Halloween guacamole snack board on a large white platter.

Halloween Inspired Guacamole Snack Board

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This Halloween inspired guacamole snack board is the perfect appetizer for kids and adults during the spooky season. Whether you’re throwing a fun adult costume party or running out the door to go trick or treating with your kids, you’ll love how quick and easy this board is to throw together at the last minute. This Halloween snack board is whimsical and festive and is sure to get you into the holiday spirit!

Halloween snack board on a large white platter with guacamole in a pumpkin and warm black bean dip.

What makes this Halloween inspired guacamole snack board so good?!

Snack boards, or charcuterie boards, have recently become an incredibly popular appetizer. With the ability to include almost anything for any palate, these boards are a real crowd pleaser. For holiday parties, happy hours, snack time, or a quick appetizer, you really can’t go wrong with a charcuterie snack board. From sweet to savory and everything in between, like cheesy and meaty, these boards pair effortlessly with your favorite cocktails (or mocktails for the kiddos!) and can dress up and add conversation to any party.

With this snack board, there truly is no limit to what you can include. From nacho chips to chocolate covered almonds, and any orange and/or dark colored food in between, your creative juices will be flowing as you celebrate Halloween in true millennial fashion. Not to mention, the healthy homemade guacamole and warm black bean dip kick this snack board up a notch by providing additional flavor and texture. 

This Halloween inspired board is not just a delightful snack mix, but it is a true experience. Your friends and family will hover over the board, grazing on the delicious combination of salty, savory, and sweet party snacks, while oohing and aahing over your extreme creativity. 

Want a generic fall inspired charcuterie board instead? Use less orange and “black” snacks and include fresh cut apples, pears, and caramel dipping sauce. Also, opt for dark orange, rust-colored red, or dark green foods, such as apricots, cheddar cheese, salami, red bell peppers, beet crackers, green olives, and small pickles.

Ingredients

Labelled guacamole ingredients (see recipe for details).

For the Guacamole:

  1. Garlic Cloves, minced
  2. Cumin
  3. Chili Powder
  4. Paprika
  5. Salt & Pepper
  6. Avocados
  7. Jalapeño, diced small
  8. Red Onion, diced small
  9. Cherry Tomatoes, diced small
  10. Fresh Lime Juice
Labelled warm black bean dip ingredients (see recipe for details).

For the Warm Black Bean Dip:

  1. Black Beans, canned, rinsed, and drained
  2. Garlic Clove
  3. Cherry Tomatoes
  4. Red Onion, roughly chopped
  5. Jalapeño, sliced and seeds removed
  6. Fresh Lime Juice
  7. Cumin
  8. Chili Powder
  9. Garlic Powder
  10. Paprika
  11. Oregano
  12. Salt & Pepper
  13. Mild Cheddar Cheese, freshly shredded
Labelled snack board ingredients (see recipe for details).

For the Halloween Snack Board:

  1. Small Pumpkin(s)
  2. Blue Corn Tortilla Chips
  3. Nacho Cheese Tortilla Chips
  4. Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips
  5. Baby Carrots
  6. Orange Bell Peppers
  7. Black Grapes
  8. Chocolate Covered Pretzels
  9. Chocolate Covered Almonds
  10. Any Orange and Dark Brown/Purple/Blue Ingredients You Can Find!

A few notes about the ingredients:

  1. For the guacamole and black bean dip, you can adjust the ratios of the ingredients depending on your personal preference. If you like a spicier dip, add in more jalapeños. If you like it less acidic, include less lime juice and tomatoes.
  2. You can also include a handful of cilantro in either of the dips.
  3. 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.

How do you make a Halloween inspired guacamole snack board?

For the Guacamole:

If you have a mortar and pestle, prepare the guacamole in the mortar. If not, prepare it in a sturdy bowl.

Minced garlic and spices in the form of a paste at the bottom of a gray stone mortar.

Add the minced garlic cloves, cumin, chili powder, paprika, salt, and pepper to the mortar or bowl. With the pestle, or the back of a spoon, mash the spices into the garlic until it forms a semi-dry paste.

Tomatoes, red onions, and jalapeños on top of mashed avocados.

Add the avocados to the garlic and spices. Mash the avocados just until they turn soft. Top with the diced jalapeños, onions, tomatoes, and lime juice. Mix it all together just until it’s fully combined, but be sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl to incorporate the garlic and spice paste.

Taste the guacamole and adjust seasonings according to your preferences.

Finished homemade guacamole in a gray stone mortar.

For the Warm Black Bean Dip:

In the bowl of a food processor, combine all ingredients besides the cheddar cheese. Blend until the beans turn into a smooth consistency.

Ingredients for black bean dip in a food processor before blending.

Stir some of the cheddar cheese into the dip. Scoop it into a microwave safe bowl. Then, arrange the leftover cheese shreds on top of the bean dip to create a spider web.

Blended black bean dip in a food processor.

Microwave the dip in 30 second intervals until it becomes warmed through and the cheese melts.

The bottom portion of the halloween snack board to show the spider web design on the black bean dip.

Assembling the Halloween Snack Board:

To assemble, cut the top of the pumpkin(s) and hollow them out. To prevent the dips from getting soggy, line the pumpkin(s) with plastic wrap. Add the dips to each of their own pumpkins.

Guacamole and black bean dip in pumpkins on a white platter.

Place the dip-filled pumpkins apart from each other on a large tray, serving platter, or wooden board.

Guacamole and black bean dip in pumpkins on a white platter with a swirl of tortilla chips between.

Then, in small increments, add the rest of the snacks. Add about a handful of each item throughout the tray/platter/board, instead of putting all of one item in one spot. Start with the larger items, like the chips. Create movement throughout the board by shaping curved lines.

Dips, chips, carrots, peppers, and grapes on a white platter.

Then, alternate colors, sizes, and textures with the smaller items. Fill in any holes and make the tray look as full as possible.

Halloween inspired guacamole snack board with dips, chips, chocolate almonds, carrots, peppers, chocolate pretzels, chocolate almonds, and grapes on a white platter.

What else can you serve at a Halloween party?

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. 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. 

Want some more festive ideas to round out your Halloween celebration? Try these fresh and delicious ideas:

Appetizer: Halloween Inspired Guacamole Snack Board

Drinks: Spooky Halloween Party Punch

Dinner: Jack O’ Lantern Chicken and Rice Stuffed Peppers

Dessert: Blackout Chocolate Pumpkin Cake 

One more tip

  • When making guacamole, try not to overmix it. The more air you incorporate into the avocado mixture, the quicker it’ll turn brown. Mash the avocados just until they’re soft, then add all of the other mixins and mix them all in at the same time. If you mix after each addition of the tomatoes, jalapeños, and onions instead, your guacamole might oxidize much quicker and look unappealing.

Bonus tip!

  • In addition to not over mixing, you can help prevent the guacamole from turning brown quickly by storing it in an airtight container in your fridge. To keep it fresh even longer, provide an extra airtight seal by adding a piece of plastic wrap right on the top of the guacamole before covering it with an airtight lid. Additionally, reserve the avocado pits and place them directly into the guacamole to delay it from turning brown.
Halloween inspired snack board on a large white platter with guacamole in a pumpkin and warm black bean dip.

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Halloween snack board on a large white platter with guacamole in a pumpkin and warm black bean dip.

Halloween Inspired Guacamole Snack Board

This Halloween inspired guacamole snack board is a great holiday appetizer for both kids and adults! It’s super easy to put together and it’ll truly liven up any spooky Halloween party!
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 10 servings

Equipment

  • mortar and pestle (or a sturdy bowl and spoon)
  • food processor or blender

Ingredients
  

For the Guacamole:

  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp chili powder
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 4 avocados
  • 1 jalapeño diced small
  • 2 tbsp red onion diced small
  • 6 cherry tomatoes diced small
  • ½ of a lime juiced

For the Warm Black Bean Dip:

  • 1 can black beans (15.25 oz) drained and rinsed
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 4 to 6 cherry tomatoes
  • ¼ cup red onion roughly chopped
  • 1 jalapeño sliced and seeds removed
  • ½ of a lime juiced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 3 tbsp mild cheddar cheese freshly shredded, plus extra for topping

For the Halloween Snack Board:

  • 1 to 2 small pumpkins
  • blue corn tortilla chips
  • nacho cheese tortilla chips
  • sweet potato tortilla chips
  • baby carrots
  • orange bell peppers
  • black grapes
  • chocolate covered pretzels
  • chocolate covered almonds
  • any orange and dark brown/purple/blue ingredients you can find!

Instructions
 

For the Guacamole:

  • If you have a mortar and pestle, prepare the guacamole in the mortar. If not, prepare it in a sturdy bowl.
  • Add the minced garlic cloves, cumin, chili powder, paprika, salt, and pepper to the mortar or bowl. With the pestle, or the back of a spoon, mash the spices into the garlic until it forms a semi-dry paste.
  • Add the avocados to the garlic and spices. Mash the avocados just until they turn soft. Top with the diced jalapeños, onions, tomatoes, and lime juice. Mix it all together just until it’s fully combined, but be sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl to incorporate the garlic and spice paste.
  • Taste the guacamole and adjust seasonings according to your preferences.
  • *When making guacamole, try not to overmix it. The more air you incorporate into the avocado mixture, the quicker it’ll turn brown.

For the Warm Black Bean Dip:

  • In the bowl of a food processor, combine all ingredients besides the cheddar cheese. Blend until the beans turn into a smooth consistency.
  • Stir some of the cheddar cheese into the dip. Scoop it into a microwave safe bowl. Then, arrange the leftover cheese shreds on top of the bean dip to create a spider web.
  • Microwave the dip in 30 second intervals until it becomes warmed through and the cheese melts.

Assembling the Halloween Snack Board:

  • To assemble, cut the top of the pumpkin(s) and hollow them out. To prevent the dips from getting soggy, line the pumpkin(s) with plastic wrap. Add the dips to each of their own pumpkins.
  • Place the dip-filled pumpkins apart from each other on a large tray, serving platter, or wooden board.
  • Then, in small increments, add the rest of the snacks. Add about a handful of each item throughout the tray/platter/board, instead of putting all of one item in one spot. Start with the larger items, like the chips. Create movement throughout the board by shaping curved lines.
  • Then, alternate colors, sizes, and textures with the smaller items. Fill in any holes and make the tray look as full as possible.

Notes

  1. For the guacamole and black bean dip, you can adjust the ratios of the ingredients depending on your personal preference. If you like a spicier dip, add in more jalapeños. If you like it less acidic, include less lime juice and tomatoes.
  2. You can also include a handful of cilantro in either of the dips.
  3. 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.
  4. You can help prevent the guacamole from turning brown quickly by storing it in an airtight container in your fridge. To keep it looking fresh even longer, provide an extra airtight seal by adding a piece of plastic wrap right on the top of the guacamole before covering it with an airtight lid. Additionally, reserve the avocado pits and place them directly into the guacamole to delay it from turning brown.
Keyword Guacamole, Halloween, Healthy Black Bean Dip, Healthy Snack, Snack Board

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