How To Throw A Halloween Party The Adult Way

This piece originally appeared on Elle Decor.

Halloween has a reputation for being an over-the-top holiday – kitsch and clichés dually noted. But your party doesn't have to follow suit. Rule of thumb: If you're too old to go trick-or-treating, you've outgrown hosting anything that can be described as "spooktacular."

Rest assured, throwing an age-appropriate bash that still captures the Halloween spirit is easier than you think. So cast aside the ghouls and goblins, and embrace these five tips for hosting a fanciful and festive gathering this October instead.

In other words, your entire venue doesn't need to be decked in orange. Classic black-and-white will bring a sense of mystery to your decor, while metallic accents add a feel of sophisticated glamour.

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Instead of frightening decorations, conjure up a spookier atmosphere by limiting your light sources. Skip the overhead lamp at the dinner table in favor of candles – traditional- or antique-style candlestick holders work best.

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It's a playful holiday, so a pumpkin here and there – especially one with great style– doesn't hurt. But rather than go all-out with cob webs, spiders, bats, ghosts, and so-on, leave it to the food to bring a touch of classic Halloween fun to your party. Try a festive cake, like the marshmallow cobweb one pictured here, or mixing together some cubed melon and raspberries for a colorful orange-and-black hors d'oeuvre.

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Select one area – be it the entrance way or a coffee table – to be particularly bold with your decor. Here, guests can snap their fill of hauntingly cool Instagram photos. The bar is a safe place to add a little extra Halloween pizzazz without it taking over the entire space. If you like a good DIY, try impressing party-goers with a pumpkin turned ice bucket. 

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