Spooky dinner parties

How to put on an elegantly eerie Halloween Soiree

Spooky dinner parties
Hosting an elegant Halloween Soiree

How to impress and spook your friends at the same time

If you need an excuse to have a little dinner party, then Halloween is just around the corner. Or maybe you’ve had it 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 elegantly eerie Halloween dinner party.

Embrace the darkness

Table set for halloween. Black on black.
Don’t be afraid of black on black.

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.

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. Leave the lollies at the door and keep your guests sufficiently satisfied.

Add in some childhood favourites with a twist

Spider cakes and black toffee apples
A fun twist on your childhood favourites

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.

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

Lead your guests with lighting

Spooky halloween lighting
Create a spooky atmosphere using 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. 

Decorate pumpkins in an elegantly chic way

Alternative decorating ideas for pumpkins
Pumpkin decorating doesn’t have to be tacky

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

Halloween cocktails in vials instead of glasses.
Use vials instead of glasses for a more dramatic effect.

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.


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