These Ultra-Festive Candy 'Charcuterie' Boards Will Put Your Creativity on Display
Skip trick-or-treating and make yourself a candy board instead.
It’s finally Halloween candy season, and I couldn’t be happier about it. Normally, I’d be filling my shopping cart with the good stuff to hand out to trick-or-treaters, but since traditional trick-or-treating is canceled this year, I've been on the hunt for an alternative that still gives me an excuse to buy Snickers and candy corn.
Luckily, I stumbled upon this trend on Instagram: Halloween candy charcuterie boards. It’s exactly what it sounds like: A classic charcuterie board (here’s how to make one!), but instead of meat and cheese, it’s made entirely from Halloween candy, cookies, and other treats.
Is it excessive? You bet it is. Will I be re-creating these boards as soon as I pick up the candy I just ordered? Absolutely. Of course, I won’t judge anyone who eats their Kit Kats and Butterfingers straight out of the bag. But after the year we’ve had, I’m all about making the holidays as fun and festive as possible—which means I now have an excuse to re-create every one of these boo-tiful candy creations.
I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite candy boards to inspire your Halloween concoctions.
Was asked to bring dessert... make it spooky, make it cute! 👻🎃 Josie and I made these cookies last night, they were so much fun! Even daddy got in on it! I found the kit @homegoods and the brand is @bakerybling— wish I had gotten more! Perfect no-mess decorating activity for busy mama + little monsters😉 • • Shop your screenshot of this pic with the LIKEtoKNOW.it shopping app http://liketk.it/2XUJ9 #liketkit @liketoknow.it #LTKhome #LTKkids @liketoknow.it.family @liketoknow.it.home
A post shared by Tami O’Malley (@tami_omalley) on Oct 3, 2020 at 12:05pm PDT
Don't be fooled by the scary-looking spider—this candy board is nothing but sweet! Tami O’Malley built her board on a marble and wood paddle board ($60, World Market) and covered it with the Halloween classics: Candy corn, ghost-shape cookies, caramel corn, and gummy vampire teeth.
A post shared by Chanel | Atlanta 🍑 (@chanelvanreenen) on Sep 27, 2020 at 12:40pm PDT
This might be the most creative holiday snack I've ever seen. Chanel van Reenen placed her Halloween candy atop a wood charcuterie board holding a creepy faux skeleton, and the result is stunning. She included all the good stuff—candy corn, Twizzlers, and Halloween Oreos ($4, Target)—and then decorated the display with miniature pumpkins and festive faux skulls.
PUMPKIN season is here! I styled @etu.home new pumpkin charcuterie board with classic candies accessible to all. It’s even easier when the board is so fab! Stay tuned for my tutorial coming Saturday 🍭 We will go over everything you see here plus more. With some great tips and tricks to elevate your Halloween candy board. Use ATLBOARDS for 10% off all charcuterie boards. And don’t forget to follow @etu.home for great food and entertainment styling inspo. • • • #atlboards #candychallenge #candycharcuterie #candyboard #candyboards #dessertboard #halloweenboard #halloween #halloweencandy #halloweenparty #entertainingmadeeasy #entertainingathome #entertaining #huffposttaste #buzzfeedfood #foodnetworkthekitchen #stylecaster #foodblogger #foodstyling
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Mix and Match
Elizabeth Schmitt from ATL Boards created this delicious display of treats on top of a White Mod Pumpkin Charcuterie Board($140, etúHOME) for a classic and simple look. She mixed the trick-or-treating must-haves (Reese's, Twix, and Milky Way) with fancier Halloween sweets, like black and orange rock candy and alphabet gummy candies.
Remember this Halloween Charcuterie Board I made last year? It’s been so fun to see it go viral on Pinterest. It has 2.5 million impressions right now! 👻 I thought I’d share it here again in case you want to save for Halloween and I’ll also put the pin in stories. Halloween will be here before we know it! Have you thought about costumes yet? We do family costumes and my kids have decided on a Harry Potter theme this year, which should be fun. 🎃 We had beautiful Fall weather this weekend. It was so nice here and makes me so excited for football, pumpkin patches, and all the fall things. I hope you all have a wonderful start to your week!
A post shared by Jennifer Maune (@jennifermaune) on Sep 21, 2020 at 6:18am PDT
Jennifer Maune not only created this deliciously over-the-top candy board for Halloween, she put together a quick instructional guide for how to make your own at home. Her Halloween candy board how-to will walk you through each step. To get the same look as Jennifer, fill your board with candy and add in decorative white ramekins and a ceramic pumpkin candy jar—like this similar 17-ounce stoneware pumpkin ($8, Target)—to separate the treats in your display.
Sharing last year‘s epic Halloween snack board. Swipe to see my “viral” pin. It was viewed by 250k people & pinned 3k times!! 🎃👻 👀 Probably won’t be as ambitious this year but wanted to share some inspo for what to include on your Halloween charcuterie snack board. Link in bio & stories for a more detailed blog post! #halloweenboard #snackboard
A post shared by Amanda Rollison (@valuemindedmama) on Oct 6, 2020 at 4:07pm PDT
This delicious board from Amanda Rollison of Value Minded Mama proves that candy boards aren't just for adults! If you're looking for a family alternative to trick-or-treating this year (we've got 11 fun options), pick up the kids' favorite Halloween treats and let them help create the board! If you want to re-create Amanda's board, she has a blog post that'll walk you through exactly how to make it.
TREATS // Trick or Treats 🍪 How fab-boo-lous is a little Halloween inspired dessert board for your kids or yourself? 😜 And who doesn’t love allllll things @traderjoes. Super easy and festive to make and definitely enjoyable if you’re hosting or entertaining any part of Halloween this year! 🖤☠️🕷 ✨Sources linked in bio✨ http://liketk.it/2Yg36 #liketkit @liketoknow.it #LTKhome #LTKkids #LTKfamily @liketoknow.it.home @liketoknow.it.family
A post shared by janan kissler | life & home (@athomewithjanan) on Oct 8, 2020 at 9:01am PDT
Tricks and Treats
Janan Kissler put together this dreamy collection of candy, cookies, and ghost-shaped chips that add a salty surprise to this sweet creation. Plus, she got most of her treats from Trader Joe's holiday section, so I'll be making a stop there ASAP. I can tell you from experience that Joe Joe's Halloween Cookies should be at the top of your shopping list.
Friday the 13th is always one of my favorite days of the year! We’re watching #Coraline and my kids lovvvved this snack board. Like this post if you think my husband should take us pumpkin/Halloween shopping tonight haha 👻🎃
A post shared by Maury (@mauryoctober) on Sep 13, 2019 at 9:27am PDT
Salty and Sweet
If you don't have a big sweet tooth (or you don't want to hype the kids up on more sugar than necessary), build out your board with some salty snacks, too. Maury from MauryOctober created her board with the traditional candy corn, fall M&Ms, and Brach's Pumpkins ($5, Walmart), before mixing in peanuts, pretzels, and popcorn to balance out the sweets.
Halloween is just a couple days away! Do you have the candy ready? A Halloween candy board is SUCH a fun way to display those classic Halloween candies and is one of my favorite things to put together for the holiday! Get the how-to instructions on S2S #linkinbio . . . . . . #halloweencandy #halloweencandyboard #trickortreat #halloweentime #givemethecandy #halloweentreats #partyfood #partytreats #entertaining #party #halloweenpartyideas #partyideas #candy #dessert #AintTooProudToSweet #imsomartha #todayfood #huffposttaste #bloglovinfood #f52gram #instagood #sweettreats #candycorn #caramelapplepops #candytime #allhallowseve #itsalmosthalloween #skeleton #sagetosilver
A post shared by Kaylene | Sage to Silver (@sagetosilver) on Oct 29, 2019 at 11:18am PDT
Fill it Up
Kaylene from Sage to Silver built this board with every Halloween treat imaginable. From chocolates to gummies and everything in between—including my personal favorite, Caramel Apple Pops ($3, Walmart)—this candy board truly has it all.