This yummy Halloween charcuterie board is sweet, salty and kid-approved!
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Have you tried your hand at making a charcuterie board yet? While the term is a French word that refers to a branch of cooking devoted to cooked meats, such as bacon, ham and sausage, it’s evolved to include much more than that. Today, you’ll see charcuterie boards with everything from cheese and meat, to fruits and veggies, to themed boards for holidays, movies and seasons.
With Halloween coming up, I wanted to make a charcuterie board that my kids would love but that wasn’t just a bunch of candy. So I chose to do a combination of sweet and salty foods. My friend Justine at Little Dove came up with a completely savory Halloween charcuterie board!
The great thing about charcuterie boards is that you can make them as fancy or as simple as you want. To be completely honest, I didn’t buy anything specifically for my Halloween charcuterie board. I looked through my pantry and fridge and pulled out foods that were black, brown, orange, yellow and white/off-white.
*PRO TIP* Create a cohesive look to your charcuterie board by choosing a color scheme.
After gathering the different food items together, I got out a large bamboo cutting board and a couple of containers. (I used a small plastic cauldron and a glass bowl.) I started by placing the containers diagonal from each other and then added some candy to one and popcorn to the other. Then I continued adding different foods to the board, making sure to distribute the colors, shapes and sizes throughout. For the finishing touches, I placed a few small Halloween decorations around the food (plastic bones, a large spider and a small pumpkin).
I have to say that creating this Halloween charcuterie board was a lot of fun! It allowed me to be creative in a different way than before and the end result was something I liked the look of. Even my husband was impressed with my skills. *wink* I covered the board with a cloth for a couple hours until my kids got home from school and then surprised them with the fun treats!
*PRO TIP* I’ve found that if I put food out in small containers or arrange it in a fun way instead of just setting them out in a bag, box or uncut, my kids are more likely to eat what’s there. (This goes for healthy foods as well as treats.)
If you’re interested in putting a Halloween charcuterie board together for your family or some other Halloween gathering, check out the list below for all the items I included, plus a few more that I didn’t have space for:
- Reese’s Pieces
- Taffy (Mine is from Taffy Shop)
- Chocolate Covered Pretzels
- Mini Crumb Donuts
- Peanut butter blossoms (or Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cookies)
- Pumpkin bread
- Applesauce or Fruit Cup (Peaches or oranges work great. Remember to add pumpkin faces!)
- Small pieces of cheese (Poke them with a toothpick to make them easier to grab.)
- Oreos (mini, original or Halloween ones with orange filling)
- Crackers and Dip
- Chips and Salsa (I’ve seen fun ghost shaped chips at Trader Joe’s around Halloween time.)
- Cheese Sticks (Add a little ghost face!)
- Chocolate/Caramel dipped pretzel rods
- Juice boxes (Wrap them with strips of fabric and add googly eyes to make them into mummies.)
So have I convinced you to give it a try? I hope so! What kind of goodies would you add to your Halloween charcuterie board?