Halloween Tricks or Treats — October Board of the Month!

We’ve officially made it to fourth quarter boards! I have loved pulling themed grazing boards together throughout 2020 but moving into the holiday season, this is my favorite time to think about all the possibilities. From cheese boards and charcuterie boards, cookout boards and holiday boards, topping boards and “make your own” boards, the versatility and concepts are endless. This month though — for the October “Board of the Month — well, I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while. Not straight candy, not straight sweets… not even straight food, I’m excited to share the ultimate Halloween “Trick or Treat” board! It’s perfect for family grazing, neighbors, or a pre/post trick or treating celebration. It’s a Halloween board with DIY spooky snacks, party treats, and store-bought nostalgic components that can be customized.

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We’re well into fall and in our house, we’ve taken a turn to start incorporating a few Halloween moments. (You can check a full post on EASY Halloween decor ideas HERE.) While we’ve enjoyed bringing Mister Bonejangles out, Eliza isn’t too thrilled — see if you can spy her reaction through the window! haha

Happy Halloween Porch with Bones Skeleton and Mums

Halloween Snack Board

And along with the Halloween decor, we’ve started to tiptoe into some of the Halloween treats. Here’s the end result of assembling all our favorites for the ultimate Halloween trick or treat board.

The Ultimate Halloween Snack Board -- Trick or Treat and Kid Approved!

Little eyeball garnishes can be added to so many snacks and spreads this season. You can find some candy eyeballs HERE.

Christmas isn’t the only holiday for “baking”. There were several easy treats we whipped up that made an appearance on the board and I’ll be sharing the process and short recipe for each throughout the post.

My mom is a board addict (like me) and just scored this black board for her kitchen to compliment her collection of natural toned wood boards — of course, we had to use it for Halloween!

Black Charcuterie Board

Black Board

A few guidelines I established when concepting the board were:

  • General color scheme of orange, black/brown, purple, green
  • Keep straight candy to a minimum to make room for goodies you wouldn’t necessarily receive at a neighbor’s house
  • Minimize repeating “characters” so each could stand on its own (ex: there are only one type of spider, worm, ghost, etc.)

Along with a few seasonal store-bought favorites, we made more treats than we typically do. While these are a little more labor intensive, they aren’t difficult and save well in the fridge.

Those cute ghosts are a classic but if you haven’t seen them before, here’s how to whip them up!

How to Make “Boo” Cookies

Melt one bag of white chocolate baking chips in top of double boiler. Add 2 tablespoons of butter to melted chips and stir to incorporate. Using a spoon, dip a Nutter Butter cookie in melted chocolate mixture and coat all sides with the chocolate. Remove and place on wax paper (on a cookie sheet.) Quickly add mini chocolate chip morsels to “face” for the eyes and the mouth. Refrigerate until firm.

Note: If needed, you may “thin” the white chocolate baking chip mixture with milk, a spoonful at a time. You may also melt the chocolate chips in the microwave. I used the double boiler for this recipe to have a thinner mixture, which is needed to coat the cookies.

Everything You Need for the Ultimate Halloween Trick or Treat Snack Board

I used a pumpkin cookie cutter as a “bowl” for roasted pumpkin seeds and glow sticks/bracelets/necklaces are always a hit!

The Ultimate Halloween Snack Board

We’ve traditionally created these little mice (sans red eyes) during Christmas but they were too cute not to take on an evil version for Halloween. These were the most tedious of the goodies and take patience but the result is adorable!

How to Make Halloween Chocolate Cherry Mice

Melt one bag of semi sweet chocolate chips in microwave. Dip maraschino cherry in chocolate and attach an unwrapped Hershey’s kiss to the cherry. Add two sliced almonds for ears. Add large red sprinkle for nose and two smaller sprinkles for eyes. Let set on waxed paper (on a cookie sheet.) Refrigerate until firm.

Note: When applying the sprinkles, I dip the tip of a toothpick in a little bit of the melted chocolate to use as the “glue” a tiny dot of chocolate will do. You can even use the end of your toothpick to “pick up” the sprinkle off the counter to apply it directly to the Hershey kiss.

Cute and Spooky (EASY) Halloween Snacks and Treat Ideas

How to Make Haystacks

This is an oldie, but goodie!

Melt one bag of peanut butter baking chips in microwave. Add 2 tablespoons of butter to melted chips and stir to incorporate. Add approximately ½ bag of crunchy chow mein noodles to melted mixture. Working quickly, drop a tablespoon sized mound on wax paper (on a cookie sheet). Refrigerate until firm.

Note: Semi-sweet chocolate or butterscotch chips may be used in placed of the peanut butter chips.

The Ultimate Halloween Trick or Treat Board -- All the Snacks; No Cheese Necessary

Spider rings are a cheap Halloween necessity! While they make a pretty cute addition, trailing the snack board, they are perfect to incorporate into just about any Halloween-y dish you serve.

Halloween Charcuterie Board -- the Ultimate Trick or Treat Snack Board

Trick or Treat Snack Board -- Halloween Charcuterie Board Style Spooky Snacks

Halloween Trick or Treat Board -- Kid Friendly, Perfect for the Family or for a Halloween Party

Halloween Snack Board and Candy Ideas for Halloween Parties

You can get really elaborate with dirt pies and pudding displays but I did a simpler, pared down version for the board in bite-size morsels.

Easy, Spooky Halloween Snack Ideas -- Compiled on the Ultimate Trick or Treat Board

How to Make Dirt Cups

Mix one small box of instant chocolate pudding with two cups of milk. Pour pudding into quart sized plastic bag. Snip corner and pipe pudding into small cups (or the size of bowl you desire.) Add crushed Oreo cookies on top of the pudding as “dirt.” Garnish with a gummy worm.

Note: If you’re trying to create mini dirt cups, piping the pudding in is key — spooning will likely get messy around the sides of the cups. If using larger bowls, the boo cookies may also be added as a spooky garnish. 

Dirt Cups for Halloween -- the Ultimate Trick or Treat Halloween Board

If you have any favorite Halloween props, see what you can incorporate. I used a skeleton hand to hold a fist full of Heath bars…

Spooky Halloween Trick or Treat Board -- the Perfect Halloween Party Board Alternative!

Even the bugles serve a purpose as 1. a needed salty snack, and 2. they kind of look like little witches hats (or, scary claws 😉 ).

Halloween Snack Ideas -- From Spooky to Sweet

The Martinelli’s apple juices are basic, but feel so festive — especially with Halloween straws.

Halloween Cheese Board -- The Ultimate Trick or Treat Snack & Candy Board

Halloween Snack Board Ingredients

Here’s a full list and layout of the board ingredients…

How to Create the Ultimate Halloween Trick or Treat Snack Board

I hope you all find ways to celebrate the Halloween season, even if it may look a little different this year. For future boards (November will have a little bit of a different take!), make sure you’re subscribed to emails at the bottom of the post.

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10 Comments

  1. 10.7.20
    Heather said:

    I look forward to this post every month! Thank you Kelly for the great ideas.

    • 10.10.20

      Heather, Thank you so much! The boards are so much fun to plan and execute. I really appreciate your support and kind words. Happy Halloween!

  2. 10.7.20
    Mary said:

    Another gorgeous and creative board, Kelley! Absolutely adorable!

    • 10.10.20

      Mary, Thank you so much! I so appreciate you taking the time to stop by. This was such a fun one to do. I imagine Reed and Eliza will love these goodies in the upcoming years. xoxo

  3. 10.7.20
    Dina Darling said:

    Love it !
    Looks so so good!!

    • 10.10.20

      Hi Dina, Thank you so much for your kind note. I hope you and yours have a wonderful Halloween and enjoy the magic of fall!

  4. 10.7.20
    Paula said:

    OMG this is adorable! Kelley you are one creative gal! I love to follow you just to see what your creative juices will come up with next 🙂

    • 10.10.20

      Paula, You are always the sweetest supporter! Thank you for taking the time to stop by and to leave a note. This was such a fun one to do. I hope you have a wonderful Halloween! xoxo

  5. 10.7.20
    Gretchen Thomas said:

    I do believe this is my favorite of all the boards you have done! I especially love the homemade treats. They are all darling! Plus, you have combined the perfect ratio of sweet vs, salty. Bravo, it’s beautiful!

    • 10.10.20

      Yay! I am so glad you love it. I do believe this is one of my favorites, too. It was such fun to create the special treats and assemble the board. Happy Halloween!

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