It’s easy to find treats to celebrate Halloween, a little harder to persuade the kids to eat something healthy before they set off to trick-or-treat the neighborhood. That’s why we’ve rounded up creative and nutritious snacks that are just as tasty as the sweet stuff! Scroll on to discover bites that will be a hit with ghouls of all ages.
What's a monster mash without monster sandwiches? This idea from My Own Road is an easy way to ensure that there's hearty food on your Halloween menu—you know, before the giant sugar rush. Plus, it's a cinch to customize these mini monster sandwiches with your fam's fave deli meat and fillings.
Halloween Cheese and Crackers
Good news! Your Halloween cookie cutters can do double duty if you make these genius Halloween cheese and crackers. Use your kiddos' favorite cheese and have them help with the assembly. Learn more (and find other Halloween recipes!) over at Peas and Crayons.
Halloween Yogurt Bark
We love this healthy Halloween yogurt bark for oh-so-many reasons: it's a non-dairy snack, is full of fresh fruit, has no added sugar, and can be made in a snap. And then there's this: homemade googly eyes. Trust us, this is the Halloween snack (or breakfast) of champions. Get the recipe over at Fork & Beans.
Cheesy Graveyard Bones
Pizza dough is the headliner for these cheesy breadstick bones from Kelly Senyei at Just A Taste. The recipe couldn't be easier—especially if you use store-bought dough. For more of a meal try these bone shaped sausage rolls from Tonya Staab. Complete the bone-shaking Halloween look with ketchup or marinara "blood" for dipping!
Spooky Apple Slices
Need some help convincing your little ghouls that fruit is the real sweet treat of Halloween? Just get creative with apple slices! This idea is a snap to pull of, fiendishly clever, and healthy to boot! Learn how to make your own from Peas and Crayons.
Let's just say that this dip idea is downright magical. Kids will love that it's the perfect excuse to play with food—and you'll love that it's a super simple appetizer or snack. Bonus: use veggies to dunk instead of chips for an extra healthy kick. Get the recipe from Fork & Beans.
Frozen BOO-nana Ghosts
These ghost-shaped boo-nana popsicles are a fun treat the kids will love making as much as eating. Erin Clarke at Well Plated takes the healthy route and dips the banana shapes into vanilla yogurt rather than white chocolate--and you can turn these treats into mummies with a bit of peanut butter, caramel or nut butter and coconut sugar!
Not as spooky as ghosts and gravestones but whoooo can resist these delicious Halloween owls? Spread peanut butter or cream cheese on crackers and add sliced and whole almonds for this nocturnal nibble from Charity Mathews at Foodlets.
Fruity Candy Corn
The iconic Halloween candy corn gets a healthy makeover with the help of some appropriately colored fruit! Jill at Kitchen Fun with My Three Sons has the how-to using banana, cantaloupe and pineapple.
These pretzel-legged spiders from Charity Mathews at Foodlets will wriggle and jiggle and tickle your little one's insides! They are a cinch to make and sure to be gobbled up in no time. Sandwich the body with your kid's favorite filler, add legs and raisin eyes and you are all set for a spooky feast.
Orange you glad it's Halloween! These clementines disguised as pumpkins are the perfect healthy snack for little ones, peeled and ready to go. They are also super cute and decorative. No cooking's needed but you can find the how-to at Grounded.
Wicked Witch Fingers
Made from pizza dough with almonds as nails, these breadsticks from Cook Nourish Bliss are the perfect spooky finger-pointing snack for Halloween. The knobbly knuckles are cleverly made with a knot in the dough! (Psst! Cheese and carrots make good fingers too!). Add a suitably colored dip —tomato or pesto—and you're good to go.
Kooky Cut Outs
Sliced cheese and Halloween cookie cutters—it really can't get easier than this. The little ones will grab at a platter of different bread or cheese shapes. Alternatively, add themed cheese slices to an open sandwich like this from It’s Always Autumn and serve with spider-web tomato soup.
The Walking Watermelon
We are huge fans of this idea from Life Love & Hiccups, and it's about that time to say goodbye to our favorite summer fruit. Ask your zombies-in-training to lay out the fruity brains before this one hits the table!
Grilled cheese gets gruesome with this Halloween makeover from Brittney at Blush and Basil. As easy as it is tasty, just add RIP in ketchup and serve with tomato soup. It's a dead cert the kids will love it.
Cheesy Broomstick Bites
Send those little taste buds flying with these crafty broomstick bites. Making them couldn't be easier—get tips from Charity at Foodlets. Keep it light with fat-free string cheese, or tie in some matchstick carrots for a spellbinding boost of energy before your tiny monsters get swept away in the fun.
Here's a tasty bite for the little monsters in your life! You'll need six ingredients to create these scary looking critters with their frozen yogurt and mini chocolate chip eyes, apple mouths and jagged almond teeth. A monster never tasted so good! Get the instructions from nutrition coach Emily Fitzgerald at Grounded.
Carrot Rice Jack O’Lantern
These rice ball Jack O'Lanterns, courtesy of Tara's Multicultural Table, are super healthy and easy to prepare. Carrot juice colors the rice and sheets of nori provide the scary faces. Adapted from a version at Apron Strings, you can make these rice balls big or small and serve 'em as snacks or sides for your hungry hoard.
Spook-tacular Spider Eggs
We've got your new favorite deviled egg recipe, thanks to Weelicious! This idea is a fun way to turn creepy crawlies into delicious eats that are packed with protein. It's the perfect last-minute addition to a Halloween potluck!
Freaky Potato Fries
We know that the sweet tooth comes out with the full moon, so we have something for your wee howlers. Sweet potatoes, pumpkin spice, and fun shapes, oh my! Head on over to Cheeky Kitchen via Tablespoon for the know-how.