Throw a Grown-Up Halloween Party
Create a mood
Before dinner, let guests mingle around a wickedly indulgent wine and cheese spread, including black fruits, crackers and breads. Play classical music in the background. (Try a web search for "somber music." Our pick: Bach's "Come Sweet Death.")
Squat, stemless Cinderella pumpkins work great as pedestals for cheese trays. We chalked our own black labels for cheeses and wine bottles. Let tarnished silver pieces add to the dark ambience; use them as unique perches for small pumpkins. Spray-paint branches white or black and anchor them in tall cylindrical vases for eerie accents. Last, coat an old mirror with torn book pages and layers of decoupage medium to reflect ghostly images of your guests.