How To Create a “Not Too Spooky” Halloween Tablescape

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Do you like to decorate for Halloween?? To be honest, until the past 2 years, I hadn’t decorated for Halloween since my daughter was little. Last year, I thought it would be fun to create a tablescape for Halloween. I enjoyed getting creative with it, so I want to show you how to create a “not too spooky” Halloween tablescape.

I’m calling this “not too spooky”, because I wanted to avoid using really gory props. I just added a few glitter spiders, a skeleton hand, and some black crows.

“not too spooky” halloween table place settings

My table is a weathered wood color, so I covered it with a white tablecloth so the black and white place settings would really show up.

Next, I added black felt spider web placemats I bought last year.

I layered a large and medium size white plate, from my collection of thrifted plates. Then, I topped it off with a white plate with a black striped edge. I have had these a long time, but you could easily use a decorative black and white paper plate.

On top of my plate, I used a large white linen napkin and I gathered it in the center and tied with a narrow black/white striped ribbon.

I found these cute little brooms in a package of three at the Dollar Tree for $1 per package.

I tucked a broom into the ribbon on the napkin, then topped it off with these 31 tags I made.

To make the tags, I used white paper coasters I have collected from restaurants over time. But, you could easily just use heavy white cardstock.

I have a set of large number rubber stamps, and I stamped a 31 in black ink on each coaster.

halloween “not too spooky” table centerpiece

I used 2 pieces of black gauzy cheesecloth down the center of my table. I’ve had the fabric a long time, but I found it at the dollar store with the Halloween decorations. Most craft stores carry it during the Halloween season.

I used a white cake stand in the center of the table and put a white heirloom pumpkin on top of it. I topped it off with a witches hat I found at a thrift store last year.

At the base of the cakestand, I propped number plaques that have a 3, and a 1, since Halloween is on the 31st. These are number plaques from the Aidan Gray line, and I found them at a resale shop for $5 each. I have actually seen a few of them on Ebay too.

On one side of the cake stand, I placed stacks of vintage black books (thrifted). I added a black/white check pumpkin to the top of one stack and a black crow to the other.

I bought my black crows at Michael’s and the dollar store last year, but I linked some similar ones at the bottom of the post.

On the other side of my cake stand centerpiece, I used a vintage book and a black/white check fabric pumpkin I’ve had for years. I placed a crow on top of the pumpkin.

finishing touches to the “not too spooky” Halloween tablescape

To finish off my table, I sprinkled little black glittered spiders around the table. I found these last year at Michael’s.

I added a small skull and a few skeleton hands that I found at the dollar store. I didn’t like the color, so I spray painted all of them white. Somehow, they didn’t look quite as scary that way.

I found a black “potion” bottle in the dollar section at Target and added that to the table, as well.

witches brooms

Did you see the witches brooms I shared on Instagram last week? I was inspired last year by Millie at Essential Era. She made the cutest brooms for her Halloween decor and I decided to make my own this year.

I cut some grasses, basically weeds, from my neighborhood. I also cut back a few of my large herbs from my garden. I tied each bundle with twine and hung it upside down to dry.

I had some old wooden yard tool handles that I found in a neighbor’s trash pile a while back. I cut the handles down and made 4 broomsticks out of them.

I tied the handle to each dried bundle using twine or raffia.

When I was finished, I used an “S” hook and hung them on the back of my dining chairs around my Halloween table.

I think they were the perfect finishing touch!!

I hope you found some inspiration about how to create a “not too spooky” Halloween tablescape yourself. If you have questions or comments, please leave them at the bottom of this post. I love hearing from you!!

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blessing and happy fall,


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Suggested materials:
  • Black gauzy fabric   (craft store)
  • Felt spider web placemats   (craft store)
  • Black crows   (dollar store)
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