How to Prepare A Charcuterie Board for Halloween

by Stephanie Eckman October 19, 2018 2 min read

halloween charcuterie board flat lay

Are you planning a Halloween party or attending a party? Need something spooktacular to make? Why not prepare a charcuterie board! They are all the rage in food networks, easy to make, and so yummy.

What is a Charcuterie?

You may be asking, what is a charcuterie and how do you even pronounce that word?

Per Merriam-Webster, charcuterie (shär-ˌkü-tə-ˈrē) is a French word for a delicatessen specializing in dressed meats and meat dishes. So, of course, a charcuterie board would include meats, but it is often served with various cheeses, crackers, bread, nuts, fruits, olives, or pickled veggies.

Preparing a Halloween Charcuterie Board

For Halloween, I thought it would be fun to make a charcuterie board with a spooky twist. I knew I needed to find a rat skeleton to display with the cheese. I also wanted to use dark fruits in red and purple, black olives, and some various cheeses and crackers that mixed well with that color scheme.

halloween charcuterie board flat lay

Here is what I included on the Halloween charcuterie board:

  • Genoa Mild Salame
  • Calabrese Spicy Salame
  • Wensleydale Cheese with Cranberries
  • Bella Vitano Merlot Cheese
  • Truffle Gouda Cheese
  • Goat Gouda Spring Koe Cheese
  • Jalapeno Havarti Cheese
  • Fig and Olive Crackers
  • Cranberry and Hazelnut Crackers
  • Raw Almonds
  • Blackberries
  • Red Grapes
  • Red Pears
  • Pomegranate Seeds
  • Kalamata Olives


You can use whatever meats and cheeses you prefer. I tried to pick a few that had the deep red and purple coloring mixed in the cheese like the Wensleydale Cheese with Cranberries, or that had a colored cheese wheel like the Bella Vitano Merlot Cheese. 

halloween charcuterie skeleton bowl

I love this cute little rat skeleton. It is perfect for a spooky cheese board.

halloween charcuterie board rat skeleton

I bought this skeleton at Pier 1 this year, and it was one piece with a silver bowl. But I accidentally pushed down too hard on the bowl and somehow broke the skeleton in two. :( But rather than throw it away since there was no way to glue it back together, I improvised by using it on this charcuterie board with the upper body leaning against the glass dish and used the legs with cheese in between.

halloween charcuterie board skeleton bowl

I found these glass bottles at Michaels and knew they would be perfect for adding the olives and pomegranate seeds. I then made these fun labels to tie in the Halloween theme.

halloween vintage potion labels

HomeGoods has lots of cute Halloween decor like these bat appetizer plates and skull cheese knives. The sparkly BOO Beverage Napkins are available in the shop.

halloween bat plates cheese knife

I hope you enjoyed this post. What are your favorite meats and cheeses to serve? What other items would you add to a charcuterie board?

Be sure and check out the post about the Halloween dinner table setting.

Save this Halloween Charcuterie Board post to Pinterest so you can view it later.

halloween charcuterie board

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