Gothic Halloween party ideas
Killer punch, classy finger bites, and Gothic decor that breaks free of jack-o’s for a sophisticated soiree
Recipe: Mini Caramel Apples
Recipe: Autumn Punch
Tabletop creativity: Buy fabric and make it into a tablecloth by hemming the edges, or asking your dry cleaner to do so. Houndstooth plays into the Victorian theme while still feeling modern. (Try fabric.com, hartsfabric.com, or spoonflower.com for inspiration.)
Halloween greenery: For an easy display, find mossy branches in the yard or at a florist and lash them together. Drop in orchids and, for spook factor, fake blackbirds.
Danger zone: Fake cobwebs “make your house look a little dirty and haunted,” says Oren. A mass of them strung across a staircase or bedroom door is a clever way to let guests know the area’s off-limits.
Haunted mansion: Replace your artwork for the night with these lenticular portraits (Colonel Whiplash; $15; kmart.com), which appear to move as you walk by.
Spooky switch: Swap your regular lightbulbs for red ones, available at most hardware stores.
Refresh your playlist: “If I hear ‘Thriller’ at another Halloween party, I don’t know what I’ll do,” says Oren, who asked L.A. DJ Patrick Belton to put together a playlist that’s “a little groovy, a little indie, with a bit of goth.” Her five favorites:
- “Voodoo” by Godsmack
- “Little Ghost” by The White Stripes
- “Season of the Witch” by Karen Elson
- “Blood” by Band of Skulls
- “I Put a Spell on You” by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins