Pick Your Poison
Set up a bar away from the main buffet, stock it with dark bottles (beer, red wine, a pitcher of Bloody Marys), and add a moody backdrop (Laudanum Poison poster, $19, the Evolution Store, 212-343-1114). Arrange a cider station for the kids in the kitchen, where sticky spills are easy to clean.
In the mood for spirits? Try these Halloween cocktail recipes.