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Halloween Table Setting Ideas to Try This Year

September…October…these fall months are just flying by!  Well, if you’re looking for some table setting ideas for the autumn holidays, you’ve come to the right place!  Today, I’ll be joining a group of bloggers for the “There’s No Place Like Home” Autumn Blog Hop to feature our fall tablescapes!  For my contribution, I’ll be sharing my black and white Halloween table setting ideas.

If you read my blog, you know I usually decorate with color.  So, this new black and white color scheme is definitely a change of pace for me.  As you will see below, I highlighted some Halloween table setting ideas that you might want to try this year.  I hope you like it all!

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Halloween Table Setting Ideas:

White jack o'lantern centerpiece with lit candle inside

Once again, I want to thank Rachelle from My Hubbard Home for hosting this series of fall blog hops.  Rachelle is so creative and today she’s sharing a lovely fall tablescape with apples and hydrangeas.  Please be sure to swing by and say hello!

If you are just arriving from The Painted Apron…Welcome!  Didn’t you just love the colors Jenna used on her fall table?

Now, let’s get started with all the fall table inspiration!  Please remember to visit the rest of the bloggers listed at the end of this post!  Hopefully, they will inspire you to try something new this year!

Autumn Blog Hop - Halloween Table Decor Ideas


My Halloween Table Setting Ideas to Try This Year:

A Black and White Color Scheme:

As I mentioned, I usually decorate with a lot of color.  This year, I challenged myself to only use black and white for my Halloween table setting ideas.  In my opinion, the lack of color adds to the spookiness of Halloween…and the spookiness of 2020 for that matter.  

Black and White Table Setting - Halloween Table Setting Ideas

Since my kitchen is already white, it worked well with my black and white Halloween table setting ideas.

A Patterned Table Runner Combined with Simple Placemats:

As a starting piece, I decorated my Halloween table with my black and white patterned table runner.  My mom bought it for me last Christmas and I thought it was perfect for my Halloween table.  Personally, I think the patterned runner gives the table a more sophisticated feel than something specifically Halloween-themed.  If you want to see how I used the runner earlier this year, check out how I transitioned from Christmas to winter decor.

Black and White Halloween Table Setting

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Supposedly, table runners should have an 8-14 inch overhang on the ends but my runner doesn’t even reach the end of the table.  Yes, my table is very long.  Though with a shorter runner, it’s easier to put placemats at each end of the table. 

Since my runner is a bit wide, I ended up laying the rest of the placemats over the sides of the runner.  First, I experimented layering the placemats over the runner and then under the runner before I chose which I liked better.  In the end, I decided that it made more sense for the placemats to go on top because otherwise they looked chopped off.  Seriously, I think I’ve been home too long if I’m worrying about whether to put placemats over or under the runner! Ha!

Black and White Table decorated for Halloween

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Anyway, since my table runner is so busy, I chose very simple basket weave placemats  to coordinate.  Even a Halloween tablescape should have style!

Buffalo Check Napkins Between the Plates:

Having smaller patterns on the runner and the placemats allowed me to go bold for the napkins.  After all, I’m always looking for chances to include buffalo checks in my decorating.  Why should a Halloween table be any different?

Black and White Place Setting with White Pumpkin Jack o' Lantern

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A White Jack O’ Lantern Centerpiece:

Since I didn’t want to add any color to my Halloween table, I decided to forego the flowers and use a white jack o’ lantern for the centerpiece.  After all, isn’t a jack-o-lantern something we all expect to see for Halloween?

White Jack O' Lantern Centerpiece on Halloween Table

similar jack-o-lanternssimilar jack-o-lanternsimilar black stems /cute Halloween table runner another patterned table runner

To “make” this centerpiece, I placed a white ceramic jack o’ lantern on a bed of black sparkly twigs I picked up at Michael’s.  Then I simply elevated the centerpiece with a white cake stand.  The glow of a white candle inside makes it all come alive.

Mini White Pumpkins Decorated as Jack O’ Lanterns

To continue with the white jack-o-lantern theme, I took a black Sharpie and drew faces on some mini white pumpkins.  If you want a super easy DIY…there you go!  Then I topped off each pumpkin with a fuzzy spider and added some of the black sparkly twigs to the plates.

White Pumpkin Jack o Lantern on White Plate - Halloween Table Setting Ideas

Yes, I guess I should mention my other easy DIY…the charger plates.  No, I didn’t make them, but I did paint them!  Originally, they were red.  In the 10 or so years I’ve owned them, I’ve probably used them once.  So, I took out some black craft paint and a sponge brush to make them match my black and white Halloween table setting.

Of course, if you don’t have any to paint, this black charger set is an inexpensive option.

Halloween Table Setting with Pumpkins and Spiders

How convenient that I took my photos on a dark, dreary day.  Sunshine wouldn’t have matched my Halloween table mood!

Side view of Black and White Halloween Place Setting

Glowing Candles – Simple Halloween Table Setting Ideas:

On a cloudy day, you can’t go wrong with candles.  Plus, they add to the ambiance of my spooky-ish Halloween table setting ideas. 

Obviously, I used real candles for decorative purposes.  If you try this look, flameless battery operated candles are a much better option with all these accessories.  After all, you don’t need to be starting any fires on your Halloween table….2020 is bad enough already!

White Candle burning on Halloween Table

similar black candleholdersanother similar candleholder

On my table, I used black candlesticks and black lanterns but kept the candles all white.

Black and White Table for Halloween

white platesplacematsflatwaresimilar buffalo check napkins

Although most items are black and white, you might have noticed the mini pumpkins and the white on the napkins are actually a cream color.  At first, I questioned whether the cream would look okay.  As it turned out, not only did it look okay, but the cream added more warmth than using just plain black and white.  Sometimes, it takes a little experimenting to get a feel for what works.

White Pumpkin Jack O'Lantern on table setting - Halloween Table Setting Ideas

So, there you have my black and white Halloween table setting ideas!

Hopefully, I inspired you to try some new ideas for Halloween this year! 

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Now, let’s continue with the rest of the fall tablescapes…

If you’re following along in order, Celebrate and Decorate is next on the list.  Chloe always decorates the most gorgeous tables and I’m sure you’ll love her latest one. Also, please be sure to visit the rest of the blogs listed below for more fall and Halloween table setting ideas!

Autumn Blog Hop – “There’s No Place Like Home” – Tablescapes Oct 14
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My Humble Home and Garden Karins Kottage The Painted Apron Calypso in The Country
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Celebrate And Decorate Mantel and Table My Hubbard Home  


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    1. Thank you Debra! I’m glad you like my departure from all the color. It’s fun to try new things once in a while!

  1. Shelley, I adore your special style, your tables are always so well done, and this one is a favorite! I am a huge lover of black and white, it is always elegant, and you’ve proven it suits any theme so perfectly! I love the mats you chose to compliment the runner and the individual pumpkins on each plate mimicking the larger pumpkin centerpiece are adorable! I LOVE the black sparkly twig stuff you found, that looks fantastic! It is Halloween just the way I like it, spooky fun but not scary!

    1. Awe, thanks Jenna! I originally had a big fuzzy spider hanging off the back of the centerpiece pumpkin but I was afraid to light the candle with it so close! The sparkly twigs actually came in bundles but I wanted to scatter them out so I cut them with wire cutters. Between fire hazards and sharp objects, I’m living on the edge this week – ha! Thanks again!

  2. What a wonderful spooky table, Shelley. Every single item used including photos taken on an overcast day add to the eerie Halloween feel.
    I’m loving how the single white pumpkin on a bed of sparkly branches can be created without a lot of fuss. I will need to remember that. And your table cloth was a great buy. I clicked over to see how you used it last year. It’s really a versatile piece and is perfect with the white kitchen.

    Thank you again for joining along on this autumn hop. It was so much fun having your special, creative posts. I really appreciate that!

    1. Thanks, Rachelle! I’m happy to hear you like my eerie table. This was such a fun blog hop series so thank you again for hosting!

  3. I am in love with black and white this year for Halloween! Your tablescape is spooktacular! Love all your table linens and the buffalo check napkins are my favorite! Cute little spiders on the little white pumpkins just add to your fun look! Super fun! I am pinning it!

    1. Thanks so much, Karin! Glad to hear you’re a fan of buffalo checks as well! Great hopping with you again and thanks for pinning!

  4. You are so right, Shelley, that black and white runner is such a classic, and perfect for this or for many other tablescapes. Your little white simulated jack o’lanterns are perfect with those spooky spiders on them! It is so great to hop with you!

    1. Thanks Chloe! I’m glad you like how it turned out. I think I might make even more of the mini jack-o-lanterns…they were so easy! Great hopping with you too!

  5. Shelley! I LOVE your black and white color scheme! I’m totally about the neutral! What a lovely sophisticated table runner, and those little baby boos are darling! Nice job of an elegant Halloween table – gorgeous!

    1. Thanks so much, Barbara! Yes, I’ll have to thank my mom again for the runner. I’m getting a lot of use out of it!

  6. Love your Halloween tablescape Shelley! Anything with buffalo checked elements always catches my eye and you have brought it all together perfectly. I cannot believe it’s almost Halloween and I have done nothing yet! This is year is just speeding by. I need to get busy. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

    1. Thanks so much, Denise! This year really is flying by, isn’t it? I’m a huge fan of buffalo checks as well so I’m always looking for excuses to decorate with them. Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Such a cute Halloween table Shelley! Love the idea of painting the chargers and you’ll probably use them a lot more now. I’m featuring your post this week on the Tuesday Turn About Link!

    1. Thanks so much, Michelle! Yes, the black is definitely more versatile than the red was for me. Thank you so much for the feature!

  9. I love your black and white Halloween tablescape Shelley! Thanks for sharing it at Celebrate Your Story! Link Party. Congrats! You’re being featured this week 🙂

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