Over the past year, we’ve proven that you can apply the Bubba Gump principle to charcuterie: You’ve got fruicuterie boards, breakfast boards, hot chocolate charcuterie boards (also known as hot chocuterie), tapas boards, even dogcuterie boards for your pets. Even COVID couldn’t squelch our love of foods spread out on a tray for grazing—suddenly, single-serving “jarcuterie” became a thing. It’s no wonder that after analyzing its user data, Pinterest declared these boards “the new avo toast.” And, as the weather turns colder, you better believe there’s a festive, candy-focused spin on the trend: Introducing spooky charcuterie, the treat board designed to take your Halloween party to the next level (even if it’s just your pod).
While charcuterie classically refers to arranging a bunch of cured meat, this variation is more aligned with trick-or-treating, focusing on an array of sweet and salty snacks. (Though you can totally throw in some meat and cheese for good measure.) “Since it’s Halloween-themed, you can have so much more fun with it,” says Amber Kemp-Gerstel, the DIY blogger behind Damask Love and season one of Making It, who partnered with HomeGoods to create Halloween DIYs, including this Spooky Charcuterie. Here are her tricks for creating a treat board that’s every bit as memorable as last year’s candy clothesline (only a lot less time consuming).