While the kids are out gathering goodies, create a party for adult friends and family this year and let your imagination run wild. Use these decorating ideas to create a party that’s fast and easy to organize.
- For party invitations, write out the time and specifics on orange construction paper (or print off your computer) and then slip in a black mask into the envelope along with the invitation.
- Deck the halls and staircase with a seasonal garland using a strand of holiday lights intertwined with bittersweet vines, bunches of pepper berries, dried leaves and tiny pumpkins.
- Paint tree branches black and attach scary embellishments such as construction-paper cut-outs of witches and ghosts. Fill a metal pail with weights such as stones or glass marbles, and wedge the branches inside.
- Anchor candles in a bed of corn candy or black and orange jelly beans in glass jars and place one at each place setting.
- Line the path to your house with battery-powered (and ecologically safe) luminaries placed inside clean tin cans.
- If you have a floral wreath handy, spray it black and hang it up on the front door to greet your guests.
- A single perfect pumpkin makes a perfect finial for a newel post.
- Instead of traditionally carved pumpkins, spray your pumpkins with white paint and slip a shiny black mask on each one.
- Wrap a pumpkin or two with sequined ribbons for an elegant change to traditional pumpkin decoration.
- Don’t be afraid to use artificial pumpkins which come with their own lighting; we painted ours black and topped each one with a feathered tiara for ghoulish elegance.
- For an elegant centerpiece, cover a dozen or so differently sized pumpkins (faux or real) with white craft glue and sprinkle glitter all over the painted areas. When dry, arrange on your dining table or sideboard.
- Stuff black pitted olives with carrots or orange cheese. Set out yellow, orange, and white cheeses along with black (pumpernickel) toast points or rye crackers and serve with a blood red wine. For dessert include small blood oranges, dark plums, and red grapes.
- Create quick and creepy cupcake critters: Top store-bought cupcakes with stacks of meringues from the grocery story. To add personality, apply dots of chocolate icing from a tube.
- Wrap plain tin buckets with paper covered in old handwriting and then fill with candy goodies or stash your goodies in large glass jars to delight trick-or-treaters of all ages Decorate with glued-on cut-outs of cats, mice, and witches.