Why should kids have all the fun on All Hallows' Eve? Grown-ups can get in on it while still maintaining a touch of dignity by decking out temporarily haunted houses with elegant, oddball decor that screams, "Boo!" without screaming tacky. From party-perfect pumpkins that deserve a place on your table all season long to dinnerware that's just macabre enough to make guests smile, see our picks and get ready to entertain a few spirited sprits this October.
Stash wrapped candy treats in this Day of the Dead-inspired Halloween Skull Candy Bowl, and add a bit of shine to your spooky night. The earthenware bowl is 8.5 inches long and 6.125 inches high, and is hand washable only. $12.99 at Long Island Target stores and target.com
THAT'S SO RAVEN
Bring a little Poe to the party with a flock of black feathered ravens. The 4-inch high plastic and feather birds are foreboding on their own, and positively daunting in large groupings. $1.99 at select Long Island Party City locations and online at partycity.com
WHO'S THE FAIREST?
For a fully immersive experience, switch out your standard mirror for this twisty black one straight out of a creepy fairy tale. The polystyrene and glass Ung Drill Mirror in black comes with all the necessary mounting hardware, and features safety film to reduce any damage if the glass gets broken. $39.99 at Ikea, 1100 Broadway Mall, Hicksville
HOOT AND HOLLER
This adorable pair couldn't scare a fly but each can certainly add a little spice to your next meal. By Kate Spade New York, the 4-inch high Woodland Park Owl Salt and Pepper Shakers are black and white glazed earthenware with a pop of gold for fun. $30 for the pair at macys.com
Decorating gets a healthy dose of drama with this set of four small Memento Mori Blooming Skull plates from DL & Co. The decorative-only black porcelain dishes are 8.5 inches in diameter and come packaged in a stunning black silk hat box tied with a black satin ribbon. $100 at dlcompany.com
PICK OF THE PATCH
Pour your favorite cold punch into this glass Pumpkin Beverage Jar and serve harvest-worthy thirst quenchers with a shot of style. The easy-to-use plastic spigot lets guests help themselves, and the two-gallon capacity is generous enough to last through almost any ghoulish gathering. Not suitable for hot liquids. $50 at Long Island Sur La Table locations and surlatable.com
WEB OF INTRIGUE
A ticket, a tasket, a spider-covered basket? Maybe not most of the time, but for Halloween, this Spider Web Metal Candy Basket is just what the witch doctor ordered. Covered in creepy crawlers, the 12-inch wide wrought iron basket is great for corralling candy for unsuspecting trick-or-treaters. $14.95 at Long Island Pier One Imports stores and pier1.com
REIGN OF TERRY
Clean up your bathroom and keep your kitchen tidy with these frighteningly versatile Skeleton and Solid Print Towels. The pack of five themed machine-washable terry towels is made of 100 percent cotton, and they're each 16 inches long and 26 inches wide. $9.99 at Long Island Bed Bath & Beyond stores and bedbathandbeyond.com