Chelsea Cutler of San Luis Obispo, California, is hosting an epic Friday the 13th party at her home, but her interactive invitations might just be better than the party itself.
She created mini-graveyard invitations for her guests to dig up, complete with a little shovel, coffin and creepy music playing as they search through the potting soil.
“Anyone that knows me knows if I do anything, it has to be 110 percent,” Cutler, 27, told ABC News. “A lot of my friends really appreciate the holiday as well. Whenever they opened it and saw a box full of dirt, they knew they had to start digging.”
Cutler, a florist, hand-painted little coffins and buried them in potting soil inside a black photo box.
“I love anything spooky,” she said. “A lot of my guests love succulents and they could reuse it. I used a lot of moss too because I have it readily available.”
As a single mother with two jobs, Cutler said she always has a pretty hectic schedule. She has been wanting to throw a “killer” Halloween party for years but hasn’t had the time until now.
“I only had this Friday available and it just happened to be the 13th, so that worked out,” she said of the superstitious date. “And when it came time to send out my invites, I wanted to make them something that my guests would not forget.”
She hand-delivered each black box wrapped in red ribbon to her ghoulish guests to see their reactions in person.
“At first they were really confused why they were getting a box and then it started playing this music and they were like, ‘Something’s happening,’” she said with a laugh.
Halloween has always held a special place in Cutler’s heart.
“My parents are divorced, so growing up I always had to have separated holidays. But Halloween was always the one holiday and we would get together and do a combined holiday,” she recalled. “I grew up watching ‘Hocus Pocus’ and Tim Burton so it was naturally something I came to love.
“When I had my daughter I started showing her the classics and she’s really gotten into the holiday too. It’s our special time to celebrate together, to decorate and carve pumpkins.”
All of Cutler’s Friday the 13th party guests will wear costumes and enjoy caramel-covered apples in her home that she has been decorating for weeks, although she said, “It’s super laid back.”
“I’m really hoping the party decorations actually live up to the invitations,” she said. “I’ve been working on them for a while but I’m not going crazy on the decorations in the house. But I realized after delivering the invites, I have a lot to live up to so I better get working on them.”