40 Halloween Wedding Ideas for the Ultimate Spooky Celebration

These ideas bring new meaning to "till death do us part."
Hannah Nowack The Knot Senior Weddings Editor
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Hannah Nowack
Hannah Nowack The Knot Senior Weddings Editor
Hannah Nowack
Senior Editor, Weddings
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Updated Sep 09, 2021
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If you're tying the knot on October 31st, chances are you're planning a spooky wedding that celebrates both your union and the fright-filled holiday. The great thing about a wedding with a theme is that it gives you the freedom to have some fun with your wedding plans and really get creative with out-of-the-box ideas. There are plenty of ways to bring a Halloween theme into your wedding day.You could say goodbye to wedding white and make the most of a color palette centered around black. Additionally, you could bring in a skull or pumpkin motif to thread throughout the wedding design. No matter what route you go, there's sure to be a Halloween wedding idea below that deserves a spot in your ghoulish wedding plans.

Peruse the ideas below that bring an entirely new meaning to the phrase "till death do us part," and make sure to save your favorite Halloween wedding ideas for your own scary celebration.

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Top Tips for Planning a Halloween-Themed Wedding

Communicate With Guests

When it comes to Halloween weddings, Nora Sheils, founder of Bridal Bliss, emphasizes the importance of pre-wedding communication with guests. "You need to let guests know what to expect, especially if kids are invited. You don't want your wedding to cause nightmares. Also, communicate your expectations for guests—are you expecting guests to dress up? If so, make it super clear."

Have Fun With It

Holidays, like weddings, are meant to be fun so feel free to let loose and incorporate details because they excite you, not because you feel obligated to. Kathryn Cooper, photographer and owner of Kathryn Cooper Weddings, advises couples to "have fun and create the wedding experience you love. Don't try to make others happy because you'll always have an Uncle Bob who refuses to dress up. If you want a spooky wedding or even just elements of it at your dessert table, do you and put out all the fake cobwebs, spider rings, and mini pumpkin favors you love. In the end, have fun and create a day you're going to love, and your guests will follow suit."

Use Color and Decor Subtly and Strategically

When it comes to your perfect wedding color palette, it's a good idea to swap white for black. However, you don't have to go down the stereotypical orange-and-black route if that isn't your cup of tea. Feel free to play around with gold, burgundy or crimson for your Halloween wedding color scheme. Sheils suggests that subtlety with color and decor is the way to go to ensure the day doesn't feel tacky. "It's easy to go overboard on the decor which quickly turns from chic to tacky. Stick with elegant fall tones such as burgundy, deep orange, or copper and add on some unique seasonal items to make it feel festive. Or think of a monochromatic with a few neutral or metallic pops like black and copper or charcoal and ivory. You get the Halloween point across but pushing it so hard that it's overwhelming."

Halloween Wedding Ideas You'll Love

1. "I'll Follow You Into The Dark" Dessert Display

Looking for creative ways to decorate your wedding venue? Let this couple's dessert display inspire you. A wall decorated with the famed Death Cab for Cutie lyric served as the backdrop for their sugary spread. If you don't have space for a dramatic backdrop for your dessert display, consider creating a unique backdrop, similar to this one, for your photo booth.

2. Black Place Setting With Crystal Wedding Favor

The table settings at this gothic wedding reception included matte black plates topped with white crystals.

3. Black Wedding Suit With Silver Stars

This bride rocked an epic black suit for her gothic wedding celebration.

4. Halloween-Themed Wedding Cookies

Since guests will be skipping trick or treat activities for your wedding, sweets are a must for a Halloween wedding. Cookies decorated with the phrase "'til death do us part," were on offer on this big day.

5. Mad Hatter-Themed Wedding Cake

This couple took inspiration from Alice in Wonderland for their Halloween wedding cake. The dessert was shaped to look like a top hat and featured playing card-inspired accents, like diamonds and clubs.

6. 'Til Death Neon Sign

These grooms had fun decorating their wedding venue with a neon sign inspired by the common wedding vow phrase "'til death do us part" (alternately spelled as "till death do us part").

7. Bride With Dark-and-Dramatic Wedding Makeup

Even if you don't wear black on your wedding day, there are plenty of ways to bring a spooky feel to your wedding-day look. From gothic-inspired wedding shoes to moody makeup, consider bringing in spooky details to complement your wedding dress.

8. Bridesmaids Wearing Harry Potter Scarves

At this fall wedding, the bridal party received scarves in their Harry Potter house colors.

9. Skull Cake Topper

This wedding cake was decorated with pink wedding flowers and pink macarons, but the real star of the show was the skull cake topper.

10. Halloween-Themed Leather Jacket

A calligraphed custom leather jacket was the perfect finishing touch to this bride's wedding-day look.

11. Bleeding Heart Neon Sign

While hearts definitely still have their place in a Halloween-themed wedding, feel free to have fun bringing a goth vibe to heart motifs, as this couple did with their bleeding heart neon sign.

12. Ring Bearer in Dinosaur Halloween Costume

Since dressing up is a big part of Halloween, especially for youngsters, feel free to ask the littles at your wedding to come in costume. After all, who could resist a toddler dressed as a dinosaur carrying a ring box down the aisle?

13. Coffin Wedding Signage

If you're going to include a Halloween motif in your wedding stationery, like the coffin seen here or even a skull or spider web, it's a great idea to utilize it all throughout your stationery design. Start with your wedding invitations so couples know what to expect from the big day and then use the motif again with tablescape signage to further reinforce the spooky theme.

14. The Nightmare Before Christmas-Themed Wedding Sign

As a nod to the Disney classic, Tim Burton's famed stop-motion characters graced the card table signage at this wedding.

15. Skeleton Key Escort Cards

Skeleton keys, which can easily be sourced from flea markets and Etsy, are a fun option for a favor-escort-card combo.

16. Cloche With Black Skull Wedding Decor

Not only are glass cloches really having a moment when it comes to wedding inspiration and decor, but they are also a great option for showcasing spooky decor details, like the black skull seen here.

17. Tarot Card Reading at Wedding Reception

In addition to hiring a great DJ or band, consider bringing in alternative performers to entertain your guests during cocktail hour through the wedding reception. At this wedding, attendees were able to have their tarot cards read.

18. Black Pumpkin Aisle Decoration

While you could certainly line the ceremony with jack-o'-lanterns if you wanted, this couple had a little fun making DIY black painted pumpkins to use as Halloween decor along their wedding ceremony aisle, along with Harry Potter books.

19. Dramatic Black Chandelier

A dramatic black chandelier brought a glam-meets-spooky vibe to the tablescape at this wedding with a black-and-red color palette.

20. Halloween-Themed Guest Book Sign

At this wedding, guests were asked to leave warm wishes for the newlyweds on a sign that featured a corpse couple. To get inspired by even more unique wedding guest book ideas, peruse these options.

21. Skeleton Wedding Decor

The great thing about a Halloween wedding is that you can probably buy some decorations at your local party store. Instead of spooking passersby on someone's front porch, this corpse couple added to the moody aesthetic at this wedding reception.

22. Skeleton Wedding Guest at Ceremony

Not all the attendees at this wedding ceremony were human—one skeleton snuck into the chairs to watch the happy couple exchange wedding vows.

23. Mummy Table Name Card

To complement the mummy-themed table name cards at this wedding, the couple used deep red roses as part of their wedding centerpieces.

24. Halloween-Themed Cupcakes

Trick or treat! Plastic jack-o'-lanterns and ghosts topped the cupcakes at this wedding reception.

25. Pre-Wedding Tarot Card Reading

While you and your wedding party are getting ready for the big day, consider having a tarot card reader come do a reading.

26. Spooky Skull-Filled Cloche Wedding Decor

To really give guests a fright, consider decorating with skulls and taxidermy as this couple did.

27. Bride With Gold Crown and Dramatic Makeup

Talk about breathtaking—this bride and her gold halo crown could've graced the 2018 Met Gala carpet.

28. Stormtroopers at Wedding Reception

This couple got the party started at their wedding reception with a little help from some stormtroopers. Find even more Star Wars wedding ideas here.

29. Wig Wall at Wedding Reception

Instead of asking guests to come to the wedding already dressed in costumes, this couple had a wig wall at their reception where attendees could snag a colorful wig to wear while dancing.

30. Tablescape With Black Taper Candles

Black taper candles brought an elegant vibe to the wedding tables at this event. For a more glam vibe, you could swap the simple candleholders for dramatic candelabras covered in cobwebs.

31. Wedding Guests Wearing Halloween Costumes

For themed weddings, it's always a great idea to get guests in on the fun. This couple asked attendees to come to the wedding dressed in Halloween costumes.

32. Black Engagement Ring

For couples who want their love of Halloween to extend beyond the wedding day, consider selecting gothic wedding rings that you can wear for years to come. Let these black diamond wedding rings inspire you.

33. Officiant Dressed as Obi-Wan Kenobi

Obi-Wan Kenobi from Star Wars had to honor of marrying this Florida couple.

34. Patronus-Themed Cake Topper

Harry Potter fans, conjure your Patronus to protect your wedding cake. Get inspired by more Harry Potter-themed wedding ideas here.

35. Wedding Guests Wearing Black-and-Gold Costumes

Why not host a masquerade party for your Halloween-themed wedding? These guests are proof that asking attendees to dress for the spooky occasion doesn't mean they'll show up in cheesy costumes.

36. Bride Getting Ready in Black Robe

Not only is a black wedding dress a great idea for a stylish Halloween wedding, a black getting-ready robe is also a must. A black robe will help you start your spooky day on the right note, plus it'll look epic in wedding photos from the morning.

37. ET-Themed Table Number

This couple paid homage to their favorite extra-terrestrial friend by naming one of their reception tables after him.

38. Black Menu Cards With Moon Phase Illustrations

While this entire red-and-black tablescape is wow-worthy, the celestial menus are our favorite part.

39. Couple With Harry Potter-Inspired Accessories

A sorting hat and owl made for fun props during wedding photos at this New Jersey wedding. Find even more Harry Potter-themed wedding inspiration here.

40. Gold Snitch-Inspired Wedding Favors

Looking for magical wedding favors to cap off your Halloween wedding? Harry Potter-themed gold snitch favors may be the perfect option.

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