Halloween Treats That Aren't Sugar Bombs

Halloween Treat: Savory Owl Snack
Yes, of course Halloween is all about the candy. But since Halloween celebrations can last for days, especially with class parties in the mix, sometimes it makes sense to serve slightly more wholesome treats. These goodies are just as fun as the usual sugary suspects, but they will actually fill your kids up with some vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, and fiber...just the fuel they need to power hours of trick-or treating.
Photograph by Bill Milne
Photograph by Bill Milne

Slithering Breadsticks

Let them eat snake! Pepperoni and poppy seeds give our serpentine snacks distinctive markings. These clever snacks are created by wrapping refrigerated breadstick dough around bamboo skewers. Ssss-imple!

Photograph by Bill Milne
Photograph by Bill Milne

Creepy Crawlers

This swarm of edible insects may look too repulsive to eat, but their various parts -- nutritious goodies, such as dates, raisins, banana chips, and apricots -- make them delightfully sweet.

For each bug, start with a dried fruit body as noted, then add various parts by pushing them into place. If needed, use a toothpick or paring knife to first make small holes or slits.

Bug-eyed Spider - Body: whole date; Legs: chow mein noodles; Eyes: white chocolate chips

Tiny Flies - Bodies: raisins; Wings: almond slices

Monster Fly - Body: whole date; Legs: chow mein noodles; Eyes: sunflower seeds; Wings: banana chips

Orange Creepers - Bodies: apricots; Legs: sunflower seeds; Antennae: chow mein noodles

Bryan McCay
Bryan McCay

Wise Guy Crackers

These savory snacks are as filling as they are adorable. Perch them on a platter for a surefire hit -- and a hoot!

Haunting PB&J

Give this lunchtime favorite a Halloween makeover with a ghost-shape cookie cutter. Little ones can help punch out the shape and add spooked raisin eyes.

Amy Palanjian
Amy Palanjian

Strawberry Yogurt Ghosts

Your little goblins will love snacking on these little ghosts. These adorable fruit snacks are a perfect afternoon nibble or even a healthy addition to breakfast or lunch.

Amy Palanjian
Amy Palanjian

Spooky Spiders

Packed with protein and fiber these easy-to-prep, no-bake candies are as delicious as they are adorable. For a nut-free version, use sunflower seed butter.

Amy Palanjian
Amy Palanjian

Candy Corn Fruit Cups

Fresh fruit and yogurt combine for a fun take on the iconic Halloween candy. Any yellow or orange fruit will do the trick, so use whatever varieties your family prefers.

Orange you glad to have a healthy snack to serve this Halloween season?

Photograph by Bill Milne
Photograph by Bill Milne

Jeepers Peepers

Serve these savory bites -- made with a kid-friendly combo of cheese and crackers -- and watch them disappear in a blink of the eye. For each, halve a mozzarella ball and place one half on a round cracker (we used melba toast). Add veins, using thinly sliced roasted red bell pepper, as shown, and a black olive slice for the pupil.

Directions for making a cute owl snack that's made from crackers, cream cheese, almonds, and raisins.

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