The series “Celebration Inspiration” is all about bringing you top-notch advice and creative ideas to make the most of life’s special moments. In this article, we look at how to set the mood with spooky and fun Halloween party decorations.

The leaves are falling, the air is cooling, and your favorite horror flicks are playing on repeat. It’s officially fall! This exciting change of seasons also means one of our favorite holidays is quickly approaching: Halloween. For the big night, you’re not the only one who gets to dress up — decorate the home with holiday-themed details. Warning: a menacing vampire or werewolf may want to crash in on the fun.

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What Halloween party decorations best create the mood?

Setting the table

What’s better than trick-or-treating? Celebrating around the table! Begin by placing a black tablecloth on top of the table, layer a purple or orange runner along the middle, and strewn with spider webs, bandages, plastic orange spiders, and Halloween confetti.

Further set the mood with a set of flickering flameless candles. And no need to banish your mums, outdoor flowers, and even ghost-adorned lantern to the outdoors — they will bring a natural and eye-catching touch to the setting. And don’t forget the carved pumpkins!

What are the best foods for a Halloween-themed party?

Members of the Suicide Squad may look out of place mingling with the ladies of Bridgerton, but everyone will have a taste for Haunted Halloween Artisan Iced Cookies, which bring a colorful touch to the tablescape that will rival the costumes. Other tasty treats that give added flavor are hand-dipped crispy rice bitestruffle cake pops, and this confections tin. You can even kill two bats, err birds, with one stone by including a cut-out cookie decorating kit.

Bar cart of boos

Create a space for sips that will cause a stir in the night. Mad scientist or bartender? You choose! Transform your everyday bar cart by adding black roses, skulls, holiday glasses, and, of course, plenty of boos.

Homemade iced Halloween cookies

Other Halloween party decoration ideas

Mystical mugs

Pick your poison each morning and afternoon with a cleverly worded mug. Switch over your ordinary coffee mugs to seasonal orange, black, and white ones — bonus points for all pumpkin-flavored drinks.

Add fright to your night

Set the mood with witchy wall signs and decorative lights. Adorn the dining table, end tables, or anywhere you please with accessories that burn for attention.

More treats than tricks

To top it all off, treat your home to Halloween flowers and gifts to get everyone in the spooky spirit. Shop our Halloween collection to find sweet treats for every ghost and ghoul!

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Jacqueline deMontravel is’s senior editor of floral and gifting. She is also an editor, writer, designer, artist and stylist. Previously, Jacqueline was the editorial director of Engaged Media’s Lifestyle group, overseeing such publications as Cottages & Bungalows, Romantic Homes, Yum, Seaside Style, Cottage White, French Style, Happy Modern and Rooms. Formerly the editor of Country magazine, she held editor positions at Self and GQ. She has been a contributor with Hearst's Harper's Bazaar and Black Book magazines.

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