Halloween isn't just about the candy!

By Emily VanSchmus
Updated October 23, 2020
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With the excessive amount of Halloween candy (not to mention all the artificial colors and flavors found in them) available this time of year, the words 'Halloween' and 'healthy snacks' don't usually go hand-in-hand. But this year we're transforming the way we approach Halloween, and there are so many creative ways to turn healthy snacks into festive holiday treats. We headed to Instagram for some spooky inspiration, then rounded up a few of our favorite healthier Halloween treats for you and your family to try. They're still a little indulgent but also serve up fresh veggies and fruit. 

We're confident that they're so tasty, cute, and original that your kids (and even the adults!) will be coming back for more.

Veggie Villains

Do you frequently put out veggies for your house to snack on? Us, too. That's why we were so excited when we saw this festive platter of veggies with monster eyes from Berry and the Boards—a.k.a. one of the cutest ways to eat our veggies that we've ever seen. Not sure how we didn't think of carving veggies ourselves, but now that we've seen these jack-o'-lantern cucumbers and monster kiwis, it's pretty much the only thing we want to snack on from now ‘til Halloween.

Candy Corn Parfait

The classic yellow-and-orange candy corn is a Halloween staple. In fact, the history of the candy dates back to over a century ago. But let's face it: We are a bit more conscious about eating healthier foods now—so if you're looking for a treat that doesn't pack in as much corn syrup and sweetener, try this fruit-based alternative. Chelsey from Cherry Red Chels created this tasty treat with inspiration from Miriam Gin, and we’ll be making our own versions ASAP. To make it, layer oranges, pineapple, and whipped cream in a Mason jar ($4, Joann). Try this one for a breakfast treat and top with yogurt instead of whipped cream. 

Boo-Nanas and Orange ‘Pumpkins’

A pair of edible eyes instantly turns a low-calorie banana into a tasty holiday snack. We love the way April of Mama Lafawn paired her banana creatures with pumpkins (clementines with celery stems) and spiders (sandwich cookies with pretzels for legs). These fun Halloween snack hacks are perfect for first-time cooks—we encourage you to let your kids play sous chef and see their creations come to life with these easy-to-make ideas.

Char-boo-terie Board

A quick grazing board is one of our favorite healthy snack options, and Sarah from 30 Minute Foodie whipped up this insanely cute charcuterie board with a Halloween twist in just a few minutes. She turned peppers, multi-color carrots, apples, and dried apricots into ghosts and goblins by adding a few edible eyeball candies. Then she added in pretzels, popcorn, leaf-shape tortilla chips, and even a few sweet bites (hello, candy corn!) for the ultimate holiday snack board.

Monster Pretzels

This season, reimagine the classic pretzel by adding a bit of a sweet twist. Start by dipping large pretzel rods into different colors of melted almond bark or candy coating, then add all the Halloween accents you can think of: Drizzled icing, sprinkles, monster eyes, and edible bats turn these dipped pretzels into one of the most festive treats we've seen. These colorful snacks will curb your sweet tooth without overdoing it on the sugar. Plus, this isn't an adults-only treat! We love the way Devin Rush turned snack time into a fun activity for her boys by allowing them to decorate their own pretzels.

Mummy Jalapeño Poppers

Great to serve the kids as a substantial after-school snack, these pepper poppers are good to munch on all month long. To make them, use In Fine Taste’s recipe to stuff jalapeños with cheese, then cover them with tasty dough wrappings and edible eyeballs ($3, Target) that’ll quickly transform them into mummies. Of course, if you (or the kids) prefer less of a kick, you can make them with miniature bell peppers instead. Serve and enjoy this crunchy holiday snack that's crawling with flavor.

Spooky Snack Board

We love a good candy charcuterie board, but it's just as easy to swap out the sugary snacks for sandwiches, fruit, and cheese. To get this look, create your own tea sandwiches by cutting the bread with a pumpkin-shaped cookie cutter ($4, Etsy), then place a ghost cookie cutter directly on the board and fill it in with cheese slices. Add a few other munchies (and maybe even a few small cookies!) and this board is ready for snacking.

Ghost Crackers

If you got into baking bread during quarantine, put your sourdough skills to the test with these fun ghost-shaped snacks. Follow Sarah's recipe for sourdough crackers, then use a ghost cookie cutter ($2, Etsy) to make the shapes. Top with parmesan cheese and serve with a hot pepper jelly for a tasty (and homemade!) holiday snack. Round out the tray with cut fresh fruit and veggies.

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