A creative Halloween snack tray is basically a Halloween variation of a fancy charcuterie board, jam-packed with items you can call “eye of newt” or “witch fingers.”
It’s a fun idea to try whether your kids are home on the 31st watching movies, you’re entertaining a small, socially distant group in the backyard, or if there is still be socially distant trick-or-treating in your neighborhood, Halloween snack trays are fun to snack on while the kids are getting into their costumes — or later on, while they’re sorting out the candy.
Besides, there are so many clever ways to interpret the ingredients to suit your family’s tastes and food sensitivities.
Top Photo: Halloween snack tray from Foxes Love Lemons
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If you’re hoping to sneak some dinner into those grumbling bellies before they hit the candy, this Halloween Snack Board from Fork and Beans includes the most hilarious-looking Frankenstein sandwiches I’ve ever seen! Plus, find green-tinged deviled egg bats, and a witchy guacamole, which fills those bellies before they hit the mini Snickers. Be sure to follow her recipe for DIY edible googly eyes too, which you can use to top everything from grapes to chocolate-covered pretzels — it’s an easy Halloween treat hack!
The creativity of this Halloween snack tray from Foxes Love Lemons is bound to make everyone scream with laughter when you bring it out. It’s amazing how much personality some edible eyeballs and other small embellishments can add to finger foods! Like those deviled egg pumpkins are pretty brilliant, and wow, those apple slices! Even a piece of sliced mango gets the Halloween treatment here. Recipes for every item seen here is on the blog, so fly on over there, my pretty.
Have kids who scream in horror if their foods touch? This wonderful muffin tin Halloween snack tray idea from @ainttoproudtomeg on Instagram keeps everything separate. Dips and fruit become “frightening” monsters and one peeled clementine is easily transformed into a tiny pumpkin. And I love that she goes semi-homemade with the addition of Trader Joe’s Ghosts & Bats Crispy Potato Snacks and Fall Leaf Corn Tortilla Chips, which you can grab in stores now.
This is also a terrific Halloween snack tray idea if you have more than one child to feed. You can give them each their own tray of scary snacks, and you won’t have to worry about Jekyll turning into Hyde if anyone has a hard time sharing.
Limited on time but still want to make a Halloween food board that makes the kids’ skin crawl — in a good way? Check out this creepy Halloween snack board from Annette Joseph Style, which throws together a whole bunch of favorite party appetizers on top of a black slate board and then makes it extra creepy by adding some uh, visitors to the party. If you have young kids, you may want to point out that the creepy-crawlies are not edible. And if you’re feeding kids who aren’t big on blue cheese or prosciutto (their loss), of course you can swap out for their favorite meats and cheeses.
Trick-or-treating is about fun-sized everything, so I love this ingenious, extra creative pumpkin face Halloween snack board for kids from The BakerMama. See how it’s packed full is full of fun-sized bites of snacks, fruits, and cheeses, all in a Halloween-ready shade of orange? Brilliant! Feel free to follow her instructions exactly for a relatively healthy Halloween food board like hers, or freeform your own edible Jack-o-lantern with your kids’ own favorites. It’s easy to replace those black olives with more blackberries, black licorice nibs, or even malted milk balls.
Before crowding onto the couch to watch a scary movie together, you can put together a colorful Halloween movie-themed snack tray like this one from Giggles Galore which is all about classic cinema fare like popcorn and gummies. She has a few additions to make it seasonal though, which I love. Note: You may want to require some jumping jacks at intermission to burn off some of that sugar energy!
There’s no bones about it (haha) this Plastic Skeleton Halloween Treat Platter is so perfect for a big group, it’s scary. Ehow’s tutorial is loaded with instructions on how to make it look like those treats are pouring out of the rib cage (mmm… candy guts), and how to make all of those spooky Halloween-themed treats the go around Mr. Bones. I even love those ghost cookies, monster treats, chocolate bats, and pretzel fingers each on their own, should you be downsizing this idea just a bit.
I’ve also seen similar Halloween food trays created with meats that spill out of the skeleton frame, but while a bit healthier, it may be a wee too realistic for younger kids. (Or even for me!) However, if you have gross-out-loving teens, go for it!
If you really want to get some veggies into the kids before they go on a candy bender, or you’re just looking for a less sugary alternative for your Halloween snack try, you might want to check out this friendly vegetable skeleton Halloween snack tray. In fact, it was created by the folks at T1 Everyday Magic, an incredible site dedicated to families managing with Type 1 Diabetes, so they really know their stuff. This idea also proves that you don’t need candy to make something perfect for Halloween.