Make your next fall gathering spine-tingling with these happy Halloween snack board ideas! Tips for colorful treats both healthy and sweet in Halloween colors that will delight all ages. Included are the DIY treat tray craft instructions and ideas for not-too-scary decor.
All Treats and No Tricks! – Halloween Snack Boards
We’ve all seen those elaborate Halloween charcuterie boards. A Halloween-themed snack board filled with festive treats are a fun idea that add so much fun to Halloween parties But something that complex isn’t always necessary unless you’re hosting a larger gathering.
For an intimate family event at home, try creating smaller trays of treats. This way you can combine a good mix of savory and sweet snacks without fear of leftovers.
If we’re honest, there’s already an overabundance of sugar flowing through the month of October for the Halloween season. Minimize the candy and go heavier on the veggies if you prefer!
Designing a Festive Halloween Snack Board
Before you hit the grocery store, create your shopping list using the following suggestions. Yes, it’s cute to create these fancy boards, but only if your family will actually eat the food! So don’t buy stuff unless you know someone will chow down.
Consider choosing a Halloween color theme using some of these tips that combine salty and sweet as well as healthier food options. Aim for a balance of vegetables and fruit with crunchy and soft combinations. When creating a large platter, use small ramekins to separate sweets from savory snacks.
Halloween Dessert Board Ideas
- Use mini cookie cutters in a Halloween shape on the snack tray. Fill the empty space with small candy eyes, and classic Halloween candies.
- Chocolate lovers will love a whole board with a variety of chocolates. Unwrap chocolate bars and Hershey’s Kisses in classic milk, dark and white chocolate.
- Make Oreo spiders with cookies and black shoestring licorice.
- Many brands now make fall versions of favorite snacks and treats. Look for Halloween animal cookies, pumpkin shaped pretzels or orange-filled Oreo Halloween cookies.
Halloween Charcuterie Board
Traditional charcuterie boards include a healthy mix of items including crunchy, sweet, and savory bites. Healthier boards fill the board with sliced and cubed fresh fruit, a variety of cheese with crackers and fresh veggies. Here are some theming ideas:
- For a spooky party idea, arrange favorite snacks into a design like a skeleton or jack ‘o lantern.
- Theme the Halloween spirit snack board around different Halloween characters for the fall movie night. Consider The Nightmare Before Christmas, Hocus Pocus or Coco for a Dia de los Muertos theme.
- When serving up salty snacks and savory Halloween snacks, include separate small bowls on the tray to hold dips.
- Wrap hot dogs with thin strips of dough before baking to make a mummy inspired meal!
Halloween Snack Tray DIY
Need more Halloween snack board inspiration? The sections below offer up some food ideas for colored trays. My kids and I created these Halloween fun snack boards for our at-home Halloween movie night.
Keep reading for the DIY on how to create your own mini Halloween snack trays!
Orange Halloween Snack Board Ideas
These orange-hued foods are perfect for snacking. Mix orange foods with black for a classic Halloween snack board!
- Baby carrots
- Easy pumpkin muffin recipe
- Orange bell pepper slices
- Sharp cheddar cheese slices
- Cheese puffs
- Dried apricots
- Double decker M&M Brownies, using only the orange candies on top
- Butterscotch pudding
- Candy corn
- Small marshmallow candy pumpkins
- Cheese popcorn
- Cuties/clementines or orange slices
Green Foods for a Halloween Theme
Bright green Halloween treats combine nicely with purple on a snack tray. Many of the green foods are healthier so it’s a great option to add for balance.
- Harvest Snaps
- Pistachio nuts
- Green grapes
- Celery sticks
- Spinach dip
- Green apples – slice and serve with melted caramel for a caramel apple snack board.
- Sour gummy worms
- Green smoothies
- Pistachio pudding cups
- Honeydew melon
- Green olives
- Raw broccoli for dipping
- Avocado tomatillo salsa – this not-so-spicy dip is delicious with tortilla chips and has a perfect lime green color!
Purple Halloween Foods for a Spooky Snack Board
This color palate adds a unique pop to the table setting. Not enough purple toned foods? Add in additional purple with glow sticks instead.
- Purple licorice
- Purple carrots
- Blueberry muffins
- Purple cauliflower
- Good n’ Plenty Candies
- Acai berries
- Purple grapes
- Pretzel sticks dipped in purple colored white chocolate candy melts
- Purple wrapped salt water taffy
Black Foods for a Halloween Board
Halloween foods that are black pair nicely with all colors! Create a classic Black and White Treat Tray or match up black foods with orange, purple or bright green. Some of these err on the side of dark brown instead of straight black, but it’s all good!
- Dark corn chips
- Black olives
- Chocolate donuts
- Black bean hummus
- Chocolate chips
- Peanut butter cups
- Brownie bites
- Black licorice bites
- Oreo cookies (I used the mini version in our treat trays)
White Foods for a Snack Board
These white foods add a contrast to any of the above colors in a Halloween snack board.
- Vanilla yogurt
- White cheddar popcorn
- Mini marshmallows
- String cheese
- Pita chips
- Yogurt covered raisins
- White chocolate or yogurt pretzels
- Creamy pesto salad dressing to use as dip
- Goat cheese or slices of Monterey Jack for a cheese board with crackers
- Candy eyeballs
Ways to Add More Halloween Fun to the Serving Area
Make the Halloween party atmosphere more festive with these not-to-spooky ideas –
Very young kids might not enjoy watching films with the lights out. Add mood lighting to make movie watching a little less scary in the dark. Have kids wear glow stick bracelets or use them between snacks on the treat boards. Add flame-less votive candles at the table for a fun glow.
For a simply fall autumnal treat board, you can’t go wrong with pumpkins, gourds and jack o’ lanterns. Add paper or fabric leaves along the table tops and stick to a warm color palate of orange, brown and yellow.
Older kids enjoy a bit more scare factor with these creepy elements and slightly edgy touches. Think plastic bugs, snakes, plastic spiders and eyeballs. Spread a spider web tablecloth on the serving table for additional Halloween decor. These are all cheap and easy additions for a scary movie marathon.
Instructions for Mini Halloween Treat Tray
To create your own snack board for Halloween, I recommend you “think small”. There’s already soooo much candy and sweets that are flowing throughout the season when you consider trick or treat and fall festivals. With young children, a little can go a long way.
That’s why I created these mini treat trays for our Halloween movie night with kids. I was able to fit a decent amount of goodies into the snack trays without going overboard. The trays are also cute enough to leave out as decorations for the entire month of October.
Start with simple unfinished wooden trays in your desired size. I used the smallest tray for my project, approximately 7″ x 5.25″. You’ll also need acrylic paint in both white and black, as well as a paintbrush for application.
I added these whimsical jack o’lantern designs with Cricut vinyl. A quick search in Cricut Design Space and I found this collection of Halloween images.
Here is the Cricut project link, which has been resized to fit the mini wooden tray. Other than a few Cricut tools, that’s it! This is a super quick Halloween project that will add charm to your snack table this fall!
Halloween DIY Treat Tray Craft
Craft a quick mini snack board tray for Halloween treats!
- 2 unfinished wood trays (sized approx 7" x 5" for this project)
- Acrylic paint - white & black
- Paint brush
- Cricut vinyl, permanent - white & black
- Cricut machine (I used the Joy)
- Cricut scraper tool
- Cricut weeding tool
- Cricut transfer tape
- Clean wooden trays by wiping out and sanding any rough edges, if necessary.
- Paint one tray white and one black with acrylic paint. Allow to dry completely.
- Use Cricut machine and Cricut Design Space app to print jack o' lantern designs.
- Weed away excess material and discard.
- Cut Cricut transfer tape slightly larger than design and apply to the top of the vinyl design. Use Cricut scraper tool to rub on top of the transfer tape, transferring the vinyl.
- Remove backing carefully, leaving only the vinyl behind on the transfer tape. Ensure that all small pieces are transferring.
- Carefully center design and place onto dry, painted wooden trays.
- Use Cricut scraper tool to rub on top of transfer tape, transferring the vinyl to the wood tray.
- Carefully remove transfer tape. Repeat with other design and tray to complete the project.
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