Halloween-Dead Man’s Party

By 08/20/2021December 9th, 20212 Comments

Our Dead Man’s BBQ theme all started because of our warm Octobers here in Southern California. And as disappointing as the warm weather is to this fall loving ghoul, I decided to work my Halloween theme around it and throw a Halloween barbeque. The food ideas came pretty easily, when I decided to transform classic barbeque fare into body parts, but I confess I had no idea how I was going to set our Dead Man’s BBQ table. Usually when I start a theme, I have a general sense in the direction I want to go with the tablescape, this one…not so much. I really had to coax it out…beginning with the idea to paint all my skeletons a rusty ole red to mimic either a barbequed skeleton or corpsed skeleton. And knowing how much work it would be to corpse all those bones, I opted just to paint them in a dark rusty red. The rest of the ideas came as I went along…Post Mortem Placemats, skeletal hand and skull candle holders, Eyeball Napkin Rings, , and the many many pool noodle candles I used in the chandelier, sideboard and the table itself complete our spooky elegant look. Happy Halloween!


(Classic barbeque fare transformed into body parts)

Body Parts: Appetizers

Amputated Appetizer and Sweet Tooth Bites

Body Parts: Main Dishes

Rest in Pieces Ribs and Toe Chili

Body Parts: Salads and Sides

Brain Slaw, Corn on the Carcass, Ossuary Salad and Pound of Flesh

Body Parts: Desserts and Drinks

Eat Your Heart Out Cake, Ears ala Mode and Evil Eye-z Cubes


  • Joe says:

    Hello, I was wondering how you made the skulls? Did you hand paint or spray paint? Also which exact color did you use? Thanks in advance!

    • Lori Castellon says:

      Hi Joe
      I painted them with a mixture of mod podge and red food coloring with a drop or two of green food coloring. It’ll look pink when you mix it because of the white mod podge, but paint a piece of paper with it and let it dry to see what the color is because it will darken when it’s dry. If it’s still too ‘red’ then add more green and test again until you get the color you like. Hope that helps.

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