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A Vintage Inspired Happy Halloween Tablescape

vintage Halloween tablescape

Welcome friends! Today I am happy to be joining my friend Chloe of Celebrate and Decorate and 25 blogging friends for the Halloween Tablescapes Blog Hop! If you are visiting from Bluesky at Home or if you just happened to visit today, I am so glad you are here! If you have missed any of the other creative tablescapes this week you can find links to each one at the end of this post.


After many years of going way over the top for Halloween I have really scaled back with my Halloween decorating and now I just focus on fall decor until a couple of days before Trick-or-Treat. I have gotten rid of most of my Halloween decorations except a few keepsake Halloween collectibles associated with happy Halloween memories with my family.  I am no longer really “celebrating” Halloween (Ephesians 5:11) but I do still keep a few little family traditions on Trick-or-Treat night which is usually a few days before Halloween.


I enjoyed creating this vintage inspired “Happy Halloween” tablescape instead of a dark and scary one by using just a few Halloween decorations, some fall treats, and vintage treasures that work well for a Halloween-themed table. This happy Jack was a yard sale find from last year. He is actually terra cotta but I gave him a makeover with chalk paint. I put him on my wooden column pedestal from the Country Living Fair with a few realistic faux leaves to create a fast and easy centerpiece.


The little cut out in the vintage flower frog is a cute reproduction image from a vintage postcard.



I quickly gave our dining room a Halloween look by draping ivory creepy cloth across the chairs, along the table, on the farmhouse candle holders and also on the chandelier. Even though it’s called “creepy” cloth I think it is pretty and elegant! I used the same linen table runner from my Neutral and Rustic Fall Tablescape with layers of cheese cloth and creepy cloths along the center of the table with colorful fall leaves and mini-velvet pumpkins scattered for interest.





vintage inspired Halloween tablescape tiger stripe pumpkins in ironstone bowl with silverplate spoon

Each “Ode to Pumpkin Soup” place setting consists of a vintage sheet music “placemat” topped by a small vintage ironstone plate and bowl, a striped pumpkin, a vintage silverplate spoon, a vintage-looking Halloween paper napkin and a tarnished silverplate goblet.

Style Tip: “Shop your home” for tarnished, tattered or rusty items to use in Halloween vignettes and tablescapes.



I think tarnished silverplate is perfect for Halloween! I also used several pieces in my Music of the Night Halloween Tea Party with Beethoven tablescape last year. This year I shopped my stash and found a vintage small tray and a little cake stand for caramel apples. (I am not worried about putting them on the old tarnished pieces since the family doesn’t eat them due to food allergies. Luckily I have a recipe for “safe” caramel apples that I can make for Trick-or-Treat!)



I guess some might think a body-less hand crawling up to steal a caramel apple is a bit spooky, but I think it is a funny touch! Those apples are hard to resist! I make no bones about it…I love caramel apples! I can’t wait to make those allergy-friendly and refined-sugar free caramel apples soon! I will be sure to share them on the blog when I do.



Traditional Halloween tablescape with vintage silverplate, vintage ironstone and caramel apples

Along with the traditional caramel apples of my childhood Halloweens comes the candy corn! Can’t eat candy corn anymore either, but I ate enough over the years to last a life time! Instead of putting it in a candy dish I used some for filler in the smoky glass votive holders from Dollar Tree. At least the pumpkin macaroons in the vintage ironstone “bone” dishes are gluten free!





Cute Halloween tablescape with crow perched atop french urn with mini velvet pumpkin

I love using my little French urns in just about every tablescape and enjoy the challenge of coming up with new ways to style them seasonally. For this tablescape I placed an urn on each side of the table with tiny crows perched on top of Spanish moss nests.



Traditional and non-spooky Halloween Tablescape farmhouse Halloween tablescape vintage Halloween tablescape



Ever since moving the antique chest into the dining room this summer I have had the most fun styling it! Since the chest is close to the table I like to create vignettes that complement my tablescapes through color and theme.


I traded my orange velvet pumpkin on the pedestal that I shared on my Embracing Fall Home Tour for a pie pumpkin Jack-o-Lantern in a shabby candle holder. I also switched my oval antique frame with roses for an antique black and gold one. A small vintage bust statue is wearing a blindfold reminiscent of Halloween games of yesteryear, and a cute owl sends a friendly warning to “watch out” (for the gluten candy!)




I had fun creating this tablescape that really captures the more traditional and light-hearted side of Halloween. I especially enjoyed playing around with some of my old vintage silverplate treasures and ironstone dishes that I haven’t used in a while. I will be switching back to my fall harvest tablescape and the vintage French Fall Vignette with Bittersweet on the antique chest after this hop, but Happy Jack will make a reappearance on Trick-or-Treat when all the extended family comes over for our traditional crock-pot Chili dinner. Hopefully it won’t still be 90 degrees outside!


vintage Halloween tablescape

I hope you enjoyed my “Vintage Inspired Happy Halloween Tablescape” and that this post has given you some ideas for styling your own non-scary, yet festive Halloween table! This tablescape is dedicated to my mom and the wonderful memories we have of carving pumpkins, crunching fall leaves as we walked hand in hand from door to door, and eating yummy caramel apples on Trick-or-Treat night. (Thanks Mom!)

If you are still looking for ideas don’t forget to check out all of the unique Halloween tablescapes via the links below.


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  • Reply Rita C at Panoply

    Amber, I so enjoy your style with vintage accessories! The little things like the use of the tarnished silverplate (big fan, and I don’t like to polish anyway!), the blindfolded bust, the little urns, the sheet music……all make my vintage heart go pitter patter. I can certainly see why you love that chest in the corner too, and I would get the same thrill. I love the white creepy cloth and keeping the light touch in the dining room. It goes without saying that Mr. P. would LOVE being seated at this table with all the sugar. 😉

    October 18, 2019 at 7:42 am
  • Reply jeanie

    I’d say you are more decorated for Halloween than anyone I’ve ever seen and I love it all. So airy and vintage and cool. I love the mix of the antiques and vintage with the fun jack o’lanterns and the beautiful cloth with the cute modern touches of candy corn candles and the jolly creepy bones! Anyone would love to sit down there.

    October 18, 2019 at 8:51 am
    • Reply Pam Richardson

      As always, I enjoy sitting at your table whatever the season or cause for celebration. I love your brilliant use of vintage and tarnished silver…perfect for a Halloween table. The subtle oranges against a neutral background is so pretty. As a fellow musician, I love seeing how you incorporate sheet music. My favorite treat from your table would be orange macarons…love them!

      October 20, 2019 at 7:03 pm
  • Reply Debbee M

    Amber, a boo-utiful tablescape! I love the neutral, warm feel of it — especially your use of the cream cloth used to fearless effect from chandy to table to chairs. And, a brilliant idea to chalk paint the pumpkin.

    October 18, 2019 at 9:43 am
  • Reply Marsha

    Amber…your table is so elegantly eerie. I love your use of white spider webs instead of the black you most commonly see. And all of the vintage touches are so unique and different. I was especially drawn to your little black raven in your tiny urn and your hand bone reaching up to the caramel apple in such a lovely black cake stand. Your white jack o’lantern centerpiece on top of a decorative stand gives your table the perfect bold statement. I also love how your table coordinates so well with your lovely decorated side chest with your white owl and another jack o’lantern. Your other details around the room like your white spider webs on the chairs, basket and chandelier really puts a “vintage” spell on me. So lovely. Happy Halloween.

    October 18, 2019 at 10:25 am
  • Reply Jenna

    I love this Amber, love all the tones of white with just enough orange and a touch of black for a nod to Halloween! Your chalk paint pumpkin is brilliant and looks wonderful overseeing the fun going on around your table! The vintage pieces are wonderful! A little touch of spooky with the gauzy fabric and bony hands…just the right amount of EEK!

    October 18, 2019 at 10:56 am
  • Reply Chloe

    Amber, as always you amaze me with your home styling talents!! You may not “celebrate”, but you decorate beautifully. (See what I did there!) The fabric is such a great addition and really brings the vintage look to your entire table. I was glad to see the French flower basket got a little bit of decor for the holiday, too! Thanks so much for joining in and sharing your talents once again!!

    October 18, 2019 at 12:09 pm
  • Reply Cindy


    As always you amaze. Love the idea of the sheet music for placemats. I don’t decorate for Halloween. Love the use of your small urns. You’re right I find the hand trying to grab an apple funny. Looking forward to your recipe. I try to stay away from refined sugar. I may switch to King King Arthur gluten flour too. I’ve read it’s great and it’s switch is the same as regular. It’s hard because I’m a huge baker.

    Enjoy your weekend


    October 18, 2019 at 2:48 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    Amber, I’m a fan of non-scary Halloween decor. I find your table totally delightful. Love the vintage Halloween look.

    October 18, 2019 at 2:57 pm
  • Reply Linda

    Beautiful table Amber, just subtle enough to be Halloween. The Halloween table with the vintage looks lovely. Love the white gauzy look on the table and chairs. Vintage characters add interest. The side chest looks amazing! The sheet music is a great idea. Always a pleasure joining you on this fun blog hops.

    October 18, 2019 at 6:55 pm
  • Reply Pamela

    Amber I LOVE absolutely everything!

    October 19, 2019 at 10:23 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you so much Pamela!

      October 20, 2019 at 6:50 pm
  • Reply Debra Oliver

    oh I totally love this!! All the wonderful vintage touches are perfect. what a great idea to use the candy corn as a filler for the candle holders. the chalk painted Happy Jack is adorable!!

    October 20, 2019 at 1:15 am
  • Reply Kristin

    I love how you added in layers of Halloween with your Fall decor, it looks beautiful! I love the pumpkin in the middle of the table and the vintage touches around!

    October 20, 2019 at 6:07 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you Kristin!

      October 20, 2019 at 6:50 pm
  • Reply Katherines Corner

    Well, my darling friend once again you have created a tablescape to swoon over. I love that you used a vintage theme and light neutral colors. You have some lovely things that are the perfect additions to your creative table. As you know, I am not a fan of Halloween or trick or treating either. I love your creativity and style you make everything elegant, even a Halloween a themed table!. Pinned and it is a pleasure to be on the hop with you my sweet friend. Hugs!

    October 20, 2019 at 7:38 pm
  • Reply Anita Holland

    Stunning table setting, so much to look at. Love it all. pinned

    October 20, 2019 at 8:15 pm
  • Reply Cecilia

    Amber, I love your vintage postcard accents and charming table setting! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

    October 21, 2019 at 7:32 am
  • Reply Shirley Wood

    I agree that the creepy cloth is really elegant especially in your vintage setting. Love the terra cotta pumpkin painted in cream, it’s a eerie centerpiece but not too much so. The vintage pieces are so fun. We do not celebrate Halloween either but I did enjoy being a part of this hop this year with so many talented folks like yourself.

    October 21, 2019 at 9:54 pm
  • Reply Mary

    I always love your vintage flair and mix of collections and tableware Amber. I loved your ‘Music of the Night Halloween Tea Party with Beethoven’ last year and addition of your vintage sheet music “placemats” on your table. The skeletal hand reaching for the apples cracks me up 🙂 As always it’s a treat to blog hop with you!

    October 22, 2019 at 6:21 am
  • Reply Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces

    OH. MY. Your tablescape is simple wonderful, Amber. Love, love, love!

    October 24, 2019 at 10:05 am
  • Reply Jen Gregor

    This is so beautiful Amber! I love your fall tablescape! Thanks for sharing at the Friday at the Fire Station link up!

    October 25, 2019 at 3:16 am
  • Reply Katie Mansfield

    It’s adorable. I love your vintage touches. Cute, cute. The tarnished silver with the caramel apples is so visually appealing. I love caramel apples too.

    October 26, 2019 at 9:44 pm
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