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Haunted Forest Platter (AIP, Paleo, Keto, GFDF, Whole30)
October 22, 2019
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Fresh veggie platters are a must for a great low-carb shindig. This haunted forest platter is the coolest of all veggie trays! It’s so festive and whimsical. Your guests will love every bit of this healthy munchy.

Help your Halloween party-goers get their veggies in! This is one of the coolest crudites platters I’ve ever seen. A spooky forest scene all made from fresh veggies with little hard-boiled egg ghouls and goblins.

You can use any veggie combination you want to put together this spooky forest scene. Get creative and have fun. Or grab some whine and get a few friends together and build it as a project.

Awesome! Serve it with dairy-free bacon ranch dressing or your favorite low-carb vegetable dip for the most delicious of low-carb treats.

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This haunted forest platter veggie tray would make the perfect centerpiece to a low-carb or paleo Halloween snack table. You could also serve dead man’s Halloween ribs, bloody chicken eyeballs, and eyeball tacos!

Decorate your pad with creepiness, put together the hottest playlist ever, mix up some Halloween themed cocktails, organize some cheesy Halloween games, and get ready for the bash of the year!

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haunted forest platter

Haunted Forest Platter

  • Author: Heather Cooan
  • Prep Time: 1 Hour
  • Cook Time: 1 Minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 1 minutes
  • Yield: 20 1x


This haunted forest platter veggie tray is so fun to put together. Your guests will think it’s the cutest thing ever!


  • 3 Stalks of Broccoli
  • 3 Medium Beets
  • Wood Toothpicks
  • 3 Hard-Boiled Eggs
  • Assorted Vegetables: Cherry Tomatoes, Pea Pods, Kohlrabies, Radishes, Sweet Red Peppers, Sweet Yellow Peppers, and Shredded Carrot
  • Ripe Olives, Pimiento-Stuffed Olives, and/or Baby Dill Pickles
  • 1 Zucchini, Spiralized


  • To make a haunted forest, first create trees. Cut bottoms from stalks of broccoli to make 6-inch broccoli trees. Slice beets about 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick to make a base for broccoli trees. Break wood toothpicks in half. Insert three to four toothpick pieces into the bottom of each broccoli stalk and then insert it into a beet slice. Stand broccoli upright. Cover to keep moist.
  • To make egg ghosts, use a small knife or 1/2-inch aspic cutters to hollow out eyes and mouths to form a face. Cut small pieces of ripe olive to press into hollowed-out areas for eyes or mouth, if desired. Cover to keep moist.
  • Using your imagination, create creepy creatures with tomatoes, sweet peppers, pickles, olives, and radishes.
  • Place broccoli trees on serving platter. Cover surface of platter with shredded carrot. Hide egg ghosts in the forest along with creepy creatures. Scatter piles of vegetables such as pea pods, beet slices, kohlrabi slices, olives, pickles, and/or any other desired vegetables. Add strips of red pepper to the broccoli branches.
  • To make moss, place spiralized zucchini over broccoli trees. Keep platter covered until serving time. If necessary, spritz platter with water to keep it moist.
  • Category: Snacks
  • Method: Non-Cook
  • Cuisine: American

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About author

Heather Cooan

Heather is a marketing executive turned nutrition consultant and educator. Heather advocates for informed consent, bodily autonomy, and healthcare authorship. She speaks and writes on nutrition and lifestyle design interventions for health recovery. Heather successfully recovered her health from vulvar cancer, Hashimoto's, and lichen sclerosus. She reversed estrogen dominance, insulin resistance, arteriosclerosis, and fatty liver utilizing a food-as-medicine and integrated clinical treatment approach. Heather is a certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner and Nutrition Therapy Practitioner.

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