Haute Halloween Party Ideas That We're Dying to DIY

The devil's in the details.

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Steve Giralt; Johnny Miller; Danielle Occhiogrosso

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The only possible thing that's more fun than getting dressed-up for Halloween is revamping your home into a house of horrors! From the clever to macabre, get inspired to throw your spookiest shindig ever with these Halloween party ideas.

1 Ghoul Gang
John Kernick

Not all Halloween party ideas have to be scary (or shockingly expensive)! This quick-and-easy decorative DIY from Country Living conjures up a group of friendly ghosts with nothing more than construction paper, cheesecloth, and a set of paper bells.

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2 Darice Bridal Tissue Paper Bells (Set of Two)
$5.44

These tissue-paper bells are dead ringers for spectral silhouettes. They're a cinch to assemble, and also fold down easily to store until next year.

3 Pacon Tru-Ray Construction Paper (50-Count)
$5.61

Cut out oblong eye and mouth shapes from this black construction paper, and affix them with double-sided tape to the front of each tissue bell.

4 Regency Natural Ultra Fine 100% Cotton Cheesecloth
$4.49

This 9-square-foot piece of cotton cheesecloth should be more than enough material to drape in individual pieces over each "ghost," shrouding them in a mysterious mist.

5 Rest in Cheese
Stephanie Shore Fisher

Scare up some excitement over the small-bites platter with this idea from Good Housekeeping. Put an extra-large cheeseboard to use as this plastic skeleton's final resting place.

6 EALUN 15-Inch Posable Halloween Skeleton
$10.99

To save on table space, we suggest going with a smaller skeleton for your char-boo-terie board. This one is just the perfect fit for an average-sized cheese board, at just 15 inches long.

7 Creative Home Natural Slate Stone
$35.00

In case you don't already own a cheese board, you're sure to get plenty of use out of this one! Its impressive 12-by-20 inch size lets you load on as many cheeses, fruits, and cured meats as you desire, for your Halloween party and beyond.

8 Menacing Mantel
Steve Giralt

Your hearth can transform into the heart of darkness just by adding a few devilish details. This Halloween decorating idea from Woman's Day makes over the mild-mannered mantel with an army of faux creepy-crawlers, flickering candle lanterns, and even a dismembered skeleton in the fireplace! The web-like mantel scarf is the foundational accent that ties it all together.

9 Grandin Road Bats Mantel Scarf
$29.00

This gorgeous mantel scarf from Grandin Road lures in guests for an up-close look to admire its intricate, lacy design.

10 Hosley Candle Lanterns (Set of Two)
$37.99

Using flameless candles is our favorite way to enjoy these lanterns' elevated ambiance. The more realistic, the better.

11 Century Novelty Plastic Spiders (Pack of 72)
$2.44

Finding a single spider around the house is unsettling enough, but displaying all 72 of these plastic bugs is literally a nightmare come true.

12 Creepy Cake
Johnny Miller

What's a party without cake?! Whether you're opting for homemade or store-bought this Halloween, this idea from Good Housekeeping gives it a killer presentation by accenting the top with a couple of satin-ribbon vampire bats.

13 Hipgirl 100-Yard 3/8-Inch Double Face Satin Fabric Ribbon
$5.99

Cut a short length of ribbon, knot it, and snip jagged bat wings on either side to evoke their eerie outline. Glue them to a straight piece of black floral wire, and arrange them as you please!

14 Decora 20-Gauge Black Floral Wire (50-Piece Set)
$6.41

Not only are these wire pieces simply tops for cake toppers, but they're also ideal for securing faux seasonal foliage to outdoor wreaths.

15 Everyday White by Fitz and Floyd Large Footed Cake Stand
$16.99

Before everyone attacks your creation, immortalize it with an Insta-worthy display on this ghostly white cake stand.

16 Spooky Snack Bar
Woman's Day

Guests can help themselves to the finger foods (take that as literally as you'd like) at a designated snack table. We love this idea from Woman's Day, in which a candelabra provides ominous ambiance and a wine decanter moonlights as a mad-scientist beaker.

The web-like wall detail in the background looks intricate, but it's achieved by simply criss-crossing strands of yarn and discreetly securing them at the edges.

17 Lion Brand Yarn 620-153 Wool-Ease Yarn
$7.43

Just in time for sweater weather, it never hurts to stock up on skeins of yarn for fall.

18 Klikel 14-Inch Spooky Halloween Black Metal 5-Light Candelabra Candle Holder
$2,399.10

For the adults-only party, we love using real taper candles to create an intimately eerie vibe.

19 Pottery Barn Vino Hand-Blown Glass Wine Decanter
$42.50

If you choose to use a decanter as a dressed-up drink dispenser, keep an ice bucket at the ready to keep cocktails appropriately chilled.

20 Boo-tiful Bar Cart
Danielle Occhiogrosso

Serve your pre-mixed elixirs from a spectral setting. This Good Housekeeping Halloween party idea uses tulle-wrapped white balloons in place of kitschy decorations and an on-theme pumpkin drink dispenser for simple self-serving.

21 Expo Classic Black Tulle 25-Yard Spool
$7.93

Helium-inflated balloons are best purchased from your local party store, but this ominous adornment can be done yourself. Just shroud the balloon in black tulle and tie it tightly with ribbon.

22 Circleware Pumpkin Clear Glass Beverage Dispenser
$43.59

Add plenty of spirits to your party by filling this glass dispenser with punch, sangria, or any other large-batch libation.

23 ZKLKLO Halloween Feathered Black Crows (Set of Two)
$13.99

These feathery faux crows look right at home perched around your bar or bookshelf.

24 Outside the Box Papers Striped Paper Straws (Pack of 100)
$3.99

Even after the party's over, these paper straws are a festive addition to any bar cart.

25 Arsenic and Old Lace
Quentin Bacon

Drinks are on the (haunted) house! Mix up a few large-batch cocktails, and serve them in vintage-style decanters or apothecary bottles for an eerie, yet elegant touch. Country Living even provided free PDFs of these poison-bottle labels that you can print out on sticker paper!

26 Hampshire 3-Piece Etched Decanter Set
$71.10

If you have a collection of old whiskey decanters, now's the time to dig them out! If not, this complementing set is a worthy investment.

27 Avery Sticker Project Paper
$5.46

Print out your bottle graphics on these sheets of shaped sticker paper ... and then try to resist the urge to do nothing else but create custom labels for all of the storage space in your home. After all, custom stickers are the gateway to Cricut-craziness.

28 Party Essentials Plastic 4-Ounce Champagne Glasses (Set of 20)
$7.37

The smaller the glass, the fancier the party, right? These champagne coupes may not be glass, but they're no less classy.

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