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.
A 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.
Where to Buy Affordable Cheese
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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.
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!
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.
Halloween Appetizer Board Ingredients
Use any type of cheese you prefer. Here are some suggestions:
- Blue Cheese
- Pub Cheese
- Triple Cream Brie
- Cheddar Cheese
For Halloween, use dark fruit and berries such as:
- Dried Blueberries
- Purple Grapes
- Dried Cherries
- Honey Comb
- Marinated Olives
- Marcona Almonds
- Candied Walnuts
- Blackberry Preserves
- Pretzels sticks
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.
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!
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, and add some figs. This board will serve about 8 people.
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!
When to Serve a Halloween Meat and Cheese Platter
This is the perfect appetizer or grazing board to serve at any Halloween gathering! Here are a few of our favorites:
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
Butterbeer Recipe – Spike it or make it sugar-free. There are options for this buttery drink.
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.
Halloween Jungle Juice – This is a large, inexpensive punch to make for a party.
For a Halloween dessert, try these recipes:
More Themed Cheese Platters
More Halloween Party Ideas
Looking for more Halloween ideas? Check out these fun party and recipes!
Let us know if you make this epic Halloween appetizer by leaving a comment and review! We’d love to know your thoughts!
Halloween Appetizer – Spooky Meat and Cheese Platter
- 5 ounces blue cheese
- 6 ounces pub cheese
- 5 ounces triple cream
- 4 ounces cheddar cheese
- 8 ounces brie
- 1/2 cup dried blueberries
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 cup blackberries
- 8 figs
- 1 pound purple grapes
- 8 ounces dried cherries
- 2 plums, sliced
- 9 ounces assorted charcuterie
- 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
- 8 ounces crackers
- 2 ounces pretzels sticks
- 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!
- 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.