bride and groom with skeleton face paint stand on train tracks holding smoke bomb jack o lanterns
KLee Photography LLC

If you happen to be getting married on or around October 31st, you might be considering a Halloween-themed wedding (or maybe you already have your heart set on throwing a spectacularly spooky event and need some ideas to get started). In any case, we've got you covered for all things creepy chic on your wedding day. Below, we're sharing all the basics to know about a Halloween wedding theme, plus ideas from real weddings that you can recreate.

What is a Halloween-themed wedding? 

Halloween wedding style mixes elements from a few different themes and aesthetics. It's a combination of gothic wedding stylemoody wedding colors, and a bit of whimsy—think Tim Burton and The Nightmare Before Christmas. You can incorporate popular fall wedding decor details, like pumpkins, apples, candles, and of course, a black and orange color palette. Add Halloween-inspired details, like spider webs and skeletons, to make your decor feel especially on-theme. 

Our Favorite Halloween Wedding Ideas

Use this Halloween wedding inspiration to jumpstart a vision board for your own ceremony and reception.

bridesmaids stand next to bride holding geometric lanterns filled with flowers as bouquets
Swank Floral & Interiors

Lantern bridesmaid bouquets

Skip the ordinary wedding bouquets for decorative lantern-style arrangements instead. This idea can be modernized with flower-filled geometric lanterns (like the ones shown here), or you can take a gothic approach by opting for ornate Victorian-esque vessels instead.  

halloween themed wedding backdrop photo of deserted foggy road through a forest
Kcidy Design

Deserted road ceremony backdrop

Amp up the spooky vibes for your wedding ceremony by recreating this deserted road backdrop. A life-size photo of an empty, foggy road through the forest = instant eeriness.  

halloween themed wedding idea goth bride wearing lace gown with crystal tiara
Amber Michelle Photography

Lace wedding dress

Play up the gothic chic aesthetic by wearing a lace wedding dress with long bell sleeves and open shoulders. This white embroidered lace gown is bridal and mystical, especially when you add a crystal tiara. Opt for a black lace wedding dress instead if you consider Morticia Addams as your style inspo.  

flower girl wearing black tulle dress and witch hat walks down the aisle with ring bearer
Jeri Solomon Floral Designer

Flower girl witch costume

Go all out with your Halloween wedding theme by outfitting your flower girl (or ring bearer) in a witch costume. A black tulle dress and pointed hat make an adorably spooky ensemble.

neon sign with 'til death written in pink letters
Uncommon Camellia

'Til death do us part neon sign

The phrase "Until death do us part" has long been a fundamental part of wedding vows, but it takes on an entirely new meaning for a Halloween-themed wedding. A "'Til death" neon sign drives home the saying without feeling too morbid.

bride and groom stand with their wedding party wearing woodland creature masks
Forged in the North

Wedding party Halloween costumes

If you don't dress up for your Halloween-inspired wedding, what's the point? You don't have to wear a costume all day long, but your wedding portraits are a good time to have a bit of fun. These woodland creature masks are perfect for a Halloween photo op with your wedding party.

halloween themed wedding idea sweetheart table with faux skulls and tall candles
Hankal Events

Skull table decor

Skulls and skeletons are decorative staples for any Halloween-themed wedding. Take a cue from this sweetheart table and use skulls, poison bottles, and black taper candles to complete your wedding centerpieces.

halloween themed wedding idea hot apple cider signature cocktails
Ithaca Yacht ClubMaggie Gallagher Photography

Hot apple cider

October is the most popular wedding month, but the temperatures can be chilly depending on where you're getting married. Add to the festive seasonal vibes—and keep your guests warm—by serving hot apple cider or mulled cider as your signature drink.

halloween themed wedding idea bartender pours cocktail with dry ice
Maksym Fesenko/Shutterstock

Dry ice signature cocktail

Want to wow your guests with a memorable cocktail experience? Serve drinks with dry ice to complement the spooky Halloween theme. Look for bartenders and caterers who have special experience with handling dry ice to keep everyone safe (it's not harmful unless ingested or touched with bare hands).

two grooms pose for wedding portrait holding black lace masquerade masks
Events by Merida

Masquerade masks

If you're having a photo booth, masquerade masks are an easy prop to provide for guests. They're also a great idea if you're looking for creative on-theme wedding favors or non-traditional escort cards.

halloween themed wedding idea collection of pumpkins and gourds displayed on table
Fernwood Botanical Gardens and Nature PreserveSam Adkins Photography

Pumpkin and gourd decor

No fall wedding is complete without at least one pumpkin, but a collection of pumpkins or gourds will bring a seasonal element to your Halloween theme. Use them in assorted colors and sizes to decorate a welcome table, venue entrance, or hors d'oeuvres display.

halloween themed wedding idea chalkboard welcome sign displayed with life-size skeleton
Mercantile Hall

Skeleton welcome sign

Give a basic chalkboard wedding sign a bit of Halloween flair by pairing it with a friendly skeleton to greet your guests. This sign reads, "Welcome to the union of two souls" but you could easily switch 'souls' to 'ghouls' or another on-theme character.

bride and groom holding jack o lanterns in front of their faces with dark green smoke coming out of the pumpkins
Bethany Zadai Photography

Jack-o'-lantern smoke bombs

Use colorful smoke bombs and jack-o'-lanterns to recreate this Halloween-themed wedding portrait with your partner.

halloween themed wedding idea detail photo of skeleton hands with wedding rings
Hankal Events

Skeleton wedding ring photos

Detail photos and wedding flat lays are great for capturing all of the little elements of your special day. Showcase your wedding rings on skeleton hands to bring out the Halloween vibes.

halloween themed wedding idea black candelabras with white taper candles
ZoLu Photography

Black candelabras

Candles are one of the easiest ways to make your wedding venue feel more romantic and cozy. Use black candelabras with tall tapers (which you can find in just about any color imaginable) if you're going for a haunted Victorian mansion theme on the big day. 

halloween themed wedding idea black and orange place setting with bare wooden table and black flatware
Evergreen Events

Orange and black place setting

Incorporate these Halloween wedding colors into your tablescapes through napkins, table runners, charger plates, flatware, and menu cards. Add accent hues like emerald green or fuchsia if you want a little more dimension and variety with your color palette.   

halloween themed wedding idea self-serve candy station
Hankal Events

DIY dessert station

Trick or treat might not be happing at your wedding reception, but you can give guests their sugar fix by serving treats like candy bars and s'mores (with the help of a tabletop roaster). Kids and younger guests will especially appreciate the thought!

halloween themed wedding cake with chocolate drip icing and sugar googly eye decorations
Jamie Y Photography

Googly eye wedding cake

Look no further for Halloween wedding cake inspo. This drip cake with black marbled frosting, a floral cake topper, and sugar googly eyes is the perfect example of creepy chic.

halloween themed wedding idea popcorn favors in black and white striped paper cartons
Kcidy Design

Popcorn wedding favors

We'll never say no to the idea of serving gourmet popcorn as a wedding favor or late-night snack. Surprise your guests with flavored popcorn in black and white striped cartons à la Beetlejuice for an easy, crowd-favorite treat.