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Day Of The Dead Inspired Halloween Tablescape Ideas

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This Day Of The Dead inspired Halloween tablescape uses dollar store finds making it budget-friendly! 

halloween tablescape with sugar skulls

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Halloween is one of those holidays where you can just have fun! It’s not about spending hours in the kitchen cooking favorite family meals, or shopping for perfect gifts.

You can go out of your comfort zone and decorate with things that you might normally not decorate with-like skulls! 

halloween table setting with day of the dead theme

I’m visiting my sister in sunny Florida this week and we had so much fun putting this dollar store Halloween tablescape together.

She is not a huge dollar store shopper (gasp) and was surprised at how many cool things they had for Halloween.

My nephew is 16 yo and he even got a kick out of the Day Of The Dead theme we went with. He did say the proper name was Día de los Muertos. 

Even my 4 yo niece knows all about it from the popular kids movie, Coco.

halloween table with sugar skulls day of the dead theme

Day Of The Dead Inspired Halloween Tablescape

This Halloween tablescape came together so easily. Here is what you need:

Dollar Store Supplies

  • 3 Skulls
  • Black Silk RosesBlack Silk Roses
  • Halloween Ornaments
  • Skull Votive Holders
  • 2 Black Scarf Webbings
  • 4 Glass Salad Plates
  • 2 Sugar Skull Tote Bags
  • 4 Skull Cups
  • Skull Candy Mold
  • Wreath Base
  • Halloween Ribbon
  • White Chocolate Chips


halloween tablescape day of the dead

The focal point of the tablescape are the three sugar skull inspired candle holders. Luckily my sister already had these candle holders and I just placed the skulls on top.

Just hot glue a crown of black roses to the top of each and they are transformed! If I had been home I would have hit up my paint pen stash and added color to the faces, but I’m working out of my element and used what we had available. 

They look really cool, especially with the hanging mouths!

set of three skull candle holders

An eyeball ornament wreath was used as the base of the centerpiece and the purple adds a fun pop of color.

dollar store skulls

Here is a close up of the creepy skull complete with a large purple spider.

close up of skull

halloween skull with black roses

The two black webbing scarves make a nice table runner and add to the creepy factor.

halloween table with skull candle holders

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eyeball wreath halloween tablescape

A pair of black skeleton votive candle holders and skull cups were added to keep with the skull theme.

halloween tablescape with candleholders

You have to  have treats for Halloween, so I used the skeleton mold that I shared in the Witches Brew Cocktail. You can use this mold to make ice cubes or chocolate like I did here:


day of the dead halloween tablescape

The sugar skull salad plates were an easy DIY using dollar store tote bags and mod podge. I show you how to make these plates but with buffalo check fabric here. 

dollar store day of the dead plates

A big thank you to my sister and nephew for letting me borrow their dining room for the week! If I could fit that sea shell mirror in my suitcase, I would! 🙂

Day of the dead halloween table

halloween tablescape with day of the dead theme

If you are interested in reading about the history of Day of the Dead, check out these articles:

Day Of The Dead – Wikipedia

Day Of The Dead – History

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Katarina -

Monday 28th of October 2019

Those candlesticks with skulls are priceless, I love how chic, spooky and fun they look, all at the same time! Halloween is really a holiday that allows you to play around, have fun and put your creativity on a test and I love how you did all of this stuff. You're so creative, playful and fun and I'm sure your Halloween is going to be so much fun.


Wednesday 23rd of October 2019

Michelle, how fun it must've been to include your sister and nephew in your passions for crafting, setting tables and blogging. I, too can't believe she's related to you and doesn't shop at Dollar Tree LOL! Those skull centerpieces with the black floral headdresses are creepy fabulous! I agree that the eyeball wreath adds the perfect pop of color. I'd love to have a seat at the table and snack on that white chocolate skeleton. It's always a pleasure to hop with you!

Shirley Wood

Monday 21st of October 2019

Those adorable white chocolate skeletons are calling my name. Did you hear them? Yes, you did a good job with the creepy factor with those eyeball bulbs in the centerpiece. It must have been so fun creating this table decor at your sisters!

Katherines Corner

Sunday 20th of October 2019

Your dia de Los Muertos tablescape is terrific! Love the skull centerpiece. How fun that you created this thrifty table with your sister and nephew too! Pinned and it is a pleasure to be on the hop with you. Hugs!


Sunday 20th of October 2019

This is so cute! I love the theme, the skulls on the candlesticks, the modge podge plates and that eyeball wreath! All so much fun!

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