This spooky Halloween charcuterie board will delight your guests with its eerie appearance and delicious flavors. The black olives, blackberries, and dried fruits give the charcuterie a spooky look, while the salami, ham, and cheese provide savory flavors.
Why You'll Love This Spooky Charcuterie Board
Present this ghoulish Halloween charcuterie board at your next Halloween party or gathering.
This snack board is a study in dark fruits, dark cured meats, and blue veined cheeses that you can quickly pull together for a last minute Halloween snack.
Serve this Halloween charcuterie with a bowl of Oven Roasted Garlic at your next Halloween party and watch your guests rave about it!
- Why You'll Love This Spooky Charcuterie Board
- Select Meat And Cheese For A Halloween Charcuterie Board
- Creating A Halloween Charcuterie Board
- Charcuterie Board Serving Suggestions
- Related Recipes
- Halloween Board Substitutions and Variations
- Equipment For Halloween Themed Charcuterie Boards
- Storage Options
- Charcuterie Board Tips For Success
- Frequently Asked Questions
- More Delish Recipes
- 📖 Recipe
Select Meat And Cheese For A Halloween Charcuterie Board
For a Halloween charcuterie or meat and cheese tray, select a variety of dark skinned fruits, both fresh and dried. Then, look for sliced meats that have interesting textures from curing, like how salami often has a white rind.
Make your charcuterie board fun and delicious by using several types of cheese, sliced meats, and dark berries or dried fruits, and several varieties of crackers that are dramatically different in textures for a fun and creative Halloween snack board.
Halloween Cheeses For Charcuterie Boards
Look for interesting cheeses that are blue veined, have white rinds, or holes in them.
- Mini Brie
- Blue veined Gorgonzola
- Smoked Gouda with or without peppers
- Pepper Jack cheese
- Smoked Cheddar
- Swiss Cheese with large holes
- Mozzarella string cheese
Meats For A Halloween Charcuterie
Many cured meats have textures and colors perfect for Halloween charcuterie board ideas.
- Genoa Salami
- Prosciutto slices
- Thin Salami slices
- Sopresatta slices
Choose A Few Dark Fruits
- Dried Cranberries
- Sliced fresh plums
- Fresh Blackberries
Charcuterie Board Crackers
- Rye Crisp
- Bread Sticks
- Seedy Crackers
- Light colored small crackers
Charcuterie Board Condiments
- dark grainy mustard
- Fig Jam
- Oven Roasted Garlic
- Macadamia Nuts
For Halloween spooky theme, purchase a small plastic skeleton, skull, or in this case just a skeleton hand.
Full ingredient amounts and preparation instructions are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
Creating A Halloween Charcuterie Board
- Start with a base that will be large enough for you to really crowd a lot of interesting textures and tastes on the board. It can be a large cookie sheet pan, a board you wash up, or a large cutting board.
Prepare The Board
- Decide what your spooky item will be. Fasten it will push pins, tape, or staples in place. The fruit and cheeses will cover any staples, etc.
- Now, place the items that benefit from being in small bowls in strategic spots on the board. Scatter them in a zig zag pattern.
Make Groupings On The Board
Group your meats, cheeses and fruits in clusters on the board. Don't worry if everything won't fit, you can replenish as the evening progresses. Tuck folded slices of meat in between the condiment jars.
Fill any gaps with spoonfuls of walnuts, macadamia nuts, and small bundles of crackers. There is no right or wrong arrangement, tuck items in small piles and small bundles.
- Lay the cheeses out. You don't need to put all the cheese slices on the board at once, you can replenish later.
- Fold the thin meats into halves and tuck them in groups of four or five fluttery bundles in between the fruit and cheeses.
- Fill in the gaps with remaining ingredients and complete your fun charcuterie!
Charcuterie Board Serving Suggestions
Place your charcuterie board out for your guests as they are arriving and while waiting for the main event of your Halloween party! You can replenish your meat and cheese board through out the evening.
For more amazing Halloween treats see our Sweet and Sour 'Bat' Wings, Savory Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Brain Jello, and Halloween 7 Layer Dip for a savory Halloween menu, buffet spread, or snack board. For sweet Trick or Treats we have lots more Halloween recipes:
- Mummy Brownies
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cake
- Halloween Snack Mix
- Monster Cookie Truffles
- Halloween Sugar Sprinkle Cookies
- Reeses Peanut Butter Cookies
Halloween Board Substitutions and Variations
- You can use any cheeses you like! Trader Joe's sells great blue veined cheeses at a terrific price. Gorganzola is a perfect Halloween cheese when preparing charcuterie boards!
- You can opt for regular Cheddar, Swiss, or Mozzarella instead of expensive varieties.
- For meats, go with what your guests will eat. If serving to kids, you may want to go with lunch meat slices you know your kids love!
- You can add additional ingredients such as Halloween candy or sweets, other types of cheeses, and additional items with some Halloween flair.
Equipment For Halloween Themed Charcuterie Boards
- If you have leftovers after serving the meat and cheese charcuterie, just bundle the the items up in small ziploc bags by food type. For instance, cheese slices in one bag, nuts in another, meat slices in it's own bag, etc.
- Place the leftover charcuterie items in the refrigerator and either snack on them or use them for lunches.
Charcuterie Board Tips For Success
- It's easy to over buy when planning a charcuterie board. You only need about 3 to 4 ounces of each meat and cheese item for a full meat and cheese charcuterie. Especially after things like nuts, crackers, fruits, and fun Halloween themed candy are added.
Frequently Asked Questions
No, this meat and cheese platter is not freezer friendly.
Depending on the temperature of the environment. If the room is warm, limit to 4 hours and then check if cheese and meats looked wilted or dried out. If in a cool room, maybe longer.
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Halloween Charcuterie Board
- 20 oz Cheese slices four or five types, 4 oz of each type
- 20 oz sliced cured meats three or four types, 4 oz of each type
- 6 oz blackberries
- 4 oz dried Cranberries
- 4 Plums
- 4 oz mustard
- 4 oz walnuts
- 4 oz macadamia nuts
- 4 oz honey
- 16 oz crackers a variety of several types, 6 oz of each type
- Prepare your meat and cheese board by attaching your halloween spooky skeleton or skeleton hand.
- Place the items that need to be in small bowls on the board in a zig zag pattern.6 oz blackberries, 4 oz dried Cranberries, 4 oz mustard, 4 oz honey, 4 Plums
- Lay the slices of cheese nearby the fruits in small fans or piles.20 oz Cheese slices
- Fold the thin slices of cured meats and tuck them in between the nooks and crannies around the bowls and cheese. Fold three to five slices then ruffle them like a fan and tuck them in.20 oz sliced cured meats
- Place some of the crackers on the board in spots where 6 to 10 crackers will fit nicely. Spoon the walnuts and macadamia nuts in the nooks and crannies or any exposed board spots.4 oz walnuts, 4 oz macadamia nuts, 16 oz crackers
- Slice all your cheese and meats up ahead of time and save in baggies, and small bowls. This way you can make the meat and cheese board at the last minute and not worry about if it will fit in the fridge!