Halloween isn't just for the spirited downing of candy corn and fun-size chocolate bars -- seasonal treats can also have some nutritional value. Whip up some of these homemade Halloween recipes for little ghosts and goblins as a treat for kids--and grown-ups--won't be spooked to eat.
Spider Deviled Eggs
Make it & Love It
Creepy and crawly? Yes. But also creative and cute. Deviled eggs get a spooky Halloween makeover when you use black olives to turn the treat from so-so to spider-riffic.
Banana Witch Fingers
Kiddos won’t be scared of these witches – they’re tasty! Just cut sandwiches in vertical slices, smear with chopped bananas and cream cheese, and add the silver almond "fingernail."
Your little counts will go--well--batty over these fun Halloween treats that won’t rot their fangs – er, teeth. Just stick toothpicks in cheese cubes, spear a grape on top, and add tortilla chip wings to add some vamp to snack time.
Spider Cheese Pizza
Kids love cheese pizza -- and you'll love how easy the web of cheese is to create. It's just slices of string cheese!
Hot Dog Fingers
Ghoulish Goodies by Sharon Bowers; photo courtesy of Kevin Kennefick
These hot dog “fingers” are a fun twist on traditional pigs-in-a-blanket. Just wrap up hot dog slices in flour tortillas and dab a dot of ketchup on the dog for the nail. So fun, your kids might forget to ask for French fries!
Um, yum! This sweet Halloween treat is healthy, but your kids won’t know it because they’ll be too busy spooning pumpkin guts. Hallow out an orange peel, carve a face and fill with geletin (Or, um, Jell-o) from these mini jack-o'-lanterns.
Someday I'll Learn
Want to make breakfast a booo-tiful event? Turn hard-boiled eggs into Casper-like ghosts. Just peel eggs and use a black edible marker to draw on faces. Extra points for adding a jagged cut at the bottom.
When you send your kid to school dressed up for Halloween, pack his lunchbox with a sweet surprise: a ghost-shaped peanut butter and jelly sandwich! Use a cookie cutter or, if you're crafty, freehand it. And if you’re feeling extra motivated, you can write him a sweet Halloween poem lunchbox note.
Blue Skies Ahead
So, no, it’s not likely your kids are going to reach for fruit over candy during the Halloween season, but when you dress up a peeled orange with a celery stem to make it look like a pumpkin? Well, you might have a fighting chance.
Skip the Halloweenie cake pops for this just-as-yummy (and totally cute) alternative: banana and coconut ghost sticks! Take frozen bananas and dip them into orange juice and then shredded coconut. Don’t forget chocolate chips for the eyes and a raisin for the mouth. We bet you’ll like these, too!
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