Pale as the moonlight, white pumpkins are arguably the most magical in a patch. Why not enjoy their otherworldly beauty indoors? Big, round 'Lumina' pumpkins bring a ghostly glow to a dining room. Place them directly on the table or on serving stands and platters. Interspersing them with ashen 'Crystal Apple' cucumbers and mini 'Baby Boo' pumpkins will add shades of seasonal pallor to a festive feast.
Plain candlesticks look positively creepy in critter-covered cobwebs. Cut a length of cheesecloth, and gently pull to make it look tattered. Drape cloth over candlesticks and mantel; add plastic spiders and leaves. Top candlesticks with bobeches -- collars that catch drips -- and insert tapers.
A floral arrangement becomes positively frightening when covered in creepy cobwebs. To make the webs, cut a 5-inch section from inexpensive or damaged white panty hose, and pull apart until it becomes wispy and resembles cobwebs. Stretch the material over a cluster of dark blooms (we used crimson roses and dahlias, as well as some fiddlehead ferns). Set on a sideboard, or on a dining table as a centerpiece.
Cast a sinister glow over any setting with a cluster of white tapers dripping with "blood" (actually red candle wax). Fill a cup or a small pail with sand, and plant white candles inside so they stand upright. Light a red candle and tip it over the white candles so the wax drips down the tops and sides, being careful not to burn yourself. Let wax cool completely before removing candles from sand.
Who says Halloween dinner parties need to be macabre? If you're throwing an elegant fall party, spray paint miniature pumpkins in gold and add place cards written in gold ink. A block-printed napkin and tablecloth and the marbleized plate add patterned richness, while a mix of mismatched contemporary glassware and classic flatware keep the feeling clean and modern.
These playful pumpkins open their mouths to let candlelight stream through. To make lantern, download and print lantern clip art; then glue black paper onto the back and cut out. Use a utility knife to cut out eyes, noses, and mouths, and craft glue to affix orange tissue paper or vellum behind the cutouts. Fold lantern on dotted lines, and secure tab with glue to close. Place over a votive candle in a glass holder.
Invite some great minds to your next gathering. Dried cockscomb looks like brains, making this ingenious display easy to create. Find dried blooms online, or dry fresh ones by hanging them upside down for 2 weeks. Plan to use 6 to 8 stems per brain. Cut blooms off stems. With hot glue, affix flowers together, creating half of a brain. Make 2 halves; hot-glue together. Print and cut out paper labels; skewer on hat pins, and insert. Display brains in jars or under glass cloches.
Want to cover windows with cobwebs on Halloween but remove them without a trace the next day? Glass cleaner completely erases stamp-pad ink from glass surfaces, so you can safely use sinister stamps -- such as bats, skeletons, and witches -- to decorate everyday glassware. A candleholder crawling with spiders is particularly creepy. Or cast an eerie glow over dinner with a stamped votive holder at each place.
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