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Ideas For An Elegant Halloween Soiree

In case you haven’t noticed, Halloween isn’t just for kids. Many adults also love to celebrate this festive time. According to the National Retail Federation, about 158 million consumers will participate in Halloween activities, and the average celebrant is expected to spend $75.03 on décor, costumes, candy and entertainment; with total spending estimated to reach $6.9 billion this year.

Clearly, we’ve gone beyond a jack-o-lantern on the porch and a paper witch taped to the front door when it comes to decorating. Today, you have a cauldron full of ways to show your love for Halloween, and if you’re planning a party, creepy and spooky are certainly key elements to keep in mind, but no one said you can’t have an elegant Halloween bash this year. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Jack-O-Lantern chandelier shades, $18, from Ballard Designs dress up your light fixture, lending a touch of elegance and whimsey to your Halloween decor. Available in pumpkin orange and black.

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Halloween medallion plates, $39.95, for a set of four from Williams-Sonoma, offer some ghoulish glam in shades of cream and black with a touch of gold. Each oval plate, ideally sized for appetizers or desserts, boasts a dangerous Victorian-inspired emblem: skull and crossbones, viper, bat and raven.


Halloween Raven Tiny Taper Holders, $24.95, for the pair at Williams-Sonoma. Sleek, black terra-cotta holders with metal feet will lend a mysterious air to your Halloween festivities. Display them on your table or let them greet guests in your powder room.


Sophisticat pillow, $34, from Nordstrom because, after all, it’s not Halloween without a black cat lurking. This 20-inch square pillow features the perfect party cat, complete with orange bow tie, on a cream background, just waiting to be tossed around at your party.


Sock and shoe table and chair covers, $14.95, for a set of two at Plow & Hearth, are guaranteed to put smiles on the faces of your guests. The pointy-toed black heels and colorful striped socks look like witch’s feet, and they easily slip onto table or chair legs.

How do you add a touch of ghoulish glamor to your Halloween event? Are you over the top or more low-key in your Halloween decorating and entertaining style?
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