Candy Corn Veggie Tray for Halloween
You can whip up an easy Halloween veggie tray with just cauliflower, carrots, & bell pepper—arranged in a candy corn shape! Really, you can use any white, orange, & yellow vegetables (or fruits) you enjoy, paired with your favorite dips. Have fun customizing your own candy corn veggie tray! A festive & healthier Halloween party tray idea, ready in 30 minutes or less.
What kind of food do you serve at a Halloween party?
A Halloween party food spread needs plenty of candy & sweet treats. But it’s important to balance them out with some savory Halloween appetizers—like an adorable baked brie mummy or a ghostly pizza! Personally, I also like to serve a balance of indulgent and lighter options at a party. Yes, I want all of the bread and cheese and candy. But I also appreciate having some fruits & veggies to nosh on when I want a break. This festive Halloween vegetable tray is a great healthy option to bring balance, nutrition, & color to a spooky party menu!
Halloween Veggie Tray Tips
- Make your own Halloween vegetable tray at home & save money. Instead of buying a premade or packaged veggie tray, it’s typically cheaper to buy the vegetables and arrange a tray yourself. This is particularly true if you want a festive design like this candy corn veggie tray!
- Use ingredients that you & your guests will actually enjoy eating. If you don’t like one of the vegetables I used, skip it. Use fewer vegetables and substitute with fruits if you like fruits more than veggies. You could even turn this into a Halloween fruit tray by using white, yellow & orange-colored fruits instead of veggies.
- Cut vegetables for dipping. The best way to cut vegetables for a veggie tray is into sturdy, dippable pieces that are close to bite-sized. For instance, you don’t want the cauliflower florets or bell pepper strips in this Halloween veg tray to be too big to bite—but you also don’t want them to be too small (or too flimsy)to pick up and dip.
- Serve with dips. Of course, your Halloween crudite platter is not complete without some tasty dips! I love simple options like guacamole, hummus, or ranch dressing. Be sure to stock up on enough dip to refill your Halloween party platter as needed.
What size board do I need for a homemade vegetable tray?
You’ll need a large board to serve your Halloween vegetable tray—like what you’d use for a charcuterie board. Personally, I built my candy corn vegetable tray on a large 18×24-inch wood board, but you can adjust the recipe to fit whatever size board you have. Whatever the size may be, this candy corn design is easiest to arrange on a flat surface (rather than a curved or textured platter).
How many vegetables do I need for a Halloween party tray?
Plan your Halloween vegetable tray by accounting for at least 1 cup of vegetables (~4 oz) per guest. This candy corn veggie tray recipe contains 18 cups total, serving anywhere from 10 up to 18 guests. Don’t get too hung up on exact ingredient amounts—use what you need to create the candy corn shape on your board. Ultimately, the number of vegetables you’ll need depends on the number of guests, their appetites, and what else you’re serving.
Do I need to blanch vegetables for a veggie tray?
You don’t need to blanch or boil your vegetables for this Halloween veg tray—just serve them raw with dips. I don’t blanch my veggies for a tray like this, and I enjoy the extra crunch when noshing! If you prefer the slightly softer texture in a vegetable crudite platter, you can absolutely blanch some or all of your vegetables briefly.
Candy Corn Halloween Veggie Tray Ingredients
Fill the top of your candy corn vegetable tray design with white cauliflower and white baby carrots (if you have them). You can also include other white fruits and vegetables—like jicama, white radish slices, white dragon fruit, or even white strawberries.
For the middle section of the candy corn, use orange baby carrots, sliced orange bell pepper, and mini orange tomatoes to fill in any gaps. All great dippable options for a Halloween veggie tray! If you’d like to add some fruits, try orange slices, tangerines, mandarins, papaya, or persimmons.
Use dippable yellow veggies to fill the bottom layer of the candy corn: yellow baby carrots, yellow bell pepper slices, and mini yellow tomatoes. If you’d like to add fruit, try cubed mango—or yellow watermelon if you can find it!
Purple & Black Vegetables
Fill the outside with your Halloween vegetable tray with purple cauliflower, some purple baby carrots, and black olives. Or, make your border a different color by using different veggies and fruits! Like dark blue: blueberries, blackberries, & figs. Or green: celery sticks, broccoli, & green beans.
Dips of Choice
Don’t forget to serve your veg tray with some tasty dips! I love simple, creamy options like homemade hummus & an easy guacamole—especially because of the bright green color guac adds to this Halloween snack board. But there are loads of other dips you can try, like a classic ranch veggie dip, cheesy dips, bean dips, or a sweet yogurt dip if you choose to serve a fruit tray. Have fun customizing with your favorite dips!
How to Make a Candy Corn Veggie Tray for Halloween
- Outline the design on your board. Create a triangle near the top of the board using white cauliflower (and white baby carrots). Then, outline the middle layer using orange carrots & bell pepper, and the bottom layer using yellow carrots & bell pepper.
- Fill in the candy corn outline. Use white, orange, & yellow vegetables to fill each layer appropriately, using mini tomatoes to help fill any gaps in the orange & yellow layers. Continue layering vegetables until the candy corn design is as saturated as you’d like it.
- Place serving bowls for dips. Wait to fill up your veggie dips until you’re ready to serve—but just place the serving bowls that you plan to use onto the board as placeholders while you finish assembling your vegetable tray.
- Fill the border with veggies. Cover the space surrounding the candy corn with purple cauliflower, purple carrots, & black olives—or whatever color of fruits & veggies you’d like. (Or, don’t fill the border and serve a smaller party platter with just the candy corn design!)
- Fill dip bowls & serve. When it’s time to serve your Halloween veggie tray, fill your serving bowls with dips, place them onto the board, and snap a photo before devouring!
Watch my Halloween Party Appetizers video to see how I assemble this Halloween veggie tray!
How many days in advance can you make a veggie tray?
If you’d like to prep this veggie tray for Halloween ahead of time, I recommend doing so no more than 1 day in advance. It will be difficult to preserve this candy corn veggie design for much longer than that! For best results, wait to cut the bell peppers and tomatoes until you plan to serve. Once the platter is arranged, keep the veggies fresh by covering the tray with plastic wrap and storing it in the fridge.
Candy Corn Halloween Veggie Tray
- 2 cups white cauliflower florets
- 3 cups orange baby carrots
- 1 large orange bell pepper, sliced
- 1 cup mini orange tomatoes, whole or halved
- 2 cups yellow baby carrots
- 1 large yellow bell pepper, sliced
- 1 cup mini yellow tomatoes, whole or halved
- 2 heads purple cauliflower, cut into florets (~5-6 cups)
- 1 cup purple baby carrots
- 1 cup black olives
- On a large wood board (mine is 24×18 inches), use vegetables to build an outline of the candy corn shape, then fill it in.
- Create a triangle near the top of the board using white cauliflower. (I also used some white baby carrots.)
- Next, outline the orange middle layer using orange baby carrots & orange bell pepper slices.
- Then outline the yellow bottom layer using yellow baby carrots & yellow bell pepper slices.
- Fill each layer with the corresponding color of vegetables, using mini orange & yellow tomatoes to fill any gaps in those layers. Continue until your candy corn shape is as saturated as you’d like it.
- Place 2 small serving bowls in the top corners of your snack board, as placeholders for your desired dips.
- Finally, cover remaining space with purple cauliflower florets, purple baby carrots, and black olives, until the board is filled.
- When ready to serve, fill the serving bowls with guacamole, hummus, or whatever dips you’d like.
Rough Ingredient AmountsBelow are rough ingredient amounts for each section/color of this candy corn vegetable tray, built to fit on my 18×24-inch board. Using these as a guideline, have fun building your own Halloween veggie tray with any combination of white, orange, & yellow vegetables (or fruits) that you like!
- ~2 cups white vegetables
- ~5 cups orange vegetables
- ~4 cups yellow vegetables
- ~8 cups purple & black vegetables
Nutrition NotesThe nutrition for 1 cup of vegetables from this tray (excluding dips) is: 51 calories | 1g fat | 9g carbs | 3g fiber | 5g sugars | 1.5g protein
149mg sodium Nutrition for 1 cup of vegetables + 2 Tbsp dips (guacamole & hummus) is provided below.