How to host a hauntingly good Halloween Soiree

If you need an excuse to host a little dinner party, then Halloween is just around the corner. Or maybe it’s something you’ve had planned for months? Either way, we’ve got some tips for you to make it wonderfully wicked; or maybe that should be wickedly wonderful! Whatever you go for, make sure you’re spooking with style at your hauntingly good Halloween dinner party (we promise to not use another pun in this article).

Create a dessert to die for

We love the idea of the Graveyard Mousse Pots from Wallflower Kitchen. Now they use Nakd pots of mousse in this one, so you’ll have to find your own. Or try this one from Donna Hay.


Leave the cheese-factor to the cheese board

We’re going for spooky sophistication so serve up a styled charcuterie board amongst your spooky Halloween décor, or try something different with this Mummy wrapped brie. Leave the lollies at the door and keep your guests sufficiently satisfied.


Add in some childhood favourites with a twist

Black poison toffee apples, to go with your black dinner table. Who didn’t love a toffee apple as a kid, I mean it’s good for you right? It’s made with an apple?? These will certainly create a sleek and spooky addition to your menu plan.

Make yourself a monster front door

Monster or mummify? Make a huge impact on arrival by turning your front door into the feature. We’ve found some easy tutorials for both on Modern Day Moms or East Coast Creative Blog.

Lead your guests with lighting

Let your guests know what they’re in for from the moment they arrive. Lead them with lighting, such as this example we found on Pinterest. Use candles instead of lamps and big overhead lights. This will help to create an atmosphere that’s both spooky and sophisticated.

Floating witch hats

If you want to create that wow factor as your guests walk in, try some floating witches’ hats. You could even make them glow. We found a great tutorial at

Bring a touch of the classic, not a thump

Use your food to allude to the Halloween classics, bats, spiders, ghosts, etc. This will bring a touch of fun, without turning into a Halloween cliché. Something like this marshmallow spider web cake.

Decorate pumpkins in an elegantly chic way

Pumpkins are a symbol of Halloween, but they don’t have to look like the movies, or like you’ve got your inspiration from the local party shop. We’ve found some excellent ideas here of how to decorate your pumpkins in a totally chic way. 

Keep your cocktails creative

Ditch the Martini glasses and go for something more dramatic. We found an excellent idea which uses vials instead of glasses Then gather some inexpensive candle holders, paint them black, and use them to hold your vials of cocktails.

Embrace the darkness

We recently found an idea on Pinterest from Camille Styles, of a black on black dinner table setting a loved it! The colour sets the tone perfectly for Halloween but also creates something chic. She details out how to create each part of the table, from the candles to the wax-dipped red roses.

We hope we’ve sufficiently inspired you to create your spooky, but hauntingly good, Halloween dinner party.