4 Creative & Healthy Halloween Snack Ideas for Kids
BY BRYNN MCDOWELL
I absolutely love Halloween, especially after having kids and getting to see them dress up in their costumes. Their excitement for all things plastic spiders, pumpkins and candy is contagious. There are so many Halloween related events that take place, besides trick or treating, that involve snacks and goodies that I wanted to try and find some balance while still being festive. Between school carnivals, after school parties, and sports festivities, the amount of candy, cupcakes, and cookies can get a little out of hand. So, I created these 4 Healthy Halloween Snacks for kids that are still fun and festive, while also providing a little nutrition.
Yogurt is a kid favorite and there are so many great options that come in the squeeze tubes these days. To create these mummies, I simply took strips of cheesecloth and wrapped them around each yogurt tube. To finish off the look, glue on some black eyes made from construction paper. If you can’t find cheesecloth, you could also use ace bandages or strips of gauze.
Mini Jack O’ Lanterns
My kids love the little mandarin oranges that are just coming into season this time of year. I simply take a black marker and draw little pumpkin faces on them to create these mini Jack O’ Lanterns. They are a hit with the kids and parents alike.
Spooky String Cheese
This is so simple and makes all the kids laugh. All you have to do is take a black, permanent marker and draw two bigs 0’s for eyes and a big 0 for a mouth on each string cheese.
Monster Mouth Bites
A little time consuming, but an easy way to create a fun, filling snack that will give kids enough energy to last through all the Halloween fun! Cut an apple into wedges and remove the core (I just used an apple slicer). Depending on the size of each apple slice, you may need to cut it in half again so it’s not too thick. Spread peanut butter (or nut butter of your choice) onto one side of each apple slice. Take a few mini marshmallows and stack on top of peanut butter to create “teeth”. Then stack the remaining apple slice on top (peanut butter side down) to create a monster mouth bite. If you need a nut allergy friendly version, Sunflower Butter is a great alternative to peanut/nut butter.
These treats are a fun way to celebrate the fun of Halloween while finding a balance between all the treats and candy. I think everything in moderation is a great message to pass on to kids, while still being fun and festive.
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