Halloween is almost here, and we can’t wait! Of course, we love to dress up and trick or treat but what we are most excited about is all the fun, sweet treats that Halloween is centered around. While Halloween is known for children overdosing on sugar, there are a few ways you can attempt to create a healthy(ish) balance with more savory treats that still incorporate some Halloween fun.
MUMMY HOT DOGS
- hot dogs
- crescent rolls
- candy eyeballs
This one is so simple, and the kids can help out with this one. Unroll the crescent rolls then cut it into strips. Wrap the strips around a hot dog and place on a baking sheet. Bake according to package. Once baking is done, attach the candy eyeball with ketchup.
JACK-O-LANTERN TORTILLA PIZZA
- pizza cheese
Use two tortillas per pizza. With a knife, cut out a jack-o-lantern face on one tortilla. You can also try out this cool jack-o-lantern cookie cutter to create a face. On the other tortilla, spread pizza sauce then cheese then pepperoni. Add the jack-o-lantern face tortilla on top and heat in a skillet until the cheese is melted.
SPIDER WED BOILED EGGS
- food dye
Boil eggs to your liking. Once boiled, put the eggs in water and ice. After they’ve cooled, take each egg and gently crack them with a spoon or by rolling them on the counter. Put them in a cup with 1 tbsp or water, generous amount of choice colored food dye, and a little water. The longer you let them sit in this, the more vibrant the color will be. Peel the eggs and cut in half. Take out the yolk and mix with mayo and choice food dye then add back to the egg white.
- peanut butter
- raisins or choc chips for the eyes
- circle cookie cutter
Cut the bread with cookie cutter. Apply peanut butter and jelly and top with the cut bread. Add pretzels by sticking them in between the two pieces of bread. Add raisins or choc chips with peanut butter for the eyes. I’ll also add here that the bananas pictured are dipped in yogurt then frozen and that is a good treat you don’t want to miss either!
GRAVESTONE GRILLED CHEESE WITH BLOODY TOMATO SOUP
- can tomato soup
Keeping this as simple as possible with canned soup and a traditional grilled cheese recipe. Cut the grilled cheese into a tomb shape and write RIP on top with ketchup. The savory eyeballs in the soup is cheese and olives. Use a straw to put a hole in the center of the cheese and insert an olive half. Easy and fun! This one was a fan favorite and I was shocked because giving them tomato soup was a first but they loved it.
HALLOWEEN PASTA SALAD
- pasta (dyed purple- just add food coloring to boiling water)
- carrot sticks
- cheese cubes
- Italian dressing
This is another really easy one. Toss everything listed above in a bowl, cut jack-o-lantern faces into cucumbers with a knife and you’ve got a healthy Halloween treat. I literally did not even measure anything, I just eyeballed the color ratio and went from there.
And just for good measure, I’ll add in a few sweet treat recipes too because after all what is Halloween really without sugary treats?!
CANDY CORN FRUIT PARFAIT
- candy corn
- whip cream
Layer the ingredients from bottom to top in a clear cup.
PUMPKIN PATCH DIRT CUP
- choc pudding
- pumpkin candy
Put Oreos in a Ziploc bag and crush. Then layer pudding and Oreos until you reach the top of your cup. Top it off with pumpkin candy.
To amp up any ordinary dish, just add candy eyes. I found ours in the baker’s section at Target but they can also be found here.