Halloween! Spooky Candy Centerpiece

Dear readers,

If you are staying home for Halloween this year, what better way to treat (or trick!) your trick-or-treaters than setting up a spooky candy display? Throwing a party? Treat your guests to a spooky display of treats! Ashely from Sweet William shares how she put together a centerpiece that is at once inviting and scary – who will be the brave one to take a treat?

Halloween! Spooky Candy Centerpiece

Whether you are having a party or just decorating for Halloween, why not make your table decorations work for you. And by work for you, I mean feed you candy. This is an all-in-one table display and candy holder. It is easy to customize, inexpensive and quick to set up.

For mine, I wanted to keep it a little more grown up than gruesome. I kept the pieces simple and added wine glasses (found at Goodwill) and a spider’s web for small extra details. The best part about this kind of presentation is that you can design it to stay within your personal style or party theme.

Here is what you will need:

  • Glass jars or bowls (very inexpensive at Goodwill) in different shapes and sizes
  • Your favorite Halloween candy and treats
  • Spray paint
  • Candles
  • Vegetables (like carrots and cauliflower)
  • Red food coloring
  • Extras like spider webs and other spooky decorations

Over the past year or so, I have a assembled a large collection of glassware I have found at Goodwill, including many different mason jars. I first looked through what I had and what shapes and sizes I needed to get. I found three new glass bowls from Goodwill, costing me only $5, to use with the ones I have.

To get started, I spray painted three small mason jars with chrome colored spray paint to make candle holders. You can use whatever color you like. Make sure to only spray the outside since you will be putting a candle inside. The less paint you use, the brighter your candle will be. After it dries, you can easily distress it to give it a worn in look.

The next step is the best step! Pick out your favorite candy to fill your jars and bowls. I only spent about $6 on candy, but if you are throwing a party, you may want to add more candy dishes to your centerpiece. Now it is time to fill up your bowls.

To add a level of creepiness, I wanted to have some body parts in jars. I used the long, thin part of carrots in a larger jar to look like fingers. I used the shorter, thicker half in a smaller jar for toes. You can also use little potatoes for this as well. And for the brain, I used cauliflower. To finish it off, fill the jars up with water and add a few drops of red food coloring. If you don’t have food coloring on hand, ketchup works just as well!

The hardest part is setting them up on the table. You want to make sure that there are different levels of height throughout the display and without too much empty space. You may have to use risers (or measuring cups like I used) to give shorter pieces more height. I used the spider’s web as a background and to add some depth.

Remember to have fun! It is all about the candy, right!?