Get inspired with this spooky Halloween Cheese Board. We’ll teach you how to prepare a simple cheese board and how to make it a little creepy for Halloween.
Festive Halloween Cheese Board
The ultimate Halloween cheese board is so easy to make and serves a crowd. It’s truly the perfect festive Halloween party appetizer.
We’re all about the cheese board, and this one hits all of the major buckets of what needs to be in a cheese board, but we made it spooky with some simple additions.
Candy eyes, dark fruit, and candy pumpkins steal the show! Read on to learn how to make this recipe, plus get inspired to make it your own!
Components of this Cheese Board
It’s always a good idea to have one hard (cheddar, parmesan, gruyere), one soft (brie, camembert, feta), and one fun cheese (stilton, goat, burrata) on your board– but feel free to use whatever you like!
On this board, we’re using:
- Double cream brie
- aged cheddar
- stilton with cranberries
For good measure, we also kept a log of cranberry goat cheese on hand as a backup cheese in case we need to replenish the board.
How much cheese should I buy?
We recommend ⅓ pound of cheese per person for grazing but keep in mind that you may need to increase or decrease this amount based on what else you’re serving.
Crackers add great texture to the board and also crunch to every bite. We used 2 different kinds of simple crackers on our board, but you can always use 3 if you’re a cracker person.
We bought 2 boxes of crackers and replenished them as the night went on. Always make sure to have extras on hand.
When it comes to meat, you need around 1.5 lbs. cured or dried meat. We used a sliced summer sausage, salami, and panchetta.
We’re recommending 2 festive spreads/dips on your cheeseboard. You can go homemade or store-bought. Here are some ideas:
- Baked French Onion Dip
- Buffalo Whipped Cottage Cheese Dip
- Pimento Cheese Dip
- Whipped Feta Dip
- Apricot jam/spread
Fruit and veggies are really where you can customize your Halloween cheese board. You can use what you have on hand! Since Halloween is in late October, we recommend using what’s in season. Here are some ideas:
- Dried apricot
We’re calling out grapes separately because they’re kind of spooky. Separate them into 2 bunches. We recommend using either black or dark purple grapes to get the most spook.
Last but not least – fillers! Fillers are what make your cheese board fun and fill all the little holes! We’re using Halloween-inspired fillers to really up the ambiance. Here’s what we used:
- Pumpkin candy corn
- Candy eyes
- Nuts and seeds
Another fun idea would be Halloween candy! You can unwrap them and fill all of the holes.
Got leftover cheese board?
If you have leftover meat and cheese, you can absolutely store them in the fridge for later. We recommend removing anything that doesn’t need to be refrigerated such as the crackers, nuts, seeds, and fillers. Then, you can transfer everything else into a large airtight container.
Halloween Cheese Board
- 2 pounds cheese
- 1.5 pounds cured or dried meats
- 2 festive spreads
- 2 bunches grapes about 1 bag
- 2 additional fruits or vegetables
- 2 boxes crackers
- 3 “Fillers”
- Mini Pumpkins optional
- Add a few bowls and a mini pumpkin to your board. It should take up no more than one quarter of your board-- if it takes up more than that, you’ll need a larger board.
- Next, add your largest elements to the board-- in this case, the cheeses and grapes. I like to place the cheeses near the edge of the board making sure there is at least one cheese accessible from each side of the board.
- Working from the center of the board outward, use the crackers to create either “c” shaped or “s” shaped curves around the bowls. This will help add movement for your eyes!
- Now it’s time to add your fruits, vegetables, and meats. I like to keep big piles of ingredients so you can really see them! I also recommend adding the piles on opposite sides of the board-- for example, the radishes and figs are on opposite sides of the board just like the salamis.
- The last step is to add your fillers! You want the board to look full and abundant so don’t be shy while you’re filling in any gaps. Just make sure to keep big piles of ingredients so you can see what everything is.
- (Optional) If you want to add spooky touches, candy eyes and plastic spiders really make this board come to life!
Tips & Notes
- We recommend ⅓ pound of cheese per person for grazing but keep in mind that you may need to increase or decrease this amount based on what else you’re serving. It’s always a good idea to have one hard (cheddar, parmesan, gruyere), one soft (brie, camembert, feta) and one fun cheese (stilton, goat, burrata) on your board-- but feel free to use whatever you like!