Daz­zle with an eek-chic party

Treat loved ones (and your­self!) to a Hal­loween bash filled with bright, be­witch­ing ex­tras

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Col­lect com­pli­ments

with peep­ing pump­kins

Plain gourds trans­form into an eerie-meets-cute cen­ter­piece in sec­onds! To do: For each, slice off the top quar­ter of a pump­kin, then scoop out the pulp and seeds. Hot-glue lengths of pat­terned rib­bon to the out­side of the pump­kin as shown. Paint two 2" foam balls green, then glue a goo­gly eye onto each. Hot-glue the balls to the cut edge of the pump­kin and set the pump­kin’s lid on top.

Sweeten their day

with fright-tas­tic snacks

Dress­ing up choco­late bars in cute cos­tumes is as easy as fold­ing a piece of pa­per! To do: For each, cut a 7"x 9" rec­tan­gle from a piece of scrap­book pa­per. Use glue to stick a bar of choco­late to the mid­dle, then cut the pa­per into the shape of a ghost, bat or vam­pire. Fold the two pa­per flaps over the bar and glue on goo­gly eyes.

Cast a stylish spell

with a spir­ited buf­fet

The key to cre­at­ing a wow-wor­thy Hal­loween scene that’s spooky and chic: up­dat­ing the clas­sic orange-and-black color scheme with stylish stripes and lay­ers of sur­pris­ing ac­cents. Here, a help-your­self table is topped with an orange cloth and party-store caul­drons of chill­ing chili and other good­ies. Adding spi­der dip bowls (made by glu­ing bendy straws and goo­gly eyes to black plas­tic bowls) and play­ful pa­per menu signs makes it even more fes­tive. It’s sure to im­press trick­ers, treaters and just-take-a-seaters! SUC­CESS SE­CRET: To trans­form your space, hang a striped backdrop (like Black & White Backdrop, $18, Ori­en­talTrad­ing.com) be­hind a buf­fet

En­chant everyone

with broom­stick place cards

A small stick, some yarn and scrap pa­per team up to offer guests a witchy wel­come. To do: Snip 24 pieces of white yarn to 6 inches; lay flat. Gather into a bun­dle, then fold it in half to form the broom’s bris­tles. Wrap a piece of orange yarn around the mid­dle of the bun­dle, then hot-glue an 8" stick into the cen­ter of the bris­tles. Tie on a name tag and place on a nap­kin.

Make them feel special

with treat-filled totes

Party-store bags go from sim­ple to sen­sa­tional with a sten­cil de­sign and a hand­ful of sweets. To do: For each, lay a pump­kin sten­cil atop a pa­per bag and use felt-tip mark­ers to color it in. Re­move sten­cil and fill bags with candy. SE­CRET SOURCE: Clear Scraps Plas­tic Pump­kin Sten­cil, $5, Joann.com

Table styled by Cristina Riches, founder of Bird­sParty.com

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