The Art of Darkness

Party Invitation Text Suggestions

June 24th, 2010 by Cobwebs

I’ve had this lurking in my Drafts folder for so long that I’ve forgotten the original intent of the post. I think it was going to be part of a “themed party” idea, where the invitation text would tie into the overall party motif: A party with an Old World theme might use a relevant poem or superstition, and so on. However, that post apparently is never going to get off the ground, so here’s a bunch of poetry and folk sayings that might be useful for prettying up a party invitation.

If you hear footsteps following you on Halloween,
you must not look round,
for it is the dead who are following,
and you should not meet their glance.
— Old Irish Superstition

Go to the crossroads at Hallowe’en and listen
to hear the future whispered in the wind.
— Old Welsh Saying

Halloween will come, will come,
Witchcraft will be set agoing,
Fairies will be at full speed,
Running in every pass.
Avoid the road children, children.
— Old Scottish Saying

Last night was Hallowe’en, you know;
The cowbells rang, the horns did blow,
The goblins stalked o’er stones and planks
And small boys played their annual pranks.
— Hallowe’en, Charles Frederick White

For on Hallow-Mass Eve the Night-Hag will ride,
And all her nine-fold sweeping on by her side,
Whether the wind sing lowly or loud,
Sailing through moonshine or swathed in the cloud.
— Sir Walter Scott

“In order on the clean hearthstane,
The luggies three are ranged;
And ev’ry time great care is ta’en,
To see them duly changed…”
— Robert Burns

An’ all us other childern, when the supper-things is done,
We set around the kitchen fire an’ has the mostest fun
A-list’nin’ to the witch-tales ‘at Annie tells about,
An’ the Gobble-uns ‘at gits you
Ef you
— James Whitcomb Riley

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