Halloween doesn’t have to be all about the little ones, adults can enjoy it too! If you’re looking for a festive treat that’s filled with a little less candy, look no further. Enjoy a Halloween-themed charcuterie board! While the kids munch on their spooky treats the grownups can sip on wine with a tasty meat and cheese board.
It couldn’t be easier to participate in the Halloween fun!
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If there’s one thing I learned from quarantine, it’s that people LOVE their charcuterie boards.
I personally had never made one myself, but after taking a virtual class with the UNC General Alumni Association I couldn’t wait to get started!
Chef Bryan sent out shopping lists in advance so we could purchase our supplies, and together he walked us through plating various meats, cheeses, and garnishes to create a beautiful board.
It was so much fun and I couldn’t wait to incorporate what I learned into an exciting new treat for Abundance of Flavor. I love that I can take my foundational knowledge of a meat and cheese board and adapt it for the upcoming holidays and gatherings we have in store.
This can easily be made more “Thanksgiving” my swapping out the candy corn and googly eyes for fruits, nuts, or more.
How to: select the meat, cheese, and garnish
Cheese: Depending on the size of the charcuterie board you’re creating, you’ll want to get 2-5 difference cheeses.
Generally, there are soft cheeses, firm cheeses, and stinky cheeses. Soft cheeses include goat cheese and boursin. Firm cheese includes gouda, parmesan, and cheddar. Stinky cheese includes bleu cheese and gorgonzola.
For this board, I use gouda (firm cheese) and goat cheese (soft cheese).
Meat: Handheld meat such as pepperoni, salami, prosciutto, pancetta, or deli meat are staples on meat and cheese boards.
These options can be bought pre-sliced and packaged for even easier assembly, or you can purchase some fresh at your local deli.
Choose what you like and be less concerned about appropriate pairings.
I use pepperoni and salami for this board because it is what I had available, but prosciutto would be my next choice.
Garnish: Flex your creativity and incorporate snacks you and your family will enjoy!
Crackers, nuts, fruits, spreads and small sweets can add lovely color to your board and taste great with meat and cheese.
When selecting your garnish, be cautious of fruits that are very wet and may leak into other items.
For really small sweets, such as the Reeses pieces, consider using a small bowl to keep them organized.
My garnish includes crackers, walnuts, grapes, and caramel squares.
Halloween fun: When thinking about Halloween elements, I wanted sweets and bright pops of color!
Reeses pieces, marshmallows with candy eyes, candy corn, and orange icing really brought the spooky feel to my board.
Other great options you could use are anything that’s orange, black or dark in color, and pumpkin-shaped goodies. Candy corn pumpkins, licorice, blueberries, carrot sticks, chocolate dipped pretzels, cookies, or popcorn.
How to: assemble the charcuterie board
Start with the bigger, more prominent pieces of the board, such as the cheese and any small bowls filled with spreads.
Keep in mind that softer cheese, like goat cheese, should be placed on the edge of the board where it’s easily accessible.
Next I placed other larger pieces that other things could be built up around: bunches of grapes and a fun pattern of crackers.
The meat needed some items to rest on and lean up against, so the pepperoni and salami came next. I like to place the meat by the cheese since they’re always a great duo!
Piles of sweets came next with groupings of caramel squares, marshmallows and Reese’s pieces. The Reese’s pieces don’t stack well so I went with a bowl for organization.
Fill in the remaining open spots with walnuts and any small openings with candy corn! I loved using the candy corn to really complete the board and make sure the entire space was covered.
How to: Make your board Halloween-Themed
As if it wasn’t Halloween enough with googly-eyed marshmallows and candy corn, complete the space with even more decoration.
Break out any mini pumpkins (live or decoration), fall flowers, towels, or placemats.
Dress it up, show it off, and get ready to indulge in some yummy treats!
Halloween-Themed Charcuterie Board
- gouda cheese
- goat cheese
- orange spread (icing, melted cheese, cream cheese)
- caramel squares
- marshmallows with candy eyes
- Reese's pieces
- candy corn
- Place the cheeses on the board, keeping the soft cheeses near the edge.
- Add any bowls with dips and spreads.
- Place the grapes to fill in the corners and arrange the crackers in a fun design.
- Arrange the pepperoni and salami, in a pile or folded around the cheeses or bowls.
- Stack the caramel squares and set the marshmallows in a pile.
- Fill in the larger remaining spaces with walnuts and the smaller areas with candy corn for a full board. Enjoy!
I know there’s some wine lovers out there who indulge on charcuterie board every now and then! What are your favorite ways to make a charcuterie board your own? Your special touch or secret ingredient if you will 😉 Share in the comments below!
73 thoughts on “Halloween-Themed Charcuterie Board”
Fantastic! This Halloween board looks amazing. Must try it. Abi
Wow this looks so great and apt for the occasion. Thanks for Sharing.
Thanks for reading 🙂 !
Wow your food photography skills are on point! These pictures are gorgeous. I never really thought about how to arrange a charcuterie board but your suggestions are great! Love the Halloween theme as well!
That’s such a nice compliment, thank you!
This post is amazing, this is exactly what I’m planning to do this weekend but you’ve given me even more ideas! I live for posts like this!
Yay I’m so happy it inspired you 🙂
We love making charcuterie boards at home. I would have never thought of a themed one to go along with a holiday. Such a great idea. My kids would love this.
That’s great! I don’t make them often enough 🙂
Mmmmm this charcuterie board looks amazing! I’d love to eat this on Halloween *-* I love the mixture of the sweet and savoury with added sweets and treats on the board as well. Will definitely have to create something like this as my mum loves a good cheese board 😀
It’s fun to sneak some sweets onto a savory board 🙂
I absolutely love this! So fun and way too cute!
Thanks so much! 🙂
Wow this is so well put together. I have actually never tried a charcuterie board before. I love how you make it so detailed and the pictures are beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing!
I’m glad you found it helpful, thank you!
The ultimate Halloween charcuterie. Amazing. I’m definitely going to use this idea this weekend, saving for later. Anything with cheese AND candy gets my vote!
Haha I couldn’t agree more!!
This is so creative Kalin! I absolutely love charcuterie boards,and Halloween – so this is a big win-win for me. Yum 🙂 thanks for the inspiration!
I’m so glad — thank you!
What a cool idea! The final product looks amazing, all the hard work to put it together is so worth it 😍 And I love the colours too, perfectly autumnal!
Anika | chaptersofmay.com
The colors are my favorite!
I’ve never made one of these boards before but I absolutely love everything on them. It’s like my perfect lunch and I often have things from these sorts of boards like meat, olives and cheeses for lunch anyway. This looks absolutely heavenly!
That’s a great idea to make them for lunches!
Thanks for the inspiration! I have to create something similar this weekend. Great ideas and beautifully photographed1
You’re so kind, thanks Karen!
This is such a fun idea! I am in love with charcuterie boards. My SO is Italian so this is heaven for him, haha
Haha I totally agree with him! Thank you 🙂
This charcuterie board is adorable!! I was thinking of making one on Halloween but definitely making one now following this post! Thanks for the great ideas!
That’s so sweet, thank you!! Have fun 🙂
This looks absolutely AMAZING! I can’t believe how Hallowe-eny this board looks, as well as super delicious. And that’s a great tip about keeping soft cheese nearer the edge as well, thank you. Happy Hallowe’en – nom, nom!
Happy Halloween to you as well! Thanks for checking it out 🙂
What a great idea! You did such a beautiful job putting your board together! It definitely inspires me! 🙂
Thanks Alyssa, that’s so sweet!
Looks lush! I do like a nibbles board, perfect for film nights or cosy evenings with wine 💜
Perfect with a glass of wine 🙂
This is such a good idea, such a beautiful autumn harvest theme. I love it!
Thank you! I’m getting ideas for Thanksgiving too 🙂
This looks great! I’ve never considered doing a Halloween-themed charcuterie board. What a great idea! It’s an easy way to sneak in meats and cheeses for snacks instead of all the sweets. Nice post! 🙂
I need some balance with all the sugar! Thanks 🙂
Wow, this is amazing. I love how you styled it as well. x
I enjoyed it! 🙂 Thanks
OMG that looks soooo good!!!!! Perfect for a family night for Halloween but also in other periods of the year. I’ll try it for sure, so so delicious!
Thank you so much! I can’t wait to make some for different holidays too!
How fun! And just in time for Halloween. I just love this!!
Thank you! Happy Halloween 🙂
Love how it turned out. Such easy step by step instructions that anyone can do it! Never made one, will have to now! Your picture look great!
Thank you! I was hoping the step by step pictures would be helpful 🙂 I wasn’t sure how to start either!
I have never made a board like this before but it looks amazing. Thank you for the inspiration.
I’m so glad, thank you!
Awesome serving! I like the plating style.
Thank you so much, it was fun!
This Halloween charcuterie board is so cute and such a good idea! I want to do this!
Thank you! It’s fun incorporating some Halloween aspects into it 🙂
Oh, GOD! This is so fantastic! What a cool idea! And I love the colours too, perfectly autumnal! Love it, love it 😍
Thank you so much, that’s so sweet!!
Oh yes, I’m definitely one for an abundant charcuterie board! And I love the step-by-step photos on how to assemble a board! I have no eye for design whatsoever, so this sort of stuff really helps out. Beautiful stuff. I think I’ll head off to get some bits and pieces right away!
Teresa Maria | Outlandish Blog
Aww I’m so glad it was helpful for you!
This looks incredibly yummy! I haven’t had a charcuterie board before but I keep seeing pics recently and it’s making me really crave one badly!
✨ Marissa Belle × marsybun.com ✨
They’re so much fun to make and are so tasty!
I love charcuterie! Thanks for the tips on making a beautiful board!
Thanks so much for reading!
This is so fun and cute! I love it 😍 immediately pinned it to my recipe board to try out!
thanks so much, it was a lot of fun to make!
I love making themed charcuterie boards and this one is too cute!
Thank you so much!
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What a delicious idea!Can’t wait to try this out for my next party!
Looks amazing. Thanks for this lovely idea. Now I can’t wait to throw a party!
What a great idea. Thanks for sharing
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Such a great idea and perfect for Halloween.