Now that it’s officially Spooky Month, I’m going to shamelessly share all the Halloween ideas. Halloween is my favorite holiday, and the creative possibilities just feel endless! Since I also love a good themed charcuterie board, I had to create a spooky charcuterie board for Halloween… a charBOOterie, if you will. There are lots of fun ideas for Halloween charcuterie boards out there, but for my Halloween themed charcuterie board I decided to keep it simple and center it around a color scheme of black, white, and red. If you’re searching for Halloween charcuterie board ideas, I’ve got a list of ingredients and tips below for making an easy (but fabulous) Halloween charcuterie tray of your own.
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What you need to make this Halloween themed charcuterie board
Like with all of my recipes and party ideas, I wanted to keep this Halloween themed charcuterie board easy, so I went with an overall theme around spooky colors (black, white, and red) instead of arranging the spooky charcuterie board in an elaborate way. I chose black because it’s a key Halloween color, white to represent skeletons, bones, and ghosts, and red for blood and general spookiness. The results are beautiful AND tasty, and it was quick to set up. Here is what you’ll need to create a charbooterie like this.
- Serving board. For this Halloween charcuterie board I chose a round shape. A dark wood, black, or slate board is ideal to keep the color palette dark and spooky. Here are a few options that I think are perfect for this spooky charcuterie board:
- Small black bowls/dishes (I used one that looked like a cauldron, similar to this set)
- Cheese knives
- Meats. It’s not a charcuterie without prepared meats. For a Halloween themed charcuterie board, you’ll want to choose meats that are red in color and/or pepper crusted. Here are the meats I used:
- Uncured pepperoni
- Peppered salami
- Cheeses. It’s important to choose cheeses that complement the meats and fruits you plan to include on your board. In addition, for Halloween charcuterie boards you’ll want cheeses that look good with the color scheme and spooky feel. Here are some great options:
- Brie cut into a coffin shape
- Black rind Pecorino Romano
- Blueberry goat cheese
- Mozzarella pearls stuffed with a caper to resemble an eyeball (like the method I used for my Spooky Spaghetti with Eyeball Meatballs)
- Any other cheese with black, purple, or dark blue (an extra veiny bleu cheese, cheeses with black rinds, cheeses with herbs, etc.)
- Fruit. For our spooky charcuterie board we went with the darkest color fruits we could find along with some blood red fruits. We used these, which should be easy to find at your local stores:
- Black grapes
- Black olives and kalamata olives
- Chips and crackers. I found croccantini to be perfect for this board, as it is always great for charcuterie, is really light in color (almost white to match the Halloween charcuterie board’s color scheme), and has an almost jagged look to the edges for a spooky texture. We also used blue corn tortilla chips for the color.
- Condiments. Dark red jams and spreads, such as cherry and raspberry, are great Halloween charcuterie board ideas.
- Nuts and other fillers to complement the flavors and fill in empty spaces on the Halloween themed charcuterie board. Here are some recommendations:
- White chocolate covered pretzels (they have a cool skeletal look that works great on a charbooterie board)
- Dark chocolate covered almonds
- Spooky accessories are the icing on this Halloween themed charcuterie. Here are some tried-and-true ideas:
- Spider rings (add these directly on the board for an extra creepy feel)
- Skeleton hand tongs
- Skulls and bones (this helps tie the color scheme of the Halloween themed charcuterie board together)
- Black pumpkins
- Black creepy cloth (this looks great directly over the table and under the board, or layered over a black or gray tablecloth or runner)
Tips for making this spooky charcuterie board
Here are some quick tips for making this easy, spooky charcuterie board.
Use bowls and small dishes to hold olives and jams. These should be set down on Halloween charcuterie boards first, along with the bigger cheeses, so you have something solid to lean meats against while arranging them on the board.
To make this a super spooky charcuterie board, I recommend folding the meats (in halves or quarters) and standing them together to resemble guts. Folding the pieces of meat also makes for easier grabbing.
Stab your cheeses with the cheese knives (and add some of the jam for effect). This will put the “boo” in charbooterie!
Use fillers like nuts, smaller berries, and more olives to fill in any gaps on the board.
This spooky charcuterie board is as delicious as it is fun! I hope you found these Halloween charcuterie board ideas helpful for planning and making your own charbooterie this year!
More themed charcuterie boards like this Halloween charcuterie board
- 4th of July Charcuterie Board
- PB&J-Themed Kids’ Charcuterie Board
- Out-of-the-Box Charcuterie Board Idea: Get (Pea)nutty!
- Barkuterie (Dog-Themed Charcuterie Board for a Clifford or PAW Patrol Party)
- French Fry Charcuterie Board
- Romantic Charcuterie Board with Salami Roses
- Día de los Muertos Sugar Skull Candy Tray
- Hummus Snack Board (What to Eat with Hummus)
- Sweet and Spicy Sandwich Meal Board
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