6 Halloween Party Themes for a Scary Fun Gathering

If you’re planning to host a Halloween bash this year, why not think a little outside the box? And by box, we mean the traditional orange and black color scheme, spiders and fake cobwebs on the walls, cauldrons filled with dry ice, and yards and yards of creepy cloth. Sure, the classics are always a good idea, but it doesn’t hurt to mix it up every now and then too. If you want to try something different, we asked event planners and entertaining experts for some unique ideas to wow your friends and family (and maybe even spook them a bit). If you still want to go the eerie route, try a “Cabinet of Curiosities” by displaying interesting and mysterious items (think skulls, taxidermy-inspired pieces, branches and leaves, and more) down the center of your dining or buffet table, or on the mantel. If you cringe at the sight of cobwebs, jack ‘o lanterns, and faux eyeballs, there are plenty of options for décor that aren’t of the classic Halloween variety or super scary. There’s a classic black and white color scheme for a dinner or cocktail party, for instance, that’s elegant and understated, or a rustic theme with cozy details like thick pillows and blankets for seating, and a warm neutral palette. And you don’t have to start prepping these ideas weeks ahead of time—they can easily be pulled off at home with a few projects that you can do the weekend before. Whatever you choose, it will be a party your guests won’t forget.

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The coziest season of the year is here. There are plenty of things to like about fall—crisp weather, beautiful fall foliage, and the excuse to indulge in the season’s best food and drink (pumpkin everything, apple cider, and more). When summer changes to fall, everyone changes their wardrobes from shorts and bathing suits to chunky sweaters and warm scarves. So why not transform your home décor for a new season? Fall is the perfect time to experiment with different textures, thicker textiles, and a darker, dramatic palette.

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