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Sara Kate On: Spooky Soirée

Tue, October 1, 2019

I love Halloween, don't you? I can't decide if it's the blissfully crisp air, the plethora of pumpkins, the excuse to pile on extra eyeliner and tease my hair to kingdom come, or the creativity of the costumes that I see. Or it could be the candlelight, the giant pot of chili, and sneaking bites of candy.

But mainly, I think it's knowing that the probability of me coming into contact with glitter is minimal when compared to the upcoming holidays.

There is something about the clear October sky that just demands a good party – and Halloween is a fantastic excuse. It's not a sky you can simply look at, it's one you have to stand under and admire.

Tablescape Tips
You can bring those October nights to life indoors, too.

Dress the table and counters in black tablecloths to create a stunning backdrop.

Filling the table with greenery, both fresh and dried, makes for an eerie yet gorgeous addition to your table. I was inspired by some of the local greenery that was around here in Tallahassee. Ferns are a gorgeous décor piece, as well as anything that needs to be pruned – especially if it's a little dead or leftover from scorching summer nights.

If you don't have some plants in your own backyard, store-bought plants are also a great option. A playful venus flytrap is also fun to add to your table, if available. Bring in some color with purples, reds, golds, browns, and all shades of green – from citron to pine green.

Clipped herbs, like rosemary, sage, and dried lavender also add a ghostly touch. But beware, if you are using a lot of lit candles stay away from anything "dried" – aka flammable. Fresh clipped is best when around an open flame.

I found some cool old books at my local goodwill. I specifically kept an eye out for interesting or on theme titles – gardening, horticulture, arts, folklore, poetry, anatomy, and chemistry are all great options. Not to mention the classics, Frankenstein, Jekyll & Hyde, and Dracula among others.

If you want to go the extra mile, head over to your local bookstore and take a look at their new age section. Pick up some simple volumes for palm reading, tarot cards, dream interpretation, runes reading, and other mysterious reads. You don't have to believe there is any truth to any of it, but it's a fun party conversation.

Now a party wouldn't be complete without the music! Here are some spooky songs, both old and new, to add to your playlist.

The Classics:

  • Literally anything from Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks
  • Music from the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
  • "I Put a Spell on You" - Annie Lennox or Creedence Clearwater
  • "Superstition" - Stevie Wonder
  • "Man with the Hex" - The Atomic Fireballs
  • "This Magic Moment" - The Drifters
  • "Witch Doctor" - Cartoons
  • "She's Undressed to Kill" - Tape Five
  • "Swamp Gas" - Screamin Jay Hawkins
  • "Voodoo Voodoo" - LaVern Baker
  • "Time Warp" - The Rocky Horror Picture Show 
  • "Ghostbusters" - Ray Parker Jr. 
  • "Monster Mash" - Bobby Pickett
  • "Somebody's Watching Me" - Rockwell
  • "Thriller" - Michael Jackson 
  • "The Addams Family" - the theme song from The Addams Family

Head to our Spooky Soirée Spotify playlist for these Halloween tunes and more.

Visit our Spooky Soirée shop to set your table with an enchanting fall look that's perfect for Halloween.


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