30 Halloween table decor ideas to spook your guests
Halloween is a great time to host a scary seasonal party! Have the best dressed table in town with these Halloween table decor ideas
Whether you’re planning a Halloween party or just want to make your home look extra creepy this October, our Halloween table decor ideas can help you achieve the right atmosphere.
You can perfect your Halloween table decor by choosing clever accessories, picking the right colour scheme and crafting your own DIY Halloween centerpieces.
Your Halloween table decor can be made fun and quirky for kids to enjoy, or taken to a more terrifying level for adult diners.
We’ve included a mixture of items to craft and buy to make your Halloween table decorating a breeze.
Find out how to make this Halloween the most spooktacular yet!
30 best Halloween table decor ideas
1. Spooky table top
Start by preparing your table top before adding any extra decorations. Not sure where to begin? Check out this simple Halloween table decor idea from lovemaegan.com.
All you need is an old table cloth, a creepy shredded cloth and a striking statement vase!
2. Halloween flowers
Flowers probably aren’t the first thing that springs to mind when you think about Halloween table decor, but they can bring a real elegance to your display.
Roxanna Coldiron from marthastewart.com has lots of great tips for styling your Halloween flowers, from choosing different varieties to ways to arrange them.
It’s a good idea to work with what’s in season for best results, but you can use artificial flowers if you want an arrangement that’s going to last throughout October.
3. Skull planter
Halloween table decorations don’t get more iconic than this skull succulent planter designed by abeautifulmess.com.
You can adapt a store-bought plastic skull to make your own stunning Halloween table centerpiece.
4. Bat napkins
Wow your guests this Halloween by creating your own bat napkins. This simple tutorial from instructables.com shows you how to make bat napkins using just seven folds – easy peasy!
You could also suspend some bats above your dining table using our origami bat tutorial.
5. Web table runner
Adding a runner is a quick way to lend some spooky style to your Halloween table. This lacy spider web table runner from John Lewis provides a good foundation for your decor.
Put an orange, green or purple table cloth underneath so that the intricate web pattern really stands out.
6. Balloon ghosts
Get ready for a children’s party by making these adorable balloon ghost table settings from eighteen25.com!
However, this isn’t a cheap option as you will need to buy a helium canister to make your ghosts hover above the table.
If you want to make the balloons look as though they’re floating without using helium, we’d recommend getting a table balloon stand to give them some support.
7. Bat branch centerpiece
Crafting an impressive bat branch centerpiece couldn’t be easier!
This bewitching Halloween table decoration from thesweetestoccasion.com can be made using a few easy-to-find craft supplies – you may already have them at home.
Up the spookiness by draping some fake spider webs over your finished centerpiece.
8. Halloween tea light decoration
Set the scene for Halloween with this enchanting paper tea light decoration from Not On The High Street.
It looks amazing when illuminated from behind, but make sure you use LED candles to stop it catching on fire!
Although it’s made from paper, you will be able to use this decoration year after year if you take good care of it.
9. Ghost lollipop bouquet
Is it even Halloween if you don’t have plenty of candy to hand?
This fun ghost lollipop bouquet idea from abeautifulmess.com makes a cute table decoration. You can hand out the lollies afterwards too!
10. Branch and candles
Make a statement by recreating this theatrical branch and candles DIY Halloween centerpiece from cupcakesandcashmere.com.
The branch used for this look is artificial, but you could opt for a real branch if you want a more rustic effect.
11. Pocket ghosts
These endearing pocket ghosts will be popular with both adults and kids. They come in a range of sizes and you could hide them around your table for children to find.
The crackle glaze finish makes them look as though they’re treasured family heirlooms! They’ll definitely make every Halloween feel special.
12. Bat forks
Sometimes it’s the little touches which elevate your table arrangement. These sweet little paper bats from stylizimoblog.com are guaranteed to take your Halloween table decor to the next level.
Simply cut out your paper bats and slide them onto the prongs of your forks for instant cuteness.
Make your home into a fearsome haunted house
Go all out this Halloween and transform your home into a bone-chilling haunted house!
Find DIY decorations and sinister inspiration in Gathered’s pick of the best haunted house ideas.
13. Skeleton styling
If an uncanny gothic look is more your style, cover your table with skeletons using these creepy chic Halloween decor ideas from themakerista.com.
This look is ideal for a grown-up Halloween party, as it might be too scary for little kids.
14. DIY Halloween cloche
Making a ghostly cloche decoration is a brilliant way to spend an afternoon in the run-up to Halloween. Kids can get involved and enjoy making their own hair-raising scenes too!
Get stuck in and fill your cloche with a host of spooky decorations from ghosts and ghouls to haunted houses. Let your imagination run wild!
Find the Halloween cloche DIY tutorial on deeplysouthernhome.com.
15. Metal Halloween lanterns
These metal Halloween lanterns from Not On The High Street are likely to be a hit with the kids!
They’re covered in playful Halloween patterns featuring skeletons, spiders, bats and witch hats.
Place a tea light or LED candle inside and let them shine!
16. Skeleton place holders
Make sure everyone knows their place by crafting these scary DIY skeleton card holders from thenavagepatch.com.
Spend time conjuring up quirky Halloween names for all of your friends and family – it’s guaranteed to raise a smile.
Get crafty with DIY Halloween decorations
Be creative this October and fill your home with DIY Halloween decorations!
17. Skull centerpiece
Give your table a professional finish with this ghastly Halloween skull centerpiece from apumpkinandaprincess.com.
We love the candles with black wax dripped down the sides. You could use red wax instead for a more gory look.
18. Twig pumpkins
Give your Halloween table a wholesome, natural vibe with these twig pumpkins from Not On The High Street.
They come as a trio and you can fill them with fairy lights if you want some extra sparkle.
19. Tattoo pumpkins
Brighten your table with these fabulous DIY tattoo pumpkins from thenavagepatch.com.
They’ve printed out their own designs using tattoo transfer paper and an inkjet printer, then applied the tattoos to porcelain pumpkins using a damp cloth.
If you don’t have access to a printer, you could cheat and buy some ready-made temporary tattoos to achieve the same look.
20. Plaster hands
Create a showstopping Halloween tablescape with these horrifying plaster hands designed by marthastewart.com.
They’re made by creating moulds of your own hands using alginate powder, which are then filled with plaster of paris. You can position your hands any way you like and the moulds can be reused multiple times.
21. Halloween mason jars
Transform mason jars into amusing monster table lights! This is a fantastic table decoration to make if you’re hosting a kids’ Halloween party.
Scatter a few lanterns along the table to provide enough light, then darken the room and watch them glow!
Learn how to make your own Halloween mason jars with apumpkinandaprincess.com.
22. Plush pumpkins
It’s hard to resist the urge to squish these little pumpkin decorations from Not On The High Street.
They come in three autumnal shades and would look incredible as part of a Halloween table display.
23. Spider web place mats
Cover your table with 3D spider web place mats using this easy guide from deliacreates.com.
They’re quick to make and only require a few ingredients. However, the webs are delicate and need to be handled with care if you want to reuse them next year.
24. Poison flower bottles
We love an easy Halloween table decor hack and these poison flower bottles are the perfect accessory!
Download the free poison bottle printables from camillestyles.com and stick the labels onto assorted bottles.
You can save up old glass bottles and jars to make these poison bottles, then fill them with your choice of flowers and foliage. Dried flowers are particularly effective, because they create an air of decay.
25. Halloween eyeball coasters
If you know how to crochet, you’ll be able to whip up a batch of these chilling eyeball coasters from stitchbyfay.com in no time!
This is a great stashbuster project to try if you’re looking for ways to use up leftover scraps of yarn.
Looking for more creepy crochet ideas? Take a peek at our fave Halloween crochet patterns.
26. Light up pumpkins
Give your Halloween table a glow up with these spectacular glass pumpkin lights. They look great by day, but at night they’re illuminated by battery-powered LED lights.
This trio of pumpkins come with a timer, so you can set them to light up as soon as it begins to get dark outside.
27. Spooky candle holders
These antique-effect candlestick holders wouldn’t look out of place in a haunted house! The vintage look makes them the ideal way to illuminate your Halloween table.
The candle holders are sold in pairs and they come in two different sizes. You can buy two the same size or pair a smaller holder with a larger one.
28. Honeycomb paper pumpkin
If you’re looking for an alternative to traditional carved jack o’lanterns, why not make a honeycomb paper pumpkin instead?
These paper pumpkins will look utterly charming on your table this Halloween! Try making them in a variety of sizes and arranging them at the centre of your table.
29. Halloween skull glass
This Halloween skull can be filled with flowers to make a haunting decoration for your home this October.
Not keen on using it as a vase? You can use it as a drinking glass too!
30. Ghost candy train
All aboard the candy train! This tasty table accessory from Not On The High Street is made for Halloween parties.
You can fill up the carriages with mountains of delicious treats. This Halloween decoration is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
Halloween table decorations for monstrous meals
Celebrate the spookiest season by decorating your table for Halloween. It’s a fun way to bring eerie excitement to any meal time.
You can style your table ready for a Halloween party or simply to make a dinner to die for.
Go for a playful style for kids or make it scarier for the grown-ups. Halloween decor can be elegant too – it’s all a matter of personal taste.
Give guests a weird welcome
Welcome visitors to your home with a frightfully good window display! Find out how to make your own Halloween window decorations with Gathered.
Sarah Orme is a UK-based linocut printmaker, digital editor, feature writer and award-winning podcaster. She's been editing the sewing and art sections of Gathered.how – and before that our sister website calmmoment.com – for over 3 years. She’s the host of Gathered’s We’ve Made It podcast and A Calmer Life podcast. She’s a keen crafter and artist and loves creating DIY tutorials for Gathered. Sarah has previously written features for The Guardian, In The Moment Magazine, Project Calm Magazine, countryfile.com, radiotimes.com and yourhomestyle.uk. She enjoys designing her own unique lino prints and dreams of opening her own online shop. She shares her work @sarahormeprints
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