Try and tell anyone in the under-12 set that Halloween is not all about candy and you might be met with more than a little bit of doubt. Yet, set a well-appointed snack board on the party table and even the most ardent pro-sugar skeptics may give healthy Halloween tidbits a second chance.
With a few seasonal cooks’ tools and some good ideas, you can make healthy snacks the star of your Halloween celebration. We’ve constructed tantalizing boards of everything from cookies and candies to cheeses and appetizers and have the art of board building down pat. Read on for 3 essential steps and all the recipes and ideas you’ll need to create the most Instagram-worthy snack board ever.
1. Select a Board
There’s no better place to get started on a new project than with a clean slate. In some cases, quite literally! For Halloween, a plain, dark board (such as one constructed of slate or black wood) offers the perfect ebony backdrop for a festive collection of seasonally-inspired snacks.
2. Decide What to Include
When it comes to the type of snacks you’d like to feature, no one knows your audience better than you. Sandwich cut-outs filled with pb&j will go over well with the grade-school crowd, but maybe not so much with the adults in the room.
Take inspiration from seasonal emblems. For Halloween, we’re talking ghosts and ghouls, witches and goblins. A good set of Halloween cookie cutters can go a long way towards bringing a spooky spirit to your board, but is not essential. Little more than a good imagination, a few key ingredients and a penchant for whimsy is all you really need. Check out our Halloween board on Pinterest for some of the serving ideas we love. Go for items in a range of colors, shapes and sizes.