Halloween can be a difficult time to keep your little ghosts and goblins eating healthy. I’ve hosted a Halloween party for my daughter and her classmates for the past eight years, and it can be rather challenging to serve healthy Halloween foods. Aside from the unhealthiness of candy, have you looked at the price of a bag of candy these days? Wow, is all I have to say! I had to do the back-the-shopping-cart-up double take the other day to make sure my eyes didn’t deceive me. A large bag of candy was almost $20! It’s all about presentation when serving up healthy, Halloween treats (that goes for us adults, too). We are all more likely to eat something that is presented well, so get creative with your hauntingly healthy Halloween treats!
Spaceships and laser beams has several fun, spooky ways to serve up Halloween fun. One of my favorites is the Spiders on a Log. Simply slice celery sticks lengthwise and then add smooth peanut butter. Add washed plastic spiders and you’ve already achieved one healthy snack idea. Please take care to make sure none of your little monsters have a peanut allergy before serving this snack.
These next two have been all over every Pinterest and Facebook page known to man, so I couldn’t go without mentioning them. Another easy-peasy and healthy treat, so why not try the banana ghosts and clementine pumpkins?! To get the look, peel and halve bananas and press chocolate chips into the banana to resemble a ghost. For the pumpkins, peel your clementine and add a one inch celery stem at the top. You can use some of the pieces from the Spiders on a Log to get extra, no-cost use out of that celery bunch. (photo credit)
I have noticed in my 19 years of being a mommy that almost always the fruit is the first to go at any kid party. This next idea from Pinterest can also double as a centerpiece. Get a pumpkin (you don’t even have to carve it) and poke skewered fruit kabobs in the top for a fun presentation. If you’re especially talented, you can draw a face onto the front of the pumpkin for a fun twist. (photo credit)
I have a confession to make, I have a serious problem with candy corn. There, I said it. I have loved these tri-colored triangles made of refined sugar since I was a kid. I have managed to cut back from eating an entire bag to just a few pieces throughout the season by making “Scarecrow Crunch.” This is a combination of sweet and salty made from things you probably already have in your pantry. Mix together natural popcorn, pretzel sticks, oatmeal cereal squares and candy corn. This recipe gives me the opportunity to enjoy a few pieces of my beloved candy corn in moderation. This also makes a great little gift for co-workers or neighbors when packaged in a clear bag and tied with a festive ribbon. (photo credit)
Another way I have learned to cut back on the candy at Halloween is to give little goodies like yo-yos, pencils, glow sticks, etc. These items are easy to find at any big box store or you can order large quantities online at Oriental Trading.
Get creative and let your kiddos help you out with making some of these snacks. This is twofold, well, threefold—they learn how to help plan for a special occasion, they learn how to make the snacks, and you get to spend precious time together. Happy haunting!