Celebrate Halloween the Healthy Way

By Megan Hamilton, Nutrition Sciences Intern, Texas A&M University
Reviewed by Katy Bowen, MS, RDN, LD, Director Community Outreach, CHEF
Edited by Andi Champion, Program Coordinator, CHEF

Does the Halloween sugar rush have you spooked? Skip the store bought, pre-packaged treats and include some homemade healthy options in the mix this year. Whether you’re throwing a Halloween party or just bonding with your family in the kitchen, we’ve rounded up some healthy ideas that are scary good!

“Boonanas”: Simply create this fun snack by cutting a peeled banana in half and add chocolate chips to make a face. Place two mini chocolate chips into the banana, pointy side in, and place one regular sized chocolate chip underneath to make a mouth. Stand the “boonanas” up on plate to serve as a spooky treat!

“Mini Pumpkins”: All you need to do for this snack is to cut a stalk of celery in 1- inch pieces and then cut the stalk in half length wise. Stick the piece of celery in a peeled tangerine to finish the look!

“Witches Broomstick”: Cut a slice of string cheese into thirds and make a fringe on one end by making lengthwise cuts about halfway up. Insert a pretzel stick into the uncut end of the cheese and use a small piece of chive to tie the “broomstick” together.

“Candy Corn” Fruit Cocktail: Use a clear glass and layer pineapple and peeled oranges. Top off the fruit with a dollop of whipped cream and a few pieces of candy corn.

Creating these unique, better-for-you treats is a great way to help start the conversation with your kids about making healthy choices! For more ways to change snacks and meals in your kitchen, check out recipe ideas here.

Please note, these Halloween recipes were found and recreated based off of the links below: