Give your Halloween party a new look with haunting decorations, creepy crafts and vampire-inspired recipes.
This year, forget boring Halloween party ideas and explore your sinister side with this elegant vampire-themed dinner party. Prepare a feast your guests can really sink
their fangs into, then set the mood with crafts that are fiendishly simple to make.
Vampires need to be invited before they can enter your house, and your guests do, too! Set the mood before the party starts
with bat invites sent in black envelopes.
Craft Instructions: Bat invitations
Give your party a Gothic feel with a red-and-black table setting. Dripping “blood” candles and dark crepe paper curtains complete
Craft Instructions: Crepe Paper Curtains
To make this spooky-yet-sophisticated table centerpiece, start with an old mirror and candlesticks you can pick up at a thrift
shop. Then follow these easy instructions.
Craft Instructions: Spooky centerpiece
Make place cards out of plastic fangs (available at party supply stores) and red card stock. Write guests’ names in Gothic lettering to help set the tone.
Wrap dinner napkins with ribbon and attach a small circle of card stock. Embellish circle using a wax stamp (available at stationery stores) with a Gothic design or your initials.
Keep track of guests with personalized chair covers, which you can make with materials lying around the house.
Craft Instructions: Ghoulish chair covers
Give guests goose bumps by adding an icy hand to the punch. Fill a kitchen glove with water and knot to secure. Freeze at least six hours or overnight, then carefully cut glove away from ice with small scissors. Just before serving punch, float hand in bowl.
Set out bloodthirsty pumpkins near drink or snack bowls to give guests a fright.
See instructions: Vampire Pumpkins
Soak glass bottles in hot water to remove labels, then decorate using white adhesive labels with spooky sayings. Fill with red-tinted water and place on a side table
All you need to craft this holiday-appropriate curtain are black garbage bags, double-stick tape, scissors, a white crayon
and painters tape.
Craft Instructions: Dramatic curtains
Copy or scan and print family photos in black and white, then cut small fangs out of white card stock and attach to the photos with a glue stick. Hang them around the house to give guests an unexpected sight.
Hang a batty mobile—or two or three—over the punch bowl. Make bats spookier by giving them white paper fangs tipped with red
marker “blood”; attach with glue or double-stick tape.
Craft Instructions: Bat mobile
Apply two dabs of fake blood to the side of your neck to mimic vampire bite marks. Can’t find fake blood? Use whatever you have in your makeup kit to create the bites instead.
Instead of asking guests to dress up in full-on costumes, get into the spirit with garlic pendant necklaces. Thread a darning needle with red, black or white ribbon. Poke needle through the top of a head of garlic and string ribbon through hole. Tie ends together.
Cost per serving: $1.45
Keep vampires (and hunger) at bay with this creamy soup. To add a special touch, serve the soup in bread bowls. Hallow out crusty dinner rolls and add the soup just before serving.
Recipe: Roasted Garlic Soup
Click to download: Vampire Menu Shopping List (PDF)
Cost per serving: $1.00
This simple green salad gets its big flavor from the blood-red beet vinaigrette. If you want some more variety, toss in cucmber slices, shredded carrots or toasted pumpkin seeds.
Recipe: Green Salad with Beet Vinaigrette
Cost per serving: $2.18
Yes, you can afford to feed a crowd an impressive meal and keep the expense in check. This sirloin tip roast does just that, but remember to give the meat time to rest before serving.
Recipe: Sirloin Tip Roast with Carrots and Baby Red Potatoes
Cost per serving: $1.36
You can prepare these cakes up to day in advance, but don't bake. Just cover the ramekins with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Then remove plastic before baking and serve cakes right out of the oven to maintain the molten centers.
Recipe: Molten Chocolate Cakes with Chunky Raspberry Sauce
Cost per serving: 45¢
This non-alcoholic punch is great for all your "blood-thristy" guests.
Recipe: Pomegranate Punch
Cost per serving: 10¢
To ensure the best texture, make this super-cheap party snack just before serving.
Recipe: Spicy Popcorn
Hand out treats in black paper bags made to look like grave markers. Fill the bags with Halloween candy or dark-chocolate
Craft Instructions: Grave marker goody bags