10 Healthy Halloween Recipes to Trick and Treat Your Kids

Sydney McAvoy
10 Healthy Halloween Recipes to Trick and Treat Your Kids

Do you want to treat your kids during the holiday season but worry about all the candy they will already be eating? Don’t stress- here are 10 fun, healthy Halloween recipes your kids are sure to enjoy!

Create Balance for Kids With Healthy Halloween Recipes

When it comes to Halloween, you probably think of kids in costumes, Halloween parties, and of course, candy. It can be hard to navigate keeping your kids’ diet healthy and balanced during this time of year. The most important thing when it comes to your kids’ health during the holidays? Balance. A good rule of thumb for Halloween candy after trick-or-treating is letting your little ones choose 1-2 small pieces of candy to have per day. This way they still get to enjoy the Halloween treats without the sugar rush of a candy overindulgence. 

While you try to balance your kids’ candy intake, treating them with other healthy Halloween treats can help keep the season festive and your kids happy. Try making these Halloween treats with your kids and watch their eyes light up when they see the final product!

Graham Cracker Monsters

Treat your kids with these customizable “monster” graham crackers. Pro tip- you can make these friendly monsters, too! All you’ll need for these is whole wheat graham crackers (or if you are feeling really gung-ho, you can make your own using this recipe), dark chocolate you can melt down, and mini marshmallows. Simply dip the graham crackers in dark chocolate to make monster “hair,” let cool in the fridge for 10-15 minutes, then add mini marshmallows with a chocolate chip in the middle to make eyeballs. You can customize as you and your kids want, adding peanut butter for hair instead, more chocolate chips for the mouth, or even using strawberry jelly for a “bloody” mouth! 

Banana Ghosts

Boo! A delicious and healthy snack of banana ghosts coming in hot! These are a simple and fun way to get your kids to eat more fruits! Simply slice bananas in half to make the body of the ghost, stick mini chocolate chips in the banana to make eyes, and use melted chocolate to form a mouth in the shape of an “O”. Eat as is, or try freezing the banana ghosts for an ice-cream-like treat! 

Halloween Yogurt Parfait

If your kids enjoy yogurt, this is the Halloween breakfast for them. If they don’t, this may be just the treat to help them start enjoying this healthy breakfast/snack option! To make this Halloween Yogurt Parfait, you’ll need ½ cup regular or vanilla greek yogurt, ¼ cup diced pineapple, ¼ cup mandarin orange (buy the kind that has not been sweetened), 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds, and 2 candy corn. Start with a base layer of the pineapple, add half the greek yogurt as the next layer, top that with a layer of mandarin oranges, and finish off with the rest of the greek yogurt as your final layer. Top with pumpkin seeds and two candy corn for a decorative finish, and enjoy it for breakfast or a snack! 

Roasted Halloween Veggies

Carrots, potatoes, beets, squash cut into ghost, witch hat, and pumpkin shapes

With this Halloween veggie recipe, your kids might actually want to eat their vegetables! All credit goes to the Live Eat Learn blog. For this recipe, you’ll need sweet potatoes, white potatoes, carrots, beets, olive oil, garlic, rosemary, balsamic vinegar, and honey. Your sweet potatoes will transform into pumpkins, your potatoes into ghosts, and your beets will become witches hats! You and your kids can feast on these veggies to balance out all the holiday sweets. Get the full recipe here.

Spiders On A Log

Ever heard of ants on a log? This Halloween treat is a fun twist on an old favorite! All you’ll need for this fun snack are celery sticks, peanut butter, raisins, and meltable chocolate. Start by spreading the peanut butter on the celery sticks, and then place 2-3 raisins on the peanut butter. Melt some chocolate down and place in a ziploc bag with a small hole in the corner. Use the bag to draw “legs” coming off the raisins, and viola, you’ll have spiders on a log!

Pumpkin Patch Cuties

This is possibly the easiest festive snack ever. All you need is a pack of cuties and celery sticks. Peel your cuties and place them on a plate/serving dish, and cut your celery sticks into small, thin strips. Place the strips of celery in the middle of your “pumpkin” cuties to create the look of a pumpkin patch, and serve! This is great as an after school snack, party treat, or just for fun decor. 

Bite Size Eyeballs

Looking for a savory Halloween treat to serve your kids (and friends!)? Look no further! All you need are mini cheese rounds (think Babybel cheeses), black olives, and green olives. Slice the green olives into thin slices, and the black olives into small pieces for the center of the eyeball. Take your cheese, push the sliced green olive into the center, and place the black olive on top of the green. Then, enjoy your snack- just don’t get too freaked out by the idea of eating “eyeballs!”

Frankenstein Smoothies

Okay, so these aren’t really smoothies made out of Frankenstein. But, once you draw a monster face on the glass mason jars, it will look like Frankenstein! To make one of these, you’ll start by blending 1 cup of spinach, ½ a banana, ½ cup frozen mango, 1.5 cups almond milk (or another milk/water of your choice), and a couple cubes of ice. Once you have blended your smoothie, pour your green smoothie into a glass that has a Frankenstein face drawn on it with a dry erase marker. Top with blueberries or cacao nibs for the Frankenstein hair, and viola, you have a Frankenstein smoothie your kids will enjoy! You can modify this smoothie recipe however you see fit for your kids, just be sure to keep the green color. 

Apple Monster Mouths

These apple monster mouths are a super simple, festive snack! Start by slicing an apple into fourths. Take ¼ of the apple and cut a small wedge in the back to make a “mouth” shape. Fill the mouth with a little peanut butter (or nut butter of your choice) and add sunflower seeds as the teeth! Bonus- cut a strawberry into a thin, triangle-shape to add a tongue to your apple monster mouth. Need visual inspiration? Check out this creation.

Mummy Pizzas

All credit for this one should be given to Julia at the YummyBowl blog! For this healthy Halloween treat, you will need pizza sauce, ground chicken, mozzarella sticks, spinach, an egg, tomato, olives, and olive oil. Your spinach, chicken, and egg will be made into a pizza “dough,” and the mozzarella sticks will become the mummy’s wrapping. Use the olives as eyes, and bon appetit - you and your kids can enjoy a healthy, delicious Halloween pizza! For more details about how to make this yummy snack, visit the YummyBowl blog.

Which of These Healthy Halloween Recipes Will be Your Kids Favorite?

When it comes to Halloween, balance is key! You and your kids can enjoy healthy Halloween recipes without all the extra sugar and fat that comes with some Halloween treats. If you want more ideas for some healthy treat alternatives you can make for Halloween (or even for the weekends), reach out to our nutritionists on chat here at Vessel for more ideas. If you make one of these treats, take a picture to post to social media and tag Vessel Health! We’d love to see your creations. Which of these healthy Halloween recipes will you try out for your kids?