How to Make the Perfect Halloween Meat and Cheese Board!

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All the details on how to make the perfect Halloween Meat and Cheese Board! The perfect Halloween appetizer for a Halloween party! It’s easy to put together and perfect for a crowd.

Halloween Meat and Cheese Board with pumpkins, berries, pickles, olives, cheese and meat.

Halloween meat and cheese board is absolutely perfect for a Halloween party or movie night! It feeds quite a few people and would be lovely for an appetizer-heavy menu. If you’re looking for a delicious Halloween appetizer, look no further.

Serve this giant, spooky cheese board at a spooky wine and cheese party or for any Halloween-themed gathering.

Choose items with dark colors and a lot of texture, like the cornichons and oozy honeycomb. Only use black and blueberries and added a variety of both fresh and dried. The better the texture and odd shapes, the more Halloween-ish it looks.

Halloween Meat and Cheese Board with pumpkins, berries, pickles, olives, cheese and meat.
Blocks of cheese for a meat and cheese board.

Where to Buy Affordable Cheese

To keep the board affordable, as cheese is pricey, I picked up most of the cheeses at Trader Joe’s because of their collection and quality.

When I make a cheese board, I always choose at least 4 different varieties of cheese. They have to be different textures and flavors too, like soft cheese and harder cheese, cheddar cheese and goat cheese, etc.

For this I chose a triple cream, blue cheese because of the blue lines (very Halloween since they look veiny), Cheddar cheese (the color is on point!), a round rind cheese and then pub cheese (bought at Whole Foods), to make little pumpkins.

Pub cheese with pretzel sticks and herbs,

How to Make Mini Pub Cheese Pumpkins

To create the mini-cheese pumpkins, place the pub cheese in the freezer for 30 minutes to get really cold, not frozen!

Then take a spoonful and make small round balls. Break a pretzel stick in half for the stem and add a little green garnish, like cilantro, or whatever you have in your herb garden.

Use a toothpick to make little lines and then place it on your board. They’re small enough to just scoop one with a cracker!

Little pub cheese pumpkins

What do you add to a Halloween meat and cheese board?

When making your Halloween cheese board, choose all blue and black fruits and berries. Think of texture, color, and flavor.

Anything sweet and tart is great for Halloween! I used fresh blueberries, grapes, dried blueberries, fresh blackberries, dried tart cherries, freeze-dried blueberries, figs and plums.

Also add a mixture of green olives (I love the olive bar at Whole Foods for these!), candied walnuts and Marcona almonds. If I’m planning on filling the board full of cheese, fruit, and meat, I’ll add the crackers and bread on the side.

Berries, nuts, honey and grapes for a meat and cheese board.

Halloween Appetizer Board Ingredients

Cheese

Use any type of cheese you prefer. Here are some suggestions:

Blue Cheese

Pub Cheese

Triple Cream Brie

Cheddar Cheese

Brie

Fruit 

For Halloween, use dark fruit and berries such as:

Dried Blueberries

Blueberries

Blackberries

Figs

Purple Grapes

Dried Cherries

Plums

Grapes and nuts

Charcuterie

Assorted Charcuterie

Other Items

Honey Comb

Marinated Olives

Marcona Almonds

Candied Walnuts

Cornichons

Blackberry Preserves

Crackers 

Crackers

Pretzels sticks

spicy uncured charcuterie

You’ll want to add meat to the board so I picked up a spicy pack from Trader Joe’s. It just reminded me of Halloween!

Also, bought some truffle salami and sliced that up. When placing the meat on the board, I fold it almost like bloom and then place it against something so it stays up and gives that pretty look.

The beginnings of assembling a meat and cheese board.

How to Assemble a Cheeseboard

Okay, now you have all of your ingredients but where do you start? How do you actually make this cheese board?! Well, this is the fun part!

Get out a large cutting board or platter, this one is 18″ by 15″ cutting board. Start by placing the blocks of cheese wherever you want them.

Usually four corners and the middle, but kind of staggered. Then place a few small bowls where the olives and honey will go.

Then start adding the meat around and start placing the fruit. You can move things around, but once you have the placement of cheese and bowls, it starts to come together!

Halloween Meat and Cheese Board with pumpkins, berries, pickles, olives, cheese and meat.

Starting with the large fruit is good. Place some grapes around, then take a handful of berries and fill in the blank spots, toss in some almonds, add some figs. This board will serve about 8 people.

Skeleton hand on a Halloween Meat and Cheese Board with pumpkins, berries, pickles, olives, cheese and meat.

Our Halloween Meat and Cheese Board would go perfectly with our Black Sangria!

Skull filled with berries

I use these glass skull shot glasses to add berries. They’re great for Halloween!

This is a little pomegranate jam which is always good with cheese. I added some fresh pomegranates to give it a spooky look!

Pomegranate jam in copper bowl.

If you still need help creating a beautiful meat and cheese board, check out our step by step guide to making the perfect cheese platter.

What to Serve with a Halloween Cheese Platter

Check out some of our favorite Charming Halloween Drinks to make to go with your cheese platter. Also, try any of these recipes too! Also check out our non-alcoholic Halloween drinks.

Butterbeer Recipe – Spike it or make it sugar-free. There are options for this buttery drink.

Jolly Rancher Punch – Our most popular Halloween cocktail.

Witches Brew – A spooky cocktail with apple cider.

Apple Cider Moscow Mule – Our classic cider mule is always a hit.

Fall Sangria – If you love wine and cheese, pair it with fall sangria.

For a Halloween dessert, try these recipes:

Super Moist Pumpkin Bread

Black Velvet Cupcakes

The Best Apple Cider Donuts

More Themed Cheese Platters

Thanksgiving Cheese Platter

Southern Cheese Platter

Skeleton hand grabbing the meat and cheese on a Halloween cheese board.

More Halloween Party Ideas

Looking for more Halloween ideas? Check out these fun party and recipes!

Vintage Halloween Party

Easy Mummy Brownies

Halloween Candy Cart

Brown Butter Mummy Rice Krispie Treats

How to Marble Candy Apples

Candy Corn Vodka Shots

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halloween meat and cheese platter

Halloween Appetizer – Spooky Meat and Cheese Platter

A Halloween meat and cheese platter is the perfect Halloween appetizer!
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
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Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 894kcal
Author: Eden

Ingredients

Cheese

  • 5 ounces blue cheese
  • 6 ounces pub cheese
  • 5 ounces triple cream
  • 4 ounces cheddar cheese
  • 8 ounces brie

Fruit

  • 1/2 cup dried blueberries
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 8 figs
  • 1 pound purple grapes
  • 8 ounces dried cherries
  • 2 plums, sliced

Charcuterie

  • 9 ounces assorted charcuterie

Other Items

  • 4 ounces honey comb
  • 8 ounces marinated olives
  • 1 cup marcona almonds
  • 1 cup candied walnuts
  • 1 cup cornichons
  • 4 ounces blackberry preserves, or dark cherry

Crackers

  • 8 ounces crackers
  • 2 ounces pretzels sticks

Instructions

  • Get out a large cutting board or platter, this one is 18″ by 15″ cutting board. Start by placing the blocks of cheese wherever you want them. 
    halloween appetizer platter
  • Usually four corners and the middle, but kind of staggered. Then place a few small bowls where the olives and honey will go. 
  • Then start adding the meat around and start placing the fruit. You can move things around, but once you have the placement of cheese and bowls, it starts to come together!
  • Starting with the large fruit is good. Place some grapes around, then take a handful of berries and fill in the blank spots, toss in some almonds, add some figs.
    Halloween entertaining with a cheese board

Notes

Use this recipe as a guide to making your own platter. Shop for items you love that would pair well with this platter. 
 
Change up the cheese and add more items you like.
 
Add more or less cheese depending on how many guests.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 894kcal | Carbohydrates: 91g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 48g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 18g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 2039mg | Potassium: 735mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 55g | Vitamin A: 1604IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 377mg | Iron: 4mg
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