Everybody loves a delicious cheeseboard to munch on and this platter has all the spooky vibes you need! It’s easy to put together and perfect to feed a crowd of hungry Halloween monsters.
A Halloween charcuterie board is perfect for a Halloween party, movie night or casual get together with friends. This board was more than enough to feed 8 people, but it’s easy to scale up or down depending on your number of guests.
What’s on this Halloween Charcuterie Board?
I always like adding a variety of cheese so there’s something for everyone. In this case, I went for 6 types of cheese. Go for at least 3 different types of cheese. Try to add a variety of colours, textures and flavours. Here’s what’s on this board:
- Cheddar cheese - You can’t go wrong with a classic cheddar. The bright orange colour works great with the Halloween vibes. Top tip: pair your cheddar with some caramelized onion chutney. The combination is heavenly!
- Brie - A delicious wedge of brie is always a winner on any cheeseboard! To keep up with the theme I cut off all three corners of the triangle to create a coffin shape. Add a dollop of fig jam on top and stick in a cheese knife for an extra spooky look.
- Clemont Rouge - Clemont Rouge is a red rind cheese. It is similar to Brie and has a mild and creamy taste. You can use any type of soft creamy cheese to make this mummy, as long as it is round. To make the mummy, cut off the top of a round cheese, cut the top layer into strips and place them back on the cheese to create a cheesy mummy. Don’t forget to add some sugar eyeballs!
- Chives & spring onion cream cheese - This circular cream cheese by Castello is covered in green chives and spring onion flakes. I added a green olive with a sugar eyeball in the middle to make it look extra spooky.
- Rambol walnut cheese - This is a soft and creamy cheese filled with walnut chunks. The crunch of the walnut adds a delicious contrast to the smoothness of this cheese. Because of its soft and slightly sweet flavour this is a cheese that many people will love.
- Creamy herbal cheese spread- This herbal cheesepread is typically Dutch and actually called “witches’ cheese”. That name alone makes is perfect for Halloween! You can substitute any kind of spread or dip of your liking. You could even go for something like hummus or muhammara if you want to include a veggie dip.
This time I only added one type of meat to this platter, but you can add as many or as few as you’d like. Arranging your charcuterie in a fun way makes your board look pretty and also adds some extra textures and colours.
- Salami slices - Fold your salami slices in half, and half again to create triangles. Intertwine the triangles so they’ll stick together and create a salami river on your cheeseboard.
Fruits & Fillers
A bit of fruit is a must on any cheeseboard. The sweetness pairs perfectly with the salty and savoury flavours of the cheese. Go for dark fruits to keep to the moody vibe. To add extra texture make sure to include something crunchy. Roasted nuts add the perfect crunchy, salty and smokey touch. Chocolate also works remarkably well on a cheeseboard!
- Blueberries - These little dark blue orbs are perfect to fill in any empty spots on your board.
- Blackberries - The dark black colour of these berries are great to add extra moodiness to your board. Their tangy flavour works perfectly to offset the rich creaminess of the cheeses.
- Roasted smoked almonds - I love adding roasted smoked almonds to cheeseboards. These are delicious to snack on! They are smokey, salty and add a nice crunch.
- Dark chocolate squares - Dark chocolate squares are amazing on a cheeseboard. I used Lindt dark chocolate with orange and almonds.
- Green olives - I used green olives with garlic and herbs, but any kind will work just fine.
- Rosemary crackers - You need some kind of cracker to put all that cheese on. I placed the crackers in a separate bowl next to the board. Rosemary crackers add an interesting flavour that works well with most cheeses.
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How to make your board look spooky?
Now how do you transform your ordinary cheese platter into a spooky Halloween cheeseboard? You can go as creative as you’d like to make your board extra dark, spooky and ghoulish.
Turn your triangular shaped brie into a coffin. Cut off the top two corners at an angle and cut off the bottom triangle. You’ve now created a coffin shape. Leave it as is, or add some fig jam on top for a touch of sweetness. Cranberry compote is another delicious topping you could use. For extra spooky vibes you can stick a cheeseknife in the middle of the brie.
Make a cheese mummy. Use any type of soft cheese that comes in a wheel. Cut a thin layer off the top. Now cut this top layer into uneven strips to resemble the mummy bandages and place them back on top. Make sure they’re a bit uneven and leave some room for sugar eyeballs. The eyeballs really make your mummy come alive.
Use mini cauldrons as bowls. A little secret: my mini cauldrons are actually black cast iron teacups, but they work great as mini cauldrons! You can fill them with olives, cheese dips, hummus or any kind of spread or dip.
Add spooky accessories. Nothing screams Halloween like spiders and bones. Make sure you wash them thoroughly before placing them on your board, they’ll be touching your food so you want them to be clean. Place some spiders on your cheeses or other light coloured backgrounds, that makes them really pop. A black shredded rag as a table cloth works great underneath your board to create that haunted vibe.
Add sugar eyeballs. Sugar eyeballs are the easiest hack to turn everything into cute Halloween monsters. Pop them into olives to create eyeballs. Place them on your cheeses and add some to your spread. These eyes really make your cheeseboard come to life!
How to put together your Halloween cheeseboard?
Once you’ve collected all your ingredients and decorations it’s time to put the board together. This is the fun part where you can get as creative as you want!
Start with a large cutting board, this will be your base. Make sure all your cheeses fit on it with some room to spare for the other ingredients.
Remove the cheeses from their wrappers and place them on the board. Make sure they are spread out. Cut some in cubes, slices or triangles for a more interesting look. In this case, I’ve cut the brie into a coffin shape and turned a soft round cheese into a mummy.
Add any small jars, bowls and containers next. Always go from large items to smaller items, this way you can make sure everything fits. You can fill the bowls right away or add the filling at the end.
If you want to add some charcuterie then this is your next step. Place your meats around and in between the cheese and bowls. Try to make it look pretty by making ruffles, salami roses or chains.
Now it’s time to fill in the gaps. Add your fruits and fill in the blank spots. Dark fruits like blueberries and blackberries add to a moody Halloween vibe. Add some nuts or chocolate squares to make sure the entire board is covered and overflowing.
You can leave your board as it is, or go all the way by adding some Halloween decorations. Spiders, bones and sugar eyeballs all work great to transform a regular cheeseboard into a spooky one!
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Other perfect ingredients for a Halloween cheese board
Here are some more ideas for ingredients that would work perfectly on a Halloween themed cheese board.
- Black pepper cheese - A wedge of creamy Gouda cheese that’s covered in course ground black peppercorns is delicious and the black colour works perfectly on a Halloween board.
- Black truffle cheese - Just like with the black pepper cheese, black truffle is a great addition. Anything black looks spooky and will add to the dark and moody vibe.
- Wine or port wine-infused cheese - These type of cheeses will have a dark red or even purple exterior. It’s all about the dark moody colours to add extra spookiness.
- Dark-coloured fruits like black grapes, figs, dried prunes or dates are all great options to add to this board.
- Walnuts or pecans - These type of nuts both look a bit like brains, which adds to the creepiness. Flavourwise they are both delicious combined with cheese.
- Extra charcuterie - If you’re catering for meat lovers then add some extra cold cuts. Go for thinly sliced meats like bresaola or prosciutto. Create ruffles and drape them around the board.
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