Welcome to the Season of Spook! With Halloween around the corner, you may be considering throwing a festive party for the adults in your life. If you’re ready to swap out that skeleton bunting and cheap plastic Jack o’Lanterns from the dollar store for something just a little more sophisticated, we’ve pulled together some great ideas for you. Halloween decor can indeed be a classy affair (no, really!) with the right color palettes, decor and food so check out 12 of our favorite spooktacular ideas!
Get the Lighting Right
Setting the right atmosphere for a stylish Halloween party is all down to lighting. Consider using tall black taper candles in vintage brass candleholders alongside dark florals for your table. We love this beautiful table setting from 100 Layer Cake and created by A Sea of Love + Keestone Events which sets a mysterious mood with style and panache.
Go Vertical with Your Decor
Create further atmosphere by decorating your ceiling or outside areas with hanging decor. We love the look of these crows in flight (very Hitchcock-esque!) hung from thin wire above this dinner table. They’ll add to the creep factor both inside and out as imagined here by Hey Gorgeous Events via 100 Layer Cake and we love how the sophisticated table setting is elevated with black wine glasses tying together a sophisticatedly spooky color palette.
Fall colors are a natural tie into Autumn which is why we see so much orange and black at this time of year. If you’re looking for something a bit classier, why not consider combining more natural colors such as burgundy, tans and greenery with just a touch of rust? We love this Autumn-inspired table setting created as photographed by Olivia Rae James for Hannah and Will’s wedding as shared over on 100 Layer Cake.
We love the idea of a Haunted Masquerade party and this beautiful mantle decor by Jess of Domicile 37 is the perfect fit. The artwork above the fireplace creates the perfect creepy atmosphere but add in greenery and moss, painted pumpkins and a few busts (with matching masks!), the mysterious mood is spectacularly set.
Keep it Simple
Sometimes less is certainly more for a stylish Halloween party and so using only 3 or 4 different items en masse can actually create a simple but incredibly effective decoration. Here – created by Kalina and Matthew for their Autumn wedding and captured by Sarah of Hazelwood Photo – a display of simple rustic logs, pumpkins, flowers and hurricane lanterns come together to form a beautiful display and perfect inspiration for an elegant gathering.
Think Outside the Box
We love how this skull has been utilized as a spooktacular vase, filled with dark Autumnal blooms. You can check out exactly how it was done over on Honestly Yum where Erica shares her tips on creating your own for a creepy but elegant display.
Deck Out the Bar Cart
Your bar cart shouldn’t be left out of the festivities. Style it with subtle accents like metallic pumpkins and dried florals to amp up the party atmosphere. We love how In Honor of Design styled hers above with both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, copper mugs and a festive letterboard.
Speaking of dried florals, they really do make the perfect Halloween decor. The full bloom past, they carry a sort of twisted version of mortality into your festivities. These were shot by Tim and Caitlin of Gallivan Photo and styled by Summer Robbins Flowers alongside a ram skull and candles – a wonderful take on a decidedly gothic chic look.
Try a Monochrome Color Palette
If orange decor puts you off, then why not create a more sophisticated look by pairing the ultimate elegant decor bedfellows – black and gold? We love this set up from Candle & Cake which utilises white pumpkins and black and gold decor for a festive Halloween display that would appeal to both adults and kids alike.
Don’t Underestimate Dried Ice
Who doesn’t love a spooky cocktail? We love how a chunk of dried ice in a glass transforms this simple Vodka-Cran into a creepy concoction, perfect for your Halloween party. You can see exactly how it’s made over on Simply Darrling where Kendra features the recipe. (A word of warning – never eat dry ice! You’ll want to wait until it’s completely melted before you consume it so while it looks great, do be careful!).
Of course, no party is complete without food and while incredibly spooky food recipes abound, we fell in love with these stunning Graveyard Mousse Pots by Wallflower Kitchen which uses crushed Nakd bars as ‘soil’ and cookies decorated like gravestones for a treat that’s perfect for vegans and non-vegans alike!
And finally, for something completely different, why not do Halloween your own way? We loved how the conventional creepiness of Halloween was completely rejected here in favour of a much softer and prettier palette of white, gold and pink. White and pink for Halloween? Well, why not? Check out the full post by Caitlin Kruse and photographed by Anna Reynal over on The Glitter Guide.
We hope you loved these ideas for a stylish Halloween! How will you be decorating this year?