10 Decorations for a Spooktacular Halloween Table
1. Terrifying Tablecloths
Tablecloths are an important part of any table setting, and a solid-colored tablecloth can make an excellent foundation for your Halloween tablescape. Traditional black and orange tablecloths are great for a gothic-style table, while a white cloth can conjure chilling images of ghosts and skeletons. Tablecloths with spooky patterns and creepy designs make a great complement to a more traditional Halloween decor scheme.
2. Devilish Dinnerware
While decorations add plenty of creepy character to your Halloween dining table, don’t forget to add the frightening dishes and serveware you’ll need to enjoy your meal. You can choose plain-colored options for an uncomplicated look or get creative with fun patterns and images. Figural bowls and platters shaped like skulls, pumpkins, ghosts, and other popular Halloween creatures help build on your table’s spooky theme while making it easy to serve delicious food and drinks.
3. Nightmarish Napkins
Napkins probably aren’t the first thing you think about while you’re crafting a Halloween dining table spread, but they play an important role in tying each place setting back to the rest of your decor. Solid-colored napkins add an air of simple refinement, but Halloween-themed napkins with spooky patterns and haunting imagery help keep every part of your dining table on theme. Don’t forget to set each napkin with a Halloween-themed napkin holder to keep everything neatly in place until you’re ready to eat.
4. Ghoulish Glassware
No Halloween meal is complete without some devilishly delicious drinks, and there’s no better way to enjoy them than in spooky glasses and barware. Serve blood-red wine in gorgeous antique-style goblets, or offer some creepy cocktails in tumblers etched with Halloween skulls or pumpkins. Clear margarita glasses are perfect for eyeball martinis, while opaque mugs preserve a mysterious air around your libations.
5. Spooky Centerpieces
Creepy centerpieces are an excellent complement to any Halloween tablescape. Unique sculptures and floral arrangements lend plenty of character to your dining table spread, while natural Halloween garland uses autumn leaves, dry twigs, and gauzy fabrics for a more subtle accent. Halloween wreaths add an air of refinement to your spooky table decor, embracing earthy reds and oranges that provide plenty of rich, autumn charm.
6. Creepy Candles
Of all the different ways to create an eerie ambiance around your Halloween table, flickering candlelight is one of the easiest and most popular. Rows of pillar candles stir up gothic imagery, while glimmering tealights add haunting illumination without stealing the show. An antique candelabra can serve as a hauntingly handsome centerpiece on any table, especially when decorated with fake spiders and cobwebs or natural wax drippings.
7. Cursed Cauldrons
No Halloween spread is complete without a wicked witch’s cauldron to stir up some trouble. While you won’t be brewing up any foul ingredients, cauldrons and punch-bowls make great centerpieces and serving dishes for everything from hot soups to chilled punch. You can add dry ice to create a hair-raising haze, or submerse colorful LED lights for a ghoulish glow.
8. Putrid Potions
Amber bottles and vials are creepy complements to a Halloween table setting, serving up vintage charm with a spooky twist. Though empty bottles are great for adding atmosphere, you can also showcase your Halloween hosting skills by using them to serve drinks. Give your guests a chance to brew potions of their own by labeling and filling each bottle with delicious beverages and flavorings.
9. Scary Skulls
Skulls are a classic piece of Halloween decor, perfect for creating a setting that’s as frightening as it is refined. A few life-sized skulls make an excellent display in a bowl or bell jar, while smaller skull sculptures are perfect for accenting place settings and tableware. Fake animal skulls can add a touch of fresh personality, and larger-than-life skull decor can make an especially striking impression on a Halloween-themed table.
10. Petrifying Pumpkins
Pumpkin decor is a staple of this haunting holiday, and even though you might not want a giant jack-o’-lantern on your dining table, smaller pumpkins are great additions. Uncarved pumpkins add autumn warmth, while pumpkins with carved faces add a bit of Halloween whimsy. Painted pumpkins can be designed to match any decor scheme, making them ideal for a more refined and minimalist Halloween table.