BOO! Halloween time is such a fun time of the year, but don’t let the abundance of sugary candy and treats scare you! There are many delicious and healthy ways to balance your Halloween celebration so that sweets and candy will not be your only option. So put up some decorations, grab your costume, and carve that pumpkin! Then, enjoy some of these recipes and you’re sure to have a great Halloween.
2 cups Fresh Pumpkin Seeds (Save them after you carve your pumpkin!)
¼ cup Olive Oil
2 tablespoons Kosher Salt
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Boil pumpkin seeds for 10 minutes in large pot. Drain and rinse seeds in a colander, and dry with paper towels. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and gently mix until all of the seeds are coated in olive oil and salt. Spread out the seeds on two cookie sheets and bake for 6 minutes. Remove the seeds from the oven and shake to rearrange. Bake for another 4-6 minutes, or until golden brown. Sprinkle a little bit more salt and enjoy!
8 large chocolate chips
16 mini chocolate chips
½ stalk of celery
Directions: Banana Ghosts- Cut eat banana in half horizontally. Place two mini chocolate chips, pointy side in, on banana as eyes and one large chocolate chip, pointy side in, as the mouth. Clementine Pumpkins - Cut celery into 3 pieces lengthwise, each only about ¼ inch or less thick. Then cut each celery stick into 3 pieces, to have 9 pieces total. Peel clementines and leave whole. Place a piece of celery on top of the clementine as the stem on a pumpkin. Arrange on a decorative Halloween plate and use this as a healthy snack or as a decoration!
2 red delicious apples
4 tablespoons peanut butter
¼ cup peanuts, halved
¼ cup candy corn
Directions: Cut each apple into 8 slices. Spread some peanut butter on each apple slice, this is the zombie mouth. Arrange halved peanuts and candy corn as teeth on one apple slice and top with another apple slice to look like a mouth. Put these out at a party for a spooky treat!
Haunted Monster Hands
8 clear food service gloves
40 pieces candy corn
4 cups popcorn, popped
8 pieces red ribbon cute to 8 inches
Directions: Put one piece of candy corn in each tip of the finger (this is the fingernail) and fill the rest of the glove with popcorn, leaving 2 inches of empty space. Tie the top off with ribbon! Place these wacky monster hands in random spots and watch your friends react when they find this scary yet funny treat.
Halloween is a time filled with fun, sweets, and costumes. Be careful not to go overboard eating packaged candy and sweets, it is especially important to remember that during this holiday. That being said, go ahead and enjoy your favorite types of candy, but balance it with these healthier options. Trick- or- treat!
Photo Credit: Jennifer Collins