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Holiday decor is great—but it can get cheesy, fast. Especially during Halloween, when fake blood and pumpkin-shaped everything can be truly scary to our refined editor eyes. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Instead of gourd votives, why not go for a spheric terracotta-hued candle? Or rather than a melamine platter that says “Boo!,” consider a made–in–New York dish adorned with a bat. Less kitsch and more chic means you’ll want to keep these accessories on hand for next year—and beyond. 

And because holidays are really about decorating and hosting, we’ve picked out the best spooky-lite tableware out there. Whether you’re celebrating with a grazing table-style aperitivo hour, a family-friendly trick-or-treat pregame, a scary movie snack buffet, or nothing at all, we’ve found moody (yet design-driven) pieces for everyone.  

Front-Yard Frights

Indoor Scares

Seance Table Terrors

Monster Mash Must-Haves