Make your next fall gathering spine-tingling with these 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 snack boards but something this 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. And if we’re honest, there’s already an overabundance of sugar flowing through the month of October. Minimize the candy and go heavier on the veggies if you prefer!
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.
The following sections will offer up some food ideas for colored trays. My kids and I created these Halloween 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
- Cheese puffs
- Dried apricots
- Double decker M&M Brownies, using only the orange candies on top
- Butterscotch pudding
- Candy corn
- 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
- Spinach dip
- Green smoothies
- Pistachio pudding
- Honeydew melon
- Raw broccoli for dipping
- Green apples
- Avocado tomatillo salsa – this not-so-spicy dip is delicious with tortilla chips and has a perfect lime green color!
Purple Halloween Foods
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
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.
- Dark corn chips
- Black olives
- Chocolate donuts
- Black bean hummus
- 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
- Pita chips
- White chocolate pretzels
- Creamy pesto salad dressing to use as dip
- Goat cheese
Ways to Add More Halloween Fun to the Serving Area
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. Use flame-less votive candles at the table for a fun glow.
Older kids enjoy a bit more scare factor with these creepy elements and slightly edgy touches. Think plastic bugs, snakes and eyeballs. These are all cheap and easy additions.
For a simply fall autumnal treat board, you can’t go wrong 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.
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!
- 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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