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Digital Printing at Halloween

It's that time of year when the veil between the living and the dead is at its thinnest. All sorts of spooks and ghouls roam the darkness and they've got only one desire - to knock on your door and ask for sweets! The horror!! These days, Halloween isn't just for trick-or-treaters - even fully grown adults (who should really know better) are staging their own Halloween parties and trying to out-spook each other with the most terrifying costume. What ever you do this Halloween, there's a machine in the Roland house of Horrors that can help unleash your creativity...

Someone's at the door...

To make your Halloween party truly spine-tingling, you need a spooky setting. Why not welcome your guests – or frighten away trick or treaters – with a door design like these from Pinterest? A vinyl cutter and removable vinyl is perfect for producing fun front doors at Halloween, or hair-raise your game with full-colour printed designs, using an integrated printer/cutter for total creative flexibility.

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Spooktacular decals

Temporary vinyl cut graphics at Halloween can also be used on your garage door, conservatory windows, drain pipes, windows; and they’re not just for outdoor decoration. Windows and mirrors are ideal places for removable cut vinyl inside the house too.

Think your bathroom is safe? Think again: removable vinyl stickers can make even toilets, sinks, skirting boards and tiles a nightmare! Spook your friends with a creature in the shower or monster in the bathtub – all easily removable once the fun is over. Glow-in-the-dark substrates might elicit a few screams too!

Digitally printed selfie props

What really scares you? Because if you can imagine it, you can probably print it. A desktop vinyl cutter lets you print and cut party props, masks, invitations and more – as cute or gory as you like.

Etsythe online marketplace for handmade, vintage and unique goods, provides a wealth of super creative ideas. We love these cool Halloween selfie props from Supersweetparty and these heat transferred felt masks from RawboneStudio made into an amazing Halloween garland. Roland's heat transfer systems or 3D milling machines are great for creating scary masks and faces – which your guests can then wear into the night.

Decorate your lair with print and cut

There are even more options with Roland's wide format printers, which let you print onto an amazing array of materials. Try precision-cut, detailed designs in vibrant colours for stickers, decals, packaging, heat transfers and wall art of any shape and size.

A vinyl cutter is perfect for cutting paper and card, making your Halloween decorations so easy it's scary. Use any Halloween-patterned or special-effect card or vinyl to create your own decorations – how about using a glow-in-the-dark luminescent sign making vinyl to create stickers and decals for that extra ghostly touch?

Print your own pumpkin carving stencils

It's just not Halloween without a pumpkin lantern. The most atmospheric designs can be carved using intricate stencils as a guide, which you can produce wickedly easily using a vinyl cutterThese pumpkins from Pinterest could have been carved freehand, but why bother with yours when Roland makes it so easy?

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It doesn't have to be scary though. Use this Huffington Post article as your morbid muse to create stencils celebrating the latest internet trends, iconic characters or traditional designs.

Print eyes directly onto ping pong balls

We love the eyeballs on this pumpkin from Pinterest – it's obviously having a gourd time this October 31st! Print directly onto golf balls, ping-pong balls or similar with a desktop UV printer to create eyes that follow you around the room. Make them as realistic or menacing as you like to bring your pumpkin lantern to life (or death…), to add to your decorations or to hide in order to frighten your guests.

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Printing a sign directly onto wood

Which way to the party? You can create a funky sign with a UV printer, fantastic for printing full colour graphics directly onto different materials like wood – just think what materials you could try.

Halloween can also be cute! We absolutely love this adorable personalised Halloween family sign on NotOnTheHighStreet

Terrifyingly realistic prints

This might be the ultimate personalised Halloween decoration – pickled heads in jars! Print out photos of your guests or your favourite horror legends to create your own, resulting in a real talking point at your Halloween dinner party. WikiHow has all the instructions.

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Printing labels for potion bottles

Expect a few magic potions this Halloween with these glass bottles decorated with spooky labels. A print and cut machine is perfect for the production of unique, colourful, contour cut stickers and labels, perhaps personalised with your guests' names.

Setting the scene for a scream

These ideas from Pinterest really set the Halloween scene. A Roland VersaUV LEJ 640 Hybrid UV Printer can print onto monstrously big boards, so you can create your own horror movie set or spooky circus. We've been inspired by these peep-through boards for frightening photographs, carnival booths and even a graveyard – bigger is better when it comes to scares!

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Printing invitations for your Halloween party

Now you've decided how to decorate your party, you need to invite some friends to spook! Roland's eco-solvent and VersaUV printers offer incredible special effects options for printing stunning invitations that set the mood straightaway. Try printing a ghostly moon or spider's web with metallic inks possible on our desktop printer/cutter, or really let your imagination run away with you with the textured effects possible on our UV printers. White and gloss ink create a high-end, tactile finish on your invitations – try a blood-spatter effect, green text that seems to glow, or perhaps some tactile stitches from Frankenstein's monster! You can even personalise your invitations with your guests' names – and biggest fear!

Sites like Postermywall are great for downloading invitation and poster templates to personalise your Halloween party.

Engraving rubber stamps

If you prefer a more handmade look, your Roland cutting system can produce rubber stamps. They're great for decorating invitations or as gifts for your guests.

Printing tote bags for trick-or-treat

Trick or treat? Bags like this one from NotOnTheHighStreet should be big enough to hold all your Halloween candy! Be inspired by this example to use Roland dye-sublimation or heat transfer technology to personalise tote bags before hitting the neighbourhood, or make some for your guests to take home filled with sweet treats. Remember to leave room for i-scream!

Creepy costumes and eerie accessories

Faceskinz are the new spooky horror craze and it's easy to see why! Roland customer L&S Prints Digital designed and printed these incredible face masks guaranteed to give people a scare.

Images used with permission from L&S Prints Digital

Dye-sublimation makes producing one-piece fancy dress costumes quick, easy, and scary! Buy a white zentai costume, print the front and back, press, and be ready for a spooky time. Be a skeleton, zombie or monster, or save the day as a superhero. We  found some cool ideas on Coser Cosplay.

Costumes are big business, as is everyday clothing to get you into the Halloween spirit. For example, funky Halloween leggings printed using a Roland Textart dye-sublimation printer would be great throughout October, not just the 31st! Dye-sublimation is great for stretchy fabrics so you can design your own leggings, tops, shirts, dresses and so much more.

T-shirts are always a popular choice and no matter whether you dye-sublimate or use a heat transfer process – customising T-shirts is as popular as ever. 

Etsy always ignites our creativity and this rhinestone-personalised T-shirt by RhineDesigns is no exception. Using a Roland CAMM-1 GR or GS cutter, you can create an eye-catching rhinestone template and heat-press the design onto the garment. How about accessorising with rhinestoned bags, wallets and even phone cases?

Phone case printers of the damned

Speaking of phone cases, check out this incredible relief skull design by French artist Hugo Arcier we found on Trend Hunter Inc. You can achieve a similar effect using a Roland 3D printer or milling machine, or wow your friends this Halloween with cover printed on a phone case printer from Roland. You can build up layers of ink in matt or gloss, creating textured effects on items up to 100mm in height.

The VersaUV range can also print vibrant colours, bright whites and textured gloss directlyonto leather – and a host of other materials  – so why not add some gothic accessories like a belt, cuff or bag?

Printing wallpaper for your haunted house

For some of us, it's Halloween all year round! Wallpaper can be produced in so many sizes, patterns, textures and colours on Roland printers. We love this cobweb wallpaper from Graham and Brown, which would look amazing in a dark attic bedroom!

You could create your own version either on permanent wallpaper or as temporary wall graphics which are easy to apply to your walls as they are to remove when the fun's over.

Roland wide format eco-solvent and VersaUV printers offer the ability to bring Halloween alive for the home, office, studio, garage, car – anywhere. Walls, floors, roofs, windows, mirrors, picture frames, table tops, chairs and so much more can all be touched by the Halloween magic wand.

Roland Texart dye-sublimation printers give you a different edge, catering for apparel, decor and soft signage, and personalised products such as mugs, coaster, lampshades, clocks and more. This shower curtain from RawBoneStudio on Etsy is pure frightening fun! These haunted thrills lamp from Spooky Shapes can really create the perfect Halloween atmosphere all year round.

Dye-sublimation is the key technology for producing your own designs on materials like this, as bright as you like. Let your imagination take you into new realms.

Make Halloween costumes for pets

No member of your family should be left out of the fun.

Roland printing technology makes it easy to break into the lucrative pet market, allowing you to personalise food bowls, leads and collars, name tags, coats, beds, blankets and pillows, grooming sets, treat jars and much more not just for Halloween,  but for any season, special occasion, or simply to display your adored pet’s name.

Accessorise your furry friends with a funky bandana made from dye-sublimated printed fabric.

Check out these collars from TopDogCollar and be inspired to make your own, either printing directly onto leather with VersaUV or personalising a fabric one with dye-sublimation technology.

We hope these ideas have inspired you to show your dark side this Halloween, perhaps by exploring the amazing white, metallic, textured and relief effects possible with Roland kit – and this just scrapes the surface of how you can get creative this Halloween.

We’d love to see your Halloween creations. Share them with us using #RolandHalloween!

A visit to our Creative Centre will get your imagination fired up any time of year or feel free to give us a call to learn more about Roland printers, cutters, integrated printer/cutters, engravers and 3D printers (we don't bite!).

Have a horrifying Halloween!

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