Spooky and healthy Halloween snack board with enough options to get every little trick or treater excited.
Who else is in the same boat as me where you try to get the kids to eat something healthy and good for them before they head out trick or treating? Because, let's be honest, we all know once their treat bags are filled, it will be hard to get them to eat anything else.
I am usually very particular about dinner times and eating treats or dessert after dinner and only if a good dinner was had. Halloween is one of those days where these rules are relaxed a little.
Trying to eat a proper dinner while getting everyones costumes on and getting ready for trick or treaters is a nightmare in itself. We have tried to do dinners after we head out for trick or treating, but that has ended up as a different kind of nightmare in itself.
So, the best option is to lay out a fun “treat” equivalent, that is also healthy and filling enough. We love snack boards of all kinds in our household. This rainbow snack board is the most requested one throughout the year.
This kid friendly Halloween snack board is
- Healthy and filling
- Non-candy snack option
- Can multi task as dinner with a few more add ons if needed
- Fun and spooky
- Filled with easy to grab and eat finger foods
Ingredients to make this Halloween snack board for kids
- Mandarin oranges
- Pretzel sticks
- Newman’s Own Creme Filled Chocolate Cookies (has a better ingredient list than Oreos)
- String cheese
- Mini sweet peppers
- Boo Chips
- Guacamole or Salsa Verde
- Annie’s Homegrown Halloween Bunny Graham Crackers
- Sour Jelly Pumpkin Candy (this is probably the only candy something on the board)
- Candy Eyes
Components of the Halloween snack board
- Mandarin Orange “Pumpkins” - made with peeled mandarin oranges and pretzel sticks
- Pepper “people” - sweet mini peppers with stuck on candy eyes
- Oreo “Spiders” - Oreo cookies with pretzel sticks stuck to the side
- String Cheese “Ghosts” - String cheese in wrapper with faces painted on the wrapper
- String Cheese “broomsticks” - made with string cheese and pretzel sticks
- Boo Chips with Salsa Verde or Guacamole to dip in
- Bunny Crackers and Sour Jelly Pumpkins, as is
There are many many more ideas to add to this board if you want. You can use a pumpkin cookie cutter and cut out cheese slices with it. Mini pizzas can be covered with puff pastry strips to look like “mummies”. Mummy pigs in a blanket is another easy thing to add to this.
To make ahead
- You can make the ghost faces on the string cheese wrappers.
- The candy eyes can be stuck to the peppers and kept aside.
- Oreo “spiders” can also be assembled ahead.
- If you are making salsa verde or guacamole, go ahead and make those too.
To get the kids involved
Fact - kids are more receptive to new foods or new looking foods, if they help make it. For this spooky snack board, you can definitely enlist the help of the little ones to help prep with some of the components.
My almost 8 year old helped stick the candy eyes to the peppers, peel the oranges and stick the pretzel sticks to it, drew “ghost faces” on the string cheese wrappers and even helped with making the oreo “spiders”.
Assembling the snack board
Start with a large enough wooden board, cutting board or even a large platter, tray or baking sheet will do. Put little things like the pumpkin sour candy and the bunny crackers in little bowls. Start by placing bigger items like the orange “pumpkins”, scattered through the board. Then place the bowls in spots that are farther away from the pumpkins.
Now you will be left with the space in between these big components to fill in. Place all the other components in and decorate any empty space with more candy eyes, Halloween stickers or cupcake toppers (that is what I used), to make the board look full. Just make sure that the non-food items look inedible and distinct from the food, so that the kids don’t accidentally eat them.
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Halloween Snack Board
- 6 Mandarin oranges
- 25 Pretzel sticks
- 4 Oreo cookies
- 8 string cheese
- 6 sweet mini peppers
- 2 cups Boo chips
- ½ cup salsa verde
- 1 cup bunny graham crackers
- 1 cup sour jelly pumpkin
- 12-16 candy eyes
- 2 teaspoon milk chocolate
- For the pepper "people", place the milk chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and melt in the microwave for 30 secs to 1 minute.Use a toothpick or skewer to dab a little of the melted chocolate to the back of the candy eyes and stick them on the mini sweet peppers.
- For the Mandarin orange "pumpkins", peel the oranges and stick half a pretzel stick on to the top to resemble a pumpkin. You can use celery sticks for this as well, instead of pretzel sticks.
- For the Oreo "spiders", separate the cookies. Halve the pretzel sticks and place them like the spider's legs. Close the cookie to secure the "legs".
- For the string cheese "ghosts", keep the string cheese in wrapper and draw faces on it with a sharpie permanent marker.
- For the string cheese "broomsticks", cut up each string cheese in thirds. Pierce the pretzel stick into the string cheese on one end. On the other end, cut up little strands of the cheese or pull out some, halfway through to resemble the bushy end of a broomstick.
- Place salsa verde or guacamole in a bowl and scatter BOO chips around it. These are ghost shaped chips that you get in most grocery stores around this time.
- Pour out Halloween bunny graham crackers and sour jelly pumpkins into little bowls and place them on the board.
- Start with a large enough wooden board, cutting board or even a large platter, tray or baking sheet will do. Put little things like the pumpkin sour candy and the bunny crackers in little bowls. Start by placing bigger items like the orange “pumpkins”, scattered through the board. Then place the bowls in spots that are farther away from the pumpkins.
- Now you will be left with the space in between these big components to fill in. Place all the other components in and decorate any empty space with more candy eyes, Halloween stickers or cupcake toppers (that is what I used), to make the board look full. Just make sure that the non-food items look inedible and distinct from the food, so that the kids don’t accidentally eat them.