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Host a Spooky Cocktail Party

At Pottery Barn, we have everything you need for a ghoulish get-together. From decorating ideas to delicious recipes, you can add fright and laughter to your Halloween-themed holiday party. When you’re planning your spooky party, decide whether you want to make a character-themed fiesta or a general spooky party. A character-themed party could be something like a "Monster Mash" where decor and costumes revolve around creepy monsters or a fancy gathering with a touch of masquerade terror. Whatever spooky party style you choose, you want to make sure to pair Halloween decor for an entertaining evening.


For an upscale evening, you can transform your home into a game of whodunit. Because this will be a fancier party, you want to pay close attention to your tabletop and menu. Turn the lights down low and use a candle to offer soft, warm light that drapes spooky shadows across your table. Adorn the tabletop with skulls and skeletons for a creepy touch. Your guests will love following clues to figure out who murdered a dinner party guest while enjoying spooky cocktails. Use fresh lime juice, triple sec and tequila to create a morgue-a-rita with food-dyed syrup dripping down the sides to mimic the look of blood.


For a "Monster Mash" party, use decor, such as skull decanter sets, to serve up delicious cocktails with a touch of spookiness. Get kids in on the fun with a dark and stormy Halloween punch featuring lychee, ginger, cherries and lime juice. For adults, you can add a splash of rum. Cut cheese into coffin shapes and pair foods, such as nuts and breadsticks, to mimic the look of fingers. Haunt your home with a skull shot filled with coffee vodka, Irish cream and espresso.


Get your guests cozy for fright night with Halloween pillows that make sipping cocktails and enjoying spooky cocktails more comfortable. No spooky cocktail party is complete without a drink that invokes scenes of blood. Whip up a simple blackberry smash cocktail using sugar, water and blackberries for a rich, red color that is sure to frighten your guests. Stir sticks featuring skulls and bats add the finishing touch to your spooky cocktails. Infuse terror into your spooky party with a bloody orange cocktail. Simply mix vodka and orange juice in a tumbler and pair with a 3-ounce syringe of raspberry syrup. Each guest will cheer with delight as the bloody syrup clouds the orange juice for a sweet cocktail that is still spooky.


No spooky holiday party is complete without pumpkin decor. Add delicate pumpkins to your tabletop or choose oversized versions to adorn your porch. Pumpkin spice cocktails add a touch of autumn to your cocktail party and few things say autumn like sweet caramel apples. Add a grownup take on a childhood fall favorite and serve vodka warm or chilled with caramel sauce and apple syrup. Take the fright up a notch by pairing pumpkins with brooms and a witch’s hat cocktail. Served in a martini glass, this concoction’s dark and mysterious color offers sweet and fruity tastes with each sinister sip. Combine black-colored vodka, black raspberry liqueur, dark cherry juice and ice for tart flavors and dip the rim in crushed chocolate wafers for a finishing touch.


When it comes to decorating for your spooky cocktail party, don’t forget about the outdoors. Welcome guests to a creepy evening with lit bats and life-sized skeletons on the front porch. Make a frightening first impression with cobwebs and spiders adorning the doorway. Welcome guests into your home with a cocktail served in a champagne glass featuring skeleton hands as the stems. Use gummy worms and spiders to adorn glasses with creepy crawlies that evoke terror and night full of fun with friends and family.