A doorway with a red velvet rope tied back with a noose.
Emily Jenkins Followill

Forbidding Front Entry

Hang red-velvet curtains to frame your front entrance and get creative with tiebacks (we used a gold tassel tied into a noose and remnants of a skeleton arm).

For a haunting haze, set a fog machine behind the doorway. And place a tombstone (painted with chalkboard paint) on the front door to deliver a dreadful message of your choice.


A dining table with cheese, chocolate and a knife.
Emily Jenkins Followill

Dreadful Dining Table

Serve up a ghoulish menu that your guests will not soon forget. With homemade stands (made from wooden industrial spools) and Victorian accents of crystal and lace, your Halloween gathering will boast luxurious style.

• Learn more about our Halloween dining table.


A sideboard wtih spooky branches and a mirror.
Emily Jenkins Followill

Spooky Sideboard

Create your own specimen jars filled with a variety of creepy, crawly creatures. And anchor the scary setting with bare branch arrangements covered in cobwebs.

To complete the concoction, place burlap bags below and let them spill open to reveal their contents: last year's guests.

• See more details for our sinister sideboard.


A mantel with busts and a red wreath.
Emily Jenkins Followill

Mysterious Mantel

Use your mantelpiece for a frightful arrangement of oddities: a floral wreath (made of carnations), carved busts with anguished faces, and Gothic candlesticks.

• Create this horrid scene at home.


A bar with a birdcage and black candles.
Emily Jenkins Followill

Beastly Bar

Set up a bar beneath a wall of paintings, framed bug specimens, and photographs that have been altered for the season with spooky masks.

Pour a creepy cocktail (we served Eternal Damnation, a drink modeled after the classic Negroni) and surround the scene with tarnished silver pieces and a birdcage for the looming vulture.


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