Abstract This brief review describes select topics of the chemistry of graphite intercalation compounds (GICs) of the acceptor type with emphasis on metal and non-metal halides as intercalates. Some examples drawn from our recent work serve to illustrate the chemical behavior of these compounds as well as some preparative and structural aspects. The synthesis of novel GICs with anhydrous copper and zinc nitrate, and with compounds of the type E (OTeF 5) x (E = H, Hg, CrO 2, Xe) are reported. A brief account of the reactivity of GICs is given. Some potential applications of GICs are considered. The utility of GICs as precursors to oxides through combustion is demonstrated.