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We know. 364 days is such a loooong time to wait for the next phantasmically fantastic Halloween.
We’re right there with you. That’s why we’re absolutely stoked about Walpurgisnacht.
German for “Walpurgis’ Night,” it’s named after St. Walpurgis and yeah, it’s a thing. Francian abbess Walpurga is said to have cured lung diseases, household pests, and believe it or not, even rabies.
She’s also said to have battled witchcraft.
And that’s where the fun comes in. For centuries, Northern and Eastern Europeans have celebrated the end of April each year with a feast in honor of the sainted abbess Walpurga. And they do it with a bang! Dressed in witch costumes, celebrants light bonfires, feast, and march through town in a sinister parade that’s all in magical good fun.
Here’s how to split up the long, hauntless year with something truly terrifying…and fantastically fun. Read on for your Walpurgisnacht party tips.
Invite Your Coven
There aren’t many (or possibly any…we haven’t dug any up so far) Walpurgisnacht party invitations. However, any of these written in creepy calligraphy will do:
- Select tarot cards such as the Empress, the Magician, the Heirophant
and any of the four queens to represent magical, witchy personalities. Write the party information on the back of each card and send them out. Or try anything from a deck like the Everyday Witch Tarot – they’ll make amazing keepsakes.
- Grab some black stationery and white ink and try your hand at calligraphy. Google for a crash course. Add some witch’s hats and spiderwebs along the border for flair.
- If you’re able to hand-deliver party invitations to a close-knit group, write them in paint marker on witch’s hat headbands.
- If you’d like, be a modern witch and send invites out via email or a party invitation service.
Dress the Part
- Create your own witchy garb using any black, red or green clothing or material. A black or gem-colored dress for women or black shirt and black jeans for men are perfect. Witch things up with your splash of color as a cape.
- Of course, you’ll want a hat. Hunt local consignment shops, since you’re buying off-season. For ultimate savings, ask a friend if she has an old costume hat, or if her daughter or son has one, and borrow. Your “thank you” is an invitation to the party.
- Don’t have anything thrilling to wear? Spice up your look with mystery by using face and body glitter. This works for both men and women – go for it!
- Try some sexy makeup. Here’s an awesome tutorial for some real witchy fun:
Deck the Haunted Halls
- Hang cobwebs. Everywhere. And we mean that.
- Place candles around the party area and dim the lights. For safety, you may wish to use battery-operated flameless candles.
- Drape a black or orange tablecloth over the main party table.
- Place a decorated witch’s hat in the center as a centerpiece; cover it with glitter for extra glam.
- Serve snacks out of plastic cauldrons from the dollar store; if you can’t find any at this time of year, check online for steals or dig through your garage for serving dishes from Halloweens past.
- Drape black cloth scrap pieces over windows and mirrors. Pin back for creepy, witchy curtains.
Find Some Freaky Foods
Pinterest is your friend here! We found a freaky few; links are attached.
- Witch finger pretzels
- Crescent roll witch hats
- Carrot and pretzel broomstick snacks
- Crescent moon cookies
- Cool dry ice drinks
Crank Up Some Magical Tunes
Whip up your own magical playlist to set the mood. Need some ideas? Here are 40 of them! (We LOVE this playlist.)
Now that you have all the ideas, go ahead and make your party magic. Remember: if you have an idea, send it to us. We may feature you in an upcoming article on halloweenalliance.com!