I’m not one (one being a registered dietitian or Mom) that suggests you deprive yourself or your family of the traditional candy-laden Halloween. It’s just one night out of the year. The issue comes when you participate in the Halloween candy eating experience far beyond October 31st. OR when the Halloween party starts a week before the actual holiday, and you have 3-4 parties to attend! If that’s the case, I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite healthy halloween snacks and party treats that are sure to please the sweet tooth of any big and little kid!
A little bit of spooky and a whole lot of healthy, these healthy halloween snack and party treats are options the whole family can enjoy before and/or after the biggest night of candy eating. I honestly can’t get enough of them (I think they’ll be in my family’s snacking rotation far beyond Halloween).
1. Pumpkin Hummus
Pumpkin hummus is a twist on the classic party appetizer, perfect for holiday gatherings. Serve with pita chips or fresh vegetable sticks. If the idea of making homemade hummus makes you run the other way, just grab a container of pre-made hummus and mix with half a can of pumpkin puree, adding seasonings such as cinnamon, cumin, and salt to taste. See my recipe below!
2. Ninja Turtle Apples
If you are looking for a new after school snack or party treat, these Ninja Turtle Apples are sure to be a hit! Plus October is National Apple Month– why not take advantage of this delicious in-season produce. All you need are green apples, glue, streamers, googly eyes, and a black marker to draw on a mouth.
3. Candy Corn Parfaits
Candy for breakfast? That’s what your kids may be thinking when you present them with a candy corn parfait. Inside each cup, there’s pineapple, oranges, and vanilla yogurt! This is a perfect grab n’ go option for before or after school too!
Easy Pumpkin Hummus
- 1- 10oz. container of store bought hummus, plain
- 1/2- 15oz. can of pumpkin puree
- 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
- Vegetable sticks or pita chips for dipping
- Mix hummus, pumpkin, and spices until combined.
- Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to one week.
With Halloween less than 2 weeks away, remember to keep candy consumption in check- have snacks on hand that assure healthy treats are getting into those big and little tummies!