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Halloween Party An Evening with Mr. Poe

An Evening with Mr. Poe is the perfect way to celebrate Halloween! This sophisticated and spooky party theme comes together easily with some simple gothic table decorations and easy-to-make finger foods and cocktails.

Halloween Party Decor Highlights

Our DIY decor elements include a “Nevermore” grapevine wreath (complete with raven), gothic candlesticks, a book of Poe’s famous works (or a stack of vintage leather-bound books), dry ice for some spooky fog, a faux quill pen and ink, a birdcage tea light holder, ravens and a mini bird’s nest.

Ravens & Mini Bird’s Nest

  • Spray a mini grapevine bird’s nest with black glossy spray paint.
  • Add tiny ravens and glittery silver “eggs.” Display with larger raven.

Faux Quill Pen & Ink

  • Mix together red, blue, green and yellow food coloring in water to create fake ink.
  • Pour into a glass container and insert a black feather.
Edgar Allen Poe Theme Halloween Party

Nevermore Grapevine Wreath

  • Spray a grapevine wreath with black glossy spray paint.
  • Attach glittery black bow.
  • Hot glue glitter chipboard letters to floral wire.
  • String wire across the wreath.
  • Attach raven.

Gothic Candlesticks

  • Paint wooden candlesticks with black glitter acrylic paint.
  • Add ivory taper candles.
  • Tie ribbon around base of candle.
  • Add black tulle pom pom to the ribbon.
  • Use a lighter to burn holes in the tulle for a grungy look.
Halloween Party with An Edgar Allan Poe Theme

Dry Ice

  • Set the mood with dry ice.
  • Follow all handling instructions for dry ice very carefully.
  • Add chunks of dry ice to a bowl of hot water to create smoke/fog effect.

Halloween Party Food

Our Poe-inspired menu includes a flavorful, homemade snack mix, pastry-wrapped brie, and sweet-smoky chicken wings, and two themed cocktails.

Pit and the Pendulum Party Mix: This buttery mix of pretzels, crackers, peanuts, and cashews is loaded with flavor and super-easy to make.
Raven Wings: These sweet-and-spicy chicken wings are flavored with molasses, chipotle and Worcestershire and oven-roasted to perfection.
Bleeding Brie: Served with crackers or toasted baguette, this rich and creamy pasty-wrapped wheel of brie is topped with raspberry preserves.
Tell Tale Cosmo: Black raspberry liqueur combines with vodka, lemon and white grape juice to make a tasty twist on a classic Cosmopolitan.
Eulalie’s Elixir: This cocktail is a tropical-inspired combination of melon liqueur, rum, pineapple juice, and lemon-lime soda.

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