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A Boo-tiful Halloween Baby Shower

  • By Alexandra Churchill
  • Photos by Shanna Sullivan

Recall the mother-to-be's cherished childhood memories — of Halloween — and use these tricks to treat her to a celebration. Sweet meets spooky: think a marshmallow ghost cake and cupcakes, Boo-nilla shakes, and ethereal tulle-cloaked balloons.

Peek a Boo

"If to a spooky party you 
would really like to go,
On Halloween then hasten to
the place described below."


Use this poem in a card. Then, fill in your name, address, and the time all spirits must rise to the occasion. To make this invitation, we cut a written metallic "BOO!" greeting from patterned scrapbook paper. To get guests into the spirit, add themed tokens such as diecut ravens, haunted houses, and a luminous full moon.

Spirit of the Season

To further evoke the ethereal effect, the table is shrouded in a roll of frothy white tulle — reminiscent of a haunting mist — that softly cascades off the corners.

Up and Away

Meanwhile, these ghostly white balloons — cloaked in tulle — are seemingly given a touch of black magic that will live on well beyond the night of the party.

Take Your Seat

Opt for a sophisticated spooky style when setting the dining table. Arrange minimalist black and white dishes with silver flatware, adding modern juxtapositions of stripe-meets-spotted patterns. 

Friendly Ghosts

Smiling faces found in surprising places add a playful feeling to the stark décor. Take a closer look: A pair of candles in the shape of spectres arise as a centerpiece. And at each setting, a cloth ghost appears to be holding a chalk-written place card in it's teeny-tiny open arms.

Spooky Sweets

End the evening with spooktacular sweets: a tiered cake haunted by friendly marshmallow ghosts, chocolate cupcakes complementary of the cake, ghost cookies, "Boo-nilla" shakes, black-and-white swirled lollipops, and ghostly white gumballs.

Ethereal Eats

Send your ghoulfriends home with a sweet reminder of the fun. Package lollipops with pleated paper filters, cinch a black ribbon bow at the neck, and draw on whimsical faces. When arranged upright in a bed of black candies in a black box, they almost appear to be floating.