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Decorating the Space for an Elegant Yet Spooky Halloween Dinner Party

With friends coming from across the country and plans for a Halloween dinner party, I knew I needed to make this an elegant, yet spooky affair. Invitations setting the mood for this party had been sent out. You can see how I created those at Unique & Creative Invitations for your Elegant Halloween Party.

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Since the theme I chose for this Halloween event was a, “Gathering of Ghosts”, I thought a backdrop of a cemetery would be the perfect look. This comes as large as 72″ x 72″. By drawing the drapes in to the edges of the curtain, as the dusk came, this gave the appearance of the scene outside of the window.

I found this shower curtain featuring eerie gates into a misty cemetery under a full moon on Amazon. If this doesn’t fit the mood you want to conjure up for your party, check out all of these Halloween inspired shower curtains. The curtain below would have even been better for my window, since it comes as large as 72″wide by 78″ long. This one would cover most sliding glass doors or pair of french doors. The thing I like best about shower curtains for decorating is that they fold up and take up such a little bit of space to store for next year!

In addition to the backdrop, candles and lanterns were used generously throughout the room. As the sun set and darkness settled on the room, the glow of candles added to the spooky mood I was going for.

I have a small side table in my dining room, so it, too, got the spooky Halloween decoration treatment. A set of creepy spell books, some flameless candles and a vulture added the ominous decor to this side of the room. I could have cropped out the missing baseboards, but that is my little reminder that I had a flood in my house just one week before the party. Of course, it could be this is just a creepy haunted house.

Elsewhere in the room, for safety’s sake I used flameless candles, but the tabletop was laden with candles. Candles in crystal candle holders were allowed to drip down onto the holders. The table was draped in a dark gray bedspread. A piece of black ‘creepy cloth’ was used as a lush runner down the center of the table.

In addition to the candles, a centerpiece of dark red flowers, roses, mums and miniature carnations were arranged with magnolia leaves and black ostrich plumes in a white faux pumpkin.

The doorway between the kitchen and my dining room does not have a door. Disguising this area was another spot that received the ghostly treatment. This time with creepy cloth and some plain black cloth. You can always use a tablecloth or a sheet to hide a doorway, or use another of those shower curtains!

Supplies for decorating for an elegant Halloween party:

More from this Halloween party will be coming all week right here at Celebrate & Decorate! Don’t miss a single post! Make sure you come back to see how our creepy ghost bride levitated over our dinner table!

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Chloe is the creator of Celebrate & Decorate. Chloe is passionate about having a comfortable and well designed home - she also loves to entertain family and friends. Learn more about Chloe. Follow Chloe: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, YouTube


  1. Chloe, oooh I love that other creepy shower curtain too. What an affordable way to set the mood. And you are right-they take up such little space! The ambiance was just perfect for this party. So happy to be a ghostly attendee!

  2. Rebecca Payne says:

    My daughter would love this. Great job!

  3. Totally gorgeous Chloe – and amazing! I’m so impressed that you could pull this off with your house flooding just beforehand and houseguests too (SO sorry I couldn’t be one of them!) – you’re a pro! An excellent shower curtain tip too. I would never have thought of that! Thanks as always for your fabulous inspiration and Happy Wednesday!

    1. Thank you Barbara! Close friends understood that there were still dehumidifiers running and the baseboards are gone from half my house. I had this in the works, so why not?!

  4. Wow – the spooky shower curtains are brilliant…and the floral arrangement is divine…what a fun party! Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Thank you so much Jeanne! I hope you think about taking a party like this on! It was such fun!

  5. Your dinner party was amazing and so much fun to participate in. Thank you for inviting me, and I would do it again anytime… so much fun! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Amazing tips as always Chloe! You really did an excellent job despite everything. Hope that all will go back to normal.

    1. Thank you so much Edmee! It looks like it will be several months until we are back to normal, but I am getting a new kitchen in the meantime!!

  7. The party looks absolutely creepy! And I love it! An aside; did you add the beads to the chandelier?

    1. Thank you Mary Ann. No, the beads came on the chandelier. It was from Ballard Designs.

  8. I love this so much! Using the shower curtain is a brilliant idea. And Mary really added the “spooky” to your dinner party. So much inspiration my friend.

  9. Wow, Wow, Wow!!! Chloe this is amazing. Covering the window with the creepy shower curtain is one of the best ideas ever, thank you for the inspiration. I love the vulture, rarely do you see one in home decor and the levitating bride is jaw-dropping. Spooktacular table!

    1. Thanks so much Sandra! The only reason we got a levitating bride is because she insisted on climbing up to get her own overhead pictures, and when she did, we realized the dress was hiding the step ladder!

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