Halloween Home Tour: Southern Gothic Dining Room

See how I created this spooky chic Southern Gothic themed dining tablescape and sideboard for Halloween with some basic elements that I shopped my house for!

Welcome to the last part of my Halloween tour! Let’s take a closer look at this spooky chic Southern Gothic themed table and sideboard. It was actually an easy tablescape to create because I already owned all of these things. And I’ll share the basic elements with you that I shopped my house for in case you’d like to create your own similar look!

This theme is true to my Louisiana southern roots and is a natural in my southern traditional style home. I was inspired by things that are spooky about the south. Like Louisiana voodoo and black magic. Like Spanish moss dripping from trees that are hundreds of years old that surround dilapidated mansions. And that fill swamps that cover the unknown below their dark surface. And like the photos and belongings of those who have passed on but may still be among us.

The spirits in this haunted tablescape have a Victorian era feel. I was after a gothic and elegant look with a dash of fun. Nothing gruesome or scary. I have to sleep in this house at night!

The idea for using this theme actually came to me as I was moving this mirror around in the attic. I’ve been intending to sell it or donate it but it made the perfect tray for the centerpiece! I’m not sure it can be seen in this photo, but it has a black velvet inset inside this ornate, aged frame.

After this inspiration struck me, I shopped my Halloween decor bins and my house for vintage items to fill out the theme.

These are the elements that I used to get this elegant yet creepy gothic look:

Spanish moss.

I filled the mirror with Spanish moss to nestle the bones in. I also draped bits from the chandelier and the creepy cloth hanging on the mirror over the credenza. A definite nod to the moss hanging from those ancient oaks!


I used my parents’ vintage silver candelabra and left it in its tarnished state. I intentionally let the black tapers lean to add to the neglected, haunted feel.

I added these silver candlesticks and a silver vanity mirror to the credenza…

And a silver wine bucket…

Skeletons, skulls, and bones.

I used skulls, skeletons, and bones I had in my Halloween decor bins. This dismantled skeleton rests in the centerpiece…

Skulls sit on candlesticks…

And this looks like a jar full of tiny skeletons:

And more skulls and tiny skeletons on the plates…

Creepy cloth.

I draped creepy cloth from Dollar Tree on the mirror over the credenza. The more you use it the creepier it looks! This one is several years old with lots of tears and wrinkles.

The spider web tablecloth overlay has a similar look and I added a piece of creepy cloth to each end to cover the long dining table.

Mercury glass.

Mercury glass is a favorite element of mine all of the time because of its vintage look.

The jar and these mercury glass votive holders add sparkle and vintage elegance to this gloomy dinner setting.

Vintage photos and belongings.

I made kind of a credenza of creepy curiosities. I have so many cool, vintage family photos in rich black and white and sepia tone colors! I chose one of my family in the 1800’s standing on their porch in Louisiana. And I chose the other two for their vintage frames and mats and beautiful coloring.

I added vintage brooches and a silver vanity mirror…

And a masquerade mask for a dash of Louisiana gothic fun!

Apothecary jars and old bottles.

More skulls fill this apothecary jar. Old brown bottles also look amazing with this theme if you have them.


Black ravens always add a sense of foreboding to add to the scary mood.

Old books.

And old vintage books with their sepia tones are perfect for this theme. These books are some that I made another year from spare books I had and some printables I found on Pinterest.


To complete the ambiance of this spooky but elegant Halloween dining room is the glow of lots and lots of candles! I used both real and battery operated.

I added these large glass candle holders to the tablescape and “floated” witch hats on them for another touch of fun!

I hope you enjoyed your visit to our haunted dining room with this Southern Gothic theme and are inspired by some of these element ideas to use in your own Halloween decor!

And if you missed the rest of our Halloween tour, you can check out the haunted front porch here, and the easy and neutral Halloween decor in our kitchen and family room here!

Embrace and enjoy the fun parts of the rest of the Halloween season!

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