How to host a spooky and sophisticated dinner party this Halloween

Set the scene for some festive fun with these Halloween-ready designs from Dior, Loewe, and Lalique

Dior Halloween black and white table setting with ceramic pumpkins
Dior’s ‘Constellation’ tableware and ceramic pumpkins
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If you feel like your trick-or-treating days are behind you and boisterous costume parties are not for you, then perhaps your best – but no less fun – option is to host a Halloween dinner party. Below, we share tips for making a photoshoot-worthy spread that manages to toe the line between spooky and sophisticated.

Serve up your fare on witchy tableware

Dior Halloween black and white dinner plates

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This new ‘Constellation’ collection of witchy tableware from Dior is the most delightfully lavish addition to any Halloween dinner. The collection features pumpkin-shaped bowls by ceramics workshop Jean Roger, black and white crystal glasses, and plates featuring Albrecht Dürer-like illustrations of tarot card motifs by Italian artist Pietro Ruffo.

Cue the mood lighting

Black liquorice candlestick by Loewe

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These black candleholders and matching candles from Loewe are the perfect way to cast some eerie light over your dinner table. Their liquorice scent will bring a powerfully aromatic woody smell to your dinner location, the perfect fragrant accompaniment to a Halloween gathering.

Create an autumnal bouquet

Ronny Colbie autumnal bouquet with yellow roses and golden leaves

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Decorate the table with some autumnal blooms, such as this arrangement from London-based florist Ronny Colbie. Colbie suggests gathering dahlias, chocolate cosmos, hydrangeas and proteas in yellows, dark purples and oranges to make a standout bouquet.

Lalique black crystal vase

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Lalique, which recently opened a fine dining restaurant at a distillery in Scotland, can always bring drama to a table with its striking decorative designs. For a vase you’ll want to display well past Halloween, consider investing in one of the brand’s exceptional black or orange crystal vases. We’re especially fond of its ‘Mûres’ vases, a classic design that features an interlocking pattern of thorny blackberry bush stems.

Writer and Wallpaper* Contributing Editor

Mary Cleary is a writer based in London and New York. Previously beauty & grooming editor at Wallpaper*, she is now a contributing editor, alongside writing for various publications on all aspects of culture.