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Everything You Need to Throw a Killer Halloween Party

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(Original story published on Friday October 24th, 2014 on HGTV.ca.)

You may consider yourself too old for trick-or-treating, but you’re certainly not too old to throw a killer Halloween party. So, how can you make sure your bash is just as much fun as those Old Hallows’ Eve nights of yesteryear? That’s where we come in. These 20 decor and ambiance ideas are all you need to throw one spectacular—or should we say spook-tacular?—night.

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1. Create an Eerie Entrance
A fabulous entrance to “The House of Horror” (or whatever cooler name you’re calling it) is essential. An easy way to set the spooky mood is with candles. Just use black spray paint to cover all those old wine bottles you have lying around, and pop in a simple white candlestick.
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2. Find Fabulous Invites
You know the old saying: A party is only as good as its invitation. Okay, that may not be entirely true, but you can’t expect guests to be excited for your jam if you hand out lousy invites, or worse, none at all, right?
For the coolest options around, head over to Paperless Post.

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3. A Harry Potter Hallway
We’re ripping off Harry Potter for this one, because we’re loving the idea of having floating candles in the hallway, for guests to see as soon as they enter. Find out how to make them (they’re so easy – they’re just toilet paper rolls!) on Crafts Unleashed.
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4. Tim Burton DIYs
For the TIm Burton fans, consider making his whimsicle eeriness a theme, and this easy Jack Skeleton garland is a great accessory. Plus, it makes a fun DIY project with the kids. Find out how to make it on Disney.
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5. Tim Burton Elements
If you aren’t up for making your own decor, it’s easy enough to find halloween items that remind us of The Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands, or any other of your favourite Tim Burton flicks. We think these Lit Spooky Twig Trees from Pottery Barn ($60-210) are perfection.
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6. Kid-Approved Printable Banners
A little less eerie, a little more kid-friendly, a bright printed banner could be the way to go. Try this free version from Ella Claire Inspired you can print yourself now.

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7. More Printable Banners
Or, opt for a “Trick or Treat” version, perfect above any tabletop.
See the full DIY on polkadotchair.com.
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8. The Perfect Signage
An easy way to give your snack table the halloween edge is with labels, signs, and other paper goods. This amazing chalkboard-inspired set is conveniently available on Etsy.
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9. Black and Orange Cocktail Accessories
Add a dose of Halloween to every drink you serve with fun black and orange straws, like this striped set available on Etsy.

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10. Halloween-ified Balloons
Because it’s Halloween and we feel the need to go all out in every way, we think these DIY balloons are totally essential.
See the full DIY on designimprovised.com.

 

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11. Little Details
Another way to DIY halloween balloons is with a simple tracer and black marker. Plus we love how Yellow Bliss Road tied the balloons with whimsy black string.
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12. A Witch-Approved Tablescape
Consider your serveware when setting up your snack table. A few cauldrons and skeleton hand dishes can be the fun extras it needs.
Learn more about this table setting on the blog, blog.amyatlas.com.
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13. A Skeletal Serving Set
Go all out with Pottery Barn’s Skeleton Hand Serving Set ($20 now $12). Use them to serve salad, popcorn, and pasta, (or whatever creepy names you’re calling them) or set them on a table and let them hold bowls of candy.
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14. Black Tabletop Extras
This black cake stand from West Elm ($69) is perfect to hold whatever creepy dessert you’re planning on serving at your party. It’s also a chic and elegant piece to have on-hand for parties year-round.
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15. Dinner Party Essentials
Hosting a dinner party? Consider West Elm’s Onyx Place Setting ($39-140) to be a total must.

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16. Mr. Bones Napkins
We love the idea of every aspect of the party receiving the Halloween treatment, and for that, these Mr. Bones Cocktail Napkins from Pottery Barn are too cute to resist ($28 now $17).

 

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17. Skulls All Around
These Skull Sculptures from West Elm ($11-30) are so chic, we think they deserve to be on display all year round. They make great additions to side tables, book shelves, or when it comes to Halloween, wherever they’re not expected!
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18. Pick Your Poison Bar
There’s no party unless there’s a well-stocked bar, are we right? Opt for a “Pick Your Poison” bar, complete with a cauldron full of brews, and a signature cocktail tinted a lovely, slimy green hue.
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19. The Cocktails
Well, you need a fabulous way to serve those cocktails you’re making, right? We suggest this spooky yet elegant X-Ray Glassware (was $29, now $20) from West Elm.
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20. The Mad Scientist Theme
Or, put a different spin on your Halloween bash, and instead of the typical witch-theme, pumpkin heads, and skulls, opt for a Breaking Bad—we mean—mad scientist theme. Could Pottery Barn’s periodic table($77) and chemistry bar set ($60) be any more perfect?

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