There’s no denying that snack boards are a crowd-pleaser. They also happen to be one of my favorite ways to serve up meals to my little eaters (You can read about this trick and more in my post “5 Mindful Eating Tips for Parents of Picky Eaters“). This Halloween, if you plan to host a party or want to create themed fare for your kids, a Halloween snack board is a simple and fun way to celebrate. Don’t be fooled into thinking this Halloween snack board is extra! Here are my quick and easy tips to pull together a delicious Halloween snack board in no time.
How to Create a Halloween Snack Board
Start with a mealtime theme.
Breakfast is a favorite meal in our house so this snack board includes sweet and savory morning favorites. Bonus: It also includes options that are nutrient-rich and will help give my kids a steady energy boost. A dessert theme is an obvious choice for Halloween, too! I like to include snack board choices that offer a variety of textures (e.g., crunchy or soft) and colors to help make the selection a feast for the eyes. Also, try to use small bowls to help add depth and varying heights for added interest.
Go with a snack board “hero” and build around it.
For this Halloween board, the skeleton waffles take the spotlight. I used a favorite boxed pumpkin spice waffle mix from Trader Joe’s and the Dash Skull Mini Waffle maker (I picked it up for $10 from Nordstrom Rack. It’s also available at Target) Don’t feel like buying another kitchen gadget? I feel you. Instead, use toasted frozen mini waffles. (My pancake recipe for sheet pan pancakes works well, too). Then, dust your pre-made waffles with cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice and powdered sugar for a seasonal flavor addition.
Candy eyes make anything spooky.
Add silly candy eyeballs to kids’ favorites like ants on a log, avocado halves or frozen banana/yogurt pops for an instant spooky vibe.
Fill in the board with bite-sized snacks.
Cookie cutter shapes, like pumpkins or ghosts, make it easy to turn cheese, salami or bread slices into themed creations. As the final step, fill in your snack board with other Halloween or fall-inspired fare like yogurt or chocolate covered pretzels, crackers, dried fruit, candied nuts, pumpkin mini muffins or ginger cookies. Finally, use dips and sauces to complete the board like peanut butter, honey or maple-syrup, whipped cream cheese or chocolate hummus (here’s a simple homemade version).
Will you be whipping up a Halloween-inspired snack board this year? If so, what will you definitely include?