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Build the Perfect Spooky Halloween Charcuterie Board

To help you craft the perfect board, I’m sharing the ten must-have elements for the ultimate Halloween charcuterie. Just follow this simple formula, and I promise you, anyone can make (and devour!) this yummy appetizer!

Are you looking for a show-stopping centerpiece to make your Halloween festivities extra spooktacular? Look no further than a fun Halloween charcuterie board!

Whether you are having a family movie night or hosting a spooky celebration, a well-crafted charcuterie board can easily become the centerpiece of your gathering.

Not only are grazing boards super easy to make, but they look awesome and can easily feed a crowd.

easy + spooky Halloween charcuterie board with skeleton pin

To help you craft the perfect board, I’m sharing my 10 must-have elements for the perfect Halloween charcuterie. Just follow this simple formula, and I promise you, anyone can make (and devour!) this yummy appetizer!

Here’s why you’ll love making this skeleton Halloween charcuterie board

  • Easy to customize – the board you would make for a children’s gathering is vastly different than the one you’d make for a girls’ night or a date night at home. By following the simple formula I’ve laid out below, you can easily mix and match components to create the perfect snack (or meal!).
  • Cost-effective – with a variety of components to choose from, you can keep your budget in check by selecting items that are on sale or that you already have in your pantry.
  • Perfect for all ages – not only do adults love a good charcuterie board, but kids will also enjoy the fun and spooky theme! Plus, it’s a great way to introduce them to new and unique foods.
  • No cooking required – that’s right, you don’t need to turn on the oven or stove for this Halloween treat. Simply assemble and enjoy!
  • Minimal cleanup – no need for multiple dishes! Just one board, a few knives, and some napkins are all you need for a Halloween charcuterie feast!
  • Encourages socializing – with everyone gathered around the board, it’s a great way to bring people together and encourage conversation and interaction.
  • Fun and festive – above all, a Halloween charcuterie board is just plain fun to make and enjoy! Get creative with your spooky theme and have fun with the presentation.
spooky halloween charcuterie ideas

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10 Must-have elements of the perfect Halloween charcuterie board

Ready to dive in and make a board of your own? I have made dozens, if not hundreds, of charcuterie boards over the years, and I have it down to a science at this point.

Here are the things I recommend you have on every board!

1. Somewhere to put the food

Okay, this one is a little obvious, but what you can fit on your board is limited by how big your board actually is! You can use a wooden cutting board, serving platter, bamboo serving trays, or even a large round serving tray (like I did!) as the base for your Halloween charcuterie.

If you are feeding a large crowd, you can simply roll out a long piece of parchment paper and place the elements directly on it.

Of course, you can grab a board that has Halloween flair to it, like this cute pumpkin-shaped board (it would work great for Thanksgiving, too!).

Whichever board you choose, I have found that having a lip on the edge as opposed to a flat board keeps ingredients corralled better (especially with kids!). Just make sure it’s food-safe and has enough space for all your delicious treats.

assembling charcuterie snacks

2. Cheese, please

Now that you have your board or base picked out, it’s time to start adding the elements! Cheese is a must-have on any charcuterie board. It adds delicious flavor and texture to your bites.

For a Halloween twist, I recommend choosing cheeses that look “spooky”. Blue cheese is a great option, although most kids may not be a fan! You’ll want a variety of cheeses in different textures, such as:

  • A soft cheese like brie, blue cheese, mozzarella balls, or goat cheese. These are great to spread on crackers or bread.
  • Semi-soft cheeses: Gouda, Havarti, and fontina are all excellent choices.
  • Firm cheese like cheddar, gruyere, or manchego. These can be easily sliced and eaten on their own or paired in bites with meats and fruits.
  • A hard cheese like parmesan or asiago. These add a nice salty kick to your board!

I have found the best value and an excellent selection of cheeses at Trader Joe’s. Whole Foods and Central Market also have a very nice selection, but cost quite a bit more! Cheese can get expensive quickly, so choose wisely here!

festive snack tray with plastic spider

3. Variety of meats

No Halloween snack board is complete without an assortment of cured meats. Sliced deli meats like salami, prosciutto, and pepperoni are classics for a reason – they taste great with cheese!

For a Halloween twist and to keep things looking visually pretty, I used skewers for the salami. I wouldn’t recommend this for kids!

The prosciutto was simply pinched and put in a pretty pattern around the board.

cold cuts folded in a stack

4. Dip or sauce

While not an essential component, a dip or sauce can add another layer of flavor to your charcuterie board. Some great options include:

  • Honey – pairs well with soft cheeses and fruits.
  • Mustard – adds a tangy kick to meats and cheese.
  • Caramel or chocolate sauce – perfect for dipping fruit slices in or drizzling over cheese.
  • Jam – my usual go-to is a fig marmalade, but raspberry works nicely too.
  • Guacamole – this is not necessarily a traditional element, but I thought the bright green looked creepy for Halloween, especially when paired with the blue corn chips!
edible broomsticks made from string cheese

5. Fruit

Fruit is a great addition to any charcuterie board, and it’s also perfect for incorporating a pop of color. Choose a variety of fruits such as:

  • Fresh berries – strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries.
  • Grapes – I like using both red and green grapes because they add nice contrasting colors, and both worked for a Halloween theme.
  • Apple slices – you can use either green or red, as both pair well with cheese and cured meats. For my skeleton charcuterie, I went with green to play off of the grapes and the guac.
  • Dried fruits – apricots, cranberries, or figs add a nice sweetness to balance out the salty elements of the board.
Halloween charcuterie board with fruit, cheese, meat, & crackers

6. Crackers or bread

Of course, what is a charcuterie board without something to put all those delicious toppings on? Choose a variety of crackers and bread to add different textures and flavors to your board. Some options include:

  • Crackers – water crackers, whole wheat crackers, or flavored crackers such as rosemary or olive.
  • Bread – sliced baguette, crostini, or pita bread are all great choices. You can even make a spooky Halloween-themed toast out of white bread by using cookie cutters to cut them into a ghost shape. Just make sure to cut before you toast so it doesn’t crumble apart.
  • Chips – again, not necessarily a typical choice, but for a Halloween charcuterie, I love the look of these blue corn chips! They added a nice crunch and were perfect for scooping up the guacamole.
blue corn tortilla chips, cheese broomsticks, chocolate bats, and more on a large snack tray

7. Savory items

Nuts are another must-have on any charcuterie board. They add a delicious crunch and savory element to balance out the sweetness of fruits and dips. Some great options include:

  • Almonds – raw or roasted, they are always a hit!
  • Cashews – another popular choice, especially for their creamy texture.
  • Pecans – roasted or candied pecans add a nice touch of sweetness to your board.
  • Walnuts – somehow, these nuts look the spookiest to me, so a great option!

I also love having olives on my board (and the green and black colors would be great for Halloween!)

Halloween charcuterie board close up

8. Chocolate or candy

For a special Halloween touch, consider adding some chocolate or candy elements to your board. This can be in the form of:

  • Chocolate bars – break them into bite-sized pieces and arrange them on the board.
  • Halloween candyrealistic-looking gummy worms, licorice, candy corn, or even Halloween-themed candies like candy pumpkins or candy eyeballs can add some fun and color to your board.
  • Candy melts – in the photos, you can see the bats and ghosts I made by using candy melts and silicone molds. It was surprisingly easy and SUCH a hit with my daughter!
a plastic skeleton laid on top of charcuterie board

9. Spooky elements

To take your Halloween charcuterie board to the next level, add some spooky elements! This can be done in a variety of ways, such as:

  • SkeletonI decided to make a skeleton charcuterie board, and this was a very easy way to do it! You could also layer in skeleton hands and/or skulls for a different spin.
  • Halloween-themed toothpicks – these are great for skewering fruits and meats.
  • Plastic spiders – add them to the board for a creepy touch.
  • Edible eyes – a few of these placed strategically around the board add a nice spook factor.
  • Food-safe cauldron – these act as small bowls that are perfect for dips, fruit, olives, or nuts.
  • Witch brooms – cut a string cheese in half, then cut the bottom of each piece to look like a broom. Finish it off by sticking the cheese on a black lollipop stick.
easy charcuterie-style snack tray

10. Cheese knives + mini spoons

Don’t forget to provide your guests with the proper utensils for serving and enjoying their charcuterie! I have owned and used these cheese knives for years and love them. You can also grab a set of charcuterie board accessories to keep on hand.

Of course, you’ll also want to provide plates and napkins to your guests for mess-free eating.

Put it all together

Now that you have all your ingredients, it’s time to start assembling! Here are some tips to help you create a visually appealing Halloween charcuterie board:

  1. Start with the larger items first – place your skeleton on the board first, then add the blocks of cheese and the bowls or cauldrons.
  2. Arrange items in a pattern or grouping – this can be done by alternating items or creating small clusters of similar items. Think of your board as something that will likely be accessed on multiple sides. Make sure people coming from each side can easily access cheese, meat, and dips.
  3. Fill in gaps with smaller elements – don’t leave any empty space on your board. This is definitely a case of more is more! Any empty space can be filled with candy or fruit.

Tips + Tricks

  • Plan ahead – make a list of the items you want to include on your board and purchase them in advance. This will save you time and stress on the day of your event.
  • Choose a color scheme – I decided to lean in on green for this board, so I added green grapes, apples, and guac.
  • Vary textures – mix up your meats, cheeses, fruits, and nuts to add visual interest.
  • Prep ingredients beforehand – wash and cut fruits, slice meats and cheeses, and portion out nuts before assembling your board. This will make the process go much smoother and ensure that everything looks neat and tidy.
  • Have fun! – charcuterie boards are meant to be enjoyed and shared with friends and family. Don’t stress too much about making it perfect. Have fun with the process, and let your creativity shine through.


Any leftover meats, cheeses, and fruits can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for a few days.

Unless I use it right away, I typically toss any dips like jelly or honey since it’s likely been contaminated with cheese and meat.

Nuts and olives can be stored in containers and eaten over the next few days.

Fruit has a shorter shelf life, but if you squeeze some lemon on it, you can extend it by a day or two!

Leftover tip: Make grilled cheese!

My favorite way to use leftovers is to make grilled cheese. Simply gather up all the leftover cheese and meat and layer them on bread make fancy grilled cheese sandwiches.

We often incorporate other elements too like apple slices or use the leftover jam to dip sandwiches into.

It’s a hit with the entire family!

top view of a skeleton charcuterie board

FAQs about Halloween charcuterie

Some great options include:

  • Wine – either red or white pairs well with meats and cheeses.
  • Sparkling wine or champagne – my go-to! For extra spook factor, add some purple or black edible glitter.
  • Cider or pumpkin beer – for a seasonal touch.
  • Sangria – can be made with fall fruits like apples and pears for a festive twist.
  • Cocktails – I love this gin and ginger cocktail or whiskey fizz for a fun take on bubbles!
  • Non-alcoholic options like sparkling water or juice work great too!

Absolutely! You can prep all your ingredients beforehand and assemble the board a few hours before your event. Just make sure to keep it covered in the fridge until ready to serve.

Alternatively, you can prepare each of the individual elements (like washing the fruit and skewering the meat) and then simply spend 5-10 minutes putting the board together.

There are several ways to add a spooky touch to your charcuterie board, including:

  • Add Halloween-themed elements like skeleton hands, skulls, or spiders.
  • Use black serving dishes or plates.
  • Adding creepy food names with labels or chalkboards.
  • Use dark or vibrant-colored fruits like blackberries or pomegranates.
  • Add Halloween-themed toothpicks or skewers.

If you’re bringing your board to a party or event, make sure to choose a sturdy board or tray. You can use toothpicks stuck in the cheese to add plastic wrap on the top of the tray so the food stays secure.

You can also bring all the elements separately and put together everything once you have arrived. I find this is the easiest option to do, and it only takes me a few minutes if everything is ready to go.

Just make sure to keep any dips or sauces in separate containers until ready to serve!

This is a popular rule of thumb for creating a well-balanced charcuterie board. It suggests having 3 types of meat, 3 types of cheese, and 3 types of accompaniments (like fruits, nuts, or dips).

However, feel free to mix it up and add more or less depending on your preferences and the size of your board.


Now that you have all the tips and tricks for creating a Halloween charcuterie board, it’s time to put them into practice. You can use this guide as inspiration and customize your board to fit your own taste preferences and dietary restrictions.

Happy snacking! 🙂

having a glass of wine with charcuterie snacks

More spooky snacks to make

Want a few more Halloween ideas to try? Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Candy Charcuterie Board – in the mood for sweets? This candy board is perfect for Halloween and sure to satisfy any sweet tooth!
  • Easy Dipped Pretzel Rods – these rods are so much fun and would be another awesome element to add to your Halloween charcuterie!
  • Halloween Rice Krispie Treats – I loved making these rice krispies with my kids. I used a store-bought rice krispie as a base to save time and just enjoyed decorating them.
  • Gin and Ginger Cocktail – looking for a yummy alternative to wine to enjoy with your board? Try this easy cocktail!
skeleton Halloween charcuterie board pinterest collage
A toy skeleton as the centerpiece for a Halloween charcuterie board

Halloween Charcuterie Board

Looking for a fun and spooky Halloween snack or appetizer? This Halloween charcuterie board is the perfect thing! You can easily customize the ingredients for any crowd by following my simple formula.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Keyword: halloween charcuterie board, skeleton charcuterie board
Servings: 8 people
Author: Tania Griffis



  • Soft cheese brie, blue cheese, mozzarella balls, or goat cheese
  • Firm cheese cheddar, gruyere, or manchego
  • Semi-soft cheese gouda, havarti, and fontina are all excellent choices.

Savory items

  • Cured meat salami, prosciutto, or pepperoni
  • Nuts walnuts, cashews, or almonds
  • Olives
  • Crackers and/or bread

Sweet items

  • Dip jam, honey, or guacamole (for a pop of festive green)
  • Fruit grapes, apples, oranges, berries
  • Candy gummy worms, candy corn, chocolate


  • Start by placing your skeleton on the board (if using).
  • Add the cheese. Try to evenly space them around the board so they are accessible from all sides.
  • Place the dip and any other small bowls you are using (for nuts, guacamole, olives, etc).
  • Layer in the meat and crackers.
  • Fill any remaining spaces with fruit and chocolate or candy.
  • Add any other spooky touches like plastic spiders along with your cheese knives. Serve and enjoy!


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Tania Griffis is an accomplished writer, blogger, and interior designer with a Journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma. She started her popular blog, Run to Radiance, in 2011, demonstrating her design expertise through the personal remodeling of six houses to millions of readers across the globe.

Tania also owns The Creative Wheelhouse, a respected ghostwriting agency for bloggers, further showcasing her talent for creating engaging and informative content.

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