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15 Essentials For Throwing A Sophisticated Halloween Cocktail Party

Step away from the plastic spiders and toilet paper mummies. Upgrade your festivities this year with these spooky yet classy Halloween cocktail party essentials.

Costumes & Cocktails Invitation

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Get everyone into the Halloween party spirit by letting them know the dress code beforehand with an invitation from Punchbowl. Witches, scarecrows, and zombies are all welcome to come by for a drink.

Photo: Punchbowl

The Poisoned Apple Cocktail

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Sweet apples and a bold tequila flavor bring balance to this spooky concoction from the Julep blog. Combine with a few dry ice chips and the result is a smoky, perfectly satisfying cocktail that will have all your guests talking for Halloweens to come.

Photo: Julep

Devilish Eggs

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This recipe from Tadka Pasta puts a seasonal twist on one of our favorite party snacks. The spiced orange centers keep the colors on-theme, and the dish doubles as a decoration and an easy appetizer.

Photo: Tadka Pasta

Beaded Skull Candle

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Take a more modern approach to the popular skull decorations this year with a beaded skull candle from Pottery Barn. The beaded detail adds a more upscale and sophisticated vibe to your entire party. Place a couple of these glowing heads on your food table for an extra-spooky feel.

To buy: Pottery Barn, $29.50

Photo: Pottery Barn

Poison Toffee Apples

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Opt for an elegant, yet edible centerpiece at your cocktail party with these poison toffee apples from Simply Delicious. The sinister black color adds a certain wickedness to your party that will mesmerize everyone from the first look all the way to the last finger-licking bite.

Photo: Simply Delicious

Spooky Soirée Invitation

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Everyone knows that a good party starts with the perfect invitation. Get your friends excited for a wickedly fun night with one of these Spooky Soirée invitations from Punchbowl. The simple design helps set the elegant tone long before the party starts.

Photo: Punchbowl

Marshmallow Spiderweb Cake

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Add some creepy crawlies to your dessert table by incorporating this spiderweb cake recipe from The Cake Blog. It only takes a few steps (and plenty of marshmallows) to get the stringy, scrumptious look. 

Photo: The Cake Blog

Skeleton Wine Glasses

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A cocktail party isn’t complete without festive glassware to sip holiday-inspired drinks. These skeleton wine glasses from Pottery Barn are the perfect addition to your drink cart to help set the creepy mood.

To buy: Pottery Barn, $19.50 - $29.50

Photo: Pottery Barn

Recycled Wine Bottle Candleholders

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Classy decor doesn’t need to be expensive. Keep the empty wine bottles from your next girls’ night in, and transform them into candleholders to set up around your home. Pro tip: Spray-paint the bottles black for an even eerier effect.

Photo: Women's Day

Caramel Apple Cocktail

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Fall has always been the best time of year to enjoy a delicious caramel apple, but now, ’tis the season to enjoy this autumn favorite as a cocktail. This recipe from HGTV teaches you how to make this sweet treat for everyone at your party.

Photo: HGTV

Chicken Lady Fingers

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Who doesn’t love the endless treats that Halloween brings? But most us can’t keep up with our sweet tooth like we used to. Make sure your guests are properly fed (in addition to those sugary treats, of course) with this recipe for chicken lady fingers with Romanian romesco dipping sauce from Better Homes & Gardens. The finger-like broiled chicken keeps it spooky without scaring anyone’s stomach.

Photo: Better Homes & Gardens®

Morgue-A-Rita Cocktail

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Turn your favorite summertime cocktail into one that’s acceptable for your favorite holiday too. This “morgue-a-rita” recipe from HGTV uses a sugary green “goo” for a creepy-feeling twist on the classic adult beverage.

Photo: HGTV

Bloody Halloween Cake

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It might look bloody terrifying, but this scrumptious red velvet cake created by Say It With Cake is an obvious hit for your next Halloween cocktail party. As if the blood-like ganache isn’t enough, the knife down the middle is just the (scary) cherry on top.

Photo: Say It With Cake

Say It with Pumpkins

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A sophisticated, elegant piece of decor can be decorating your own pumpkins/gourds for a simply classic centerpiece. Set them on top of candleholders for a look that really stands out from the table. This “BOO” pumpkin trio from Créme de la Créme Events is the perfect example.

Photo: Créme de la Créme Events

Black Iron Candelabra

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There’s just something oh-so-spooky about these black iron candelabras. Give your home an eerie glow by incorporating these candleholders into your decorations. Dim the lights and let the flickering flames set the mood.

To buy: World Market, $24.99 - $29.99

Photo: World Market

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