Healthier Halloween Treats DIY

By Jen Shragge

For those of you who have been reading my posts for a while, you will already know that I have an obsession with fall and all things Halloween. I also love candy. I love love love me some candy. I, however, do not love how many artificial colours and flavours and additives there are in candy and packaged treats. My eldest turns into the Incredible Hulk if he is exposed to artificial colours in anything more than tiny amounts and add in all the processed sugar and we have a very unpleasant situation on our hands.

Healthier DIY Halloween Treats

That being said, I still love Halloween, and I plan on hosting our annual pre-trick or treating pizza party this year with our friends, and I have some fun treats planned. Just because you are skipping all the junky stuff, doesn’t mean you have to skip the fun! Plus, my kids will, of course, get to pick their top-10 “keepers” after we pick and sort their candy and they always get their fill of the less than ideal treats for the one special night as always.

Healthier Halloween Treats

If you are keen to prepare some dye-free and healthier snacks and treats for a Halloween party or even Halloween night, here are my top five all-time favourite, kid-approved ideas:

  • Boo-Nannas: Cut bananas in half and press chocolate chips in for eyes and a mouth. Healthier Halloween Treats
  • Cheese string witches brooms: Cut cheese strings into thirds and peel each about half way and insert a pretzel stick.Healthier Halloween Options
  • Frankenstein smoothies: Make or buy your favourite green smoothie and use a black sharpie on a clear cup to draw Frankenstein’s face.
  • Ghost-Krispies: Shape homemade rice krispie treats (I like to use vegan marshmallows and brown rice cereal, but you can use any recipe you like!) into ghosts.
  • Hairy spiders: Skewer eight toothpicks with raisins and spear them into a large seedless black grape. Kids LOVE these.

Healthier Halloween Options

Here are my top five better choice chocolate and candy options as well:

Healthier Halloween Treats

Wishing you all a safe and spooktacular Halloween night!

Don’t forget, the unwritten rule of parenting is that you may pillage your child’s treat bag for one night before taking the rest of the candy to work, or tucking it away for holiday gingerbread house/cookie decorating! Trust me; it’s a thing.

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Jen Shragge is a yoga instructor and all around eco-diva. She now lives back in her hometown of Toronto after ten years in the Vancouver area. Jen’s days are filled by her seven year old son and husband plus her toddler who was crazy enough to make her arrival on Christmas Day. In her spare time, (do moms really have spare time!?) Jen is a stylist for Peekaboo Beans, a play-focused quality children's clothing line.

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25 responses to “Healthier Halloween Treats DIY”

  1. Great ideas! Thanks for sharing.

  2. I love your Halloween healthy treats. They make snack time fun and are good for you.

  3. These ideas are so adorable and so easy to do too!! easier the better for me 🙂 and you of items. I love the witches broom and i know with my girls love for cheese, they will too 🙂

  4. Love those bananas, super ideas 🙂

  5. Oh my goodness, I absolutely LOVE these ideas!!

  6. great ideas

  7. The witches brooms are also a great idea and simple to make too. 🙂

  8. Creative and fun treats

  9. The raisin spiders are so cute! Fun ways of making Halloween treats less sugary ;).

  10. These are great treats for the kiddos; healthy and fun.

  11. Some very good selections in your list for a few people I will be buying fo.

  12. These are great ideas!

  13. I love these ideas! Anything but candy 😛

  14. These treats are really creative, super cute and I bet delicious too.

  15. I think these snacks are wonderful. I especially like the spider. He looks so dangerous!

  16. These look like fun snacks to make with the kids. I love healthier options too 🙂

  17. Though I am not a big fan of spiders, I gotta say that the Hairy spiders idea is genius! Kind of scary but delicious and healthy! I have to try making it this year.

  18. You can’t go wrong with healthy treats especially on Halloween! I really like all these fun ideas, especially the broom sticks.

  19. I do think that it’s a shame that kids collect so much candy these days that a lot goes to waste. I know my grandkids often have some that ends up in the garbage.

  20. These look like such fun snacks!

  21. These ideas are so cute They would be fun to make

  22. We’ll be making these cute banana ghosts this Halloween!

  23. Great ideas! These are so cute, easy to make, and a healthy treat option.

  24. These are some great ideas.

  25. Love the banana ghosts.

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