Mix fun and fright on your Halloween table by serving up spooky treats inside a skeleton prop serving platter.
We went full-fledged with our candy skeleton charcuterie board theme by featuring an abundant platter of desserts, but you could just as easily swap in savory appetizer items instead for your Halloween party.
It's as easy as placing Halloween foods like candy, cookies, caramel corn, and anything else you'd like on a plate–leaving you plenty of time to perfect your costume. Not only is this dessert a crowd-pleaser for both kids and adults, it also doubles as a festive centerpiece that is guaranteed to be the hit of your party. For a savory and elegant twist, you could also make a skeleton cheese board.
Read on to lean how to make a skeleton party platter.
Things You'll Need
Medium posable plastic skeleton
Large serving platter or board
Assorted candies, cookies, desserts, etc.
Before assembling your platter, be sure to thoroughly wash and dry the plastic skeleton with soap and water since you'll be serving food on it.
Position the Skeleton on the Serving Platter
Place the serving tray or board on the table where you plan to serve it, and place the skeleton on top of it. Position the skeleton so that the torso is in the center of the platter.
Fill the Skeleton Platter's Ribcage
Fill the ribcage of the skeleton with candy, letting some of it spill out of the sides.
Candy the Skeleton's Torso
Pile more candy on top of the torso area, making sure to use a variety of different candy types. We used assorted fun-size candy bars, smarties and red licorice.
Fill Crevices with Candy
Fill the crevices between the arm bones and torso with different types of candy. Be sure to vary the colors and textures of the candy for a more visually appealing platter, and pile it high so that it appears to overflow out of the skeleton. We're going for abundance here. We used candy corn, sour gummy bats, candy pumpkins and caramel corn.
Fill in with Larger Treats
Place larger Halloween treats around the edge of the platter to fill in the areas around the skeleton.
For the ghosts, we simply dipped Nutter Butter cookies into white candy melts and drew eyes and mouths on them with melted chocolate.
For the witch's fingers, we dipped pretzel rods into green candy melts and added a sliced almond "fingernail" at the tip.
For the bats, we took apart Oreo Thins, broke the wafers in half and used melted chocolate to secure two "wings" to each Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. We then secured googly eyes to the center with melted chocolate.
For the three-eyed monsters, we dipped Rice Krispie Treats into purple candy melts, added three googly eyes to each and dusted the tops with purple sugar to create "hair."
Garnish the DIY Halloween Party Platter
For a spooktacular touch, garnish the platter with an assortment of creepy candy. We filled in any remaining empty spots with gummy eyeballs, bloody fingers, vampire fangs and a few strategically placed gummy worms.
Presenting Sweet and Spooky Halloween Party Decor
Sweet and spooky, this easy Halloween skeleton dessert platter is bound to bewitch all of the party guests at your skeleton party.