Celebrate Halloween in style with this spooky snack board! Filled with tasty snacks and all your favorite orange and "black" foods, it's a fun and festive treat for a crowd.
📋 About the Recipe
- This Halloween snack board is quick and easy to throw together for last minute entertaining!
- Just take a bunch of sweet and salty, crunchy and creamy, fresh and store-bought, and big and small snacks for the best mix of textures and flavors, arrange them on a board, and in minutes you'll have a cute idea worth serving to a hungry crowd.
- This spooky board can be as healthy or indulgent as you'd like. It's the best balance for a fun Halloween snack or appetizer.
- Making a homemade board allows you to get creative and switch things up based on your own personal tastes. If you like salty snacks, then choose all salty, crunchy snack options, like chips and popcorn. However, if you like sweets, choose both fresh and store-bought sweets, like fresh fruit and chocolate covered pretzels. I personally like a board with a combination of both!
- Adding in multiple snack options, allows for a little something different for every kind of eater. This board let's you cater to the tastes of both kids and adults alike.
- If you'd like a protein-packed board, you can also add meats and cheeses to make it charcuterie-style. Meats like prosciutto and salami will offer great color and cheeses like cheddar or gouda help you stick to the orange color scheme.
- Add plenty of colorful tortilla chips to the board and serve it along with my Spiderweb Halloween taco dip and a festive fall-inspired drink.
A few notes about the ingredients:
- Nacho cheese tortilla chips - you can also use plain, salted tortilla chips, but I find that the nacho cheese chips provide extra flavor and a bright orange color.
- Blue corn tortilla chips - blue corn tortilla chips taste just like your average salted tortilla chip, but they're a little crunchier. They also provide a unique "black" element to the board, allowing you to include delicious dipping sauces on the side.
- Oranges or clementines - a bright orange addition that also adds sweetness and a bright fresh flavor.
- Dark or milk chocolate pretzels - this is based on your personal preference. I added both but choose what you like best. They both add an equal "black" color impact to the board.
- Dark or milk chocolate almonds - this is also based on your personal preference. I added both to my board too. You can also include other chocolate covered nuts if you like those better than almonds.
- Caramels - caramels are generally an orange-ish color. You can leave them in their wrappers if they fit the color scheme or discard their wrappers and serve them in a small bowl on top of the board to prevent them from sticking to the other snacks.
- Blueberries - although blueberries are blue-ish-purple, they resemble the black color scheme and match pretty well.
- Blackberries - blackberries are a nice dark element that help to complete the color scheme. They're also bright and fresh. Their slight tartness helps to offset all the other sweet snacks.
- Black or green grapes - if sticking to the orange and black color scheme, choose dark or black grapes. If you are expanding the colors to include other Halloween-themed colors, you can opt for green or red grapes instead.
- Orange bell peppers - bell peppers are bright and flavorful. They're also great for dipping if you choose to serve this board with dips.
- Baby carrots - baby carrots are bright orange and look great paired with the oranges, bell pepper, and other orange elements.
1. Choose a board, platter, or tray that is large enough to hold all the snacks you want to add. Keep in mind the number of people you are serving and the size of the snacks.
2. Arrange the snacks on the board. If using small bowls to hold smaller items, place those down first. Once the bowls are added, arrange larger items on the board and work your way down to adding the smallest items last. Fill the bowls with any small items that might get lost on the board.
3. Try to fill the board as much as possible. An over-crowded board will look better than one with lots of empty space. Also, try to alternate colors and add the same snacks to different sides of the board so there is more of a flow between all the different options.
4. If adding chips and vegetables to the board, serve with dips, cheeses, or homemade hummus.
⁉️ Substitutions and Alterations
You can get really creative with this Halloween snack board. Head to the grocery store and walk around the aisles for inspiration. You never know what you might find!
Orange foods may include: cantaloupe, cheese crackers, cheddar cheese, salami, m&ms, skittles, starbursts, apricots, peaches, candy corn, and many others.
Black foods may include: black licorice, figs, dates, purple carrots, plums, purple bell peppers, oreos, olives, and many others.
❄️ How to Store
To store: Certain items on the board will need to be kept refrigerated until ready to serve, while others will get soggy if kept in the refrigerator. Keep all items separate until the day you plan to serve.
If you have leftover snacks after serving, deconstruct the board and store snacks individually in airtight containers or plastic bags. Keep fresh produce, cheeses, meats, and dips in the refrigerator and pantry snacks on the counter or in the pantry.
To freeze: Freezing is not recommended.
Other festive Halloween colors may include green, purple, white, and red.
If expanding to include additional colors, you can choose to include celery sticks, pretzels, edamame, sugar snap peas, popcorn, guacamole, apples, pumpkin seeds, nuts, strawberries, raspberries, mozzarella or Swiss cheese, and so many other additions!
There are a lot of cute homemade Halloween treat ideas all over the internet. Many are small enough to fit on the snack board. Try these recipes for an added twist:
- Apple Monster Snacks
- Ants on a Log
- Mini Stuffed Pepper Mummies
- Oreo Bats
Oftentimes, Halloween parties will emphasize the ghosts, spiders, goblins, and other spooky characters of the holiday.
Seasonal fall produce is often highlighted as well, such as caramel apples and jack o’ lantern decorated oranges. And it can also be found in festive holiday drinks too.
You may also find fresh apple cider, apple cinnamon or pumpkin spiced donuts, mummified hot dogs, eyeball cake pops, and so many more creative treats.
💭 A Few Additional Tips
- Make note of the number of people you are serving and adjust the amount of snacks you buy accordingly. Make a smaller board for a smaller crowd and a larger board for a larger crowd. However, smaller boards will limit the amount of snacks you can add.
- Choose a mix of sweet and salty, healthy and indulgent, and kid and adult friendly foods. This will provide interest and allow you to cater to all different tastes. Also, choose different sizes and textures for a board that has no empty space and looks completely full.
- For the base of the spooky snack board, choose boards, platters, plates, trays, or even right on top of a table to lay out all of the snacks. You do not need to purchase anything special for the "board" itself. Instead, you just need to get creative!
- Use small bowls or hollowed out small pumpkins on top of the board if you'd like to keep certain foods from touching one another. You can also serve smaller foods in the bowls so they don't get lost on the board.
- Use small serving spoons or tongs to help keep hands out of the board.
- Prep ahead of time so you're not rushing to assemble everything last minute. Certain foods need to be kept refrigerated but others will get soggy in the fridge. Keep everything prepped, cut fruit and vegetables a day ahead, but separate fresh foods from pantry foods until ready to serve.
- Arrange all the snacks in their own bags on your counter so you can see everything ahead of time. Visualize how you'll arrange the board and keep in mind the spacing. You can even try drawing it out ahead of time to have a road map to go off of.
- If using small bowls, place those down first. Then, fill them with smaller items. After the bowls are in place, arrange the largest snacks first, working your way to placing the smallest snacks on the board last. This will allow you to squeeze in smaller items if there are any empty spots.
- Fill the board completely. It'll look better a bit over-crowded than with gaps in between items. Snacks will also stay in place better if they're wedged between others.
- Provide small plates to serve so guests don't have to hover around the board the entire time. Serve with dips, drinks, and cocktail napkins.
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Spooky Halloween Snack Board
- large cheese board, tray, or platter
- oranges or clementines
- blue corn tortilla chips
- nacho cheese tortilla chips
- baby carrots
- orange bell peppers
- chocolate covered pretzels milk or dark chocolate
- chocolate covered almonds milk or dark chocolate
- black grapes
- Choose a board, platter, or tray that is large enough to hold all the snacks you want to add. Keep in mind the number of people you are serving and the size of the snacks.
- Arrange the snacks on the board. If using small bowls to hold smaller items, place those down on the board first. Once the bowls are added, arrange larger items on the board (oranges, chips, carrots) and work your way down to adding the smallest items last (blueberries, almonds, blackberries). Fill the bowls with any small items that might get lost on the board.
- Try to fill the board as much as possible. An over-crowded board will look better than one with lots of empty space. Also, try to alternate colors and add the same snacks to different sides of the board so there is more of a flow between all the different options.
- If adding chips and vegetables to the board, serve with dips, cheeses, or homemade hummus.
- To store: Certain items on the board will need to be kept refrigerated until ready to serve, while others will get soggy if kept in the refrigerator. You can cut and prep the snacks ahead of time but keep all items separate until the day you plan to serve.If you have leftover snacks after serving, deconstruct the board and store snacks individually in airtight containers or plastic bags. Keep fresh produce, cheeses, meats, and dips in the refrigerator and pantry snacks on the counter or in the pantry.To freeze: Freezing is not recommended.
- Get creative with whatever you can find at the grocery store. The ingredients listed above are only the beginning! There are SO many other delicious foods that can be included.
- There aren't any ingredient amounts given because this will vary depending on the size and shape of your board, as well as the number of people you are serving.
- If you'd like a protein-packed board, you can make a charcuterie board instead with meats (prosciutto, salami) and cheeses (cheddar, gouda).
- Orange foods may also include: cantaloupe, cheese crackers, cheddar cheese, salami, m&ms, skittles, starbursts, apricots, peaches, candy corn, and many others.
- Black foods may include: black licorice, figs, dates, purple carrots, plums, purple bell peppers, oreos, olives, and many others.
- See the "A Few Additional Tips" section in the post above for more tips and tricks on how to successfully assemble a snack board.
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