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Having a Halloween party? Set up an eerily inviting spread including, from left to right above, your favourite port or dessert wine, a selection of rich cheeses partnered with blackberry compote, caramel molasses pears, bloody good chocolate-beet cake and cups of spiced pumpkin mousse. Resin urn holding flowers, $129.95, blue glass decanter, $39.95, black vulture, $58.95 at Teatro Verde (www.teatroverde.com). Short hammered cake stand, $8.99, mirrored plate underneath pears, $19.99, skull, $9.99, blue cup holding mousse, $4.99 at HomeSense (www.homesense.ca). Clothbound Penguin Classic books, various prices at Indigo (www.chapters.indigo.ca). Black crow taxidermy, $198 at Morba (www.morba.ca). Pewter teapot (part of four-piece set), $495 at Cynthia Findlay Antiques (www.cynthiafindlay.com).

Why should the kids be the only ones to revel in sweets this weekend? While they're counting up their candy bars, scare up one of these frightfully delicious adult desserts for you and your best ghoul friends.

  • Bloody good chocolate-beet cake with scream-cheese icing
  • Caramel molasses pears
  • Blackberry compote
  • Spiced pumpkin mousse

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