When you think of Halloween, you can’t help but think of candy. However, the haunted holiday doesn’t have to be a guaranteed sugar sesh. If you’re throwing a Halloween party or bringing treats to your school or dance studio, we’ve come up with a few relatively healthy and creative ideas to keep your snacking festive without the dreaded sugar crash afterward.
Fruit salad Jack-O-Lantern: Cut the top off a watermelon and ball out the fruit into a bowl. When the rind is hollow, carefully use a sharp knife to carve eyes, nose, and large open mouth into the front. Put together a mixed fruit salad with the watermelon balls and other fruits of your choice. On a plate or platter, scoop the fruit salad around the watermelon and so it looks like it’s coming out of the mouth.
Popcorn witch hands: Purchase clear plastic gloves—the kind for serving food. Fill each fingertip with one piece of candy corn (to look like fingernails). Stuff popped popcorn into the glove and tie at the end with orange ribbon.
Apple smiles: Cut an apple into medium slices. Spread peanut butter between two slices and placed sliced almonds on the top and bottom so they look like teeth. You can also put a slice of strawberry in as a tongue or a drizzle of strawberry jelly as blood.
Roasted pumpkin seeds: When you’re carving your Halloween pumpkin, save the pumpkin seeds in a separate bowl. Rinse the seeds under cold water so the orange strings release from the seeds. Boil the seeds in salted water for 10 minutes. Drain the water, toss the seeds in a bit of olive oil, and bake them on a metal sheet in a 400-degree oven until crispy (5-20 minutes depending on the size of the seeds).
Healthy caramel apples: Blend 8 ounces of pitted dates, 4 ounces of dry roasted peanuts, 2 ounces ground flaxseed, 1 tablespoon vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and ¼ teaspoon salt in a Vitamix. Divide the dough mixture into 5 individual balls. Flatten out each circle and wrap it around an apple. Press and pinch the seams together. Carefully insert a popsicle stick in the center of the apple and cover with chopped almonds, carob chips, or coconut flakes.
If you do go trick-or-treating or find yourself at a candy-coated costume party this Halloween, try to ration your sugar to only a couple of pieces by remembering how horrible you’ll probably feel if you eat a ton of candy. And Halloween is on a Wednesday this year, which means you don’t want to feel groggy and run-down for school and dance rehearsal the next day! If you try out some of our “healthier” snack options, let us know how you like them in the comments section below.