If you have been following Kitchen Explorers for a while, you’ve probably noticed that I’m just a tiny bit obsessed with healthy food. It’s not that I don’t enjoy the occasional piece of candy (usually dark chocolate) or dessert (I’ll take a couple of bites of just about anything), but as my kids Solomon and Celia will attest, I’m a health nut.
Contrary to what you may be thinking, I’m not a complete witch this time of year. I don’t hold our kids back from trick-or-treating or gorging on the spoils on Halloween night. But I do love making healthy Halloween treats that are clever and adorable and that kids love for the days leading up to the holiday and the accompanying class parties.
(My pet peeve: why do we fill kids up with sugar at class parties right before they stuff themselves with candy after trick-or-treating? Look below for some non-sugary class party alternatives.)
Last year, I shared a video my kids made featuring some of our favorite healthy Halloween treats.
This year, I want to point you to some hauntingly healthy Halloween treats from around the web and blogosphere. I hope you’ll be inspired to cook some of them up with or for your little sprites. I think you’ll find, as I have, that Halloween treats don’t have to be made of frosting and candy for kids to happily devour them.
Skeleton Veggie Tray from Rookie Moms.
Pumpkin Patch side dish from Food Mayhem.
Spider Web Dip from Our Best Bites.
Strawberry Ghosts from Taste of Home.
Fingers in Green Slime from Miss A.
Deviled Spider Eggs from Shockingly Delicious.
How about packing a little Halloween fun in your kids’ lunches?
To make the Ghostly Eggs pictured at top, cut two hard-boiled eggs in half lengthwise and remove the yolks. Mash the yolks with 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard, 1 tsp. mayonnaise, 1/2 tsp. pickle relish, and a shake each of curry powder and celery salt. Scoop the mixture back into the eggs. For the eyes, use a tiny piece of black olive or eggplant skin. Add legs made of green onions and/or broccoli. Place them on a colorful bed of shredded carrots and red cabbage.
If you have any other healthy Halloween treats for us to try, please share them or link to them in the comments below.