Let’s be real, there’s nothing ‘normal’ about this year. So, it’s not surprising that many of us mamas have been listening, wondering, and attempting to guess if we’ll be able to celebrate a NORMAL Halloween in 2020. Will trick or treating even be a thing this year? Who knows, but it’s good to have a backup plan, just in case! Enter, the Halloween Charcuterie Board. If you’re considering tossing your traditional Trick or Treating plans aside in favor of a small gathering with friends, spooky charcuterie will impress even the toughest critics!
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Charcuterie is a great choice year-round, but it’s especially fun when you can throw a theme into the mix. There are SO many Halloween-themed goodies out there, you can really take your board in any direction – sweet, savory, or a nice mix of both. While we know kids can live off sugar alone, the grown-ups may prefer cheeses, charcuterie meats, nuts, etc. I love including a little bit of both worlds when I know kids and adults will be sharing – below, I’ll highlight some ideas for creating the perfect Halloween charcuterie board.
You can pull off wild colors on Halloween, so feel free to play up the orange, green, purple and black! There are lots of ways to incorporate fun colors, from candies and cookies to fruits, veggies and Halloween tchotchkes. A few colorful examples: Concord grapes, green olives, Stilton cheese with apricots, Toscano cheese with a Syrah rind, candy corn, candy pumpkins, pumpkin spice pretzels, Halloween M&Ms, etc. The possibilities are endless! You can find some of my Trader Joe’s fall favorites here.
Different Textures and Shapes
A great charcuterie board incorporates plenty of textures, shapes and varying heights. Whether it’s thinly sliced prosciutto, crumbly cheeses or a fun ghost-shaped Brie, it’s easy to achieve a nice balance across your board.
Mix of Sweet and Savory
Traditional charcuterie includes a lot of savory meats and cheeses, but for Halloween, you get a free pass to include as much sugar as you’d like! We all know the kiddos will love the fun Halloween-themed candies, and they make a great addition for a festive board. For placement, I like to start with the big stuff first – I arrange my cheeses, then add the meats, followed by fruits and veggies and finally, fill in the nooks and crannies with cookies, Halloween candies and nuts.
Because it’s Halloween, it’s fun to add some cute, spooky decor to your board. You can find the perfect pieces at Target, the dollar store or your local party or craft store. I picked up mini skulls, decorative bones, battery-operated string lights, glow sticks, and plastic spiders for my boards.
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