It’s pretty easy to throw together a traditional Halloween party: just stock up on plastic spiders, cotton cobwebs and plates with pumpkins on them. After all, the main draw of these parties is often to dress up. But it’s not the only way to celebrate Halloween. You can hold a very classy event that still embodies the spirit of Halloween.
Invest in Black
Halloween is a nighttime holiday, and the color black conveys a sense of real spookiness far more than plastic spiders. Black silk flowers, black painted pumpkins, black napkins, black candles and more can give a party a spooky yet sophisticated tone.
Of course, everything works best in moderation. Offsetting the black with some white provides contrast while keeping with the stark, barren motif.
Add Rich Autumn Color Flowers
Punctuate your black and white color scheme with colored accents: deep, dark reds; rich burnt oranges; and cool, dry browns bring the dying colors of autumn into your party. And these don’t have to be real flowers. Craft stores are selling plenty of these colors.
Halloween is, in part, about what has come before (in the form of haunting spooks). Trade in electric lighting for candles. Ideally, set them in candlesticks which are either antiques or at least look antique. Other antique items also made great decorations.
Get Creative with Glassware
Is that vial full of poison or the host’s mystery cocktail? Prefill drinks in creative containers like stoppered vials and let guests serve themselves…if they dare.
Make Costumes Optional
Some people love making costumes. Some people hate even buying one from Party City. Let costumes be optional, but suggest non-costumed people come in black to keep the event both spooky and classy.
Or you can meet the two ideas halfway and ask for guests to wear masks with their black ensembles. Basic masks can be bought at craft stores for just a few dollars, and they can be painted and decorated if desired. Fancier masks with paint, feathers, rhinestones and lace can be found online. You’ll probably want to keep a couple cheap ones on hand for guests who still show up without one.
Consider a Fire Pit
If you have access to a fire pit (either a literal pit or a portable one), a Halloween party is a great time to break it out. This is the time of year when being outside can still be pleasant yet a bit nippy without a heat source. Also, this again hearkens back to the days of old before electricity and modern furnaces.
Halloween is arguably the most playful holiday of the year. That does not mean, however, it has to be childish. Consider appealing Halloween motifs, and find ways of keeping them sophisticated: rich and dark autumn colors, emphasis on blacks, elegant costuming and more. The result will be a unique Halloween party guests are sure to remember.