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Elegant “Spooky Forest” Halloween Party

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The talented Angie of Marigold Mom is here with some AMAZING last minute Halloween inspiration! Her super creative Spooky Forest Halloween Party has just the right amount of spook, a touch of elegance, and loads of creative food, drink & decor ideas that are guaranteed to knock your orange and black striped socks off!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Gourmet popcorn bar with black cauldron “bowls”
  • DIY Halloween Paper Lanterns from Paper and Cake!
  • Spooky gnarled tree backdrop + rhinestone embellished pumpkins
  • Mummified hot dogs, meringue ghosts & spider truffles
  • Super cute toilet paper roll “ghosts”!
  • “Trick or Treat” bunting banner crafted from painted cardboard

halloween candied apples

halloween front door decoration

halloween chocolate popcorn

halloween cardboard trick or treat sign

halloween oreo spiders

halloween chic decor

halloween drinks and popcorn bar

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cardboard trick or treat bunting

meringue ghosts

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PARTY DETAILS, as told by Angie

For Halloween party, I partnered with friend, Monika, from Hello Brielle. The inspiration for this event began a number of months ago when I saw a black and white “Trick or Treat” banner made by Cardboard Sheek. I am huge fan of Sarah’s banners and have wanted to use them at some of our events. Then after seeing an elegant black and silver tablescape online, we decided we needed to go elegant as well. Eventually, we ended up with a spooky-forresty-elegant-black & white Halloween party.


Almost all our decorations came from the Dollar Tree, our own personal items at home, were borrowed from friends, or were DIY projects made by us (or our awesome friends). Below are details on some of my favorites:

  • Gnarled Tree Backdrop: This really set the tone for our whole event, and I LOVE THEM. They were incredibly visually striking and super cheap! I went to a local teaching supply store and bought black kraft paper by the foot. I think it cost a total of about $10 for all the trees. I then dropped my roll of paper off to my extremely talented friend, Sara, who drew and cut out the trees for us. We taped owl and bat silhouettes from the Dollar Tree to the trees to add even more spookiness.
  • Cardboard Sheek Banners: As I stated above, I’ve been wanting to use some of Sarah’s (owner of Cardboard Sheek) inventory for an event. Her “Trick or Treat” and “Happy Halloween” banners were the perfect addition to our Halloween party.
  • Burlap Halloween Banner: I thought this banner was absolutely beautiful! Monika made it after seeing a similar (and much pricier) version at Pottery Barn.
  • Paper Lanterns: I found a free download for some adorable paper lanterns when HWTM featured Paper and Cake’s tutorial, and knew I had to use them at our party. The finished lantern is strong enough tol hold an LED tea light.
  • Spray Painted Pumpkins: Inspired by Pinterest, Monika spray painted her pumpkins, and they turned out awesome! The big black pumpkin is very striking, but there’s something even more amazing about the silver knotty gourd. I contributed to the pumpkin decor by making white and black jeweled pumpkins with fake pumpkins, spray paint and jeweled stickers.


Since we had 50+ people in attendance, we decided that dinner would be potluck. A few guests were asked to bring soups, as well as veggies & dip, bread. We provided all the “fixings” for the soups, as well as kid food and desserts.


We thought it would be fun to make cute Halloween themed food for the kids and came up with the following:

  • Mummified Hot Dogs (hot dogs wrapped in crescent rolls)
  • Apple-Marshmallow Mouths (sliced apple, spread with peanut butter and lined with marshmallows)
  • Mozzarella “Ghosts”
  • Ghosts Poop (aka Pirate’s Booty)


We tried to keep the desserts we served simple to prepare, yet tasty and visually striking. We had a number of options, but in the end, settled on the following:

  • Spider Oreo Truffles
  • Meringue Ghosts
  • Creepy Cupcakes
  • White Pumpkin Truffles (I used Erin’s Food Files’ recipe, then stuck a pretzel stick in the top for a stem)
  • Caramel Apples
  • Candies: Black Licorice, Candy Sticks, Lindor Chocolates, Yogurt Pretzels


Monika’s husband was our popcorn man and came up with some awesome flavors: Dill Pickle, BBQ, Mexican Chocolate, Butter (for the timid & unadventursome). Popcorn was served in black cauldrons from the Dollar Tree.


We planned a number of activities to keep everyone, both kids and adults, entertained throughout the evening.

  • Costume Contest: For our first activity, all costumed individuals lined up and walked a “runway” for our judges. Prizes were given out to the Bes t Overall, Scariest, and funniest.
  • Donuts on a String: To play, simply hang donuts from a strings; each contestant must stand in front of their donut with their hands behind their back and attempt to eat their donut the fastest. The first to finish is the winner.
  • Spooky Ghost Bowling: Inexpensive, easy, and cute idea–just buy the cheapest package of TP you can find and tape circles of black paper onto them. We used a cooking pumpkin as our ball.
  • Apple Bobbing: You really can’t have any type of fall event without apple bobbing. I don’t think anyone actually bobbed for apples–except for the babies who grabbed, took a bite and tossed back in. But maybe that’s why.
  • Pumpkin Painting: Tons easier for kids than carving and much faster.
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  1. Sharon @ Red Poppy | Pink Peony October 29, 2012 at 6:25 am

    I love the decor and details of this Halloween party, and that little Clark Kent is too cute!

  2. dg October 30, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Really creative ideas. Love those little ghosts.

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