Throwing a killer Halloween party is all about being unique - when you've got the perfect playlist, a witty costume and the finest collection of witch's brew on the block, the standard black cats and paper skeletons just won’t cut it.
So how do you give your party a boost from "kind of creepy" to "absolute classic"? The answer is sitting right on your desk: your PIXMA printer. It’s ready to bring both the party tricks and the Halloween treats with party-pumping printables.
As soon as your guests walk through the door, make them a part of the party by snapping a photo with a horror-themed app (like the kind that can zombify your portrait). Send the photo straight from your smartphone to your PIXMA printer sans computer with the Canon Print App, then hang the results from your Halloween party's centerpiece: the world's creepiest photo chandelier.
String three or four wood-stained embroidery hoops together with rustic twine (or dungeon-like chains) and use simple clothespins to pin up your guests' zombified snaps. Hang it in the center of the room, and your party ghouls can rotate the hoops to check out everyone's photos.
Water rings on your favorite coffee table are equally as terrifying as a horror movie, so make sure they don't happen by using functional, PIXMA-printed party decor. Print photos of your favorite Halloween monsters - anything from ghoulish goblins to giant lizards - then cut them down to the size of stone or wooden coasters (go for tree bark coasters to create a cabin-in-the-woods theme). Slap them on the coasters with a hearty coat of craft glue and sealer, then finish them off with a clear coat of polyurethane. Now, real monsters are officially protecting your countertops from party monsters. At the end of the bash, hand out the coasters as seasonal party favors in your guests' treat bags.
Once you've set the tone with ambient music and gotten the digital projector rolling a perfectly curated monster movie marathon, top off the festivities with a grown-up activity station to get your guests interacting while they sip on all those pumpkin-spice-flavored beverages.
Nab a Halloween-themed origami template from the Internet and print a bunch out in professional photo quality on thick cardstock, then populate your station with your choice of vampire bats, snakes, owls, headstones and clawed hands. Origami can be a challenge, so be sure to print out pieces for various skill levels (kids included). Now you just need some prizes to give out for the best creation.
Transfer of Terror
As you celebrate Halloween, don't forget the Day of the Dead, a 3,000-year-old tradition from our neighbors south of the border. During the Dia de los Muertos festivities, revelers honor the dead with intricately designed skull masks called calacas and eat similarly striking sugar skull cookies. These images lend themselves well to the kind of party favors that your guests will want to wear long after October passes: DIY sugar skull tees.
Use your PIXMA Printer, which features deep black pigment ink, to print a variety of sugar skull designs on Inkjet-compatible heat-transfer vinyl. Iron them onto pre-washed white tees according to the vinyl's instructions to create shirts that transcend the season.
A Touch of Vintage Venom
To finish off your chamber of horror with a simple, chic decoration that goes a long way, string up ropes of twine across your party space and break out those clothespins (you should have some leftover from your zombie mobile). Use a PIXMA printer that supports two-sided images - like the MG7720, MG6820, or MG5721 - to create double-sided images of vintage horror posters in various sizes, from postcards to 8.5 x 11 inches, on velvety, semi-gloss photo paper. Pin your mini-posters to your photo clothesline to create a perfect combo of stylish and sinister.
With a little help from your PIXMA printer, you've got the Halloween ambiance perfected - now just add friends.
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