When it comes to Halloween decorating ideas, nothing is off limits. The more, the better is the way to go. If that’s your style, the best place to start is with your Halloween table decor. Your dining table is the blank canvas you need to express your creativity, whether it’s with loads of pumpkins, autumn flowers and stylish candlesticks, or on the opposite end of the Halloween decor spectrum, a ghoulish setup filled with spider webs, skulls and ghosts.
Browse these 40 creative Halloween decor ideas to bring your table to life. These one-of-a-kind DIY pointers are full of inspiration to make your Halloween celebration gathered around a table a fun-filled one.
We know you’re proud of your pumpkin crafting skills, which means it only makes sense to use a pedestal to show off your favorite creation for Halloween.
Pumpkin Punch Bowl
A hollowed-out pumpkin can easily become a punch bowl—and an undeniable conversation starter.
Bulbs & Butterflies
Affix clear lightbulbs on top of candlesticks (aged metal looks are a good choice) then add butterfly decals for a whimsical look.
A faux feathered bird, like a black crow, is the perfect addition to a Halloween table. Set a few on top of black spray-painted tree branches to achieve a realistic feel. Don’t forget to complete the look with everything from creepy pumpkin designs to a white gauze tablecloth.
Head of the Table Skull Centerpiece
Channel Morticia Addams to create and add a gothic, otherwordly touch to your dining table with a skull centerpiece adorned with self-adhesive rhinestones. Place a jar or cup inside a faux skull with a removable top (you can use small rocks or gravel to help keep the cup in place). Then create a grid of tape on the rim of the jar to keep flower and greenery stems in place. Fill ⅔ with water and begin by arranging greenery and larger blooms in the grid, making sure to remove any leaves or extra stems that will sit below the water line. Finish with more delicate flowers.
Halloween Party Tablescape
“Mossy” cookies topped with green frosting and graham cracker crumbs take centerstage on an inexpensive black gauze table runner to create an enchanted forest floor vibe.
Dinner plates: Siren Song Ebru Print Melamine Plates from Food52. Glassware: Rialto Tulip Glasses in Oxblood by Sir/Madam. Tablecloth: Washed Linen tablecloth in charcoal gray by H&M Home.
Crepe Paper Garland Chair Decorations
Brush a layer of RIT liquid dye on the edges of an orange party streamer roll. (Don’t brush on too much — just enough so you can see it dying the edges.) After it’s dry, cut off a piece of thread about one yard long, thread a needle, double it up and knot it off. Sew a basic running stitch down the center of the streamer. Be careful to stitch slowly so your string doesn’t knot. Stop every inch or so, gently pull down the paper to gather, hold in place, then twist the gathered paper clockwise. Before you run out of thread, stitch through the top of the paper a few times and knot it off. To continue the garland, get a length of thread ready and stitch through a few layers of the paper. Keep going until you have enough length to drape over chairs.
Use these eerie vessels as vases, or as cocktail glasses (they’re food safe as long as the liquid doesn’t come in contact with the decoupaged artwork). Gather a mix of clean recycled bottles and jars, bud vases and chemistry flasks, then download our eyeball clip art and print onto regular printer paper. Cut out the eye shapes to fit to the bottom of the jars. Paint a thin layer of Mod Podge to the bottom exterior of the glass and place your cut paper (artwork-side down) on top. Smooth out any air bubbles or wrinkles with your fingers and let dry. Paint on a couple additional layers of Mod Podge to seal and let dry several hours.
Gothic Halloween Table Setting
Go the ghoulish route with a table setting and include black and green accessories, like candles, as well as dark and dramatic floral arrangements.
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Make basic candlesticks just a little bit creepy for a standout centerpiece. Start by spray painting old wine bottles in orange and green and filling them with candlesticks. You can even let wax drip to make more of an impact.
Pretty Spooky Tablescape
Why settle for plain pumpkins when you can go for a touch of glam? Simply paint your pumpkins and dip the stems in eye-catching glitter.
Suspended Broom Chandelier
Go all out with apothecary bottles, gourds, flowers and black candles lining the center of your table. A black cat sitting atop a witch’s broom suspended from the ceiling takes it over the top.
Green Stick Centerpiece
Spray paint tree branches right from your backyard in an electric green hue for an easy and striking centerpiece. Finish the look with a tall black vase.
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Ditch the kitschy Halloween decor for a sophisticated centerpiece, like mini gourds that can double as vases. Fill carved pumpkins with water bottles (cut the bottoms off) and add ranunculuses, mums and dahlias.
Take a faux plant to the next level with black spray paint. Play up the creepy factor by placing them in black pots with dark sand.
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Make spider web placemats, which can be made from parchment paper and puff paint, part of your centerpiece. Use the puff paint to create a web shape on the parchment paper. Once it dries overnight, peel the paper off the back. You can then place them under clear plates and rest pumpkins, flowers, or desserts on top for a creative centerpiece.
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Mini Pumpkin Centerpiece
Looking for an unexpected candle arrangement? Consider using mini pumpkins as votive holders. Just remove the pumpkin’s stem and place a candle right on top. Cover it with a glass hurricane and insert floral U-pins to keep them in place.
Give succulents a spooky twist by placing them right inside skull glasses.
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Show off your design aesthetic with a trendy pumpkin vase. Simply insert a glass vase full of water into a pumpkin and you’re all set.
Wrap black lace around white candles of varied sizes for a hauntingly chic bash.
Painted Pumpkin Jars
Create a sweet Halloween table display by filling colorful pumpkin jars with candy.
Palmistry Plaster Palms
Pom Pom Pumpkins
Dress painted pumpkins up in colorful pom poms for a playful look that’s perfect for a festive celebration with children in attendance.
An autumnal centerpiece, including gourds and faux ivy garland, is an elegant way to dress up a table.
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Pumpkin & Berry Branches
Let berry branches steal the show by inserting them into a trio of orange pumpkins.
Bring pumpkins to life with a collection of white taper candles and trailing ivy.
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Pumpkins in Cloches
Paint a black bird or feather onto your orange pumpkin and then set it in a bed of moss inside a glass cloche.
Black and White Painted Pumpkins
Orange tissue paper balls can become fun jack-o’lanterns in an instant. Use black construction paper to cut their facial features and stems.
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Creepy Crawler Candles
Once you insert white votives into small pumpkins, use black pipe cleaners to make creepy spider legs.
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Boost your Halloween table’s visual appeal with these mini fudge broomsticks that are almost too cute to eat.
Up for a fairly easy DIY candle project? Begin by shaving orange crayons into melted max. Stir and then dip white candlesticks into the mixture. Place them in your favorite candleholders once they’re all dry.
Go big and bold with an edible haunted house. The frightening and delicious combination of chocolate cookie walls and candy decorations is sure to be a conversation starter.
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Marshmallow Monster Pops
Allow your dessert to serve as a Halloween centerpiece. Graphic marshmallow monster pops, for instance, fit the bill.
Follow a few simple steps to transform tissue paper bells into scary ghosts for your dining table.
A wreath can serve as the perfect foundation for a centerpiece. Guests will certainly freak out over this twig design that’s decked out in plastic snakes.
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