Are you looking for a simple and fun Halloween treat? Don’t fret, I’ve got you covered with an idea you might not have thought of before: Halloween charcuterie boards for kids. I’ve been seeing this trend lately on social media and I absolutely had to try it!
Get the Goods
Here’s what I included in my Halloween charcuterie board:
- Chocolate-covered strawberries
- String cheese sticks
- Veggie Chips (the Halloween version)
- Sharp cheddar and colby jack cheese
Recreating My Halloween Charcuterie Board
Luckily, I found some really cute Halloween cookie cutters to make different spooky shapes. Until I had kids, I never thought of the possibilities of what you could make out of cookie cutters. It wasn’t until my daughter refused to eat her peanut butter and jelly sandwich if it wasn’t shaped like a dinosaur that the world of cookie cutters was revealed to me.
Use the cookie cutters to cut out the bat-shaped colby jack cheese slices. Add some color and variety to the board by using white and dark melting chocolate for the pretzels and strawberries. As an extra touch, you can cover them with Halloween-colored sprinkles. You could always buy pre-made chocolate-covered strawberries or pretzels, too.
Some Pro Tips
Go to the grocery store to the cake/cookie section and find some decorating eyes. Add those to the chocolate covered Oreos, or anything you want to really! To embellish the string cheese sticks, I used a sharpie to draw eyes and a “surprised” expression on the wrapper.
For some added fun, I made the cheddar cheese cuts look like witches brooms. To do this, I gently cut out slits at the bottom to show the head of the broom portion. Then, I got pretzel sticks and put them at the top for the handle. Another idea would be to add a small decorative skeleton to the overall board. It’s a fun way to take up more space or to add an interesting visual.
Use something simple like popcorn to fill in any white spaces. Look into some fun pre-made snack options that come in Halloween versions. In our house, we love Garden Veggie Straws and I was so excited to find out that they come in fun ghost and bat shapes.
Other Dessert Options
Here are some other dessert items to add to your Halloween charcuterie boards:
- Rice Krispies Treats
- Any type of candy
- Halloween bark
One cute idea would be to use the cookie cutter trick to make your Rice Krispies Treats into Halloween surprises. Another option for chocolate covered pretzels would be to buy pretzel rods and turn them into mummies!
Again, there are so many different ways to create fun Halloween treats. As an example, a few years ago I made some S’mores pops into the book from Hocus Pocus. Here’s a pro tip: Google is your friend! Between Google and Instagram, I had more ideas than I could fit on my board.
Healthier Charcuterie Board Options
If you’re looking for healthier (but still festive!) choices, here’s some food for thought:
- Apple slices
- Celery sticks
- Whole grain crackers
One idea would be to make the oranges look like little pumpkins. Carrots could be fingers, and kiwis could be turned into shrunken heads or Frankenstein’s monsters.
My daughter loved making this Halloween charcuterie board with me and was so excited to see the final product. Remember, have fun and make it simple! After all, the hardest part about a charcuterie board should be trying to spell the word “charcuterie.”