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The flowing ghost shape may be the most emblematic of Halloween. (Does it get any simpler than a sheet with holes?) Some of our favorite artists and designers have embraced the classic silhouette and created a few non-traditional ghosts to help celebrate the macabre holiday.

The new offbeat book on entertaining by Amy Sedaris, I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence (above right) includes crafts, recipes and advice for both hosts and guests. This spooky ghost cake (above left center) uses egg shells and sugar cubes soaked in lemon juice to achieve a flaming eye effect.

Designer Todd Oldham (a frequent collaborator with Sedaris) created a line of floral arrangements for Floral Ghost created from over 60 white carnations. Available for next day delivery for $70.

Marcel Dzama, an artist reknowned for his pen and ink drawings like his cover design for Beck's 2005 release Guero, also created the Sad Ghost Lamp inspired by his acrylic work, "The Saddest Ghost." Both oddly sweet and functional, use it to illuminate your Halloween bash and all year round. The Sad Ghost Lamp is available at Velocity Art and Design for $155.

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