Throw an unforgettable Halloween party this October with decorations that you can create yourself. HER designers Kate Johnson and Leah Beane made subtly spooky accents guaranteed to make an impression.
Adding lighting accents is key to creating an ambiance at any party. Use posterboard and parchment paper to create luminaries, assembled with glue, and filled with LED strand lights to add a glow.
Every table setting needs a centerpiece, so we decided to make a branch full of hanging bats. We started with a cardboard base that we stuck our branch into, and covered with some dried decorative grass. The bats are just black felt and feathers, wrapped around the branches and glued together.
Work toy snakes (or other rubber creepy-crawlies) into a simple twig wreath. Spray paint the wreath with black spray paint to add shine and give a sense that the entire thing is a wriggling ball of snakes. This is a super easy project that can be hung on the front door or inside.
With just black posterboard and tape, you can create these creepy-cute felines for a place setting or just for show. Use chalk to write names on the side.
Creepily realistic witch-finger cookies make a great snack. We got our recipe from Food.com:
Create these Victorian-inspired silhouette portraits yourself. There are several ways we devised to complete this project:
1. Using a printed out photo of someone turned profile view, trace the outline of their head and use a black marker or paint on white paper to fill in the shape.
2. Alternatively, you could trace the head onto a sheet of black paper and glue it onto a piece of white paper.
3. If you know how to use computer programs like MS Paint, Photoshop, or Illustrator, you could trace over the photo with black and print it out.
With all of these methods, the fun part comes when you add spooky details like wings, horns, and tentacles to the images.
Every party needs a great cocktail, so we created a traditional Black Russian (5 parts vodka to 2 parts coffee liqueur, like Kahlua.) We served it in a martini glass instead of the traditional Old Fashioned glass over ice. If you want to avoid alcohol, you could use straight black coffee for a similar look. Any drink could be dyed with black food coloring, but we weren’t sure how that would treat your guest’s teeth!
A tiny bottle accompanying the drink, spray painted eerily or labeled with a skull & crossbones, cements the idea of poison in your guests’ minds.
Offer guests woodland masks to take the pressure off finding a costume, or have them available for guests who try to get away without dressing up!
Download our different mask templates here>
Measure your hardcover books and make them new custom covers. Reimagine old classics, like Dracula or Frankenstein, or create new spellbooks. You can create them on a computer program, like we did here, or go the traditional route and draw them yourself.
We wanted to tie our entryway into the table setting we created, so we mimicked the centerpiece with a branch and posterboard bats. Make as many or as few as you want, hang them with fishing line, and enjoy your spooky chandelier.
If you’re theming the party around something specific, make sure to play it up on your invites. Crows, skeletons, witches’ hats, pumpkins—classic imagery, especially in black & white and paired with simple type, makes a striking invitation.