Have fun with your Halloween decorations by adding a skeleton! They’re not just for benches anymore!

A skeleton on a dining table with fresh flowers
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Last year I wanted to execute the idea, but in a time crunch, I was unsuccessful finding a skeleton with the bones attached. I was delightfully surprised to find this not-too-creepy skeleton at Target last week and he’s been riding around with us since. Well, until I served him up for Halloween decorations.

A skeleton on a dining table with fresh flowers

We named him Bob. Bye, bye, Bob. He’s been making the girls giggle all week. Imagine their surprise when they came home from school today to find him laid out on our table.

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I’m always in favor of Halloween decorations that are slightly pretty, just a little creepy and not too cheesy. This Halloween table is perfect for entertaining dinner guests or as a backdrop to a buffet and it only takes 20 minutes to make!

A skeleton on a dining table with fresh flowers

I was really excited about creating this Halloween table setting, but also a little cautious. Would it be too disturbing? I turned to a couple of friends who said yes, but I was dead set on it and thought “what’s the harm?”

A skeleton on a dining table with fresh flowers

I’d love to know, do you love it or hate it? Don’t worry, you won’t hurt Bob’s feelings.

pink and blue Halloween flowers with a skeleton hand reaching up
a single apple on a white plate

To create your own skeleton table, you’ll need:

  • skeleton
  • small bud vases {I used beaker style vases found in the $3 Target aisle}
  • large vase
  • flowers {roses, thistle, seeded eucalyptus}
  • apples
a single apple on a white plate
  1. Position your skeleton however you’re most comfortable {or uncomfortable, if that’s what you’re going for}. I decided to position an arm/hand to hold a vase and the other arm to be reaching toward the large vase of flowers.
  2. Arrange your flowers, with the buds just above the neck of the vases. Disperse along the table on both sides of your skeleton.
  3. Add apples to each place setting and enjoy!
a single apple on a white plate
a single apple on a white plate
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I have a little more Halloween fun coming later this week…I hope to see you again soon!

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  1. This is really creative- I loved it instantly. I enjoy some of the creepy stuff related to Halloween so I don’t mind this at all. A black light on this in the evening would really be awesome!

  2. Love the hand holding the flowers…I’m creeped out and laughing at the same time! I need him… Wouldn’t it be fun to cover yourself in a black sheet with Bob attached to it so you can’t be seen? Can you imagine the screams on Halloween as you open the door to hand out candy?