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The Perfect “Charbooterie” Halloween Grazing Board

October 18, 2021

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October 31st is almost here again, and what better way to celebrate spooky season than with a “Charbooterie” Halloween Grazing board? A cheese board is always a must for any occasion in my opinion, but there are just so many fun ideas you can do at Halloween that will make your board extra special. It’s a great time to play around with food and try out something new!

The Perfect “Charbooterie” Halloween Grazing Board

For this board, I used two paper mache numbers, a “3” and a “1” for the 31st of October: Halloween!

The paper mache letters are from Joann’s Fabric, and I also picked up a pack of mini black velvet pumpkins, skull string lights and black butterflies while I was there. I knew they would make the perfect Halloween decorations for my spooky chees board!

I found a simple tray that fit the letters perfectly at the store At Home.

Setting Up Your Halloween Grazing Board

To make the number cut outs, simply cut along the corners of your number, and then pull back that top layer. Next, pull the cardboard insert out, and then line your number with parchment or wax paper so nothing leaks through the number or gets it soggy.

You could also do this with letters, I thought about spelling “boo” but opted for the “31” instead!

Here’s a simple Reels video tutorial on Instagram on how to cut your paper mache number for your Halloween Cheese Board:

Once you’ve cut out your letters and gotten your Halloween decorations, it’s time to grocery shop!

I’ve shared everything included in this board below, but feel free to pick out you and your guests favorites. I tried to stick to whites and oranges for the cheese and crackers and dark fruit for the “black” to make it true to Halloween colors.


Cheeses 🧀

  • Brie wheel (cut in triangles)
  • Cheddar cheese (cubed)
  • Garlic cheese curds
  • Rosemary chèvre (sliced)

Produce 🍇

  • Moon drop grapes
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Heirloom carrots (halfed)
  • Clementine (peeled)

Crackers 🥖

  • Pretzel crisps
  • Crispy wheat crackers
  • Pumpkin seed parmesan crisps
  • Rosemary artisan crackers

Dips / Spreads 🧈

  • Fig jam
  • Pimento cheese

Other 🎃

  • Cinnamon coconut rolls
  • Candy corn
  • Halloween gummies
  • Felt pumpkins
  • Black butterflies
  • 3 and 1 paper mache numbers

Time to assemble! Start with your cheeses, then fill in your crackers and fruit. Make sure you leave room for your spreads. I used clear disposable shot glasses for my spreads.

Here’s a tip: bring extra shot glasses that have been pre-filled with your dip, so when it runs out, you can just switch the empty one for a full one!

Now watch the Halloween magic come to life!


The Perfect “Charbooterie” Halloween Grazing Board

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