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By Emily VanSchmus
Updated October 12, 2020
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Sending snail mail has been one of my favorite ways to keep up with my out-of-town friends and family during the pandemic. As the Halloween season approaches, I’ve been missing the usual seasonal activities we do together—so I stocked up on fun Halloween greeting cards to let my friends know I’ve been thinking about them. It’s not the same as hosting a Halloween party or going to the apple orchard (it is still safe to go apple picking locally if you practice social distancing guidelines), but since I can’t travel to see my far-away friends, a pumpkin-themed card feels like the next best thing. 

If you’re looking for a way to let someone know you’re thinking of them, here are a few of my favorite fall- and Halloween-themed greeting cards. Send them to your friends, your grandparents, or anyone else you can’t wait to spend time with when it’s safe to do so. 

Courtesy of Minted

Minted's greeting card subscription is one of the easiest (and cheapest!) ways to send holiday cards. You pay for your cards all at one time (there's no recurring payments), and you can set reminders that'll let you know which cards to mail when. Plus, you can mix and match as many as the cards as you like, and when you buy 12 or more, you'll get them for just $3.98 each.

Buy It: Halloween Card ($4 with greeting card subscription, Minted)

Courtesy of Etsy / penandpaint

I bought this set of cards from Pen & Paint on Etsy and not only are the designs gorgeous, the quality was really nice too. The set comes with four standard size (4.25 by 5.5-inch) cards in the designs pictured and includes matching kraft paper envelopes, which adds to the fall feel. I love card sets that come with different designs so I can choose which cards to send to which friends, which feels more personal than sending everyone the same card.

Buy It: 4-Pack Fall Cards ($12, Etsy)

Pink Halloween decor is all the rage this year, and it looks like the trend has carried over into Halloween cards too. This gorgeous card features a tiny ghost saying 'hey boo' and comes in a pretty blush pink envelope. Plus, it ships for free anywhere in the U.S.

Buy It: Hey Boo Card ($5, Etsy)

There have been many seasons of baking during quarantine: In the spring we made sourdough, and over the summer it seems like everyone got hooked on banana bread. Now that we've entered the Halloween season, we're looking forward to baking all things pumpkin—and this pumpkin muffin-themed greeting card is the perfect place to start. Not only will your friend appreciate the handwritten note inside, they can use the recipe on the card to make their own batch of pumpkin treats.

Buy It: Pumpkin Muffin Card ($5, Etsy)

Courtesy of Rifle Paper Co.

Rifle is my go-to for bright holiday cards because of their fun illustrated designs. This year, send a 'Happy Halloween' note that features spiders, bats, and of course—a black cat.

Buy It: Black Cat Halloween Card ($5, Rifle Paper Co.)

Courtesy of Etsy / AnchorAndSpruce

Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte is back in stores, so fall (and the Halloween season!) has officially started. Celebrate the season with this festive PSL-themed card: It ships for free in under 3 business days and you have the option to choose the envelope color you want. Send a pick-me-up to a fellow pumpkin spice lover by including a Starbucks gift card with your handwritten message.

Buy It: Pumpkin Spice Card ($5, Etsy)

Courtesy of Minted

While in-person trick-or-treating is canceled this year, there are plenty of fun alternatives to try at home instead. Send your friends and family a fun trick (or treat!) with this festive holiday card that's part of Minted's greeting card subscription.

Buy It: Halloween Card ($4 with greeting card subscription, Minted)

In all seriousness, 2020 has been a stressful year—but you can cheer up friends or family with this lighthearted holiday greeting card. Let them know that while this year has been scary, better days are coming.

Buy It: Nothing Scarier Than 2020 Card ($6, Etsy)

Courtesy of Zazzle

It's officially fall, y'all—which means you have the perfect excuse to catch up on your correspondance. Send this card to anyone you think could use an extra dose of fall cheer. The pumpkin design is fitting throughout the season, so this card will be a welcome surprise whether you send it early in September or get it in the mail just before Halloween.

Buy It: Happy Fall Y'all Card ($3, Zazzle)

If the kids are bummed about not being able to go trick-or-treating this year, help them write and send these fun cards from Rifle. The card features a line of illustrated kids in Halloween costumes that the kids can send to everyone they would've gone door-to-door with this year. Bonus points if you tape a piece of candy to the inside of the card before mailing!

Buy It: Neighborhood Lineup Card ($5, Rifle Paper Co.)

Let your bestie know how much you miss her with this gorgeous hand-illustrated card. While you might not be able to jump into a pile of leaves together, you can send a surprise 'thinking of you' card to her mailbox. Order it as a single card or purchase a set of 10 for $20.

Buy It: Fall Besties Card ($4, The Illustrated Life)

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