From graveyard-inspired sushi and a skeleton in a bath, to fingers in finger foods and creepy cutouts, here are some great ideas for this year's Halloween parties.
In 2008, a section of Hugh Taylor Birch State Park was transformed into a haunted Halloween scene for the 11th annual Bremen Brothers Beach Bash. Among the tented areas for the event was a black-lit library-like space that recalled a haunted house.
Interior designer Leah Pickler interpreted Showtime's Dexter series when the network partnered with Metropolitan Home in 2008 for an experiential show house. Pickler's dining room included plates, chairs, and walls splattered with blood and a centerpiece comprised of vials of red liquid.
At this year's Dining by Design in New York, the table styled by Alexa Stevenson had rather a macabre centerpiece that included moss, succulents, and a skull inside a glass cloche.
The Walking Dead celebrated its 100th issue at Comic-Con in San Diego this past July with a party that referenced the comic book's gory, zombie-filled contents. At the edge of the event, two zombie nurses interacted with guests.
When XBox 360 launched its Gears of War game at Hollywood's Forever Cemetery, the spooky and unconventional mausoleum made for a suitably morbid venue.
For a private Halloween party planned by Event Du Jour in 2017, Revelry Event Designers created a dramatic vignette featuring a large candelabra, skeleton pillows and props, black furniture rentals, and an abundance of deep red roses from Celio's Design.
For a Halloween event, catering firm Good Gracious Events created witches brooms made from cheese and pretzels.
In one area of the I Like Scary Movies pop-up, guests could climb inside a Beetlejuice-inspired coffin.
For a styled photo shoot at Big Daddy's Antiques in Los Angeles, planner Anything But Gray Events complemented the vintage setting with a moody, Victorian aesthetic that's appropriate for Halloween events. Dark table runners from Luxe Linen were topped with florals from Mulberry Row and rentals from Sundrop Vintage.
Billed as a “skeletal spectacle,” Redmoon Theater’s 2012 Halloween party in Chicago featured dozens of the bony Halloween icons, and planners created unique ways to combine food and entertainment. At a s’mores station, two performers in lingerie and face makeup warmed chocolates over candles in a bathtub; blowtorches were used to melt the marshmallows.