1. Use a black, orange, or blood red tablecloth.
2. Use a white tablecloth and splatter it with fake blood.
3. Light some long red taper candles in a sinister-looking candelabra, or use some flickering bulbs for a spooky effect.
4. Play a CD of scary music or thunderstorms.
5. For a mad scientist theme, use black lights, lava lamps, colored or neon light bulbs, and electric spheres for weird lighting.
6. Hang nylon spider webs from the corners of doorways and drape them over chairs.
7. Serve food and drinks in cauldrons, skulls (chunky dips and pasta salads work great as “brains!”), coffins, flasks, or pumpkins (fake or real hollowed pumpkins!)
8. Scatter plastic bugs, reptiles, and mice on the table around the food.
9. Offer traditional Halloween favorites like pumpkin seeds, pumpkin pie, candy or caramel apples, and popcorn balls.
10. As an alternative to caramel apples, serve apple slices with caramel dip.
11. Serve blue tortilla chips instead of traditional tortilla chips.
12. Make a white chocolate fondue tinted with orange or green food coloring.
13. Offer creepy candy like gummy snakes and rats or chocolate mummies. Serve them on a fancy platter for a ghastly effect.
14. Harry Potter themed candy like chocolate frogs and cockroach clusters work great for Halloween.
15. Serve some Jelly Belly double take jelly beans to your guests “Fear Factor” style.
16. Make your own “fly in the ice cube” by freezing a raisin in some of your ice cubes.
17. Make colored ice cubes out of soft drinks or Gatorade, or just tint the water for ice cubes with food coloring.
18. Freeze gummy worms in an ice ring for your punch bowl.
19. Try the classic “dead man’s hand” by freezing water or soft drink in a rubber glove and floating the icy hand in your punch.
20. Follow Martha Stewart’s idea of covering the holes in a plastic mask, filling it with water, and freezing it for an icy face to float in your punch
21. Rim glasses with red decorator’s gel to mimic blood.
22. Mix up some hot mulled cider.
23. Serve up red punch as “blood” or green punch as “slime.”
24. Make cocktails with spooky names for your adult guests, like a Zombie or Bloody Mary.
25. Serve pumpkin or apple cocktails or alcoholic beverages to your adult guests: Pumpkin Ale, Woodchuck Cider, and Caramel Apple Martinis are some ideas.