This Halloween charbooterie board is the charcuterie board of your Halloween dreams. It is spooky and delicious, and everyone is going to love it. Plus it's perfect for your Halloween brunch.
I am a celebration enthusiast. Anything I can do to make a holiday extra special, I will do it. Like we did at our witches night out. Usually, this comes down to decorations and the food like our Halloween sandwiches and Halloween witches finger snacks.
In my house, we delight in the tastiness of food while also celebrating the holidays. We have tons of traditions that come down to specific foods we only eat at certain times in the year.
We break out Grandpa Bob's root beer throughout the year, though. Root beer and these red velvet cake mix cookies are fantastic any time of year. But they sure go great on our homemade Valentines charcuterie board.
Our charbooterie board is a scary spin on a classic charcuterie board. With all the spooky treats and fun decorations, this board will surely be a big hit. Halloween is a favorite holiday of mine, so I am a huge fan of this board.
Charcuterie boards are all about the details. Adding candy eyeballs make the board spookier and add a white contrast to the black board.
This charBOOterie really is so great to serve at all of your October gatherings. If it is with kids, be sure to check out our Halloween books for kids that you may want to read at the party.
Why you should make this recipe
- It is perfect for a Halloween party because it's a snack and acts as a decoration.
- You always need tasty treats for your Halloween festivities.
- It's the most bootylicious charbooterie platter.
- You get to try something new.
- Cheese - It can't be a cheese board without cheese! We recommend using a variety of bootyful cheeses.
- Cured meats - Common meats used for charcuterie boards are prosciutto, ham, salami, and sausage.
- Olives - We recommend using green olives.
- Crackers or chips - Grab a mix of crispy crackers and chips to add to your board. We usually get gluten-free crackers, but you can use whatever you prefer.
- Decorated sugar cookies - Any decorated sugar cookie looks beautiful on this charcuterie board.
- Witches finger cookies - Any of these fun witch finger snacks are perfect for this Halloween-themed board.
- Blackberries - Blackberries match the color scheme of spooky Halloween while also tasting delicious.
How to make charbooterie
Set up the base
First, you need to find the perfect snack board. I think a black board would match the Halloween theme the best, but you can pick whatever color you prefer.
Then, add the cheeses, meats, and crackers or ghost chips like we did. Pay attention to how you lay out these foods to save room for the other treats.
Fill up cups
Now, grab little cups to put on the board. Fill these adorable cups with dark dips and dark berries.
I like putting dips and berries into cups because it keeps them from getting all over the board. Plus, it adds some variety to the look of the board.
Find the statement piece
Pick out a fun bowl, like a white pumpkin soup bowl, or dish to be the statement piece of the board. The statement piece adds to the aesthetic of our Halloween charcuterie board.
Fill up the bowl/dish with blue corn chips or whichever chips you choose. Also, add stuffed green olives on a toothpick to the board for a spooky eyeball effect.
Time for sweets
Fill up the empty spaces with all of the yummy sweets. We recommend Halloween cookies.
You can add any other sweets, such as chocolate truffles, candy corn, gummy worms, or candy eyeballs. Adding sweets also adds color variety to the delicious charcuterie board.
Tips for recipe success
- Keep it cool - Don't make the board until guests are about to arrive. You could also store the board in the fridge until ready to serve to keep the meats and cheeses cold.
- Add decorations - To make the board extra spooky, add mini cauldrons, a skeleton hand, little bat toys, red food coloring (to look like Frankenstein's blood), or whatever else you can think of.
- Make it your own - Don't like some of these snacks? Adjust this recipe to your liking. Add mummy strawberries, Oreo cookies, plump grapes, cheesy fingers, or whatever else you want.
Storage and Freezing
Storage - We recommend making this charcuterie board the day of your event for optimal freshness. If you must, you can put the cold things (meat, cheese, blackberries) on the board and keep it wrapped in the fridge.
After the party, put the cheese and meats back in their containers in the fridge. You can put most things back in their bags but throw out anything that has gone stale.
Freezing - We don't recommend freezing this charcuterie board. You can freeze the cookies if you like, but everything else should be fresh.
When should I cut the cheese for a charcuterie board?
Do not slice the cheese for this board more than 1 day before serving. It is best to slice the cheese right before serving it to your guests so that it can be fresh.
How long can a charcuterie board sit out?
You should not leave your board out longer than 2 hours. If it is hot outside, you should take the board in after about an hour.
If you leave meat and cheese out too long, it will spoil, and you could get sick. Always throw something away if it changes color or smells wrong.
What is charcuterie?
Charcuterie is the French word for meat, so it is a meat/deli tray. Cheese and crackers are added to it as well to compliment the meat.
Ways to enjoy
This Halloween-themed charcuterie board would pair perfectly with our Halloween worms in dirt recipe. Both look super spooky and taste incredible. If you are setting up a Halloween party table, they should definitely be next to each other.
You should also serve our Halloween mocktail at your party. The best part (besides the taste) is the spooky smoke from the dry ice.
For another spooky treat, try out these easy spider cookies. You can put fun plastic spiders near them to make them even more creepy. Print out these fun Halloween activity sheets for the kiddos to color at your party.
- variety of cheeses
- variety of cured meats
- crackers or chips
- decorated sugar cookies
- witches finger cookies
- Get a black board (or whatever color you prefer) and add the cheeses, meats and crackers or ghost chips like we did here
- Put dark dips into little cups
- Place dark berries like blackberries in a little cup
- Add some blue corn chips in a white pumpkin soup bowl or dish for a large statement piece
- Put stuffed green olives on a toothpick for a spooky eyeball effect
- Add any Halloween sugar cookies and other sweets, like chocolate truffles, that you want