Black and White Halloween Tablescape: How to Create a Unique Table

It’s tablescape day friends! Today I’m sharing a black and white Halloween tablescape and how to create a unique table.

Creating tablescapes is one of my favorite things to design and decorate!

black white and orange stacked plates with spider ornament place setting for halloween table

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I joined a team of blogger friends almost 3 years ago for a monthly virtual dinner club.

We decide on a different theme every month. Then we each create a tablescape with our interpretation of that theme.

It has been so fun seeing all of the great ideas this group comes up with. It also challenges me to think outside the box when creating my tables.

This month is all about Halloween. And since I’m am all about neutrals, I decided to go with a (mostly) black and white theme.

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what do you put on a Halloween tablescape

When I begin styling a tablescape of any kind, I look through my house for things I already have that will go with my theme.

In the case of Halloween, I went through my tubs of seasonal decor. I pulled out anything that would work with my black and white theme Halloween table setting.

If you don’t already have a stock of Halloween decorations and want to create a table on a budget, a dollar store like Dollar General and Dollar Tree are your best friends.

Also, craft stores like Hobby Lobby and also Walmart have great options of seasonal things at a very reasonable price.

Thrifting is one of my favorite past times, so I like to pick up seasonal things when I see them.

It’s the perfect place to find great seasonal items right after each holiday. A lot of people will clean out and donate things after they take down the decorations.

black and white Halloween tablescape place settings

For my black and white Halloween table, I started with a black check tablecloth on my patio dining table. I bought the tablecloth at a thrift store several years ago.

My favorite dishes, Emma Bridgewater Black Toast Pottery, that are white with black wording around the edge worked perfectly for this table.

I love to layer the plates at each of my place settings. So, on top of the EB dinner plate, I layered white salad plates with a black striped rim.

Then, topped it with an orange transferware saucer that I found a few years ago at a vendor mall in Waco, Texas.

I love transferware plates and had never seen the orange pattern before, so I grabbed all 6 of them. Then I came home and did a search and found a few more on Etsy.

The pattern is Copeland Madrid by Spode and they were the perfect addition to this table.

A linen white napkin tied with a black stripe ribbon was placed beside each place setting. Next, I tucked in a small witches broom ornament I bought last year at the dollar store.

A plastic black glitter spider decoration, that was also purchased at the dollar store a couple of years ago, rests on the side of each plate.

You don’t need to have all of these same items to recreate this table.

Basic white plates, black plates, black napkins, a white or black tablecloth, and black candles would all work just as well for this black and white color scheme table.

a creative and unique black and white Halloween table centerpiece

A few years ago, I started picking up jack-o-lanterns at thrift stores, garage sales and discount stores.

When I had collected quite a few, I spray painted all of them white to use for Halloween decor.

One year I used them on the entry table and the next year they filled the top of my kitchen hutch.

I like to change up my seasonal decor each year, so I was happy to use them for a tablescape this year, to change it up a little bit.

They made a great centerpiece for my black and white Halloween table. 

Black felt placemats shaped like spider webs, also from the dollar store a few years ago, made a great Halloween table runner.

I just placed 4 of them side by side down the center of the table.

My Mackenzie Childs cake stand which is black and white check was the perfect centerpiece riser for my largest pumpkin placed in the middle of the table.

I attached a black crow ornament to the edge of the pumpkin just to add a little spooky decor.

The other jack o lanterns were randomly placed down the center of the table. I faced them different directions so that some of the jack-o-lantern faces were visible on both sides of the table.

I added white candles (tealight or votive candle) to the jack o lanterns that didn’t come with a battery operated light inside.

When they are lit, it makes a fun atmosphere for the Halloween dinner party.

To add height in places, I used vintage books with a black cover. I have a collection of vintage books, but these are always available at thrift shops and often at estate sales and garage sales.

I placed a couple of the smaller pumpkins on a plate from my EB pottery collection to add a little interest and pattern.

Lastly, a few brass vintage candlesticks were scattered throughout the pumpkins.

I used a piece of black gauzy fabric from the Halloween decor aisle at the craft store to anchor a taper in the candle holders.

This just added a bit of a “spooky” vibe to my table scape.

black and white halloween tablescape white jack o lanterns down center of table for centerpiece black white and orange stacked plates with spider ornament place setting

past Halloween tablescape ideas

In case you have missed my Halloween tablescapes for the past few years, you can see those here….

How To Create a “Not Too Spooky” Halloween Tablescape

halloween place setting with 2 stacked white plates white salad plate with black stripe border on top of stack white napkin on top of plate with a round card with 31 stamped on it white skeleton hand on edge of plate black felt spider web placemat black crow on top of stack of black books


A Halloween Tablescape 2 Ways

halloween tablescape with white plate and orange transferware salad plate on top black white striped table runner black white check bowl with fall color flowers for centerpiece and brass candlestick

and if you’re looking for a fun appetizer for your Halloween party, you might like this
Halloween Snack/Charcuterie Board that I created last year….

halloween snack board on wooden cutting board with meats cheeses small cauldron bowls small skeleton on top "tomb' brie cheese candy corn tiny plastic spiders scattered over board

I hope you enjoyed and found inspiration from my “Black and White Halloween Tablescape: How To Create a Unique Table” post.

Be sure and pop over to see all of the Halloween table decor ideas from my friends by clicking the link at the bottom of each photo.

blessings and happy halloween,

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    1. Thanks so much Rachel! I really appreciate the kind words.

  1. Your table is beautiful Michele! love the small orange and white plates. You always create such beautiful tables. Thank you for having me as your guest

    1. Thanks so much Wendy! And we loved having you join us this month.

  2. Such a pretty tablescape. I love your style. Happy fall!

    1. Oh, thanks so much Renae! I really appreciate your kind words.

    1. Thank you! I’ve had them several years, but it was fun to incorporate them into a table centerpiece this time.

  3. Stacy Ling says:

    So elegant! I love all the different textures and patterns that you incorporated!

    1. Thanks Stacy! I had fun putting this one together.

  4. How fun is this? I love your table, Michele. The details are always incredible. I love the color scheme and how you added the crows and the netting to the candle sticks. And the jack-‘lanerns are the cutest!

  5. Hi Michele! Hope you are having a fabulous fall! I adore your unique Halloween tablescape and plan to share it in my weekly newsletter on Friday! Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Thanks so much Donna, I really appreciate that! So sorry I am just now seeing this!

  6. How nice that you can afford $41 for a cup.

    1. Well, I actually started collecting them many years ago, and I bought “seconds” from the company. My family gifted them to me over the years for birthdays and Christmas, so I never paid nearly that much for a piece.

  7. I LOVED this design!! I have never decorated dining table but I think it’s a great way to create and maintain a Halloween atmosphere!  halloween is cool, although it’s a terrible holiday, but you can still have fun. I like Halloween for the variety of decor that you can make just by making it creepy, and for the large selection of creepy clothes. You can be whoever you want and it’s really cool. I love Halloween for the atmosphere and colors of this holiday. thanks for the post! Very cool. I will decorate mine this year, too! Because why not? Hahaha

    1. Thank you, and glad you liked it.

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