We love all the excitement that comes with fall holidays—but none are as imaginative as Halloween…when cobwebs (faux and the real ones) become stylish, pumpkins become jack o’ lanterns scattered about tabletops and front stoops, and skeletons and skulls become décor, inside and out.
Inspired by the ghoulish spirit of our favorite season, a group of us settled in to our on-site photo studio for an afternoon of decorating—Halloween style! The goal? To come up with some simple looks you can recreate using supplies you’re likely to have on-hand and some new accessories coming to stores.
So, with our Halloween mix playing in the background (including MJ’s Thriller, of course!) and a bowl of candy corn, we went to work…
We paired our black crows with strands of cotton, pulled apart until thin and then artfully arranged to mimic cobwebs. A scattering of skull candles (notice the one with a mustache and bowler—our personal favorite). The crows and candles will be available at stores in mid-November—because we see these pieces as year-round décor, not just for Hallows Eve.
So in the essence of time, you can get a similar look with paper mache versions available at craft stores. Simply spray paint them black for a spooky accent, or metallic for a luxe look.
Vintage trays and plate stands evoke medieval times, yet these pieces will bring some sophistication to your Halloween centerpiece. No family silver laying around? Many craft or antique stores offer a selection for you to choose from.
As a final touch, we chose bittersweet and dahlias (available at most local florists) and arranged them in mason and jam jars of varying heights. We paired them with yellow gourds on a tiered serving tray. Don’t be afraid of color—pops here and there make a big difference!
Some other tips for setting your own table:
1. Avoid perfection. Overly stylized tables tend to look stuffy. We recommend creating a sense of asymmetry with odd numbers.
2. Create mini-stories. Let your guests’ eyes travel by creating small groupings or vignettes. We chose to do one on the left, one in the center, and one on the far right with metal trays.
3. Pay attention to scale. Pair tall fixtures with short ones to create movement.