This Halloween Charcuterie Board makes the perfect centerpiece for any gathering of ghosts and ghouls! Ditch the traditional meat and cheese board for one filled with chocolates and candy.
Halloween Charcuterie Board
I’ve been too old to Trick-or-Treat for [redacted] years now. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t want to eat my share of Halloween candy! I’m guessing I’m not the only adult who feels this way. That’s why I love this Halloween Charcuterie Board. It’s the perfect party food because there is a little something for everyone. We’ve got sour, sweet, chocolate, fruity, and salty!
What is a Charcuterie Board?
Charcuterie boards (pronounced “shar-KOO-tuh-ree”) are a trend that I have seen popping up everywhere! “Charcuterie” is a French term for displaying a variety of cured meats, mostly pork. Originally they included things like salami, prosciutto, and sausages. However, modern charcuterie boards can have any variety of meats, cheeses, fruits, veggies, olives, nuts, and sauces. Typically the boards are arranged in an aesthetically pleasing and abundant fashion. If you want to learn more about how to make a traditional charcuterie board, check out our recipe HERE.
So, What is a Dessert Charcuterie Board?
Since the idea of charcuterie boards have become so popular, people have taken the idea and run with it! Dessert charcuterie boards are arranged in the same smorgasbord style but with all sweets and treats instead of meats and cheeses. They are so fun and you can tailor them to any theme. I chose to make a Halloween Charcuterie Board since that is the next upcoming holiday. However, you can make one for Christmas, Easter, birthdays – pretty much any occasion. Check out our Valentine’s Day Dessert Board HERE.
How to Decorate Your Board
For this Halloween Charcuterie Board, I used an 18×24 wooden cutting board. You can scale up or down depending on the size of your party. I got the posable skeleton from a craft store for 50% off a few days before Halloween last year. For the chocolate decorated treats, I was inspired by this post. I made those ahead of time so the chocolate could set up. Then, I just headed to the candy aisle and seasonal aisle in the grocery store for the rest of the candies. I like to make sure I have a variety of colors, tastes, and textures.
More Halloween Recipes
There are so many fun Halloween recipes to make – why not try one of our favorites! Bring a little spookiness to your table this year. Your kids will love it.
- Dinner in a Pumpkin
- Harry Potter’s Butterbeer
- Halloween Rice Krispie Treats
- Toffee Apples
- Halloween Candy Bark
- Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Coffee Cake
- Soup in a Pumpkin
How to Make a Halloween Charcuterie Board
For the Monster Treats
- 8 rice krispie treats
- 5 ounces white chocolate melting wafers
- purple food dye
- candy eyes
- purple sprinkles
For the Witch Fingers
For the Bats
- 8 Mini Reese's Cups
- 8 Oreo Thins
- candy eyes
- 18 ounces Smarties
- 16 ounces red licorice
- 15 ounces Assorted Hershey's Candy
- 28 ounces sour gummy worms
- 40 ounces candy corn
- Make the Monster Treats by melting the chocolate wafers (see post for melting instructions) and mix in the purple food dye. Dip one side of the Rice Krispie Treat into the chocolate. Place the candy eyes onto the chocolate. Place the sprinkles on the top to look like hair. Set on a pan lined with parchment paper and allow the chocolate to set.
- To make the Witch Fingers, melt the chocolate wafers and mix in the green food dye. Place the melted chocolate into a tall cup. Dip each pretzel rod in the chocolate. Place a sliced almond on the tip to look like a fingernail. Set on a pan lined with parchment paper and allow the chocolate to set.
- To make the Ghosts, melt the chocolate wafers. Dip one side of the Nutter Butter cookie into the chocolate. Place two mini chocolate chips to look like eyes and one to look like a mouth. Set on a pan lined with parchment paper and allow the chocolate to set.
- To make the Bats, unwrap the Mini Reese's Cups but don't take off the inner lining. Open each Oreo and scrape the creme filling out. Do not discard. Break each cookie in half to make the wings. Spread some of the creme filling onto the Reese's Cup. Attach the cookie halves to the Reese's Cup using the creme filling. Spread some creme filling where the wings touch and use that to attach the eyes.
- Start out by placing the skeleton diagonally across the board. Stuff the rib cage with candy. Fill in all the spaces in and around the skeleton with candy.
- Next, place the larger chocolate decorated treats around the board. Then fill in any open spaces with more candy.
- Wooden board or serving platter
- Posable skeleton