Are you ready for an easy Halloween skeleton veggie tray that will share how to make a skeleton out of veggies?
The Halloween vegetable skeleton takes minutes to make and really makes a great meatless appetizer offering at any Halloween party!
Halloween is not just about the spooky and scary and creepy and crazy, but it’s also about food, and my really easy Halloween skeleton veggie tray for parties is super easy to make and is a ‘bone’-afide (you saw what I did there right? ) cute veggie tray idea!
Why You’ll Love This DIY Skeleton Party Vegetable Tray
If you love skeletons, you’ve come to the right recipe post for a DIY skeleton party vegetable tray that you can use as soon as you make it!
- you can and should make the skeleton out of veggies ahead of time
- the ingredients for this Halloween veggie tray are just veggies so they are easy to find
- the skeleton veggie tray can be made out of almost any veggies you have in your refrigerator
- you’ll find that this easy Halloween veggie tray idea is kid and adult friendly alike
- this Halloween themed vegetable platter will match almost any Halloween party you are having or going to
- When you make a skeleton out of veggies you’ll find that it is not expensive to make
- The skeleton made of vegetables is Gluten-Free, Keto-Friendly, and Vegetarian and if you swap out the cheese it can be Vegan as well!
Equipment Needed To make the DIY Skeleton Party Vegetable Tray
- a knife will be used for cutting all of your vegetables to size
- a cutting board for cutting the vegetables to size
- a second large cutting board or large serving platter or countertop covered for assembling the Skeleton
- a vegetable peeler – if you don’t have one you could always just use your knife to peel the vegetable for the skeleton
- optional – you could need a few toothpicks
Ingredients For Your Easy Halloween Skeleton Veggie Tray
When it comes to creating fun and creative veggie trays for Halloween, this is one of my favorite vegetable Halloween platter ideas.
There is a lot of room for you to change the ingredients, and make this DIY skeleton party vegetable tray your own, from using different items to making the skull to changing the rib cages and hands!
Here are the vegetables I used in making my own veggie skeleton for Halloween.
- Celery – you can use celery for the arms, legs, or the sternum
- Cauliflower – cauliflower can be used for the sternum, head, pelvic bone, or feet
- Orange peppers – use these for joint connectors, eyes, nose, mouth, ribs, shoulders, feet
- Red Peppers – use these for joint connectors, eyes, nose, mouth, ribs, shoulders, feet
- Cucumbers – hands, feet, ribs, connectors,
- Swiss cheese – the skull
- Kale – feet, hands, or as background behind the chest cavity
- Carrots – great for eyes, nose, mouth, connectors, arms, legs
How To Make An Easy Halloween Skeleton Veggie Tray
I want to share one thought if you are curious about how to make a skeleton out of vegetables.
There is no right or wrong way to make a vegetable tray Halloween creature, it is truly your own food art and your own design and flair that you’ll put into it.
The vegetables listed are just some I had in the house and used, but there are so many other ways to make the skeleton out of vegetables for Halloween.
Step 1: Make the Skull of the Skeleton
I began working with all of my vegetables, cleaning them and laying them out on a board.
Find the tray you want to display the edible Halloween skeleton made of vegetables on and work there first.
Then figure out how big or small you want the body to be and cut the head out of the cheese.
Step 2: Arrange the Vegetables That Make Up The Parts of the Halloween Vegetable Skeleton
Place the head on the tray you are using and work from there to assemble the rest of the vegetables.
From the head, I added the sternum, made of cucumbers, and then I worked on the pelvic bone which was made of cauliflower.
After the pelvic bone placements, I added the ribs made of peppers, but I didn’t stick with one color of pepper becuase it looked weird and was not popping, so I added a secondary color of pepper strips.
Step 3: Adding the Skeleton’s Clavicle, Arms and Legs Made of Veggies
Then I added the skeleton clavicle, and upper and lower arms and connected them at the joints because they looked too hollow without a connector veggie, which is where I used small pieces of peppers.
I added a carrot bow tie to cover the clavicle and then added the arms, and I made sure to stretch the arms out and bend them because hanging the celery straight down didn’t look right and then I added the joints.
Working with the legs, I realized that the top part of the leg (the skeleton’s quads) needed to be the shorter portion of the celery and the longer thinner portion was the tibia and fibula area of the leg, which made quite a difference when I stepped away and looked at the overall proportions of the vegetable Skeleton!
Step 4: All The Details That Finish The Vegetable Skeleton Appetizer Platter
Last, I looked over the entire skeleton and added the feet fashioned out of purple kale, so they kind of looked like clown shoes and I had to trim them down quite a bit, and once that happened they looked normal like toes!
Also, on the arms, I wanted fingers on the hands so I used the tips of the leaves on the celery stalk and cut them back to create the illusion of fingers.
What To Server With Your DIY Skeleton Party Vegetable Tray
I used a fun dip that I refer to as the Devil’s Smoked Fire Hell Mound Dip and it too is a vegetable dip.
To give it a bump of color because it is a dark and more drab-looking dip, I added smoked paprika on top of it, making appear as though it is red with fire from HELL well at least in my mind.
When I serve this dip I actually use a platter and not a small bowl, this way I can add some dead body parts like fingers to the fire mound from Hell and some eyeballs can be scattered around the plate, making it much more significant and visually fun than just a bowl stuck on a cutting board.
Pro Tips For Some Of The Veggie Skeletal Pieces
I used both small and large carrots to create different features on the skeleton, and I used carrot peel to make the 3D eyes.
To make the bowtie, I used both carrot peels of a large carrot and a small carrot for the center of the tie.
For the joints, I used peppers because without the joints this looked a bit lifeless, IMO.
Color contrast is key to making the skeleton stand out against any board, tray, table, etc.
I suggest using the brightest vegetables you can find and thinking about how everything will be situated when you put it together.
If a pepper rib was not working, I shaved it a bit to get it to sit right.
What To Serve With The DIY Skeleton Veggie Tray
As an appetizer, you’ll need to add a supplemental tray of strips of veggies such as peppers in many colors, celery, mushrooms, broccoli pieces, cauliflower, etc.
Because I wanted the veggie skeleton to be separate from the other foods, I don’t have it all photographed together as this was the important part, you all know how to make veggie trays!
Serve this with a sour cream dip or any dip you want, or you can use my recipe for the Smoked Devil’s Fire Mound Dip right here.
Popular Substitutions For the Easy Halloween Skeleton Veggie Tray Vegetables
- snow peas can be used for legs, arms, or the sternum, you might have to double them to get the size you want, but they look great too.
- you can use a fake skull from the store (make sure to wash it) instead of building a skull
- use a fake skeleton (wash it) and build the veggies around and in the skeleton to create a Halloween vibe.
- zucchini slices can be used instead of cucumber slices for the veggies on the skeleton sternum
- use radishes for the hands or the feet of multiple radishes to create the veggie skeleton pelvic bone
- mushrooms can be used anywhere on the skeleton made from vegetables including hands, feet, hair, pelvic, or sternum
- add hair with kale, parsley, carrot shred, zucchini zoodles, shredded iceberg lettuce
- black olives can be used for anything on this skeletal frame
- don’t forget to use broccoli or cauliflower as you can cut those really big or small
- pita bread could be used for the skull or crusty Italian bread ( if you use this, I would suggest letting it get stale or toasting it
Make sure to come back and tell me how your easy Halloween skeleton veggie tray turned out!
Share your photos with me on Facebook and tell me what vegetables you used and if you tried the easy dip!
Here Is The DIY Skeleton Party Vegetable Tray Recipes
- Orange peppers
- Red Peppers
- Swiss cheese
- Kale - feet
- Start by prepping your serving board and looking at its length and width.
- Rinse and dry all of the vegetables you are planning on using
- Work with the skull portion first and using a knife and your cheese cut out the skull shape
- Use a peeled long carrot, slit in half lengthwise to create the 3D eyes
- A bite-size carrot is great for the middle of the bowtie and you can use an additional peel of carrot to create the rest of the bowtie
- Then slice the cucumbers and line the sternum
- Follow that with the pelvic cauliflower
- Next build out the ribs with peppers
- Then create the arms with celery
- Use an additional piece of celery stalk for the fingers and a small carrot cut round for the hand portion
- Make the upper and lower legs pieces
- Create the joints with pepper pieces
- Add kale for feet or booties
- Grab the recipe for the Devil's Smoked Fire Mound Dip here
Refer to the blog post for tips and tricks as to how to prep all of the pieces you might have questions about.
Do note, that you'll want to use the freshest veggies you can so they are not soggy or shriveled as the air will do that on its own as this sits so don't make it worse using old vegetables.
You can substitute in so many different veggies as this is your own personal Halloween art, and just a springboard to start you on a way, there is no real blueprint for a skeleton veggie tray.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 177Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 96mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 5gSugar: 7gProtein: 12g