How to Throw a Totally-Not-Tacky Halloween Party

Elegant Halloween decor does exist (!) and we highly endorse it.

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October 16, 2019

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Photo by: Matt Harrington for HomeGoods

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If you're hosting a costume party this Halloween, might we suggest a new approach? An elegant Halloween dinner party. Halloween decor has moved from tacky to trendy in recent years — likely thanks to Instagram. And with so many fun recipes to make and gorgeous dinnerware to serve them in, this holiday is the perfect excuse to host an over-the-top meal with pretty decor to match. We found lots of beautiful decorations, dinnerware and serving solutions that are spooky-chic.


Instagrammers are obsessed with these adhesive bats when it comes to decorating for Halloween and we can't say we blame them. These guys work on both your interior walls and on a porch outside.

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Spiderwebs are an ideal stand-in for lace during Halloween, and look just as elegant. This polyester table topper comes in lots of different sizes so you can use it as a tablecloth, runner or, if you want to invest in a few, placemats.

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We love an appetizer table at a party and this is perfect sign to go with it. "Accompany the food with clever signage ... and it will be a sure-fire hit with your guests," says Marcy Blum, celebrity event planner and HomeGoods style expert. This one is cute and punny, which we love.

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Make a statement right when guests walk in the door by putting these candy bowls in your entryway. Guests can start snacking the second they walk in the door, which is truly what makes a party great.

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"Revamp a bookshelf into a wall of Halloween goodies that guests can 'trick-or-treat' from," says Marcy. "Mixed among classic candies, throw in a few surprises like mini pumpkin-spiced candles ... so friends and family can take home a little extra something for Halloween." Stock up on a few of these jars for a jaw-dropping candy moment.

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Halloween is the perfect holiday for punch. Serve it in a big bowl alongside these bone-clad glasses. We love the stemless wine glasses for punch and would keep the goblets and champagne flutes at the table for dinner.

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Serve apps on this festive platter for guests to munch on while they wait for the main event. (We love these mini eyeball ham sandwiches.) The platter is made entirely by hand, which makes this price point even more exciting.

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When was the last time you invested in new silverware? With black kitchens becoming a bigger trend, we think you'll use these place settings well beyond Halloween.

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Chargers are an affordable way to dress up your dinner table. Invest in a set of black ones just for the occassion. They'll make any basic white dinner plate really pop.

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You don't need to invest in an entirely new set of plates to host a fun Halloween dinner party. These spooky salad plates set the mood on top of white China or even a basic white plate from Ikea, no serious investment needed.

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We love this pumpkin cocette for serving up a beautiful pumpkin soup as a first course. Seeing the orange soup against the matte black vessel also looks particularly striking.

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There's nothing more chic for fall than a white pumpkin. Use real ones to decorate your porch and bring the inspiration indoors with these adorable (and very affordable) salt and pepper shakers! We plan on using these for Thanksgiving, too.

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