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40+ Haunting Halloween Table Settings + DIY Table Decorating Ideas

Host an eerie yet elegant Halloween gathering this year with one of our scary-good ideas for setting the scene of the feast.

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Photo: Evin Krehbiel, Styling by Jenny Reimold

Set the Scene for a Frightful Feast

Celebrate All Hallow's Eve with a dining room table dressed to kill — literally. We conjured up festive and frightening tablescape ideas to recreate at home for a haunting and happy dining room in time for Halloween. Read on to get the inside scoop on our spirited table designs and sweet-and-scary eats, plus pick up a few decorating tips along the way.

First up: This ominous Edgar Allen Poe-themed dining table. Achieve the same eerie appeal by decking your table with lurking ravens, misplaced skulls, glowing lanterns, a discarded typewriter and spiderwebs by the pound.

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Photo: Evin Krehbiel, Styling by Jenny Reimold

Edgar Allen Poe Decorations

Go all-in on your Edgar Allen Poe dining room theme by inviting a ghostly Poe to your party. Make this focal point to head your table and dress your skeleton in Poe’s iconic neck scarf and top hat. Spray paint foraged tree limbs black and secure them to a Christmas tree stand. Hang sections of old, thrifted books to the branches with twine and finish with a rogue raven for good measure.

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Photo: Evin Krehbiel, Styling by Jenny Reimold

Set the Table With Themed Dishware

A flock of wicked birds creates a bleak, eerie setting for a Halloween feast. Use this raven-inspired table as your guide and ignite unease around your Halloween table using feathered foe dishware, accessories and linens.

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Photo: Evin Krehbiel, Styling by Jenny Reimold

Soften Your Seats

Give guests a soft spot to land for dinner and drinks by layering each chair with a foreboding throw pillow. This inviting seat features a shadowy raven with a cautionary greeting, but you can adopt this idea to fit your party theme. Don't have the budget to buy all new throw pillows? Click the link below to find out how you can add appliques to your existing pillows. Spiders, vampires and spooky skeleton motifs are all failproof ideas to consider.

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