"Healthify" Your Halloween Party

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Halloween is of course traditionally filled with not-so-good-for-you treats that our kids (and maybe ourselves?) just can’t get enough of. But it is possible to throw a great, kid-appealing, adult-approved Halloween party without throwing in the diet towel. Just make your healthier treats fun! Here are some ideas to “healthify” Halloween.

  • Spooky Halloween Hands: Take latex-free surgical gloves and put one piece of candy corn (pointed side forward) into each finger, to make the nails. Then fill the gloves with organic popcorn. Tie at the wrist and toss into a giant bucket so kids will be reaching into a bucket full of hands when they want one (this is great for trick-or-treaters too!).
  • Pumpkin Fruit Kebab: Get the kids together to paint spooky or cute faces on their pumpkins. Then skewer some fruit onto wooden sticks to make your fruit kebabs. You can even sprinkle in some dark chocolate covered pieces for an extra sweet treat. Stick the skewers into the top of the pumpkin and you’ll have an edible-head to display! You can also carve out a mouth and have fruit spilling out to make it more like a pumpkin “monster”.
  • Boo-nana Pops: Cut bananas in half lengthwise and half again, so one side is flat. Insert a popsicle stick into each quarter and freeze on a cookie sheet. Once frozen, melt white chocolate in a cup and dip each banana pop into the white chocolate, scraping off the excess chocolate on the side of the bowl. Add dark chocolate chips to make eyes (quickly, before the chocolate hardens!). Place back on wax paper-lined cookie sheet and freeze again. Enjoy your scary banana ghosts!
  • Spooky Zombie Fingers: Use string cheese to resemble fingers and add a slice of strawberry or sliver of fiber cracker to make the nail. Fill a bowl with your spooky fingers, cover with a black cloth (with a slit in the middle) and kids will have no idea they’re reaching into a bowl full of slimy fingers!
  • Crudités or Veggie Straw Skeleton: On a large, flat platter, have the kids help arrange crudités or veggie straws into a skeleton shape. Where the head should be, put a bowl of healthy veggie dip, made with non-fat Greek yogurt and onion soup mix. As the party progresses, your skeleton will start missing more and more body parts!
  • Healthier Trick-or-Treat Bag: When deciding what to pass out to trick-or-treaters, look for candy and chocolate made with organic, better-for-you ingredients such as pure dark chocolate and no high fructose corn syrup. Unreal and Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups are great options, as are Yummy Earth Organic Lollipops and YummySnack candy bars.

Heather Bauer, RD CDN
Heather Bauer, RD CDN

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