You probably don’t think of Halloween as an “elegant” holiday, but that is precisely why you should try to make it one. It’s not that tricky at all. The treat—for you and your guests—is pulling it off successfully. Here’s how:

Choose a Posh Party Theme

Compared to a movie genre, you’re hosting a suspense or mystery film, not a horror show. Think “The Enchanted Forest,” with guests coming dressed as fantasy creatures. Or try a murder masquerade ball, with guests wearing red and you supplying the masks (or they can bring their own). A black-and-white theme could be a sophisticated take on devils and angels. Make sure your guests are clear on the theme, so they can wear the proper attire.

Use Subtle Decor

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It may sound counterintuitive, but using metallic spray paint in the right way can give your haunted house upscale flair. Spray branches and leaves in silver and bronze, and arrange them in clusters around your living and dining rooms to create eerie vignettes. Place candelabras on tables and mantles. Swap out standard light bulbs for black, blue, or red. String white party lights around the room. Add a few Gothic-looking pillows to the sofa. And don’t forget to play music—preferably ominous, classical tunes.

Set a Thrilling Table

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Instead of choosing specific Halloween-themed items, choose pieces in simple colors that reference the holiday—such as a black or metallic tablecloth—and black, white, or metallic platters and bowls. For a chic touch, use the spray-painted branches as a centerpiece.

Opt for bite-sized appetizers, whimsical, seasonal desserts—such as our Pumpkin Latte Cupcakes—and a signature drink, preferably with seasonal colors and flavors.

Offer a Parting Gift

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This tasteful gesture will make guests feel special, so it’s worth the effort. A small pouch of high-quality chocolates, a seasonal candle wrapped in a bow, or two homemade scones for the morning after will make your party even more memorable.

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