letters. After staining the board with a dark gray stain, I cut and glued drawings from an Edward Gorey book. Jeanie brought in borders and glitter stickers to give her board sparkle. Reina hand-painted her Star Wars-themed board. It took about four hours to make the boards. Guests were given a 9×12 art board, an acrylic cover, and all of the paint, glue, and other accessories they needed to create their own Ouija Boards! We watched horror movies that featured Ouija Boards, ate yummy junk food, and had a nice afternoon creating Halloween art. Materials to make your own spirit board Primed masonite boards, one for each guest Spray adhesive or white glue Magazines Scissors Craft paint Painter's tape Pencils Paint brushes Gather your supplies on a table — cover it if you want — and pair with spoooooooky drinks. Or, you know, a Jack and Coke. Have fun! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Natalie I live with my husband, Joe, and our two cats just outside of Portland, OR. I've been planning Halloween Months for my friends for the past ten years and I love doing it! You might remember me from my Incubus-seeded wedding. http://offbeatbride.com/2010/06/oregon-stellar-wedding PREVIOUS A Portal-themed bedroom and a message board you pet to use in this week's Monday Montage NEXT How grown-ups make new friends: handing out coupons Toggle comments [ 2 ] Natalie is most creative when it comes to the month of October. I think the boards were so neat and each one was unique. May she have many more good times with friends during the haunting month! 4 agree Reply I love the month-long celebration idea, the ouija boards are great!! 1 agrees Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.