We already covered how to make your house the scariest on the block, but if you're having people over for a spooky dinner party you need to consider how to decorate the interior as well. These centerpieces and place settings are a great way to set the holiday spirit without making your guests lose their appetites.
If you're looking for something that's sort of pretty but still pretty creepy, look no further than this Martha Stewart how-to. A black vase with white roses crawling with critters is an eye-catching display that will shock and awe your guests. For a little color, you could even add a few bloody paint splatters to the roses before adding your creepy crawlies.
A Mossy Grave
When you want to go for an organic dead look, a few plastic bones, white pumpkins and Spanish moss can create a beautiful, but eerie centerpiece as Gwen Moss demonstrates.
Jar of Bones
Love the look of Gwen Moss' centerpiece but hate having it spill out over the table? Then contain the moss, bones and pumpkins in a glass vase like Simply Just Lovely has here.
Carved Mini Pumpkins
While most people stick with carving bigger pumpkins, the mini ones can also be used as candle holders and while they might not do much to light up your porch, they make a great centerpiece when stacked a top a few cake holders as Better Homes and Gardens proves here.
With a few multi-colored Cinderella pumpkins, a drill and a vegetable peeler, you can easily recreate this stunning trio of pumpkins featured on Better Homes and Gardens. And while they have this great pile of pumpkins placed outside the home, it would just as easily work as an impressive centerpiece on your table.
A vintage vase or planter doesn't need to be filled with flowers to make a great Halloween centerpiece. With a little craft moss and some masquerade masks on sticks, Better Homes and Gardens shows that you can create a great costume-themed accent that can also benefit any guests who forgot to wear a costume.
There's something inherently spooky about antique lanterns, so Better Homes and Gardens has pointed out that all you need to do to make them a perfect Halloween centerpiece is add a few black silhouette cut outs to the glass or fill them with a few mini pumpkins. Be sure to only use flameless candles if you put anything flammable inside the lantern.
Skull Candle Holder
Elegant yet dark, this sinister centerpiece by Eddie Ross is a great addition to any Halloween dinner party. Best of all, he shows the entire process so you can easily replicate his work at home.
Webby Table Runner
Looking for a sinister table runner? Then grab some tattered cheesecloth or gauze and a black table runner and, voila, you have a web-like runner with little to no effort. The design looks particularly great with a few skull decorations as you can see in these pictures by HGTV user NYCLQ.
Elegantly Spooky Table Setting
Between Naps On The Porch has an incredible Halloween table setting that we'd love to copy. With a simple orange, white and black palate, the setting provides room for plenty of delightful details like spider napkin holders and a spooky, silver decanter set.
Creepy, Webby Table Setting
Here's another elaborate table setting idea, this one courtesy of Celebrating Style At Home. Starting with a black spider web lace placed over a white table cloth base, this table starts and ends with creepy touches. The skeleton and crow lantern centerpiece is just spooky enough without becoming distracting and the eyeball terrarium on each setting gives each guest a little something eerie to look at.
Martha Stewart knows a little cheesecloth and a few candles can go a long way when it comes to filling out empty space. Just add a few leaves and plastic spiders and you can fill in your table space in no time.
With a few common household items, you can easily make your own custom Halloween candles with the help of this tutorial from Apartment Therapy. These are particularly great for centerpieces at a dinner party because you can theme them according to the rest of your setting, making them vintage, gory, cutesy, etc.
For a simple centerpiece that screams "fall" more than "Halloween" these apple candles by Say Yes are a great way to go, and they even smell as good as they look since they use real apple cider spices to enhance the scent.
Golden Fall Colors
This gold-painted mini-pumpkin with an attached hand-written place card makes a great table setting that's seasonal but still classy. You can even coordinate it with your centerpiece by placing a few golden pumpkins on the table like Martha Stewart did here.
Alternatively, Sugar and Cloth points out that painting your mini pumpkin white and accenting it with gold wire and a name tag with gold accents also looks charmingly classy and seasonal. These would also look great with golden pumpkin centerpieces.
Offbeat Bride reader Kari set up her place cards in plastic vampire teeth she painted plastic. These would work equally well laid out on plates for a dinner party and could even be used as delightfully dark napkin holders like Food Network did in the second picture.
A few toothpicks, a mini pumpkin and some construction paper can come together delightfully to create these adorable place holders designed by Martha Stewart.
Tombstone Place Cards
Kids will love these playfully macabre place cards by Martha Stewart and all you need to make them are paper bags, black candy, scissors and gray card stock.
Alternatively, you can make the tombstones into place cards that also serve as treat bags. Just use black paper bags, a silver pen, some glue and the gravestone templates on Martha Stewart's website and you'll have great party favors and place holders in one.
Smoking Punch Bowl
Planning to serve punch at your party? Then let your punch bowl help decorate for you. Martha Stewart suggests carving a pumpkin that can hide a glass punch bowl inside and adding a little dry ice to the mix for a spooky smoke effect.
If you prefer beer over punch, you can still use a pumpkin to serve your drinks by following these instructions by Celebrations to turn your gourd into a keg. Fill with pumpkin ale and you'll have a sweet brew display that's perfect for fall.
Even if you aren't hosting a Halloween dinner party, many of these great decorating ideas can be incorporated into outdoor displays and other types of Halloween party decor, so be sure to bookmark these ideas if you plan to have people over to celebrate the spookiest season of the year.