A typical dining room becomes otherworldly with a few spooky decorations and a haunting table setting by Mandy Majerik of Hothouse Design Studio in Birmingham, Alabama. Party food is served up in festive black urns and platters. For the cake? A butcher knife, of course.
An antique upright piano whispers of hair-raising notes. Frightful photos of what seems to be a long-lost caretaker hangs above. Try your own version by photocopying a vintage image and repeating it in black frames. A mismatch of candlesticks, spray-painted black, holds pumpkins and black wax candles for shadowy flair.
Bring on ancestral charm by digging up family photos of your great-greats. The frozen-in-time shots will add character and conversation to your spooky soiree.
Set for serious fun, this martini bar captures the spirit. A garden gate hung on the wall serves as a spooky backdrop for creepy black crows and a cocktail ready to go. Use urns, black bound books, and a black feather wreath for elegant drama. Playful holiday napkins command guests to “Eat, Drink, and Be Scary.”
Shaken or stirred, this libation is best served with an olive. Why does it seem to be looking at you?
8 fluid ounces gin
1/2 fluid ounce dry vermouth
1/2 fluid ounce sweet vermouth
4 cups ice cubes
4 pimento-stuffed green olives
Fill cocktail shaker with fresh ice cubes. Add 1/2 ounce each of dry and sweet vermouth. Shake enough to coat ice and pour off liquid. Add eight ounces gin to coated ice in shaker and shake vigorously. Pour into four chilled Martini glasses, garnish with pimiento-stuffed olive and serve.
A sideboard showcases a mixture of white serving pieces filled with candies. Have one -- unless the hand gets it first. Don’t forget to watch out for creepy crawlies.
Transform an ordinary chandelier into a holiday focal point with iridescent orange ribbon and a package of spider webbing.
Elegant flowers, such as these calla lilies, add funeral flair. In this case, the celebration is all about the living.
Wine bottles with custom labels make a stunning centerpiece and conversation starter. Black wax candles are meant to drip down the sides for drama. Create your own labels on your computer, using one of the sites below, or simply search for "personalized wine labels" in Google.
A Halloween tree, cut from a spiky bush and spray-painted red, strikes a pose in a corner. Skeleton ornaments suggest Dark Age horrors.
Offer up mischievous party favors such as rolls of colored toilet paper -- served up in the power room of course. Buy colored toilet paper here.