If you’re struggling to come up with some creative Halloween table decorations, we’ve put together some creative centerpiece ideas and fun place card crafts that are sure to “wow” your dinner guests. There’s even some free printable crafts to get you started.
Graveyard Halloween Place Cards
- Small, plain paper sacks
- Grey cardstock paper
- Black permanent marker
- Black hard candies
To make the graveyard, measure up 3 1/2″ from the bottom of the sack and draw a line (just above the bottom fold). Cut the paper sacks on the line and discard the tops of the sacks. Measure down from the top of the new, small sack 1/2″ and cut the sack in a picket fence pattern. Open the sacks and fill them with the black candy. Now you have a graveyard surrounded by a picket fence!
Cut tombstone shapes out of the cardstock, about 4″ tall and 2″ wide. Write your dinner guests names on the tombstones like this: “Here Lies Joe” and “Here Lies Sue”. Place the tombstones into the candy so they are able to stand straight up in your graveyard.
Bat & Pumpkin Halloween Place Cards
What you need per card
- 1 mini pumpkin
- 2 toothpicks
- (2) 2″x5″ pieces of black construction paper
- Glue stick
- Black thread
- Mini tag
Cut the black construction paper into the shape of bat wings. Glue the top 2/3 of the toothpicks to the back of the wings on the 2″ end. Stick the remaining end of the toothpicks into the pumpkin so that the pumpkin looks like the body of the bat. Write the person’s name on the mini tag and tie a thread from the tag to the stem of the pumpkin.
Free Printable Table Cards
What you need
- White card stock paper
- Black marker
You can place these Halloween table cards around your home or print out the blank cards to use as seating cards for your guests. Simply download and print the card, write your guest’s name on the card, fold the card at the crease and place them on the table.
Free Halloween Jar Labels
- Labels for your printer
- Jar labels
Simply print out these free Halloween jar labels and stick them onto your candy jars and food bowls that you’re going to put on the table for your guests. Print out a page of blank templated jar labels if you want to personalize your sticker or you can print out a page of labels that already have sayings like Happy Halloween, Monster Eyes, OOEY GOOEY BRAIN, Bloody heart and Spider Legs.
Specimen Jars Halloween Centerpiece
What you need
- Punch bowl
- Large candy jar with lid
- Quart-sized mason jar
- Green, red and yellow food coloring
- Fennel bulb
- Brussels sprouts
Gather up a punch bowl, a large candy jar with a lid, and a quart-sized Mason jar and fill them each about 2/3 full of water. In the large punch bowl, add 3 drops of green food coloring and 2 tablespoons of milk. In the candy jar, add 1 drop of red food coloring and 1 tablespoon of milk. In the Mason jar, add 2 drops of yellow food coloring and 1 tablespoon of milk. Peel the outer layers off of a green cabbage head so that it looks “brainy”. Place it in the punch bowl. Cut the fronds off of a fennel bulb and place the bulb in the candy jar to look like a heart. Place a handful of Brussels sprouts in the Mason jar to look like eyeballs. Place all three vessels in the center of your dinner table to create a creepy Halloween table decoration.
Layered Candy Halloween Centerpiece
What you need
- 6″ or 8″ round vessel (any height)
- Mini marshmallows
- Chocolate licorice
- Marshmallow pumpkins
- White mints
- Large black gumballs
- Candy corn
- Large white marshmallows
- A mixture of large orange gumballs and small yellow gumballs
- Halloween lollipops
Layer the candy in your vessel.You can either create an entire layer with each of the items, or you can create a wall of the candy around the edges of the vessel and fill in the center with mini marshmallows. Purchase 5 or 6 different types of Halloween lollipops to stick out of the top.