From classroom parties to trick-or-treating adventures, Halloween can be a time filled with sweets, but not always the better-for-you versions. But this Halloween, you can provide treats that won’t break your family’s health goals or compromise fun for their dietary restrictions.
Here are seven Halloween healthy treats for kids and parents that are festive and fun!
These broomsticks pack a punch and are great to munch on in a flash.
You’ll only need three ingredients: string cheese, pretzel sticks, and fresh chives. Cut each cheese stick into thirds, then slice the ends four to five times at the end. Push a pretzel stick into the uncut end and tie a chive around the top of the cheese.
Bonus: They’ll be a good source of protein to balance out all of the sweet stuff.
Bananas can go from normal to spooky with just a few added ingredients. Better yet, this recipe is so simple that even the youngest of your bunch can help make them!
Cutting bananas in half lengthwise and then widthwise, you’ll end up with four pops per banana. Freeze the banana pieces before spreading melted coconut butter over the top of the pieces. Add raisins for eyes and slide in a popsicle stick for a sugar-free treat.
Bonus: You can always swap coconut butter for white chocolate or raisins for chocolate chips when you can afford a little more sweetness.
These buggy treats are quick to make and are ready to share in no time.
Slide 12 clean green grapes along kabob skewers, not puncturing through the last grape and leaving it on the end of the stick to serve as the caterpillar’s head. Making sure that the grapes are dry, add small dots of vanilla icing on the last grape and then add mini chocolate chips on each icing dot to create eyes.
Bonus: These store well in the fridge so they can be made the night before, saving you time the day of your party or event.
Wiggle Worms & Spooky Spiders Dirt Pudding
Who says candy concoctions can’t be a little healthier? Dirt pudding filled with wiggle worms and spooky spiders may sound a little wild, but it’s actually good for you. This treat is made using only items that are from health-conscious companies .
To make the “dirt,” take Dr. Oetker Organic Chocolate Pudding, which has only four simple ingredients and is GMO-free, and then layer the pudding with crushed gluten-free KinniToos Chocolate Vanilla Sandwich Cookies from Kinnikinnick Foods. Top it all off with Surf Sweets Spooky Spiders and Gummy Worms for yummy, gooey success.
Bonus: You can use any leftover gummy worms or spiders and freeze them into ice cubes to make drinks fun and even more tasty.
Silly Apple Bites
Turn regular green apples into something extraordinary and fun for the whole family.
Cut green apples into quarters, slicing a gap in the middle. Fill the gap with sunflower butter, placing sunflower seeds into the top of the gap to form teeth, and strawberry slices at the bottom to create tongues. Add one or two vegan googly eyes to the top, which are made by adding chocolate chips to a non-dairy sugar, cornstarch, corn syrup, and almond milk paste.
Bonus: After you make the googly eyes, you can use the extra eyes on tons of other treats. Just store them in an airtight container for later use.
Yikes! Frankenstein never looked as good as he does in this guacamole snack.
After making a batch of your favorite guacamole from fresh avocados, spread it onto a platter using a spatula to get it into a rectangular shape. Add some blue tortilla chips to the top to form Frankenguac’s hair and spoon two dollops of sour cream onto the top for eyes. Use sliced olives for both the center of the eyes and the mouth, and voila! He’s alive!
Bonus: This recipe looks harder than it is and will not only be easy to make, but also impressive! Your kids will be super proud.
Jack-O-Lantern Sweet Potato Fries
Take a break from all the dessert with some festive sweet potato fries.
Slice up sweet potatoes, and then cut out fun jack-o-lantern designs in the slices. You can even use cookie cutters to make your designs! Drizzle either olive or avocado oil over the slices and sprinkle them with a layer of your favorite seasonings.
Pop them into the oven at 400 degrees and 15 to 20 minutes later, you’ll have soft, sweet fries.
Bonus: You can throw on cinnamon for an extra kick.