How to Create a Magical Halloween Tablescape

Make Halloween Come Alive with Easy Decorating Tips & Tricks, Spooky Tablescape Inspiration & Video

Whether you want to create a spooky tablescape or a fun Halloween display in your home these ideas will help you create something magical and just a bit spooky. Enjoy our fun video and inspiring photos of our enchanted Halloween tablescape to get your creative juices flowing.

We are so excited to be joining 12 fabulous bloggers on this Inspiring October Decor Tour, where you will find tons of creative ideas perfect for all things October, plenty of fall and Halloween inspiration for all the magical moods of this time of year. Find links to continue your inspirational journey at the end of this post. Enjoy.

magical Halloween Tablescape

Halloween is pure fun! It’s a magical time filled with memories and traditions. Jodie and I love to embrace the holiday, to express the fun in our decorating, for ourselves and our families. and conjure up some magic. Whether you choose traditional orange and black or an even bolder color palette, like purples and teals, enjoy getting a little spooky. This holiday is about taking risks so why not use the opportunity to be creative and take some risks in your decor? The perfect place to start is by creating an enchanting Halloween tablescape, and we’ve got some great ideas to show you how.

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My Halloween Tablescape

For my Halloween tablescape I envisioned an “Enchanted Mansion.” I imagined my old-world candelabras featured center stage, and could picture the table set with spooky elegance.

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Halloween Tablescape Goals

I had a few goals in mind when I first decided to create a Halloween Tablescape:

  1. It had to be inexpensive.
  2. I wanted it to be easy.
  3. The overall mood had to feel “MAGICAL.”

magical halloween decor

Create Halloween Tablescape magicG-Rated Halloween

I specifically choose to leave out anything too ghoulish since I don’t like skeletons, zombies, creepy crawlies or blood. I don’t pass judgement on those who go all out for Halloween ghoul, but it’s just not my cup of tea. If you’re like me there are plenty of ways to embrace Halloween fun and keep it G rated. For many years my Halloween decor actually looked just like fall. I stuck with pumpkins and had plenty of fun. Below are some of my absolute favorites for fall decor that I return to year after year because they never go out of style.

magical Halloween tablescape and decor

table setting with pumpkinSources for My Halloween Tablescape

Because I knew I wanted to keep a tight lid on my budget I did what I often do, I began with what I had (hence the candelabras featured front and center). Inspiration started when I found this awesome, reusable paper table runner.

fun halloween tablescape decor

spooky halloween dining room

The Importance of Lighting in Your Halloween Tablescape

Halloween marks the official beginning of the holiday season. This is when lighting becomes a fundamental in decorating. Candles, both real and faux, are a key element in Halloween tablescape. In fact, lighting is a huge component for all my holiday decor.

Ever since I discovered them I’ve been using little wire “fairy lights” to achieve a special festive holiday feel. These versatile little wire light strings come out at Halloween, and I reuse them for Thanksgiving and Christmas and possibly a Winter Wonderland look as well. They add the wow factor to nearly any decor arrangement. For your convenience I have added some well-priced favorites below.


farmhouse dining room dressed for Halloween


Halloween dining room details

Halloween dining room decorNo Pressure Decorating

We believe decor should enhance life. That being said we don’t put pressure on ourselves if some years we just don’t have time. Sometimes decorating has to take a back seat to higher priorities. That’s real life. Sometimes we want to go all out but perimeters just don’t allow, and that’s okay. We go easy on ourselves, even we who LOVE to decorate more than any folks out there. Many times we must use what we have and make the best of it.

There is an ebb and flow in life. Some years we have more time and more money and other years we have less. The moral here is decorating should never add to the stress of life, only enhance living. Enjoy where you are, all the good and all the blessings.

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Magical Halloween decor

candelabra halloween decor

magical halloween decorating

Make Your Halloween Tablescape Magical

There’s no better time than Halloween to infuse a little (or a lot) of fun in your decor. Break out of your mold. Halloween is no time to hold back. It’s a playful time. It’s a season all about creating delight for the whole family to enjoy. Your decor is the backdrop for memory making, so set the stage for your family adventures that begin at home.

After seeing how easy it is to create this fun Halloween tablescape I hope you’re: inspired, motivated and confident to create your own. Don’t let the fun-loving spirit of Halloween pass you by. After all, how often do we get the chance to add magic into our everyday lives?

Would you like to see my table decorated for Christmas? View my Christmas Tablescape.

Magical and fun halloween tablescape and decor


Fun and easy Halloween decorLet’s Get Spooky

Let’s face it. The real fun of Halloween happens after dark. That’s when the real fun comes to life. And no Halloween blog post would be complete without a view with the lights off.

Looking for more fall inspiration? Be sure to check out my Fall Home Tour.

spooky Halloween decorations table all lit up

spooky Halloween dining room

Are you ready for more fall decor inspiration? Next on this October Decor Blog Tour is our ever-so-creative friend Jackie of Finding Lovely. We know you will enjoy her inspiring post. Be sure to visit all the amazing blogs on our tour. Below you will find a complete list. Enjoy the tour.

jodie & julie

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Mysha – Remington Avenue

Sheila – Maison de Cinq

Ashley – Curls and Cashmere

Janine – Happy Happy Nester

Judy – Life is Better at Home

Martha – Simple Cozy Charm

Olivia – Reinvented Collection

Jodie and Julie – The Design Twins

Jackie – Finding Lovely

Joan – 2 Ladies and a Chair

Ashley – Modern Glam

Kim and Lacey – Styled with Lace


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  1. ashley says:

    I love this spooky tablescape! Those orange candles really seal the deal. Such a fun tour!

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Ashley, thank you honey! Haha! The orange candlesticks are like the exclamation points in the room! So I kind agree with you πŸ™‚ Thanks for the kind words! So fun to be touring together. Your friends, Julie & Jodie

  2. Carol says:

    Your Halloween table is so magical. I love it. You two are so fun and inspiring. If you don’t win that contest in London, there is one more thing wrong in this world. Hugs to you both, Julie and Jodie.

    • Carol says:

      And, also, you found the perfect music. About the black and white striped table runner – I went to the site you said had it but I didn’t see it. Didn’t you get it at a store in Snohomish? I live in Seattle and I could go there. I think I need this table runner.

      • jjdesigntwins says:

        Hi Carol,
        Yes, the black and white table runner came from a boutique in Snohomish…a fun excuse to go visit…where I’m sure you’ll find more than just a table runner to bring home πŸ™‚ The store is Bottorf’s & Co. and it is the first store you come to as you begin Front Street from the West end. Happy Shopping. XO ~ Julie

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Oh My Goodness, Carol, you are too sweet! Thank you so much! You bless us with your kindness! So glad you enjoyed the fun tablescape for Halloween. Lot’s more brewing here so stay tuned! With gratitude, Julie & Jodie

  3. Michelle says:

    I really appreciate your attention to detail. I always look forward to your stories and posts (Jodie, as well) and just love your kindness and caring words for all. Beautiful!! ????????????

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Wow, Michelle, you really know just how to make us feel good! Thank you for the sweetest message. Nothing could make us happier. You see, it’s so much more than fun ideas we hope to convey…We hope to always encourage and spread joy! These goals are so much more important, and if we happen to inspire your decorating at the same time, well, that’s even better. Blessings, Julie & Jodie

  4. Martha Knake says:

    Well, I completely ADORE this!! I love the music!! So festive, well done!

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Yay, Martha! That’s so good to hear! Well, we have Jodie to thank for finding some spooky music haha! What a treat to be together on this seriously inspiring tour. Looking forward hopefully to many more fun “hops”! XO ~ Julie & Jodie

  5. Judy says:

    You really did set the Halloween mood here!! LOVE the candelabras and the striped paper table runner!! And the video was fabulous, loved the music too! So grateful to be joining you two today πŸ™‚ xo

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Hi Judy! What a treat to be connected on this fun seasonal tour! You are a blessing along this journey and we are both so grateful for your friendship. Thank you for your kindness and support always. Love, Julie & Jodie

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Aw thank you so much, Judy! We are thrilled to have the opportunity to be joined on this blog hop! We learn from each of you amazingly talented women. We love how everyone has different ideas and unique ways to inspire. Truly it is a blessing to be among such kind and talented women! Hopefully we’ll have more opportunities to grow together in the future. Your friends, Julie & Jodie

  6. Jean C. says:

    You made decorating for Halloween so easy! I’m going to look for some branches that I can spray paint black. I adore that plaid pumpkin, too! Well, I’ve got the cobwebs in my house, all I need are a few other items. πŸ˜‰

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Jean, I love that idea! I’m so pleased we sparked your creativity…you are off and running it sounds like. We know it will turn out great…just continue to enjoy. We sure hope you’ll visit us often. With gratitude, Julie & Jodie

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Jean, We love those ideas! So happy to have sparked your creativity. We are just thrilled to have you join us on our blog and sincerely hope you will continue to find inspiration on our pages. With gratitude, Julie & Jodie

  7. Patti says:

    This was like watching something from Martha Stewart Living! I absolutely love the entire room. Your attention to detail is evident from the crows to the lighting and music! Well done ????????????????

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Patti! Wow! What a compliment! Speaking of Martha Stewart, this summer I was interviewed by “her people” and collaborated on a blog post on her site…all about decorating entryways! It was quite an honor πŸ™‚ We are so glad you enjoyed the tablescape and the video. We had just a little bit of fun making that! haha! Blessings, Julie & Jodie

  8. Sheila Irwin says:

    Your table is sooo much fun! I love that you did a traditional Halloween with black and orange and I’m especially loving the spooky trees! Target here I come!!


    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Sheila, Thank you Sweetheart! I know, Target for the win! Seriously, they did not disappoint! We just love being connected with you…it’s always a blessing. We look forward to many more opportunities. With love, Julie & Jodie

  9. Irma says:

    Great video, so well done. Such a fun, magical, spirited tablescape! Thanks for the inspiration, I can’t wait to start decorating this weekend. Do you mind sharing the album/artist name for the music? It’s the perfect touch…whimsical, fun, upbeat yet spooky, vs the howling, chain-rattling sound effects I’ve only found. Thank you! ????????

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Thank you so much for your sweet support! We are just delighted you enjoyed our video. I made the table and took the video but Jodie is the one who found the spooky music which played such an integral part in creating just the right mood. We apologize for the delay in getting back to you…we had to find the info. She found it on YouTube and it’s called “spooky ride” by Twin Musicom (as chance would have it πŸ™‚ Thank you again for following our blog. We hope you continue to enjoy! Blessings, Julie & Jodie

  10. Congrats Julie and Jodie! You’ve been nominated for the Bloggers Recognition Award! Check out my post, for details on accepting the award. Pollie from Pollie’s Place Blog

  11. Joan says:

    Julie & Jodie, it truly is magical!!! I love it! The music on the video was perfection. Love your use of candles and lighting. You ladies are always amazing me!

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Joan, oh my goodness, thank you Joan! It means so much that you liked it! What fun to have the chance to be connected again through this blog hop! We always love when we join forces, and we always learn something awesome from visiting your blog. Hoping for many more chances in the future. With love, Jodie & Julie

  12. Kim Hazel says:

    Wow you hit it out of the park with a spooky haunted mansion magical tablescape!! I love the glow at night with all of your candles and twinkle lights and especially the spooky trees!! The video is super fun too!!

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Thank you Kim, that really means a lot to us. We hold your design aesthetic is such high regard! It’s always an honor to be connected with you and this time is no exception. We look forward to many more opportunities. With love, Julie & Jodie

  13. Sue T. says:

    Loved all the candles and you’re choice of music was perfect ! I’ll be looking forward to my β€œ Candle πŸ•―Light Dinner Invitation β€œ LoL

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Sue, Isn’t that fun? I’m not an expert at making movies, but this was so much fun to create it motivates me to make more. I so appreciate your sweet reply. It always means a lot to hear from our readers. Would love to have you all over! Wouldn’t that be so amazing? XO ~ Julie & Jodie

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