Charcuterie Boards are all the rage right now and this Halloween Charcuterie Board is perfect! When you learn how to make a Halloween Charcuterie Board and the different types of boards you will be loving all the ways you can get creative with food for Halloween!
Halloween Charcuterie Board
This year for Halloween I am trying to make the whole month fun with fall and Halloween fun and not just Halloween day. Of course I love all the Halloween treats I normally make but after seeing all the snack boards floating around on social media I knew that I needed to make them for the kids. The kids loved it and we have been making snack boards a few times a week now for lunches because the kids thought they were so much fun.
What is a Charcuterie Boards
Originally Charcuterie Boards were the meat version of a cheese board. Since they have become so popular they are now being made in many different variations including our creation of this tasty Halloween Charcuterie Board.
Normally on a Charcuterie Board you will find meat and cheese, along with fruit, crackers and bread that are all arranged to look beautiful on a wooden board. While we have kept with the traditional meat, cheese and fruit we did add some french onion dip, chips and halloween cookies to our board.
What do you add to a Halloween Meat and Cheese Board?
When you are making a Halloween snack board you want to use darker foods and foods with texture to give it that spooky Halloween feel. You want the colors that make you think Halloween like Orange, white, dark blues that will give the board a Halloween feel just by looking at it.
- Decorative items. I used mini pumpkins and mini squash. The one pumpkin I left whole, the other one I carved out to used to hold the dip.
- Dip. You want something to dip the chips and any fresh veggies you put on the tray in. I used french onion dip, but you can use other dips including, Cheddar Bacon Ranch dip, spinach artichoke dip, or creamy pesto dip.
- Cheese. You want to have varieties of cheeses on your board. I used Cheddar cheese, string cheese to make ghost cheese sticks, gouda cheese and cranberry goat cheese for my board. But you can really use any cheese you want to, some great options are blue cheese, pub cheese, and round cheese. You want the different cheeses to be different textures.
- Crackers or bread. You can use your favorites, I went for the circle ones. If you are having a dip that goes well with bread you can include slices of bread also.
- Chips, I used ghost and bat chips that I found mine at Trader Joes but you can grab these on amazon. Blue corn tortilla chips are also a great option to use to keep with the darker color theme.
- Meat. I used salami, peppered salami, capicola and prosciutto. But you can also change this up to meats that you prefer.
- Fruit. I used baby grapes, dark figs, blackberries and blueberries. You can also add Mandarin Oranges, blueberries, or ghost bananas. You can use fresh or freeze-dried berries when you are making this board.
- Veggies. If you are wanting veggies, raw carrots, celery sticks and orange bell peppers are great choices.
- Treats. I like to have a sweet treat on the board as well and used Monster eye ball cookies made with Oreo but you can use any Halloween cookie that you want to.
Variations of this recipe
The great thing about a charcuterie board is you can change up what you put on it and customize it with the things you enjoy. If you are looking for more ideas of things to make for your Halloween board, we have lots of Halloween treat recipes that would be perfect additions.
Always remember, there is never a perfect way to arrange a charcuterie board, you have to play around with it to see what works in that spot. I thought I wanted carrots on the board but as you see I changed my mind halfway through. The best tip is to get your favorite items and build your board around that.
Halloween Cookie Board. You could totally make a Halloween Cookie board and have just an assortment of Halloween cookies along with some pumpkins and gourds on the board to brighten it up.
- Monster Eye Ball Cookies
- Spider Chocolate Chip cookies
- Vampire Cookies
- Jack Skellington Cookies
- Pumpkin Sugar Cookies
- Mummy Cookies with Nutter butter cookies
- Pumpkin Oreo Cookies
- Zombie Brain Cookies
- Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispies
Halloween Lunch Board. If you want to make it a Halloween lunch, you easily can make fun hot halloween foods to include.
- Hot Dog fingers. Cook the hotdogs and cut a portion out of the top to look like a finger nail, place in a hot dog bun with ketchup.
- Hot dog mummies. Wrap hot dog sausages in small croissants and serve your young diners “hot mummies” instead of the traditional hot dogs.
- Ghost Bananas. Peel the banana and cut them in half. Then use melted chocolate or mini chocolate chips to make a face on each piece of banana.
- Oranges pumpkins. You can peel them and place a piece of cucumber or celery on the top as the stem, or you can carve the orange peel to look like a Jack-O-Lantern.
- Jack-O-Lantern Quesadillas. Serve with homemade salsa, homemade guacamole or sour cream.
Halloween Dessert Board. Make some Halloween themed cupcakes like our Candy Corn Cupcake, Spider Web Cupcakes, and Ghost cupcakes along with Halloween cookies, some Mummy Twinkies and some fruit to make a halloween dessert board.
How to Make a Halloween Charcuterie Board
Make French onion dip or whatever dip you are going to be putting on your board.
Cut the top off one of the small pumpkins and scrape the seeds out of the middle. Line the pumpkin with foil making sure it doesn’t stick out. Fill it with the french onion dip.
Place the gouda cheese in the corner of the board and the other pumpkin across the board from the cheese.
Place the mini squash next to the pumpkin.
Lay half of the crackers next to the squash and lay carrots next to the crackers if you are using them on your board.
Arrange the ghost and bar chips in between the space between the two pumpkins.
Take the salami then fold each slice like an accordion and arrange it on one side of the chips, repeat with the peppered salami on the other side of the chips. Next, draw faces on your string cheese and place the ghost cheese sticks in the upper right-hand corner.
Put the Oreo Cookie monster eyes on the bottom left corner of the board.
Cut up the white cheddar cheese into cubes and place next to the small squash and monster eyeball cookies. Then, place one bunch of grapes next to the cheese sticks. Add a small bunch of grapes to the bottom of the crackers. Cut the figs in half and place the figs in the spaces left on the bottom right of the board.
Add the capicola next to the crackers under the gouda cheese if you are not putting carrots there, if you are putting carrots put the crackers at the top of the board. Place the blackberries next to the gouda. Then, place the goat cheese next to the blackberries.
Add the rest of the crackers next to the bunch of grapes. Roll the slices of prosciutto and add them next to the crackers.
Fill in any gaps with figs or grapes.
Add a few Ghost chips randomly around the board.
Halloween Charcuterie Board
- 2 mini pumpkin
- 1 cup french onion dip
- 1 wedge gouda cheese
- 8 mini squash
- 1 sleeve crackers
- 1 bag Ghost and bat chips I found mine at Trader Joes but you can grab these on amazon.
- 1/3 pound salami
- 1/3 pounds peppered salami
- 6 ghost cheese sticks
- 1/2 pound baby grapes
- 6 Monster eye ball cookies made with Oreo
- 8 oz sharp cheddar cheese cubed
- 1 pound fresh figs
- 1/3 capicola
- 1/2 cup blackberries
- 1/2 cup raspberries
- 4 ounces cranberry goat cheese
- 5 slices prosciutto
- 1/2 cup carrots Optional
- Cut the top off one the pumpkin and scrape the seeds out of the middle. Line the pumpkin with foil making sure it doesn't stick out. Fill it with the french onion dip.
- Place the gouda in the corner of the board and the other pumpkin across the board from the cheese.
- Place the mini squash next to the pumpkin.
- Place half of the crackers next to the squash.
- Arrange the ghost and bar chips in between the space between the two pumpkins.
- Take the salami then fold each slice like an accordion and arrange it on one side of the chips, repeat with the peppered salami on the other side of the chips.
- Place the cheddar cheese next to the salami.
- Place the ghost cheese sticks in the upper right-hand corner.
- Place one bunch of grapes next to the cheese sticks. Add a small bunch of grapes to the bottom of the crackers.
- Place the oreo eyes on the bottom left corner of the board.
- Place the figs in the spaces left on the bottom right of the board.
- Add the capicola next to the crakers.
- Place the blackberries next to the gouda.
- Place the goat cheese next to the blackberries.
- Add the rest of the crackers next to the bunch of grapes.
- Roll the slices of prosciutto and add them next to the crackers.
- Fill in any gaps with figs or grapes.