Whatever Halloween looks like for your family this year, make sure to include a fun, healthy Halloween snack board (or charcuterie board)! Whether you're going trick or treating, staying inside with your family, or setting up your own Halloween party, a healthy Halloween snack board made especially with kids in mind will satisfy everyone's hungry tummies.
Halloween-themed food is exciting no matter how old you are! Halloween snacks are incredibly fun to put together, and it's the one day of the year that we all have an excuse to let our inner weirdness shine.
But let's face it, our kids (and us) get WAY overloaded with sweet treats the days leading up to Halloween and for long after the night is over. A healthy Halloween snack board for kids is a much needed addition to balance out all that sugar.
One of my friends and I have decided to set up our own little trunk or treat between our 2 families this year. Our kids will still get to dress up, go outside, and collect candy. Yet it will be from a limited amount of people, all our family or close friends! And anyone who doesn't feel comfortable being close to others can safely stay at a distance while still enjoying the company of some cute kids on Halloween. I am going to put together a snack table that includes this healthy Halloween snack board, a sweet and salty snack board, mummy hot dogs, graveyard pudding cups, and fun spooky beverages for the grown ups. It's going to be a blast!
Halloween will NOT be cancelled for us. It'll just be a little different, and safer.
🎉 Charcuterie Board Ideas
Snack boards are fantastic for any type of party. You can arrange foods in festive shapes, like Christmas trees or Easter eggs, to turn any snack board into one for any holiday or special occasion. This Red, White, and Blue Kid-Friendly Charcuterie Board for summer barbecues or this S'mores Snack Board for kids' sleepovers are 2 of my favorites!
You can make them sweet snack boards filled with candy and other goodies, or healthy snack boards packed with fresh fruit, veggies, meat and cheese. Both kids and adults will love them, whatever you choose your snack board to be!
Healthy snack boards take little time to prepare. It's never taken me more than 20 minutes to get the board put together. My readers' favorite guide to 15-minute kid-friendly charcuterie boards is a great place to start if you are new to putting together snack boards for kids.
I have grown to love snack boards so much that I recently started making them multiple times a week, for different (non-special) occasions. Since I wake up well before the rest of the family, I make a healthy charcuterie board almost every day. This keeps us grazing on healthy snacks all day long. Plus it's easy to point to the snack board when someone says "Mommy, I'm hungry!" Today we had a "very berry pancake snack board" and my kids had a blast making their own plate!
🏬 Where To Buy
If you need to purchase a charcuterie board, you can find endless options on Amazon. Home Goods is another great option for good quality, yet discounted boards.
This board on Amazon is one of my favorite circular boards. I love that it has handles for easy carrying! If you'd like a rectangular snack board, this one here is a great option. But you can also use a large wooden cutting board if you don't have time to go shopping or if you're on a really tight budget. (no one will notice!)
But my absolute favorite board is this Smirly Cheese Board. It's awesome for wine, cheese, meat, nuts, and fruit because it has 5 different serving sections and servingware!
🍱 What Is Traditional Charcuterie?
A traditional charcuterie board consists of a variety of meats along with garnishes and condiments, cheeses, and breads. Simply put, it’s a meat, cheese and bread board. But, it's 2020 and the world has broken from keeping traditional foods in their traditional states (mostly). So we are breaking the charcuterie rules with this healthy Halloween snack board and adding fruits, veggies, and special treats!
I like adding simple fruits and fun foods to make kid-friendly snack boards, rather than just sticking to meats, cheeses and breads. What better way to get kids to eat their fruit when it’s at a fun party or in a fun shape?!
Ingredients and Substitutions
There are a ton of different kid-friendly foods that you can choose for your Halloween snack board. For the Halloween-theme, I am sticking with yellow, orange, white, black, and green colored foods. I like to not only stick with fall and Halloween colors, but to make pumpkins out of the orange and yellow foods. You can see in the pictures below, pumpkins with cheddar cheese cubes, carrots, and cucumber stems!
Just remember to consider the ages of the kids.This particular kid-friendly Halloween charcuterie board is made for kids over 2 (or kids who have teeth and are used to chewing different textures).
Orange: full clementines to resemble pumpkins, peeled clementine slices, baby carrots, cheddar cheese cubes, mini hot dogs
Yellow: candy corn (crackers and banana slices are a good idea too)
White: mozzarella cheese balls
Black: blackberries (olives are great too, but I forgot them!)
Green: bite-size cucumbers, apples and caramel
Sweets: candy corn, or any other Halloween candy!
Make your healthy Halloween snack board with your preferred veggies, fruit, cheeses, and meats. You can't do it wrong!
Kids Ages. If small children who can choke easily on certain foods will enjoy your snack board, watch out for choking hazard foods, like grapes or anything hard to chew.
Allergies. Consider a nut-free snack board if you're serving to guests and you don't know if someone has an allergy. Although, I think it's pretty standard that parent's of kids with allergies alert a party host about allergies ahead of time.
Weather/Temperature. If you're serving your snack board outside, consider leaving out items that can easily melt if you live in a hotter climate or foods that quickly attract flies and ants.
Germs. This is a big one, especially now. You probably don't want everyone touching the food with fingers, so have lots of forks, spoons, and toothpicks available. Kids are impulsive and easily forget etiquette for not touching food they aren't taking, so it may be a good idea to arrange toothpicks in individual pieces, like the olives or cheeses. Consider purchasing small wooden disposable forks, too for bigger foods like oranges, apples, etc.
I hope you enjoyed learning about how to make a healthy Halloween snack board for kids! I'd love to hear how yours turned out in the comments below.