One of the best parts about celebrating Halloween as an adult is that you get to indulge in a cocktail along with all that candy. But just because it's no longer socially acceptable to go trick-or-treating, it doesn't mean you can't make the most of the holiday and invite friends over instead of going door to door. Our pumpkin day advice: dress up your table like one of our favorite creepy characters, Beetlejuice. The best way to channel the look of that obnoxious exorcist is to mix some tabletop essentials for a ghoulish effect. We've picked out some harmless pieces that together will be terrifying, like a black and white striped table cloth inspired by Beetlejuice's famous suit, Kelly Wearstler's tentacle-like Corso Vase, a classic brass severed hand, and some slanted stemware that will have your guests thinking they've gone mad. Now that you've got your table covered, you have time to worry about more stressful matters, like how to make your Katy Perry costume really roar. Choose a graphic, bold striped tablecloth to create a dynamic foundation. Stack different patterned dishes together, like scribbles, solids, and dots. Fool the eye with angled glassware. Your guests won't know why they're seeing topsy-turvy. Accessorize with sculptural elements that add some shine and eerie drama. Create a simple and modern arrangement by featuring two oddball types of flowers side by side.
Photograph: Jose Leon
|Slant Stemware, $28 (set of Four), Z Gallerie||Horn Candleholders, $68, Jonathan Adler||Handcrafted Corso Vase, $495, Kelly Wearstler|
|Saint's Hand Totem in Bronze, $225, Kelly Wearstler||Dots Salad Plate, $31, Kelly Wearstler||Tracery Cup, $49, Kelly Wearstler|
Tracery Soup Plate, $51, Kelly Wearstler
|Otto Black Matte 5-Piece Place Setting, $122, TableArt||Black/Off-White Stripes Fabric, $20 per yard, Mood|
|Op Art Coasters, $48, Jonathan Adler||Pebble Salt and Pepper Shaker Set, $5, CB2||Rocks Hiball, $32 (Set of Four), Z Gallerie|