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Make a Halloween Tabletop Display

Lynn Coulter
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halloween table display

Conjure up a spook-tacular Halloween display for your table and invite your favorite ghouls–er, we mean, guests–to help you celebrate this “spirited” holiday.

Our tabletop display is made with metal pails and paint cans, a few pieces of duct work, and some cheesecloth, burlap, and dry ice. We added shiny red apples, a jug of apple cider, and tasty treats like cookies and candy corn. A grinning pumpkin and a gauzy swath of cheesecloth complete the scary scene.

Maureen, a Boston-based Home Depot Associate, created our frightfully fun tablescape. “You may find some other objects and items in The Home Depot aisles that will go with the whole galvanized/harvest theme,” she says. “You won’t know till you get there! I just gathered what looked cool, and put things together with dry ice and hot water.” See Maureen’s video on how to make the display.

You could also use battery operated flickering tealights on your table. If you’re having a party outdoors, try straw bales for extra seating, or put pots of mums on them for seasonal color.

Feel free to substitute other interesting-looking items in your table display, or ask a Home Depot store associate to help you find what you need.

Need pumpkins? Check out these faux pumpkins and decorate them in many different ways. They’re lots of fun!

“I used a string of white lights to illuminate the cheesecloth,” Maureen adds, “And I baked up some hauntingly delicious cranberry-apple-pumpkin bread and peanut butter cookies. Let your spirit rise and be creative!”

Happy Halloween!

(Thanks to Maureen H. Follen, “BostonRoots” in The Home Depot’s How-To Community, for this project.)

vent elbows


  • 2 6-inch round vent caps (available in some Home Depot stores)
  • 2 5-inch round vent caps (available in some Home Depot stores)
  • dry ice** (available in some grocery stores)
  • small pumpkin


Arrange the burlap as a table runner. Hang the cheesecloth as a valance for a nearby window, or drape it over the table and place a string of white lights underneath.

Use the vent caps as candy dishes or for cookies, or simply decorate the table with them. Use a metal pail to hold apples. Put the pumpkin on the table, or sit it atop a quart-size can.

Pop a few mums into a glass of water and place it inside the other quart-size can.

Arrange a 7″ and a 9″ vent elbow in the gallon can as desired. Put a few pieces of dry ice down into the elbows, in the gallon can, and in one of the metal pails. **Check with your dry-ice source for all dry-ice handling instructions to keep people and pets safe. **

Carefully add hot water. This will create the effect of fog rolling over your tabletop.

Decorate the table with the remaining vent elbows, or lay them on their sides and let candy spill out of them.


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