Host a Halloween Dinner: Decorate Your Tabletop For a Perfect Fall Party

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Halloween isn’t just for kids. You can host a devilishly fun dinner for friends and family-and there’s no need for a full moon to throw a spooky soirée. Whether you go dark and dramatic or keep it simple and minimalistic, style your table with the perfect Halloween setting and get ready for a howling good time. Here are some of the best tabletop items for a Halloween dinner party.

Create a spooky scene with this trio of skull tea lights from Crate & Barrel. Designed with a metallic finish, these candles will cast a ghostly glow to your home. Group them together on a shelf or coffee table or you can have these faces greet guests at the table as a place setting that they can take home at the end of the evening.

Create a charcuterie and cheese board spread with this Spider Web Cheese Board. Measuring 15 inches, this board is composed of wood and features an engraved spiderweb. With its spider web design you can craft quite a spread on this board. Be sure to add a variety of crudités alongside copious amounts of cheeses, hummus, dips, and oils. Also, scatter fresh fruits and add cured and cooked meats or patés.

Set the mood at the dinner table with this cauldron serving bowl. Whether you are serving drinks, an entrée, soup or dessert, this bowl adds the perfect touch for your Halloween table setting. Or if you want to create a centerpiece for your table, you can place dry ice (using tongs) and some dishwashing liquid inside the Cauldron Serving Bowl for a gurgling display for your guests. Then place a group of candles nearby for a more eerie affect. Or you can use this bowl to serve punch or a signature Halloween drink.

Add sophisticated seasonal touches and use tabletop elements for your dinner setting. This luxe Staub Pumpkin Cocotte will elevate any table and can be utilized in the autumn season. You can transfer food with ease from oven to table with this ceramic dishware from Staub. Known for its cast-iron range, Staub’s heritage stems from its French roots. This cocotte is dishwasher safe and is impact-resistant.

Greet guests with canapés, hors d’œuvres or drinks with this elegant Ouija Board Tray. Serving nibbles before dinner is always a nice touch that guests will appreciate. Or you can present sweet treats like cookies and cupcakes for party attendees. This black wood tray features a white letterboard and metal handles. You can set the tone for an elegant gathering with this eerie platter.

Get guests into the Halloween spirit with fright night drinks. Serve up spooky cocktails in this Skeleton Collection glass set by Pottery Barn. This collection includes stem, stemless, double old-fashioned and flute options. There are skeletal embellishments affixed to the glassware comprised of zinc alloy. Don’t forget to create a signature cocktail for the evening while offering wine and other drinks.

Go for ghoulish glam with this all-black dinnerware set from CB2. This Crisp Matte Black Dinnerware set will go well with your spooky decorations. This handmade black glazed stoneware dinnerware range is dishwasher and microwave safe. It includes a dinner plate, salad plate, soup bowl, mug, rectangular platter, and serving bowl. Its modern and contemporary aesthetic makes it a stylish option for seasonal and everyday use. Instead of using silverware, opt for matching black stainless steel utensils.

Embrace the Halloween ambiance by setting your table with moody hues. To create a festive table use this table runner from Crate & Barrel. It will create a dark and dramatic tabletop scene. This runner is decked with a silvery metallic skull print. It will add a chilling yet charming touch to any dinner table.

Simple touches such as these black taper candle holders from CB2 can help set an eerie mood. These aluminum candle holders have a powder-coated finish and come in a set of three. Just add white taper candles. This Allis Black Taper Candle Holder Set will also add a bit of height variation and texture to the table. Set them next to a festive bouquet of flowers in an earthy palette and add some small pumpkins.

Sometimes it’s not about decorating with dark Halloween colors. With a rich autumnal palette, you can focus on the natural elements and incorporate a neutral aesthetic. If you opt for a rich fall or earthy colors, be sure to use accents such as these napkins by Pier 1 Imports. These Jacquard Pumpkin napkins feature a subtle pumpkin pattern.