Halloween table decor ideas – 15 spooky setups for spine-chilling suppers

1. Give Guests A Ghoulish Welcome With Entry Table Decor

Your outdoor Halloween decor might be the first spook your guests get on arrival, but be sure to continue the chills indoors. Give your entry table decor ideas a ghoulish twist by mixing in Halloween ornaments and decorations in and among your usual display.

2. Don't Forget The Finishing Touches

If you know how to set a table for a special occasion, you know that it's the table gifts that really count, even at Halloween. 'We tend to only consider crackers on Christmas Day, but why not at Halloween too? They're a fabulous finishing touch if you're having guests over for a Halloween dinner or make your own and fill them with fall treats.

3. Create An Elegant Halloween Table Centerpiece

One way to create a Halloween-suitable table centerpiece is by making a pumpkin planter, but you can keep it even simpler with a basket of gorgeous gourds.

4. Create A Stylish Halloween Color Scheme

'Halloween is a great opportunity to have a bit of fun in the home once summer has come to an end but we’re not quite ready to think about Christmas. During the week of Halloween I like to dress the dining table with an abundance of fall colors, terracotta napkins and a runner being my go to pieces. I’ll usually dot lots of black candle stick holders, lanterns and gourds down the centre of the table. It has a nod to Halloween but remains elegant and not at all gimmicky.

5. Create A Creepy (But Cozy) Atmosphere With Candles

While you may find yourself getting caught up in choosing a pattern for your pumpkin carving ideas, remember that it’s the ominous glow of candlelight that really make a Jack O’Lantern so atmospheric. Be sure to get out your best candles for your Halloween-themed tables to create a creepy but mainly cozy atmosphere around the home. In this tablescape put together by Piglet In Bed and Olive & Co, candles of varying heights and in autumnal colors are at the heart of the dinner table.

6. Nestle Miniature Pumpkins Among Your Table Decor

While no-carve pumpkin ideas are a favorite among wider fall decor ideas, they still top the list of unmissable elements of Halloween decor. While a large carved Jack O’Lantern might be a little unwieldy for your dining or coffee tables, miniature pumpkins are a perfect match for low level decor. Nestle them among displays of more organic autumnal items for a natural look, or dot them down the length of the dining table to create an informal runner.

7. Theme A Scheme Around Your Favorite Horror Movie

Watching scary movies is a Halloween must – so why not turn a viewing party for one of your favorites into a themed event, decor and all? When putting my Halloween tablescape together, I was inspired by the classic Hitchcock horror film, The Birds,’ says Instagrammer Stephanie Campbell

8. Think Beyond Orange With Multicolored Pumpkins

Orange may be the color that immediately comes to mind when picking up a pumpkin, but there is actually a whole world of multicolored gourds out there – including varieties that may fit even more seamlessly into your fall color scheme.

9. Use Seasonal Florals For Your Centerpiece

Natural materials are a growing trend in interior decor so, this Halloween, look to your fall planter ideas for centerpiece inspiration. ‘Keep your centerpiece simple and classic with a nice vase and a bunch of seasonal flowers for a chic look this autumn,’ says Jessica Hanley. This really is enough to impress your guests and won't overcrowd the rest of the table.’

10. Dot Creepy Crawlies Around Your Dining Table

Looking to give your guests a little mid-feast fright? Add a touch of unexpected peril to your Halloween table decor by letting creepy crawlies run riot over your tablescape – fake ones, of course. Unnerving but ultimately elegant spiders in glittering metallic tones roam this breakfast room display put together by blogger Fabiana Reese. For full on fright, consider allowing spiders of different sizes to make their way through the display, or perching bats and crows among your higher level floral displays.

11. Add Drama With A Statement Tablecloth

When putting together a tablescape, be sure to be on theme from bottom to top. ‘Get your base right,’ says Hanley. ‘A decorative tablecloth gives your table a put-together feel, while natural fibres like linen maintain that semi-effortless look.’

12. Keep Halloween Chic In Black And White

Beyond the tablecloth, following a monochrome palette for your Halloween table decor is a great way to stay both seasonally on theme and perennially chic. In this example, it gives both a fashionable and spooky edge to a rustic tablescape, featuring a gingham tablecloth, black napkins, a white vase filled with dried flowers and black and white mismatched candlesticks. Embrace no-carve pumpkin ideas too by getting out your paintbrush and redecorating miniature pumpkins with black and white paint to fit into your scheme.

13. Ensure Your Guests Get Treats As Well As Tricks

Trick or treat? Make sure your table includes an abundance of both. ‘Leave some picky bits on your table like bowls of nuts, crisps or even Halloween-themed chocolates and cupcakes,’ says Jessica Hanley. ‘This will make guests feel welcome and give your room a lived-in feel that stops the tablescape from looking too overdramatic.

14. Use Faux Cobwebs As A Table Runner

Blending the stylish with the spooky is about keeping all the traditional elements of a beautifully decorated table, but adding something a little uncanny. Table runners are great for making a scheme at a long dining table feel coherent from end to end – but instead of a traditional fabric runner, consider stretching fake cobwebs along the center of your table instead, like in this example by Amanda S Gluck, Founder of Fashionable Hostess.

15. Create A Spooky Console Vignette

'It's really easy to create an impactful Halloween table decor idea with just a couple of ingredients,' says Lucy

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