Halloween isn't just for kids, you know. Add a bit of spooky sophistication to your knees-up with these showstoppers

It's Halloween, which means there's never been a better time to get your fancy dress on and have your nearest and dearest over. But hosting fright night doesn't have to be tacky: here's how to pull off a seriously impressive Halloween party...

 

Serve pumpkin-shaped starters

Why not kick off with cheese and crackers? These tiny little pumpkin cheese balls rolled in paprika blow salmon blinis right out of the water.

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Make these cobweb cakes

When it comes to pleasing party guests, you can't go too far wrong with cake. Especially not easy bake, mini lemony cheesecakes.

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spider cheesecake

Via: Sainsbury's Magazine/Photo: Martin Poole

 

...or, if you're feeling bold

This pumpkin cake is almost too good to cut into. If you're keen to impress, roll up those sleeves and give it a go – it's much less tricky than you'd think.

 

Oil the wheels with some spooky punch

It's not a party if there isn't any punch. This warm, fragrant citrus brew is a Halloween mulled wine reboot and, trust us, it slips down just nicely. Sometimes too nicely.

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bloody redbrew

Via: Sainsbury's Magazine/Photo: Karen Thomas

 

Chuck some spiders in your cold drinks

If you're doing your drinks on the rocks, freeze some toy spiders in ice cube trays and, hey presto, creepy crawly ice cubes!

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Shake up some black martinis

The onion eyes add an extra hint of fun to this cauldron-black, James Bond-style cocktail.

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Prep some wickedly dark toffee apples

Toffee apples are for Bonfire Night, right? Not these beauties. Wrapped in cellophane, they're the perfect grown-up alternative to a goody bag.

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Send them off into the night on these

OK, so they're not exactly the swankiest snack on the menu, but LOOK HOW CUTE they are. All you need is a slice of processed cheese, a chive and a twiglet. Then just wait for The Borrowers to turn up...

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