Last Minute Halloween Tablescape Ideas

Today, we’re sharing a few super easy last-minute Halloween Tablescape Ideas!

Truthfully, I had no plans to decorate for Halloween this year.  I was happy with our Elegant Fall Tablescape and decided to get my Halloween fix at my Mom’s annual Halloween party because we never have any trick or treaters anyway. 

But a few weeks ago, she told me she was just not into it this year and I almost dropped the phone. 

She definitely has a million things going on and like so many people I know she’s already jumped the shark and moved onto Christmas planning because we won’t be spending Thanksgiving at home this year.

I get it, really, I do. 

But I’ve also been making a concerted effort to celebrate all the good things that have happened this year in order to leave the bad things behind. 

And that includes finding micro-joys in our daily lives. 

So, I grabbed my purse and headed to the Dollar Tree determined to find a budget-friendly way to celebrate and pick up a few last-minute Halloween tablescape ideas. 

As you can imagine the selection had already been picked over.

In fact, as I was shopping, they were scooting the Halloween bins over to make room for Christmas décor. 

Undeterred I grabbed some creepy cloth

to lay over the pom pom table runner I made from a curtain,  

a few spooky bats,

a few not so spooky spiders,

sparkly pumpkins,

and a spool of orange ribbon.

Then I ran to Joanns (whose selection was down to one tiny display) and found a set of wooden numbers

which I spray painted black

and while I was at it, I decided to spray paint a set of black chargers too.  After all, I can use these for our New Year’s Eve Tablescape as well.

Once home, I created a super simple pumpkin centerpiece using the same ironstone soup tureen I used on our Fall tablescape and filled it with hydrangeas from my flower stash.

Then I added a clip-on sparkly spider I found at the bottom of last year’s Halloween box.

With the all the last-minute Halloween tablescape ideas in place, I decorated the coffee bar with creepy cloth,

a few pumpkins, a candlestick we picked up years ago in Savannah

and Lady May.

And just so she wouldn’t be by herself I decided to add this guy (I could seriously do an entire gallery wall of old black and white portraits from my stash) and foam bats we used last year.

All in all, it took about an hour to pull these last-minute Halloween tablescape ideas together and the cost was around $20.

While this is probably the only area of the house, I’ll decorate for Halloween this year, it immediately made everything feel festive and I’m so glad I put forth the last-minute effort now.

Because as we’ve all learned this year, effort does not have to be extravagant in any way, simply being intentional then following through is enough.  

Let us know if you’ve created a last-minute Halloween tablescape this year too!  Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

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  1. Love this! So easy but so put together.

    1. Thanks so much, LiLi! I’m super excited we decided to celebrate this year 🙂 Big hugs, CoCo

  2. Great Halloween table Coco. I’m not a Halloween person at all, never have been. I like the 31 on the plates.


    1. Thank you, Cindy! I was never a big Halloween person either but last year the youngest 2 littles asked me to help them make a spooky house. So, while they were at school I went to their house and decorated everything for Halloween, and honestly, you would have thought I had handed them a million dollars. They were jumping up and down and screaming like it was Christmas ha ha. Literally, that was the day I decided to make an effort for Halloween no matter what the circumstances going on around us 🙂 Sending you hugs, CoCo PS: You could always use a 25 or a 2021 on the plates too 🙂

  3. Oh wow, CoCo, $20 for all this? You’ve done so well, especially given it was all last minute shopping and there wasn’t much left. I love so much that you are determined to celebrate the small joys and positives this year – I can so relate to that! All the best!

    1. Thank you, Katerina! It really helped to be able to find goodies at the dollar store to make things festive and budget-friendly too. I know at times it’s been hard to celebrate the good things that have happened but truthfully those small joys are what’s keeping us going. It’s hard to stay positive sometimes but we’re doing everything possible to keep moving forward 🙂 Big hugs, CoCo

  4. A little spooky but very elegant if you ask me. Really terrific job…I can’t imagine what you could do if you had weeks to plan. ?

    1. Such a sweet compliment, Karen, thank you! I was so close to just skipping over Halloween altogether but I decided if there ever was a year for us to celebrate big holidays and small ones, it’s this year 🙂 Hope your week has been a happy one, CoCo

    1. Thank you so much, Naush, I really appreciate it! I missed the party this week but I have it on my list for next 🙂 Hope your weekend is a special one, CoCo

  5. I’ve never decorated for Halloween, unless carving pumpkins for our front porch counts! But I LOVE your spooky table and what a fun idea using those numbers! P.S. Don’t you just love the Dollar Store! You can literally walk out of there with bags and bags of goodies for little or nothing! Great job!

    1. Of course carving pumpkins counts, Christine, they were always one of my favorite parts of trick or treating! I was never really into Halloween either but the littles have totally changed my mind. It’s always fun to watch them get excited over the smallest things including diy decor from the dollar store 🙂 Sending you hugs, CoCo

  6. I love your tablescape, including those white pumpkins and hydrangeas – my favorites! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm! Pinned! xo Kathleen

    1. I appreciate that so much, Kathleen, thank you! Big hugs, CoCo

  7. I can’t believe you pulled off such an amazing budget-friendly Halloween table at the last minute. You’ve got talent my friend! Thank you for sharing at Charming Homes and Gardens. I always love seeing what you are sharing next.

    1. I can’t thank you enough for all your sweet and kind words, Kim, I appreciate you so much. Big hugs, CoCo

  8. CoCo, you have sooooo many great ideas for Halloween that I want to steal! Love those “not so spooky spiders” and the numbers on the plates really catch the eye! Featuring your post this week on the Tuesday Turn About Link Party! See you there!

    1. That’s super sweet of you, Michelle, thank you so much! Those numbers on the plates were SO easy to make and honestly, you could do them for a birthday or Christmas, New Year’s Eve, or even Valentine’s Day too. I’m usually not a big Halloween person but the littles have gently nudged me out of my comfort zone to help them celebrate 🙂 Sending you hugs and thank yous, CoCo

  9. I love your last-minute Halloween decorations! It’s not overly spooky, yet it has a classy touch to it.

    I know those spiders would creep me out every time I walked into the room though, as I’d probably forget I placed them there and I would scream thinking they were real lol.

    Thanks for linking up and sharing with us on the Embracing Home and Family link up party!


  10. CoCo, you know I love everything that you do… and this is no exception. Wow!
    Thank you for sharing your last minute Halloween tablescape at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I’m delighted to be featuring it at tomorrow’s party and pinning too.

    1. You are so good to me Kerryanne! I can’t even tell you how much I appreciate it. The week has been a challenging one and your kindness is like the sweetest salve. Sending you hugs and thanks yous, CoCo

  11. Another beautiful table CoCo! I love how you can make even Halloween light and bright and pretty! 🙂 Thanks as always for the inspiration and lovliness!

    1. Thanks so much, Barbara! It’s definitely been interesting to find fun ways to make Halloween festive – not scary. Hope you’ve had a great week, CoCo

  12. I always enjoy your tablescapes and creativity CoCo…. and I just had a giggle…. I obviously featured this post at the weekly link party last year too, so delighted to be doing so again this week. I love that you created this magic for your family with little expense.
    Happy Halloween to you sweetie ~ Kerryanne

    1. That is too funny, Kerryanne! You’re so sweet to feature this post again. I really appreciate it. My Mom is hosting our family party at her house this year and the littles are all kinds of excited about it. We all dress up, make spooky food and play Halloween-inspired games. It’s a sweet time every year and feels like the unofficial kick-off to the holiday season. Sending you lots of hugs and thank yous, CoCo

    1. Thank you so much, Alexandra, I really appreciate it! Hope your weekend was a special one, CoCo

    2. Wow you did an amazing job for Halloween. Although spiders freak me out I’ll accept these.

      I love the mantel too. Great job ad always.


  13. So darn cute, CoCo. I love these adorable ideas for Halloween. I’m going to share a link to your spooky table ideas with my readers this weekend in my week in rewind post. I think they’ll enjoy them too.


    1. That’s so sweet of you, Jen, I really appreciate it, thank you! I hope you and your family have a festive night celebrating. I can hardly believe it’s here already! Hugs, CoCo

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