The best Halloween table decor

Laura Duerr

Fake spiderwebs and table scatter pose a fire risk. Keep your Halloween party safe by using battery-operated candles in your candle holders and lanterns.

Halloween decorations can transform your everyday table into a haunting holiday focal point. Your Halloween table decor is an opportunity to complement your Halloween treats and set the stage for a spooky gathering. For instance, if you’re looking for a Halloween centerpiece that both conveys the theme and serves a practical purpose, Boston International’s Three-Piece Hanging Cauldron Set would be a great choice for your party. Set the scene, whether you're going with classically spooky or elegantly eerie decorations, with these Halloween table decor options.

What to know before you buy Halloween table decor

Your party budget

Whether you’re planning an upscale gathering or decorating the table for your family to enjoy during the month of October, you’ll be able to find a variety of Halloween table decor options in a range of price points. Affordable decorations like plastic tablecloths, paper placemats and artificial cobwebs may be all you need to create a cohesive theme. Centerpieces like pumpkin table scatter, candle holders or Halloween decorations with lights and sound effects are more expensive, but can elevate your decorations beyond the ordinary.

Your Halloween party theme

Halloween decorations may traditionally consist of jack-o'-lanterns, skeletons and coffins in orange and black, but Halloween decor is increasingly available in a variety of colors and moods, so your party doesn’t have to be constrained to orange pumpkins if that’s not your style. Try theming your Halloween table decorations around a color, like purple or glittery black, or work with a concept, like a graveyard or a haunted hotel. For a simple theme to unify your table, pick a single Halloween icon or symbol, like skulls or black cats. Whatever theme you choose, carry it through the rest of the room by using fall garlands, spooky lighting or wall decals.

Your menu

Make your gathering memorable by choosing food that goes with your Halloween table decor. Color-coordinate your candy or drinks and your decorations, and serve food that’s thematically suited to your gathering, whether it’s a kids’ movie night or a costume cocktail party.

Halloween table decor features


One of the easiest ways to create the mood for a gathering is with candles. Pillar candles in festive colors can set the tone by themselves, while votive candles in decorative candle holders can help convey your party’s theme. One way to make a simple Halloween centerpiece is by clustering vintage candle holders and candelabra of different heights and surrounding them with black lace or artificial cobwebs. You can also maximize the effect of candlelight and elevate your gathering by including glittery table scatter.

Multipurpose decorations

Decorating a small table? Use your space efficiently with decorations that do double duty. Serve food on festive platters and drinks from a cauldron instead of a standard punch bowl. Instead of using a bowl for candy, repurpose a large lantern or candle holder by filling it up with candy.

Current trends

Your Halloween decorations don’t have to look the same way they always have in the past. Halloween decor that incorporates current decorating trends, like succulents, and finishes, like marble or iridescent black, can keep your party feeling updated.

Eco-conscious Halloween decor

One of the perks of the fall season is the abundance of all-natural decorating possibilities for Halloween. Pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, gourds and dried ears of corn can all help create a spooky, seasonally appropriate theme that doesn't rely on plastic or glitter. Natural decorations are often pretty affordable, and you don't have to worry about storing them for next year, either.

Halloween table decor cost 

Almost any variety of Halloween table decor can be found for between $15 and $30, though some paper products and tablecloths can be found for less than $10. High-end serving dishes and centerpieces can cost $30-$60.

Halloween table decor FAQ

Can you make your own Halloween table decor?

A. Make your Halloween decorations extra personalized (and save a few bucks) by making DIY table decor. Black paint can transform pumpkins, flowerpots, thrift-store goblets or even toy snakes and spiders into budget-friendly decorations customized to your theme. Cut paper bags into luminaries or decorate jars with ribbon and dark glitter for simple, cozy décor.

How do you decorate a Halloween party table?

A. The only limit is your imagination! No matter your budget, you can find place settings, tablecloths, centerpieces and other decorations for your perfect Halloween gathering.

Which Halloween table decor should I get?

Best of the best Halloween table decor

Boston International Three-Piece Cauldron Serving Bowls: available at Amazon and Bed Bath & Beyond

Our take: Serve candy out of these three hanging cauldron-shaped dishes or incorporate them into a buffet.

What we like: The ceramic cauldrons are dishwasher-safe and each can hold three ounces. The freestanding metal frame, which measures 18 inches long by eight inches tall, makes a memorable centerpiece.

What we dislike: Some units arrived with broken or chipped cauldrons.

Best bang for your buck Halloween table decor

DII Lace Spiderweb Table Runner: available at Amazon

Our take: This table runner can add spooky Halloween charm to any table setting, either on its own or layered over a tablecloth.

What we like: It’s made from polyester black lace decorated with a spiderweb pattern, complete with spiders. At six feet long, it’s a nice size for most dining tables, and it makes a great backdrop for almost any theme of Halloween decor. Because it’s not plastic, it’s easily washed and reused.

What we dislike: The lace fabric is thin and fragile, so a few users received table runners that had quality control issues or were damaged during shipping.

Honorable mention Halloween table decor

Funpeny Lighted Black Halloween Tree: available at Amazon

Our take: Standing almost two feet tall, this black tree lights up with your choice of orange, purple or mixed orange and purple LED lights.

What we like: Make this Halloween centerpiece even spookier by adding the included fake cobwebs and spiders. The tree is 20 inches tall and runs on AAA batteries.

What we dislike: The branches are not flexible, and some trees arrived with broken branches. A few users experienced issues with the lights not working.

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