Decorating for Halloween doesn’t have to mean turning your home into a house of horrors. While there’s plenty of room for decorations that scare people silly in, say, the front yard, you may want your dining room to inspire more feelings of delight than of fright. Using a few simple Halloween decorations—from cobwebs and spidery table settings to crystal ball centerpieces—you can give your dining table a seasonal upgrade.
This guide will show you how to create a full Halloween-themed tablescape that’s as cozy as it is creepy-crawly. With this creative set-up, your next Halloween dinner at home will leave everyone howling for more.
Start with a Festive Foundation
- Start with a clean dining table.
- Then lay the runner across the table, making sure to smooth out any bumps.
- Next, position circular placemats where you plan to set out any serving bowls or platters.
- Lastly, place down a complementary placement at each seat. (We went with a black, white and red spider theme, but feel free to make it your own.)
Go Wild with Cobwebs
Now it's time to add the extra elements of spookiness.
- Using your polyester spider webs, decorate the backs of your dining room chairs in order to evoke the feel of an abandoned, haunted mansion.
- Bonus points if you add one or two of the fake spiders to the webs.
Add Mood Lighting
What's a frightful family feast without some festive lighting?
- Add candleholders at varying heights to the center of the table to really up the eerie element.
- Insert the candles into the candleholders, placing them near the center of the table (they’ll serve as bookends to the final centerpiece).
Set the Table
Next, get each place setting in order. We say go bold with a red dinner plate.
- At the center of the setting, lay down a placemat and put a dinner plate on top of it. If using, stack a salad plate on top of the dinner plate.
- Neatly roll up a napkin and fasten a napkin ring around it. Place on top of the stacked plates.
- Place a clear glass and an opaque glass on the upper right side of the plates, with the clear one on the inside and the opaque one on the outside. (The clear glass will serve as a water glass, while the opaque glass will serve as a wine glass.)
- Arrange the utensils in this order from the left: the salad fork and the dinner fork to the left of the plates; the knife and the spoon to the right of them.
- Repeat for every seat at the table.
Add the Centerpiece
The centerpiece is where all the attention goes, so it has to make a statement. This crystal ball gives a haunted mansion vibe that's playful enough for the littlest diners without being too scary. A few fake spiderwebs and plastic skulls really set the scene.
- Place the crystal ball at the center of the table, with the candles on either side.
- Place a fake spider or two on top of the ball. Delicately arrange any remaining spider webs around them.
- Scatter the skulls around the decorated table, with some sitting upright and others on their sides.
After the table's been set and the chairs are decorated, it's time to light the candles, switch on the ball and dim the lights. If you're serving wine, be sure to decant your wine of choice and place the decanter near the head of the table.
Now there's nothing left to do but eat, drink and be scary.
Whether you follow this theme exactly or you choose a Halloween aesthetic all your own, creating a tablescape for the season is simple and fun. Ready to create your own spirited tablescape? We have options to deliver online orders when and where you need them.