9 Ways to Make Over Your Halloween Table
Set a Tim Burton–like setting for the holiday with offbeat pieces, from menacing bottle openers to a perfectly ghostly candelabra.
This 1.25-gallon vessel made from handblown glass will take you from Halloween through Thanksgiving. Set it atop the tree stand ($49) or just place it directly on your table, filled with warm or cold apple cider or a classic punch
Pumpkin Punch Bowl and Mugs, Pottery Barn, $26–$49, PotteryBarn.com
Artist Chris Stiles created these shakers from unglazed refined white clay; their glassy luster makes them feel uncannily similar to the real things.
Dry Bones Salt and Pepper Shakers, A Plus R Store, $32, APlusRStore.com
Conjuring associations of death and trickery, these Japanese-made openers are beautiful, sculptural and functional.
Crow Bottle Opener, Mjölk, $28, Store.Mjolk.ca
A pair of bony skeleton limbs can serve a fall salad
, slices of a seasonal tart
or roasted butternut squash
Skeleton Hands Servers, World Market, $20, WorldMarket.com
This stoneware, claw-footed server looks like it was plucked from a fairy-tale dining table. It can hold 135 ounces of soup (try this seasonal Curry Carrot-Ginger Soup
), which is enough for about 25 first-course servings.
Beast's Feast Tureen, Anthropologie, $148, Anthropologie.com
Vintage desserts like Strawberry Whoopie Pies
or Orange-Scented Scottish Shortbread with Dark Chocolate
belong on this sweet handmade plate.
Gingham Pumpkin Plate, Terrain, $20, ShopTerrain.com
These 9-inch paper plates are ideal for lightweight desserts, like Honey Caramel Corn Balls
or wafer cookies, or use them to hold candy corn and other not-too-heavy sweets.
Halloween Owl Plates, World Market, $4 for a set of eight, WorldMarket.com
Bring a Bride of Frankenstein
mood to your table with this piece by British designer Jon Russell. It's made of flat Lucite panels with glass cup inserts that hold four taper candles. The lit candelabra's flickering light gives any room a ghostly feel.
Ghost Candelabra, MoMA Store, $65, MoMAStore.org
We never run out of ways to use toothpicks when entertaining. These sparkly ones are good for finger sandwiches, appetizers (like these Bacon-Wrapped Halibut Bites
), cupcakes, Bloody Mary garnishes and even steaks (use them to tell guests which ones are rare and which are well done).
Tinsel Mini Picks, Pier 1 Imports, $3 for 24, Pier1.com
Halloween candy that tastes homemade