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Come October, often you can still host a party outdoors. Just let fall's exuberant palette lend a hand with the decorating, suggest Richard Kollath and Ed McCann, who like to layer in atmospheric Halloween accents when entertaining. The designers, authors, and event planners (their most recent book is Faux Flowers; Chronicle Books) advise: "Host a party for adults or families the week before Halloween, then leave the decorations up for trick-or-treaters." You also have a great excuse not to sweep up the leaves, which, scattered across the ground, help set the scene. Autumn foliage, faux crows, candlelight, and plenty of jack-o'-lanterns cast a welcoming spell on an outdoor dessert buffet.

Party Pointers: Tricks for a Thoroughly Haunting Theme

FAUX PUMPKINS called Funkins, made from polyurethane foam, can be carved just like real pumpkins. Bonus: They are already hollow and lightweight, too, making them ideal for projects such as a jack-o'-lantern chandelier.

LEAVES AND GOURDS, such as these pear branches, bittersweet berries, squash, and bottle gourds, with their shapely silhouettes, make for eerie effects.

BRING COLLECTIONS of vintage plates, platters, and mugs in seasonal hues outside. Richard and Ed used a bottle caddy (turned candle holder on the chair), cake stand, and painted table and chairs to lend visual richness to the setting.

ILLUMINATE the scene with candlelight from lanterns, votives, and jack-o'-lanterns (light them safely with battery-operated Christmas lights, electric candles, or flashlights).

Trick: Create different "destinations" or stations at a party — for appetizers, mulled cider, and dessert. Treat: Guests move comfortably from one spot to another — enjoying more opportunities for mingling.

Bewitching Touches

Halloween entertaining is all about scaring up creative ways to celebrate the holiday. Neither children nor grown-ups want to miss out on trick-or-treating. Treat every guest to a surprise right at the door — perhaps with candy-filled cones nestled in a vintage plant stand aflutter with feathered crows. From Country Living Magazine