Written by Hugh Metcalf

How to throw a grown up Halloween party

Theme your scheme with moody dark hues and rustle up a tasty pumpkin dish that will impress your guests with our top 5 sophisticated Halloween party ideas for adults

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When we think of Halloween decorations for the home, an elegant and enchanting scheme doesn’t always spring to mind. This can be tricky if you want to host a spooky yet sophisticated soiree. 

Take the hassle out of hosting with our 5 top tips to ensure your Halloween get-together is fun, chic and well tasteful. 

Set an open-theme dress code

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Get in the spirit with a fancy dress policy – but keep the theme open to avoid putting guests off. 

Welcome guests with a Trick or Treat on arrival

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To escape being interrupted during dinner, leave a cauldron-style bowl of sweets and treats on the front doorstep. (Be warned: you may need to replenish the bowl!) 

Prep a Halloween-themed meal in advance

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Try this easy stuffed pumpkin recipe, which can be prepared beforehand and popped in the oven when guests arrive.

Stick to a dark colour scheme with subtle pops of colour

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Go for dark neutrals, layering grey plates on a rustic wooden table, positioning the occasional orange pumpkin for a pop of colour. 

Set the mood with low lighting

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Create a suitably moody atmosphere by dimming main lights or through the use of table lamps, and a scattering of tealights or fairy lights. 


Are you hosting a Halloween party? If you’re giving your home a gothic chic makeover or embracing moody hues, send us photos of your spooky space by tagging us on Instagram, tweeting us @goodhomesmag or posting a comment on our Facebook page



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