Easy Ways to Set Up a Spooky Halloween Buffet
Serving Up Scary
Whet your guests' appetites with an eerie Halloween dessert buffet. Surround homemade or purchased treats with simple Halloween decorations, like a ceramic black cake stand, ($80, West Elm), and patterned runner.
Editor's Tip: Make your own Halloween artwork. Simply print a picture of a skull and place it in one of your existing gallery frames.
Spooky Skull Centerpiece
With the help of a few purchased decorations, this creepy Halloween buffet table can be yours. Simply arrange large platters of food (or try a charcuterie board!) on a long table. Add a plastic skull in the center and finish with rubber snakes, faux spiders, and toy mice. No crafting required!
Chilling Chalkboard Message
Gather 'round and we'll share hauntingly good ideas for setting up and dishing out a spooktacular Halloween buffet. We've got you covered from decorations to recipes. Write a mysterious message, such as the first lines of Edgar Allen Poe's poem "The Raven" (shown here), on a chalkboard. Set the chalkboard against the wall behind the food to give guests something to read while waiting in line.
A special message greets party-goers via this creative pumpkin garland. Simply cut the pumpkins and letters from cardstock, hang with twine, and swag across a window, doorway, or mantel to set the scene.
Eerie Halloween Buffet
This Halloween dessert spread is simple to set up and proves you don't need a lot of decorations to set the scene. Spread faux spider web across candelabras, potted plants, and cake stands. Decorate pumpkins with simple black eye masks and finish the table with a few plastic spiders and snakes.
Editor's Tip: Whip up a batch of these spooky peanut butter truffle mice and display them on a simple orange platter.
Black & White Table Runner
Set the table with classic black-and-white decorations to add just a touch of gothic elegance. Create an outdoor Halloween buffet with just a few simple decorations. Patterned paper fans, ($6, Etsy) are easy to hang from table legs—group them in sets of three. Arrange your food on the table and finish this festive Halloween food display with metallic painted pumpkins and a festive banner.
Dare your guests to grab a glass. Set up a festive Halloween brunch buffet with a fun witchy theme. Simple decorations like homemade sweater-wrapped pumpkins and an oversize poster will have guests flying to the food table.
Colorful Halloween Table
Three bold colors cloak every aspect of this Halloween buffet in ghastly guise. Layer orange and black tablecloths to create the base and top with disposable cutlery and paper napkins. Frame the buffet with oversize paper fans for a spooky touch.
Black and White Buffet
This elegant Halloween food table proves a simple color scheme can be the most striking. To create this Halloween candy buffet, fill glass jars with candies and swirled lollipops, ($16, Oriental Trading). Finish the dessert display with a homemade layer cake and cookies.
Editor's Tip: Decorate the table with one accent color like lime green or orange.
Ghoulish Drink Station
Set up a drink station in the corner of a room where guests can mingle while pouring their favorite beverages. Fill thermoses with cider and juice, and use pumpkin labels cut from crafts foam to identify the drinks. Transform a plastic pumpkin into a spiderlike ice bucket by attaching pipe cleaner legs.
Colorful Food Table
Keep an eye—or eyes—on guests with these creepy cute monster Halloween buffet decorations. Dress up cookies with candy eye balls, ($3, Target) and serve up small bite-size snacks in colorful muffin tins. Simple patterns (like stripes and polka dots) in bright colors carry the party theme from the food table to the decor.