Last-Minute Halloween Entertaining Inspiration From Haylie Duff
Halloween may be just two days away, but it's not too late to give your home some spooky-chic style. Today, Haylie Duff, host of the Cooking Channel's top-rated show, The Real Girl's Kitchen, is sharing with us some chic last-minute Halloween entertaining ideas—no cheesy fake cobwebs involved. Scrolled on for Duff's best ideas, from easy pumpkin-decorating ideas to moody floral tips.
Duff tells us that when it comes to buying pumpkins, she selects them based on their longevity, and she chooses to embellish them rather than carve them, so they last longer. “I love buying white pumpkins because they tend to be expensive, so if you go and buy a bunch of them, you can rack up a nice bill,” she says, “So I tend to buy the blue pumpkins or the fairytale pumpkins, and the white pumpkins are great because they can really take you through Thanksgiving, too. All those neutral-looking pumpkins really make a beautiful Thanksgiving table.” Instead of carving them, Duff says, “l paint little faces on them, and the mini ones you can even just take a Sharpie and draw a funny little face on them. And to save them, all you have to do is turn them around in your flower arrangement.”
Duff’s popcorn grab bags are the answer to those not-so-healthy Halloween candies that are always tempting us. (We’re talking to you, Butterfingers.) “The popcorn bags got started because every year when we pass out candy, all of my girlfriends and I end up eating so much candy, and we’re like, ‘We cannot do this! It’s too tempting; it’s just too bad for you.’ So last year was the year we did these cute little popcorn grab bags,” she says. “We did a couple different flavors—a cheddar, a truffle popcorn, and a kettle corn—and it’s just a great little snacky grab-bag thing for the adults on Halloween, so you’re not binging on Kit-Kats and Snickers and all the candy. It’s good, and it will fill you up so you’re not as tempted.”
“When the holiday comes around, I look for dahlias and other flowers that are on the last couple days of their life, because they make these really interesting Halloween decorations, instead of going the cheesy route with spiderwebs hanging everywhere and the stuff that tends to look a little bit like a mess,” Duff says. “The beat-up, dead flowers give it that spooky feel but still keeps it very chic and beautiful.” The first year she did this, Duff tells us she used beautiful maroon iceberg roses that were planted in her yard, but “I look for anything that has dark, moodier colors—even red roses or anything that sets that Halloween vibe,” she says. “Just putting them in a vase and letting them dry out on their own is probably the best approach,” Duff says, if you want to prevent stinky or discolored water.