I love festivities, but I’m always a little disheartened when it’s always sweets and cakes that take all the limelight on these occasions when we have such a variety of delicious foods around us that can be equally as exciting…right? I’m never saying we shouldn’t give kids sweeties or choccies, but I’m just wanting to highlight some other less sweet food options during these times too, to help little ones get excited about ALL foods and not just ones that have plenty of sugar and salt.
Also, I’m all about inspo, and I don’t think parents really need TONNES of inspo to help make jelly teeth or sugar blood appealing to little ones…you might need a bit of a nudge with the old peppers though.
A Healthy Halloween
So why not try something different to make Halloween fun? You could try spooky games, sword fights, Halloween themed dinners or simply decorating the house with your little ones. Parents can dress up too or get involved in a ghost walk with the whole family. And who doesn’t like carving a pumpkin with the kids??
Pumpkins can work wonders as food options too. Think Pumpkin porridge, soup, or just cut pumpkin slices into bat shapes and roast them. Seriously Halloween biscuit cutters can go a long way as well, if you have any at home (try them with my oatcakes or make some Frankensteins out of my scones.)
However, if you’re looking for some sweet treats that might still be of interest to your little ones, there are still plenty of these ideas too. A quick Google search for ‘Healthy Halloween Ideas’ can bring up HUNDREDS of ideas… but I’ve included some of my favourites below:
- Focus on fruits. There are so many varieties of fruits and so many colours that it’s easy to make things. Like squashed brains (mashed banana), blood (squashed red fruits), spiders (raisins with legs) etc.
- You could try making homemade cakes and sweets so you can control the amount of sugar in them. Again, you can also base these on fruits. Apricots, bananas and strawberries dipped in chocolate, flapjacks with writing on them, cornflake cakes with red berries squashed on top. The ideas are endless!
- Halloween themed toys may also work instead of sweeties. So why not opt to give out small toys, magazines or miniature games for children to play with. It might make a nice change for them and is something that will at least last past their bedtime.
- Tangerines and bananas also make a great treat, especially if you can draw some spooky faces on them.
- Making mini popcorn bags can be fun too. Make some plain popcorn and top them off with a sprinkle of paprika so they have a rusty, halloweeney look, or you could dip them in squashed raspberries too.
Of course these are just a few options for fun foods for kids at this time of year. But realistically (and if you want to avoid your house being egged!) you may also need to offer up some run of the mill (boring) sweets too.
Other ideas for a Healthy Halloween:
Take a look at this great spread of Healthy Halloween treats from my friend and colleague Catherine Lippe.
Hello Fresh UK have also shared some brilliant ideas for healthy, fun Halloween treats too:
This website also has some fab foodie ideas with a real Halloween twist
And here are some other ideas from twitter too:
Halloween gone healthy with scary parfaits…….yogurt is goo, grapes are eye balls, strawberries mashed up is blood, granola is the ground bones…..gross, fun and healthy! – Kelly Springer MS, RD, CDN
Creepy ginger ale with spooky ice cubes – Blood-red, raspberry ice cubes are fun for tricks and treats alike. As the ice cubes melt, the soda will turn red! – Wholefoods market