I’m sure everyone has different Halloween traditions, and that they change over time throughout your life. I absolutely loved Halloween as a kid. It was the one time of year my mom didn’t police what I ate and let me go wild. Growing up, Halloween was all about the free candy. That was all I cared about, and dressing up was just something I had to do in order to get the free candy. I was a Ninja Turtle three years in a row simply because I liked them and also didn’t really care!
I also trick or treated until I was 16 years old – yes, it’s true. That year I went with my boyfriend, and we were Charlie Brown (he had a great Charlie Brown mask) and I was the Great Pumpkin (wearing a pumpkin Halloween custom his mom had made for him a child!). It was a great costume for sure, but we were still out there for the candy. It was definitely one of my favorite Halloweens as it was the last child like one I had and I was also old enough to appreciate it.
After that there was a mix of drunken Halloween parties that I don’t really remember being at, or even what I dressed up as. And then Delaney and I would hand out candy in our Huntington Beach neighborhood. I loved doing that so much as I loved seeing all the kids costumes and a lot of people dressed up their dogs and brought them along. Otto was a pumpkin one year, and was right with us every time we opened the door and handed out candy.
Since moving to Mammoth, we haven’t been able to participate in Halloween as there is only one neighborhood where trick or treating is allowed. I didn’t know that the first year I lived back here, and bought candy to hand out and was baffled when no one showed up! But, now we actually live in that special neighborhood that allows trick or treating! I was so excited about this when we were building our house. And then last year, which would have been the first year we were living in the house, Halloween got canceled because of Covid! So I struck out there.
And this year, we had planned to be out of town for Halloween so I didn’t buy any candy! And then I had to cancel our vacation as I just got too many orders at the bakery to leave my staff there alone, and so now I am here – with no candy! Yes, I could go buy it at the store – but that is bad candy. And I refuse to give people terrible candy, let alone support the companies making it. And there wasn’t enough time to order it online since everything is taking so much more time since Covid. So, it will be no handing out candy this year again for me. I think we’re going to walk the neighborhood with Kimmy and Koa and maybe go to our neighbors for a drink. Next year – it will be my year! It has to be, haha!
But, I did make this Halloween Charcuterie Board just the other day. I had some organic candy corn in the pantry that I bought a while ago because I had planned to take it with me when we went out of town. So, I decided to open it up the other day. And, if you ready my Cumin Garlic Lemon Hummus post, then you know I have a lot of Organic Valley Summer Sausage that will expire soon. So, Delaney and I have been having charcuterie boards for lunch. This Halloween Charcuterie Board is perfect if you are having friends over to your house to hand out candy. Or even if you are having a small Halloween party, then this Halloween Charcuterie Board is a super easy recipe to make! And if you want my exact board, it’s an amazing rustic olive wood board, find it here.
Why go organic?
You may be wondering why I push organic ingredients for everything, even savory and healthy dishes. Organic ingredients go beyond just health and wellness, and contribute so much to the taste and flavor of a recipe. So, if you think that you’re making something healthy and buying fruits, veggies, or meats so maybe you don’t need to spend the extra to go organic here – let me sway your thinking.
Organic ingredients are made in a more pure way, therefore using no additives, no GMOs, and minimal ingredients. This really allows the true ingredients to shine – and because of that their flavor shines through. Therefore, organic ingredients are more flavorful than their non organic counterparts. So, just because it’s already a healthy recipe, or you’re already buying good for you ingredients – it doesn’t mean you can skip organic! Trust me here, and make the switch. Your body and your taste buds will thank you!
So, I highly recommend that you buy the best organic ingredients for this recipe! You can also shop my Amazon Storefront for all my favorite organic ingredients here. Tip – hover over each ingredient to see the name. And if you want to learn more about organic foods and the difference, read my post here on Food Labels and What They Mean.
Halloween Charcuterie BoardDifficulty: Easy
This Halloween Charcuterie Board idea is super flexible, add in whatever fruits or veggies you have on hand along with candy corn!
- Add the hummus to a small bowl, place onto charcuterie board.
- Add the candy corn to a small bowl, place onto charcuterie board.
- Arrange crackers, summer sausage, raisins, grapes, and carrots to fill in the extra space.
- Serve immediately.
- Gluten Free — Use gluten free crackers.
- High Altitude — Follow the recipe as noted.
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