24 Brilliant Ideas for an Elegant Halloween Dinner Party

Trade creepy for classy with these easy ideas for adults.

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Believe it or not, a Halloween party doesn't have to be all funky-shaped foods and kooky-looking cookies. When you're hosting an adults-only get together, it's time to trade creepy in for classy. Plan the perfect dinner party—from start to finish—with these bewitchingly creative ideas for table decor, cocktails, desserts, and more.

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The Sweetest Occasion
Bat Branch Halloween Centerpiece

This DIY centerpiece will add an eerie aesthetic to your table scape. Feel free to decorate the rest of your house with more glittery bats, (or even gilded bugs!) just like this blogger did.

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Heather Christo
Blood Orange Blackberry Rum Punch

If you're hosting a large dinner party, consider making a festive punch that can serve many people. This blood orange blackberry cocktail is made with fresh fruit and flavored soda to make it super refreshing.

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Liv for Cake
Pumpkin Spice Latte Cake

It's Halloween, so of course there has to be some sort of sweet treat. A beautifully decorated cake, like this pumpkin spice-infused recipe, will not only make a stunning addition to your table, but it will also taste delicious.

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Honestly Yum
Floral Skull Centerpiece

Use fresh or faux flowers in this vase for a display that's equal parts spooky and chic.

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Inspired by Charm
Halloween Dinner Table Idea

Pumpkins, apples, and succulents will give your gathering a rustic touch.

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Inside the Rustic Kitchen
Pumpkin Bread Rolls

Fill these freshly baked rolls with different sandwich fillings to please everyone's palates.

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Ikaroo
Outdoor Halloween Dinner

Autumn evenings can be the most gorgeous of the entire year. If the weather is nice, throw a checkered tablecloth over a picnic table, and add some hay bales for extra seating.


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Ikaroo
Halloween Dinner Centerpiece

There's no need to over complicate your centerpiece. Simply fill a with squash, hydrangeas, and fall fruits for an easy, festive addition to your table.

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Brian Woodcock
Spiced Warm Cider

Greet each guest with a mug of warm apple cider as soon as they walk through the door.

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Everyday Jenny
Halloween Stuffed Peppers

This healthy dish is filled with black beans, cheese, and shredded chicken. Your guests will enjoy every bite.

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Pumpkin Soup

Kick off the meal with a starter of pumpkin soup or chowder. Sautéed leeks, garlic, and bell peppers mingle in this satisfyingly chunky pumpkin chowder.

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Marcus Nilsson
Pumpkin Bread

Try this moist bread with butter or a mild cheese—or dip it in pumpkin soup for an extra hearty experience.

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Honestly Yum
Pumpkin Punch Halloween Cocktail

Hosting a Halloween dinner calls for a signature drink. Might we suggest this spiced rum punch served straight from a pumpkin?

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Pumpkin Votives

Create an autumn atmosphere with food and decor that embodies the season. For a table that's both casual and formal, use a gingham tablecloth and arrange pumpkin votives on top.


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Sarina Cass of Red Anchor Photo via Twink + Sis
Elegant Halloween Dinner Table

Dark flatware and candles and muted Jarrahdale pumpkins established the color palette for this elegant Halloween dinner table. Perch faux crows on the pumpkin centerpiece and top place settings with chestnuts.


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Kana Okada
Pumpkin Cannelloni with Sage Brown-Butter Sauce

Hosting vegetarian guests? This is the perfect fall-worthy entree. Plus, there's no need to make fresh pasta for these silky ricotta-pumpkin cannelloni—oven-ready lasagna sheets work just fine.

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Sip & Script
Hanging Decor for Halloween Dinner

Hang string lights, banners, and mason jars filled with pumpkins for an unexpected overhead Halloween dinner display.

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Kana Okada
Barley Risotto with Butternut Squash

This twist on risotto uses pearled barley instead of Arborio rice for a healthier dish. Butternut squash and Parmigiano-Reggiano add a rich flavor.

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Marcus Nilsson
Curried Pumpkin and Peas

This spicy side dish featuring tender pumpkin and tomatoes with a touch of curry powder is sure to be a hit.

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Brian Woodcock
Cider-Marinated Short Ribs

One of our favorite ways to embrace the festivities without going overboard is to arrange store-bought baby back ribs in the shape of a rib cage, then slather with your favorite barbecue sauce.


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Cider Scalloped Potatoes with Smoked Gouda

No guest will be able to resist this toothsome side dish. Smoked Cheddar can also be substituted for the Gouda.

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Brian Woodcock
Batty Chicken Wings

Haunt taste buds with deli counter chicken wings sprinkled with red pepper flakes and served with super spicy wing sauce.


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Spice Cookies for Dessert

Inspired by colorful autumn leaves, these artful treats feature sugar cookie dough mixed with apple or pumpkin pie spice.

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Inspired by Charm
Halloween Recipe Cards

For a fun activity, have everyone jot down a favorite fall recipe and trade with someone else at the table.

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