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Nothing is scarier than not having enough snacks

Nothing is scarier than not having enough snacks to go around at the party. This Skull Chip and Dip Plate from Shiraleah ($53) gives you a creepily festive way to showcase your snacks, and the generous 13-inch-long dish means there'll be enough chips for everyone. (shiraleah.com) Photo Credit: Handout

Halloween isn't just for kids anymore. Grown-ups -- eager for a bit of fun as the days get darker -- can join in, throwing their own Halloween parties. Keys to taking this fun and cheerful holiday from children's hour to cocktail hour are a touch of restraint, a bit of bravado and -- more than anything else -- a sense of humor. Here are some festive and spooky items to help put together a tasteful Halloween party. We won't tell if you eat all the candy corn. --LARA EWEN. Special to Newsday

Serve your trick-or-treaters in style from this Handcrafted
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Serve your trick-or-treaters in style from this Handcrafted Decoupage Halloween Tray ($64). The 4-by-6-inch bent-glass tray is felted on the back and charmingly festooned with Halloween artwork. Available at Ben's Garden, 95 Audrey Ave., Oyster Bay, 516-922-7646, and 344 New York Ave., Huntington, 631-427-3250. (bensgarden.com)

Your cooking may be frightening, but your table
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Your cooking may be frightening, but your table will be welcoming when you mix and match black and orange dishes from Ikea's Färgrik collection ($24.99 for an 18-piece set, various colors available). The stoneware plates are dishwasher and microwave safe. Available at Ikea, 1100 Broadway Mall, Hicksville. (516-681-4532)

Nothing is scarier than not having enough snacks
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Nothing is scarier than not having enough snacks to go around at the party. This Skull Chip and Dip Plate from Shiraleah ($53) gives you a creepily festive way to showcase your snacks, and the generous 13-inch-long dish means there'll be enough chips for everyone. (shiraleah.com)

Finding cheerful, elegant paper decorations can be a
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Finding cheerful, elegant paper decorations can be a challenge, but Martha Celebrations' Hanging Decoration Kit ($18) makes quick work of that task. The kit includes one 24-inch and two 12-inch tissue pinwheels, complete with glittery embellishments. Available at all J.C. Penney stores, including Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove Plaza, Roosevelt Field and Sunrise Mall.

Let the kids bob for apples. You can
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Let the kids bob for apples. You can keep yours safe and dry, and keep a secret stash of candy hidden inside. This black porcelain apple container from Michiko Shimada ($29) is a diminutive 2 3/4 inches high, but still big enough for one late-night treat before bedtime. (stillhousenyc.com)

Forget those dusty broomsticks. Modern witches know that
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Forget those dusty broomsticks. Modern witches know that comfort is way more enchanting. This soft cotton Witch Pillow ($14, on sale) is the perfect accent for a dull corner. The 14-by-14-inch accent pillow features a woven witch flying over a floral background. (online only, kohls.com)

A step up from traditional carved pumpkins, these
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A step up from traditional carved pumpkins, these Punched Ceramic Pumpkin Luminaries from Pottery Barn ($89 to $149) will keep your decor bright all season long. Available in two sizes, each glazed terra cotta vessel will hold up to a 3-inch pillar candle and is suitable for indoor or outdoor use. Available at all Pottery Barn stores, including at 1 Hampton Rd., Southampton (631-283-0141, potterybarn.com)

A bit lovely and a bit leering, the
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A bit lovely and a bit leering, the Lustrous Skull Candles from D.L. & Co. ($60 for a set of five mini candles; $55 for medium; $90 for large) will help set the perfect balance for any Halloween fete. The metallic finish on these unscented candles glistens in the glow of the fire, and the largest of these has an 18-hour burn time. Available at Maison 24, 2424 Main St., Bridgehampton. (631-537-2488)

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