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

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

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

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

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.