It’s not too soon to be thinking about Halloween! If you’re already plotting out a killer costume for this year, why not plan a little soiree while you’re at it?
While there’s nothing more fun than going all out on Halloween-themed food and decor, if that doesn’t fit your style (or your budget), you can still throw a bash that screams “spooky” with one scene-stealing, over-the-top flourish. Here are five statement pieces that will totally make this year’s celebration.
This fortress-like haunted house is equal parts mystical and ghoulish. Since it’s really a cast-iron Bundt cake pan, assembling it is easier than you might imagine (check out our tutorial on turning out the prettiest Bundt cakes). For added dramatic effect, use it to top your favorite 10-inch chocolate layer cake.
Even if baking’s not up your alley, you can still invest in a stunning cake centerpiece, like this three-dimensional pumpkin cake. Place the pumpkin, caramel and cream cheese-frosted layer cake on a dark cake stand or plate to really make the orange fondant icing pop.
A wall-mounted skull bottle opener doubles as wall art, and is sure to be quite the conversation starter among guests at a large outdoor party. To make sure it gets the attention it deserves, make bottles of craft beer and artisanal soda the star of the bar.
Make your party as much about the “trick” as you do the “treat” by setting out a plateful of creepy green witch fingers. Your guests will find them as unnerving as they are delicious (those fingers are actually buttery sugar cookies with crunchy roasted almonds and icing).
Our brushed gold Halloween Skull Punch Bowl is a no-brainer if punch is on the menu. If you want to go really over the top, serve the punch in matching skull cups and add a dry ice for an extra-special effect.