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Halloween Table Decorations and Dining Buying Guide

Often less formal and more than a little bit fun, Halloween table decorations and dining items can provide creative ways to celebrate this fun holiday. If you're looking to dress up your tabletop, or want to add to items you already have, review our buying guide to all the ghoulish Halloween goods out there.

Types of Table Decorations and Dining

Types of Table Decorations and Dining

Remember the lonely old jack-o'-lantern? For years, the carved pumpkin was virtually the sole accent for Halloween. Fortunately, that's no longer the case: Halloween is as festive as any other holiday, with table decorations and dining gear to match. There are Halloween table decorations and dining items for styles subdued and serious as well as exuberant and tongue-in-cheek. Those accents include tablecloths and linens, candles, flowers, pumpkins, Halloween figures, and dinnerware and serveware. Here's how to sort through the options and start building a set of spooky-inspired decorations you'll love.

Tablecloths and Linens

Halloween tablecloths and linens include runners, place mats, and napkins in a range of sizes. More subdued autumn-inspired patterns—just pumpkins or the season's signature colors—may be useable beyond Halloween.

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No Brand
$6.00 $24.00
at Boscov's

The Halloween Wicked Words Tablecloth is covered in words that are sure to keep your guests in a Halloween mindset! 100% Polyester.... Machine wash/dry. read more

No Brand
$5.00 $22.00
at Boscov's

A colorful mix of playful ghosts and trick-or-treating skeletons decorates the Halloween Harmony Tablecloth Collection. 100% Polye...ster. Machine wash. Tumble dry. read more

Heritage Lace
$32.00 $38.00
at Wayfair

Heritage Lace Spider Web Tablecloth The Heritage Lace Spider Web Tablecloth is a very pretty tablecloth, even though it resembles ...a spider?s web! This is perhaps ideal for a Halloween theme party. It is a classy tablecloth that your guests won?t mind... read more

Unique

Serve party drinks in spooky style with these Dying of Hunger Halloween Beverage Napkins. These napkins feature a creepy skeleton ...and "dying of hunger?" text. After party clean up is simple with these disposable beverage napkins. Coordinate with other spooky Halloween party supplies and Halloween decorations from Unique. Dying of Hunger Halloween Beverage Napkins measure 5" x 5" and come in a package of 16. read more

Candles and Candleholders

Plain-color candles in Halloween colors may be a nice contrast to an elaborately carved candleholder. Or seasonal candles might include images such as spiders. Either way, these can be used in centerpieces or as table-setting accents.

Flowers

Flowers in seasonal colors—a natural choice for a centerpiece—are also a nice way to accent Halloween decor. Try unusual blooms or foliage to provide texture on your tabletop.

Pumpkins

Pumpkins, of course, are almost a requirement for Halloween. Fresh pumpkins are still a staple of table decorating and dining, but faux pumpkins in a range of sizes and colors are also nice options that last from year to year.

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DII
$17.00
at Amazon

Set of 4 round braided placemats are perfect for indoor/outdoor use. Each placemat has a 14.75" diameter and are 100-percent Polyp...ropylene. Shake briskly, wipe with damp sponge if needed. Coordinates with all DII Haunted House items. read more

DII
DII
$25.00
at Amazon

Set of 6 round braided placemats are perfect for indoor/outdoor use. Each placemat has a 14.75" diameter and are 100-percent Polyp...ropylene. Shake briskly, wipe with damp sponge if needed. Coordinates with all DII Haunted House items. read more

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Paddywax
$12.00
at Amazon

Paddywax is an artisan candle company and industry leader in hand-poured, fragrance-infused, soy wax blended candles. Dedicated to... creating something lovely for every home, their collections combine innovative fragrances and creative designs for every gift-giving occasion. Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, all of their candles are made in the U.S.A. From fragrance throw to burn time, each custom recipe is made to deliver the best experience. Fragrance blends are developed to distribute the most natural aroma through the use of all natural ingredients. Every product is packaged with precision, each bow and label is applied by hand to give every product a human touch. Paddywax believes that beauty lies in the details and knows you too will fall in love with Paddywax. read more

General Paint & Manufacturing
$12.32
at Amazon

Premium Decor Decorative Enamel Spray Paint with 360Degree Spray Tip is fast-drying and for indoor or outdoor use on wood, wicker,... crafts and more. Features innovative 360Degree technology that allows you to spray at any angle -- even upside down -- for quick, even coverage. Color: Pumpkin Orange. 12-ounce can. read more

Halloween Figures

Iconic Halloween figures—ghosts, crows, spiders, and witches, to name just a few—can be used as table decorations and on dining setups. Use smaller versions with place settings or larger ones for a focal point.

Dinnerware and Serveware

Plates, bowls, platters, and silverware may also be designed to have specific appeal at Halloween through the use of colors or patterns.

Product Features

Product Features

Differences in product features in Halloween table decorations and dining items affect both length of their use and your enjoyment of them, as well as their life span. It's important to take your time and review each item and how it fits in with what you have—or what you plan to purchase. That includes colors and patterns as well as material of the Halloween table decorations and dining pieces. Here's a short reminder of what to consider.

Colors and Patterns

Halloween table decorations and dining items can be designed with a variety of colors—some very specific to the holiday, others more generic—as well as patterns that give them a distinctive look.

Material

Some Halloween table decorations and dining items are made from relatively durable materials, including fabric, ceramic, and heavy plastic (such as serving bowls).

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Halloween table decorations and dining items differ based on how long you wish to use them. Some are designed specifically for easy disposal and use—which also means buying new every year. Other pieces will last as long as they're properly cared for—but probably cost more, too. As you think about your lifestyle and budget as well as decorating needs, keep in mind these purchase considerations to find the Halloween table decorations and dining items that work best for you. They include care and storage, durability, versatility, and replacement opportunities. Here's a guide to review.

Care and Storage

Items that are intended to be used from year to year will last longer if they are properly cared for, but those care instructions vary based on what the item is made of. For example, some plastic bowls may not be dishwasher-safe. You will also likely need the appropriate containers to store your pieces.

Durability

The types of materials used to make Halloween table decorations and dining items will affect how long you're able to use them. For example, paper napkins and plates are created for one-time use, as are plastic tablecloths.

Versatility

The things you love should also be the things you use. Halloween table decorations and dining items that are very distinctive may have less versatility when it comes to other autumn-related events and days.

Replacement Opportunities

A one-of-a-kind set of Halloween plates may add panache on the tabletop, but if one piece breaks, it might be difficult to find a replacement. Investigate whether you can replace items.

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generic
$10.00 $100.00
at Walmart

Commemorate everyone's favorite spooky holiday with this Halloween Photo Mug. Select a photo that will be displayed on one side of... the mug. read more

Halloween Photo Mug, 11oz
generic
$10.00 $100.00
at Walmart

This ceramic mug is dishwasher and microwave safe We recommend using a landscape-oriented (horizontal) image. If you choose a port...rait (vertical) image, we will fill the remaining space with white. read more

Happy Halloween Photo Mug, 11oz
Tag
$22.00 $45.00
at JCPenney

With this set of spooky Hallowscream dish towels, you'll have two ways to dry your dishes a design with squares, or with one that ...scares! 100% cottonfun Halloween designmuted checkered patternset of 2Cotton. Each measures 26x18in. Washable. Imported. .... read more

Halloween Parade Set of 2 Dish Towels
Tag
Tag
$34.00 $70.00
at JCPenney

Don't let the name fool you this Halloween dish towel set can be used all season or all year long. 4 festive designs100% cottonset... of 4Cotton. Each measures 26x18in. Washable. Imported.. Unisex. Color: Black. Brand: Tag. Manufacturer Part #: 78922410018. read more

Halloween Set of 4 Dish Towels
Tag
Tag
$16.00 $33.00
at JCPenney

Give your kitchen a dash of ghostly decor with this dish towel that's festive and practical. 100% cottonwaffle weave for extra abs...orbencyembroidered Halloween designsCotton. Measures 26x18in. Washable. Imported.. Unisex. Color: Black. Brand: Tag.... read more

Halloween Embroidered Waffle Weave Dish Towel
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Tag
$24.00 $50.00
at JCPenney

Set a spooky tone for your Halloween meals or parties with this table runner and its delightfully creepy spiderweb theme. polyeste...r felt fabriclaser-cut designPolyester. Measures 16 x58 . Wipe clean with a damp cloth. Imported.. Unisex. Color: Black.... read more

Halloween Spiderweb Table Runner
Tag
Asstd National Brand
$18.00 $32.00
at JCPenney

Featuring spooky prints and patterns in classic Halloween colors, these dish towels are a frightfully fantastic addition to any ki...tchen. easy-care cotton fabricset of 2Cotton. Each measures 18x28inL. Hand wash. Imported.. Unisex. Color: Orange. Brand:... read more

Happy Halloween Set of 2 Dish Towels
Oriental Trading Company

Add these monstrously yummy gummies to their trick-or-treat bags this Halloween! Each pack features monster-shaped gummies in grap...e sour apple orange and sour lemon flavors. Great for your Halloween party favors bags and monster-themed birthday parties too! (9 pcs. per pk. 18 pks. per unit) Fat-free. OTC read more

Monster Gummy Fun Packs - Candy & Soft & Chewy Candy
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