Friday, October 23, 2015

Spooky Eats!

Are you going to any Halloween parties, carnivals or fall festivals?  They are such a fun tradition!  We usually go to one at our church and sometimes the school will host one as well.  But do you ever feel like all the goodies and sweets is a little too much?  The caramel apples, the candy corn, the glazed donuts on a string, the cotton candy and kettle corn, the homemade root beer and hot apple cider, decorating sugar cookies and on top of all that the HALLOWEEN CANDY.  It seems like at every turn there are sweet treats and goodies, especially for the kids.  Don't get me wrong, I love all that-- in moderation, and I'm trying to teach my kids this too.  As such, I have been loving all of the creative and healthy Halloween snack ideas out there!  I've got a running mental list of ones I'd like to try.  I thought I'd share a few with you that might be especially good for kid Halloween parties-- all egg and nut free, of course.  :)


1. Halloween Spider Snack Crackers @ La Jolla Mom
An oldie, but a goodie.  These are a great alternative to other sweet food crafts at Halloween parties. Use cream cheese or sunbutter for the filling.
Halloween Spider Cracker Snacks

Another good alternative for the sweet food crafts.  Use Sunbutter for the filling to make it nut free.  Use either marshmallows for the teeth or try sunflower seeds for a different look.


3.Pretzel & Cheese Witch Brooms via halfhourmeals.com
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea!  So clever!
 

4. Jack-o-Lantern Fruit Cups @ becoming a bentoholic
Talk about easy, right?  That's for me!

5. How about the scary carrot hand popping out of the party dip?  (I still love this one)  Use a pumpkin seed instead of the almond or a slice of yellow onion for the finger nail.  And check out my egg free ranch veggie dip too!


64 Non-Candy Halloween Snack Ideas


Been there, done that?  Maybe you've seen these ideas already? I was trying to think of something different as a healthier Halloween snack and came up with these:

pepperoni eyeball bites



What you will need:

circle shaped crackers, like Ritz
Slices of Mozzarella cheese
Mini pepperoni
sliced olives

Simply use a circle cookie cutter to cute circle shapes out of the cheese slices.  Layer the cheese circles on top of each round cracker.  Top cheese slice with a mini pepperoni and a sliced olive.  DONE!

Now for the variations:
if you prefer, you could dollop some pizza sauce instead of the pepperoni.  (Or both, whatever works)

Another option would be to use a zucchini round in place of the cracker, assembling as before and baking at 400 degrees for about 12-15 minutes.

Consider some of these for your next halloween get together for a refreshing change that guests (and moms!) will appreciate.  For some more ideas, check out nuts.com snacking page for some "spooktacular snacks that won't frighten your waistline!"

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