This Halloween Charcuterie Board has it all. A great snack board with a caramel apple dipping station, all the meats and cheeses and crackers, and some fun spooky elements. Get rid of the spooky parts and it's perfect for fall! This is the perfect platter for a Halloween Party!
Obviously, this Halloween Snack Board is popular for Halloween, but it would also be the perfect addition to any spooky party! You can mix it up and add your favorites and make it your own! Try a candy platter or one with snacks and chocolate. You could also try this cute veggie skeleton tray. We love to get our finger foods from Trader Joe's and Aldi.
This would go great with our Halloween Strawberries, Halloween Rice Krispies, Halloween Cookies, Pumpkin Bars, Pumpkin Snickerdoodles, Halloween Dirt Cups, and Halloween Bark at a Halloween party! Check out our Breakfast Board, Dessert Board and Thanksgiving Charcuterie Board here.
Below is a list of ingredients needed for this recipe. Follow our tips on each ingredient for best results.
- I highly recommend a flavored goat cheese like blueberry or cranberry for a gory/ spooky look!
- candy like Reese's pieces or chocolate peanut butter things to look orange/black, I made some quick nutter butter ghosts to use.
- caramel (try our homemade caramel- it's SO GOOD)
- cookie cutters to cut out cheese into spooky shapes, if desired
- Spooky elements. I purchased my snake skeleton and realistic spiders at Michaels in 2022. I've found they have a good "creepy" Halloween section.
How to Make a Halloween Charcuterie Board
Use these process shots to help get the results you are wanting. The pictures can help with presentation and texture.
1. Start by slicing up your cheeses. I love to use a variety, our favorites are a good smoked gouda, aged cheddar, something spicy, and a flavored goat cheese. After slicing, return to the refrigerator.
2. Roll up your meats. You can roll them into simple tubes, roll them into neat designs, or lay them out in a neat rows. After arranging, return to the refrigerator.
3. Start by placing your anchor items, for me it's the skull, then bowls of mozzarella balls, Reese's pieces, caramel and pimento olives. Then I like to start with a few things that don't need to be refrigerated like crackers and pretzels.
4. Start to add meats and cheeses. Keep adding more of the big things like crackers, meats, cheeses, pretzels, apples, etc. For this board, I like to keep the caramel apple type things together on one side with the caramel. Otherwise, place things at random making it colorful. Once you have a few small gaps left, fill in with grapes. Then top with your spooky elements.
Hint: Fill in all the gaps! Part of what makes a charcuterie board so impressive is how full of food it looks!
Substitutions and Variations
We love switching things up when we're in the kitchen. Try any of these variations for something a little different.
- Gory- feel free to make this more gross. Some ideas for this would be skeleton fingers, dracula dentures, creepy eyeballs, or pretty much anything from this video.
- Treats- make it all treats! Fill it with Halloween candy and just have a caramel apple/ Halloween candy charcuterie board.
- Hocus Pocus - make it Hocus Pocus themed and have a party.
- Caramel Apple Charcuterie - we do have a Caramel Apple section in ours, but you can do the entire thing caramel apple for a dessert. Use candy and snacks galore!
Learn From Us
When making the skull, I wish I'd used a little adhesive. I had to manhandle the meat so much to get it where I wanted it and get it to stay that I didn't want anyone eating it anyway. Try drying the meat a little, then using icing to get it to stick better.
Storing a Halloween Charcuterie Board
Store items separately in air tight containers in the refrigerator. Make sure you don't leave the meats out too long!
Our top tip is to have fun with this! Make it your own and fill it with things you love. Make it spooky for adults, or kid friendly with candy, the choice is yours.
Halloween Charcuterie Snack Board
- caramel sauce - I highly recommend this one
- granny smith apples slices tossed in lemon juice to prevent browning
- Toppings of your choosing
- crushed Butterfingers
- Heath toffee bits
- Reese's pieces
- crushed graham crackers
- other meats of your choice etc
- flavored goat like blueberry or cranberry to look creepy
- smoke gouda
- bleu cheese
- aged cheddar
- any other cheeses etc
- other elements
- pimento olives
- mozzarella balls
- Spooky elements- I purchased mine at Dollar Tree and Michaels. Michaels has a pretty good "creepy" Halloween decor section
- Get a charcuterie board or large cutting board or other large piece of wood. I got mine from TJ Maxx.
- Slice cheeses then return to the refrigerator.
- Roll meats however desired then return to the refrigerator.
- Start with your anchor items like filled bowls and a skull.
- Start with crackers, pretzels, and other items that don't need to be refrigerated and layer them on neatly.
- Just before serving, start to fill in with meats and cheeses and more crackers. I like to keep the caramel apple things all together on one side. See photos above for a reference on how to organize a board.
- Fill in any gaps at the end with grapes then top everything with your spooky elements!
Caramel and apples, a meat skull, skeletons, Halloween candy, meat, cheeses, etc. We like using the blueberry covered goat cheese because it looks spooky and gory. The choice is up to you!