Not all holidays need a big fancy party that takes hours to prepare. A simple, spooky Halloween tablescape will really bring the holiday to life for your family.
An easy & eerie Halloween tablescape calls for a themed meal. Our monster taco salad can be prepared in under 5 minutes and tastes fantastic!
The first thing you want to do whenever you start a tablescape is come up with the color palette. I went with black, gold, white plus some little pops of orange and purple.
For this specific set up, we started with a basic black tablecloth. Next, we laid down some white and gold placemats. In keeping with the color theme we used gold chargers and festive tea towels. You don’t want everything to be completely symmetrical. I decided to use a grey and black striped towel on one charger. For the other, a plain black one to change up the look of each.
We topped each tea towel with plain white plates and black and white paper straws. On each paper straw, we stuck a Loralee Lewis Halloween sticker. Next to each plate we had black spider stamped glasses that even had gold spiderwebs on the back side. I found them at HomeGoods and they couldn’t have been more perfect for our color scheme!
These fabric pumpkins are my absolute favorite Halloween and Thanksgiving decor. They are classy and fun with all the warm tones of the autumn season. They even have real twig “stems”. I decided to use them to be my centerpiece for this table.
Recently my dad sent me vintage white milk glass salt and pepper shakers. He and I both love antiquing. When I opened the package that also had some vintage Fireking jadeite mixing bowls, I almost cried. They were so pretty! I just had to include them on this Halloween tablescape. The white really pops against the black shredded tablecloth.
For your own quick and easy Halloween tablescape, just keep it simple & classy. You can also try to use things you already have. Remember that not everything has to be symmetrical. For your centerpiece, keep the rule of three in mind.
This monster taco salad is an annual tradition in October here at our house. The kids especially love how creepy cool it is. We like to serve this ghoulish meal with an even more spooky, yet sweet, dessert. Our mini no bake cookie ghosts or witches finger cookies are the perfect ending to this Halloween dinner. For another main dish to serve with your Monster taco salad, try our ghostly shepherds pie but whatever you do, keep it fun. We love listening to Halloween music or eating on a blanket together while watching our favorite Halloween movie.
What are some of your favorite Halloween dishes and traditions?
- 8 C salad greens
- 2 C grilled chicken strips
- 1 tomato
- 8 black olives
- 3/4 C sour cream
- Optional: salsa, hot sauce, gluten-free ranch dressing & cilantro
- Place the salad on each plate dividing it equally between four plates. Dollop 1 T sour cream “eyeballs” on each plate. Top the sour cream eyeballs with whole black olives. Meanwhile, slice tomatoes in arches to look like eyebrows. Toss the grilled chicken strips over the greens and try to shape one like a little mouth. Add salsa as a “tongue”.