We are on fall break, and my kids are as high energy as ever and super pumped about Halloween at the end of the month. So, I thought let’s burn some energy and get creative with some healthy Halloween treats. It gives them something to do, keeps them creative, and the end result is a healthy treat that is focused on Halloween. And, everyone is happy!
Frightening Fruit Cups
These couldn’t be any easier! And, if you get plastic cups with lids, they make a spooky lunch treat to take to school! We made Frankensteins with green grapes, jack-o’-lanterns with oranges, and ghosts with bananas and marshmallows. Oh, and let us not forget the green goblin created by one of my boys—green grapes for the face and a green apple for his head. Just draw the design on the cups using a permanent marker, glue on some googly eyes (optional), and then fill to the top with the fruit.
These were fun and super tasty! I cut green apples in fourths then used a paring knife to cut out the mouths. I also sliced the strawberries and cut the marshmallows into little “monster teeth” pieces. The kids would spread peanut butter (and sunflower butter) in the mouth, add a strawberry tongue, little marshmallow teeth, and googly eyes. (We used a tiny bit of peanut butter to “glue” the eyes onto the apples.) The kids had so much fun making their monsters that we thought this would be a perfect activity to do at a Halloween party. Each kid makes their own, then gobbles ‘em up!
Spooky Witches’ Cauldron of Body Parts
When I was younger, our school Halloween parties were crazy fun! We wore our costumes, played Halloween games, and ate a ton of junk. I know I’m not alone here when I talk about how much fun the game was with the brown bags of mysterious body parts. Completely freaked out and giggling to no end, we would reach into the bag and feel something slimy or bony, and the teacher would say those are brains or little kids’ fingers. Eeeeeewwwwww!!! It was gross, grimy, and exactly what every kid loved to do at a Halloween party! After telling my kids about this fun, spooky game, they wanted to make a version of their own, so we looked through our pantry and this is what we came up with:
Eyeballs: Take a paring knife and peel the skins off 40 grapes. (Hint: Older, softer grapes are easier to peel.)
Brains: Cook half a box of spaghetti noodles and refrigerate until ready to use.
Guts: Use the innards (seeds and fibrous strands) of a pumpkin, and save what remains to carve or bake later.
Teeth: Measure half a cup of unpopped popcorn kernels.
Ears: Use a handful of dried mangos.
Fingers: Using one bag of baby carrots, take a paring knife and cut a shape resembling a nail at the tip of the carrot, then carve a couple slits to represent the knuckles.
We had mini cauldrons from a dollar store and my daughter thought it would be fun to use them instead of brown bags. Check out how we assembled our Spooky Witches’ Cauldrons, and download a free PDF of the cauldron labels by venturing over to the post in the link below!
All activities were kid tested and approved for a fun, spooky way to incorporate food at your kid’s Halloween party! Enjoy!
Beth Blessing (Organic Beth) has a Masters in Nutrition and is the co-founder of Green Bean Delivery. She is a mother of three that loves supporting family farms and searching for unique, artisanal products. Her goal is to help others eat better and live a more natural, holistic life through healthy recipes and practical tips. Follow her on Facebook: @OrganicBeth