Fun and Easy Halloween Centerpieces

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Halloween entertaining can be among the easiest you’ll do all year: people bring their own spirit of fun and whimsy with their costume ideas, you don’t have to worry about “icebreaker” games, and the refreshments are simplicity itself — from bowls of candy and popcorn balls to fun punches set in spooky dry-ice beds, simple cupcakes or sandwiches, even candy apples…and, of course, anything connected with a pumpkin! Once you’ve got all that taken care of, it’s time to set the table; here’s a collection of fun ideas for centerpieces and décor to choose from. Try stacks of spooky books (think Poe, H. P. Lovecraft, or Stephen King) with a “raven” place card for each guest. Hollowed-out pumpkins make great vases for fall wildflowers or cuttings from your garden — or, alternatively, use them as luminaries by punching holes and cute designs in them, then setting candles inside to glow all evening.

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Use Halloween-decorated buckets at a buffet to hold ice or snacks, fake “spiders” as napkin holders, and put a picture of an “ancestor’s” skull on the wall. Weave straw into pumpkin shapes, or take a glass canister, trim it with black and white fabric or black ribbon, and stack baby pumpkins inside. How about a homemade paper “vase” hanging on the wall, filled with autumn leaves — or black-painted “hand” candleholders on a black tray? Float small yellow squashes, gourds, or pumpkins across the table — either in actual water, complementing yellow flowers in vases, or all by themselves in an informal grouping. The only limit to Halloween centerpieces is your own imagination; take some of these ideas, and be inspired to do your own.

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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).