For an inexpensive yet impressive table decoration, cut a large branch from a tree. Find one that is sturdy at its base with branches thick enough to support whatever decorations you are going to add. Shake, or squirt with a hose to remove all dirt and debris. If placing in a vase add the branch then poor in rocks or marbles. Add enough weight to support the branch and any décor you will be adding. Decorate with mini Halloween decorations, black ribbon, tie candy on with string, or place numbers for your guests to take for the chance to win a door prize.
For a crisp and dramatic statement choose a branch with lots of twigs, spray paint black or gray. In the center of your table place solid colored fabric. Pull the material into ridges and peaks to create a crinkle effect. Lay the branch on its side in center of fabric.