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Cyd Converse is a blogger, designer and stylist with a passion for parties and entertaining. She is the founder of The Sweetest Occasion, a lifestyle and design blog where she shares inspiration for entertaining, DIY ideas, fashion finds, home decor and pretty party wares. She’s also a blogger for Babble.com’s The New Home Ec and Family Style. In her spare time, she can be found sketching, wandering the local farmer’s market, and drinking copious amounts of really dark coffee.

Amidst the crisp smell of fall air and the crunch of fallen leaves underfoot, the days grow shorter and the magic of Halloween starts to creep up on me. What is it about Halloween that captivates the imagination so completely? Perhaps it’s whispers of the unknown, thoughts of old pillow cases spilling over with sweet treats, or the promise of scary movies dominating mainstream television in the days leading up to All Hallow’s Eve. Lately I’ve been daydreaming about hosting a totally spooky Halloween party – one that channels the eeriness of the season, leaving guests in awe and wonder over the mystery of things we can’t quite explain.

[1. Crow and Owl Prints by CuriousLondon 2. Crow Gift Tags by MyCardCupboard 3. Pressboard Crows by Grandpaspocket 4. Vintage Taxidermy Owl from Aldetha]

This Halloween season, I’m all about drawing on the spooky chill of crows and old owls for a little party inspiration. There’s something so ominous about gatherings of birds. It’s sure to set the perfect chilling tone for your shindig.

[1. Trick or Treat Guestbook by BoundForYou 2. Spider Cards by WhenItRainsShop 3. Chevron Cards by Twin2kim 4. Black Envelopes from StraightHome]

Send guests handwritten notes on cards with a slightly timeworn vibe. Keep things simple with a color palette of black, white, and kraft.

[1. Vintage Champagne Coupes from HazelRoberts 2. Apothecary Bottles from FrenchCountryLife 3. Handmade Corked Bottle by SylvaPagana 4. Mercury Glass Votives from LGSFlowers]

Old glass apothecary bottles, vintage champagne coupes, and loads of flickering candles inside mercury glass holders conjure images of witch’s brew, while providing a sparkling ambiance, too.

[1. Doily Set from Fancypansycrafts 2. Graveyard Photo from AlexandraMontclair 3. Black Frames from OhMyDeko 4. Wall Scones from RobertaGrove]

Add an air of haunted mansion to any space by dimming the lights and loading up on a few ornate decorative pieces. Glossy black frames, black candles in wall sconces, doilies reminiscent of spiderwebs and spooky antique photographs will do the trick!

[1. Mask by PetalAndThorn 2. Gloves by MySecretFace 3. Black Lace from Raincrazy133 4. Crown by ItsyBitsyBlooms5. Handmade Dress by Dhela]

Black lace is the perfect accent to add a dark, Victorian vibe to a Halloween celebration. Use it to adorn candles or to line serving trays. Ditch the big box costume in lieu of a black lace dress paired with a mysterious black lace mask or the perfect little black lace gloves.

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