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Here’s How to Make a Fun & Festive Halloween Snack Board

published Oct 28, 2020
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Halloween Snack Board

This snack board works as an appetizer for your Halloween party or an easy dinner to serve before trick or treating.

Serves10 to 12

Prep35 minutes

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Snack boards are my never-fail, super-easy appetizer—and a clever way to serve dinner on busy nights. Take this Halloween snack board, for example: It’s perfect for a party (when we’re not in a pandemic, of course), but doubles as a quick meal before trick-or-treating (again, in non-COVID times) that will delight kids and adults alike. This year, since we’re not going to parties or trick-or-treating, a Halloween snack board will serve as an extra-special dinner to bring some holiday cheer.

For many years, we tried our hardest to get our kids to sit down to a bowl of chili or slow cooker soup between painting their faces and finding someone’s wand, but the excitement was distracting and they almost never ate. Thus, our Halloween snack board tradition was born. We use a combination of store-bought and homemade staples, adding in festive and fun treats alongside veggies, fruit, and more filling snacks. Here’s how you can build your very own snack board for Halloween dinner:

Credit: Joe Lingeman

How to Build a Halloween Snack Board 

Your snack board should be a good mix of easy homemade recipes, store-bought staples, and special treats. Be sure to include two or three more substantial snacks (like the mummy pigs in a blanket or English muffin pizzas) to ensure everyone fills their bellies ahead of all that trick-or-treat candy.

Here are some of our favorite snack-board goodies.

Prepping ahead: You can make the dipped pretzels, puff pastry bats, deviled eggs, and baked goods like brownies the evening before. On Halloween, bake the pigs in a blanket first, then turn on the broiler for the ghost pizzas. While these bake, chop veggies and slice fruit.

Building the board: When it comes to building the snack board, you can use a rimmed baking sheet, large cutting board, large cheese board, or a large platter. I actually use our pizza steel for Halloween boards because its black color fits the mood and it’s bigger than a serving tray. Start your board by placing dip bowls on first, then add your larger snacks, followed by vegetables and fruit. Just before serving, add your dip to the empty bowls, and pop in a spoon for serving. At this point the board will be pretty full, so fill in any gaps with any special treats. Make sure you set out plates for everyone to build a plate or napkins for those who like to graze.

Credit: Joe Lingeman

Halloween Snack Board

This snack board works as an appetizer for your Halloween party or an easy dinner to serve before trick or treating.

Prep time 35 minutes

Serves 10 to 12

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Grab your largest cutting board or a large baking sheet. Place the bowl of hummus or guacamole on the board and add a small spoon. Arrange the pigs in a blanket, English muffin pizzas, deviled eggs, puff pastry bats, and ghoulish pretzels on the board. Add the vegetables and fruit to the board. For extra Halloween fun, add chives to the deviled eggs and a small piece of celery to the tops of the clementines so they resemble pumpkins.

  2. Now your board will be pretty full, so you can scatter the candy eyes and candy corn here and there. Make sure you set out plates for everyone to build a plate or napkins for those who like to graze.

This post originally ran on Kitchn. See it there: Here’s How to Make a Fun & Festive Halloween Snack Board