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How to avoid a tacky Halloween

Courtney Carr

Sick of fake blood and neon-orange coloured plastic pumpkins?

There are many classic items that come out to play on Halloween when it comes to decorating – things like pumpkins, spiderwebs, fake blood, unrealistic dead hands shooting up from the ground, tombstones, and skulls to name a few. While some people can go simply grotesque with Halloween decorations, there are those that can consider this approach to decorating as tacky. If you are looking to host a more glamorous Halloween do here are a few tips that are going to help:

Make It A Fancy Dinner Party

It’s pretty normal to show up to a Halloween party in a costume, drink heaps of alcohol and have someone pass out in the front yard. No? Maybe that’s just my parties then. If you want to make your Halloween event a super fancy affair, why not host a formal sit down dinner? Your guests can still show up in costumes but ask them to dress in more formal character costumes and serve a delicious Halloween themed dinner to them. You can serve things like pumpkin pie for dessert, prosciutto dishes as an entree, and stuffed Jack O’Lantern Capsicums.

Your guests can still show up in costumes but ask them to dress in more formal character costumes and serve a delicious Halloween themed dinner to them. You can serve things like pumpkin pie for dessert, prosciutto dishes as an entree, and stuffed Jack O’Lantern Capsicums.

Stick To Neutral Tones

A tacky bright pumpkin orange colour scheme for Halloween? Boring! Go a little more sophisticated by utilising a more natural colour tone for your decorations. Think dark neutral colours like black, chocolate brown and silver and make sure you add only small amounts of a colour pop to tie everything together – avoid orange if you can help it!

Get Fancy With The Decorations

Anyone can go down to their local $2 store and pick up cardboard cutouts of skeletons and rubber bats, but to avoid having a tacky look to your Halloween party you should aim for a more dilapidated or antique style look. Go for antique candelabras filled with opulent candlesticks, moss and twigs pouring over your dessert table, and other such items that wouldn’t look out of place in the Addams Family mansion. Think old, but elegant.

Make Your Pumpkins Opulent

It’s not Halloween without pumpkins, right? Pumpkin carving is a fun activity in its own right in the lead up to Halloween but nothing says tacky like a classic Jack O’Lantern. Make your Halloween event a little fancier by going opulently in the decoration department of your pumpkins. Spray paint them in singular colours, add spooky sayings with glitter stencils, or even add a designer edge by sticking metallic gold spikes to your pumpkins in a decorative style. Place them neatly as a centerpiece and you will have guests gasping over how fabulous your Halloween pumpkins are – rather than how hilarious.

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Courtney Carr

Courtney Carr is the author of the science fiction horror novel Cosmic Decay: Contamination, and the eBook Secrets of a Party Planner. She is also the writer and creator of the party planning blog The Party Connection, and is one-half of the travel blog Wild Pineapples. She is a vegan gym junkie who often drinks too much wine, and loves coffee, writing, travelling, dogs and Instagram. More about the Author

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