Cheese and cold cuts aren't exactly the first thing that come to mind when I think of Halloween, but this enchanting Hocus Pocus-inspired charcuterie board suddenly has me craving more than candy. Perfect for witches, mortals, and all supernatural beings in between, the cheese board, designed by Courtney Wright on Instagram in 2020, has clearly put a spell on TikTok, because it's making the rounds for the second year in a row, and I'm tempted to serve up Winifred's salami curls with some crackers ASAP.
The Savory Hocus Pocus Charcuterie Board
Like a recipe straight out of the Unofficial Hocus Pocus Cookbook, the charcuterie board pays homage to the Sanderson sisters by re-creating their likenesses out of a few spooky snacks, including brie for their faces, cheddar crumbles for Sarah's hair, blackberries for Mary's, and salami rolls for Winnie's. (Courtney recommends folding the salami in half before rolling it and sticking it in the fridge to help it hold its shape.) The board is fleshed out with other tasty morsels like Trader Joe's Ghosts & Bats Potato Snacks, mandarin wedges, halved kiwi berries, chips, crackers, and more.
"The idea for the savory Hocus Pocus grazing board quite literally popped into my head after seeing that the movie was starting to run on Freeform as part of their 31 Nights of Halloween," Courtney told POPSUGAR. "Hocus Pocus has always been my favorite Halloween movie, and I was inspired to create something I'd never done before. The Sanderson sisters are so iconic — I couldn't stop thinking about how their look could be created on something like a grazing board. I instantly knew that I wanted to use brie rounds for the faces, rolled salami for Winnifred's hair, and blackberries for Mary's. I honestly had no idea how it would turn out but was thrilled with the result!"
The Sweet Hocus Pocus Dessert Board
This year, Courtney put a sweet Halloween twist on the charcuterie display by whipping up an enchanting dessert board. To create the sweet version of this bewitching party snack, she used iced cookies for their faces, an edible marker for smaller details, unraveled Twizzlers for Winnie's hair, lemon sour straws for Sarah's hair, and gummy berries for Mary's hair. "I had to keep the fun going with a sweet version for this year and had a blast experimenting with different types of candy to get just the right look," Courtney said. "I absolutely love seeing people get inspired to create and share their versions at home!"
If you're planning to put the candy board together yourself this Halloween, Courtney recommends surrounding the sisters' hair with candies in opposing colors so their faces stand out. She made the board a little bit more of a candy feast by filling in the edges with a mixture of lollipops, oversize gummy candy corn, gummy cat faces, gummy pumpkins, gummy witch hats, sour bats, gummy peaches, M&M's, and more. It's basically a dessert smorgasbord, and we call first dibs.
Savory or sweet, these Hocus Pocus-inspired charcuterie boards definitely have us spellbound. See how TikTokers put their own spooky twists on the charcuterie boards here, and keep reading to take a peek at the finished Sanderson sisters dessert board ahead.