20 Chic Ideas for Your Grown-Up Halloween Party

No spaghetti brains here.

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If the thought of throwing a Halloween party mostly conjures up memories of the jello eyeballs and the toilet paper-strewn lawn of your childhood, maybe it's time to re-think your sweet (but dated) traditions. Below, some entertaining tips and tricks for a modern gal's Hallow's Eve, whether you're planning a fright fest or a charming costume party.

1. Better-Than-Your-Average-Blood-Punch Boozy Cocktails

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2. Glam White Pumpkins

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3. Mummy Dogs

4. Turn Your Home into a Bat Lair

Super fly. #batdoor #halloweendoor #daleytradition #quickgetapicturebeforeitrains

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5. Deconstructed Decor

6. Follow the Blood Trail Upstairs

7. Put Some 👀 on It

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8. Poisoned Candy Apples

#candyapple #halloweencandyapples #black #blackcandyapples #candy #sweets #kidinacandystore

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9. Shadow Play

10. Freak Your Neighbors Out

11. Disco-ify Your Fall Squash

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12. "Pumpkin Carving" on a Budget

Love carving pumpkins? Try carving oranges, they make beautiful center pieces! 🎃

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13. Prep Your Home for the Zombie Apocalypse

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14. A Sweet Treat You'll Just Want to Keep For Yourself, TBH

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15. Scare All the Kids Away Jack-o-Lantern

16. 'Nightmare Before Christmas' Pies

17. Murder, She Baked

18. As If Mannequins Could Get Any Creepier

19. A Joke Your Cats Won't Appreciate

New Friend 🐱 #kittybones #catsofinstagram #skeleton skeletoncat #halloweendecoration

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