It’s that time of year again for all the Snookie and Transformer costumes to come lurking through the streets asking for candy! Let’s face it, when you think of Halloween food the first thing that comes to mind is CANDY! Yes, candy. While it’s good to treat ourselves sometimes, a lot of people can go overboard. So instead of having just a pile of crap on the table for your party, I found some healthy alternatives. Enjoy these recipes to make it a healthier Halloween. Oh yeah I forgot: MUAHAHAHAHAHA!
Black Bean Cat Crudite
Looking for a Halloween night snack that’s both healthy and festive? This skeletal array fits the bill, no bones about it — just assorted fresh vegetables and a bowl of dip arranged in the shape of a spooky cat.
- Black Bean Dip
- ASSORTED VEGETABLES OF YOUR CHOICE, SUCH AS
- Cherry tomatoes
- Green beans
- Arrange vegetables in the shape of a cat, as shown. Serve with black bean dip
- Carrot Finger Food
Hungry goblins will love getting their hands on these crunchy carrot snacks.
- vegetable dip
- 4 long carrots
- 1 medium carrot
- softened cream cheese
- baby carrots
- To prepare them, just fill a serving bowl with your favorite vegetable dip. Wash and peel 4 long carrots for fingers and 1 medium carrot for a thumb.
- With a paring knife (a parent’s job), cut a flat, shallow notch in the tip of each carrot. Then use a dab of dip or softened cream cheese to glue a sliced-almond fingernail atop each notch.
- Stick the fingers in the dip, as shown, and serve with plenty of peeled baby carrots for dipping.
- Apple Bites
- Slivered almonds
- Just quarter and core an apple, cut a wedge from the skin side of each quarter, then press slivered almonds in place for teeth.
- If you’re not going to serve them right away, baste the apples with orange juice to keep them from browning.
- Ghost Toasts
Looking for a treat that truly embodies the spirit of Halloween? Try serving some of these flavorful phantoms.
- White Bread (1 slice per ghost)
- Whipped cream cheese
- For each, toast a slice of white bread and then cut a ghost shape from it. You can do this freehand using a knife, or you can use a gingerbread-girl cookie cutter.
- When the cutouts have cooled, spread on a generous coating of whipped cream cheese.
- For eyes and mouths, add currants.
- Pizza Mummies
Disguises aren’t just for Halloween. Surprise your family with these dressed-up, spooky-looking snacks any time of year. Kids can help by spooning the pizza sauce on the English muffin and making the mummy face with the cheese and vegetables.
- English muffins
- Pizza sauce
- Black olives
- Red or green pepper
- Cheese sticks or slices
- Heat the oven to 350º F. For each mummy, spread a tablespoon of pizza sauce onto half of an English muffin (toast it first, if you like).
- Set olive slices in place for eyes and add round slices of green onion or bits of red or green pepper for pupils.
- Lay strips of cheese (we used a pulled-apart cheese stick) across the muffin for the mummy?s wrappings.
- Bake for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the muffin is toasty.
- Salty Bones
It wouldn’t be Halloween without a skeleton — in this case, one that’s been reassembled into a pile of tasty bones to pick.
- 1 tube of refrigerated breadstick dough (we used an 11-ounce tube to make 12 bones)
- Coarse salt
- Unroll a tube of refrigerated breadstick dough and separate the rectangular pieces.
- Working with one piece at a time, stretch the dough to lengthen it a bit and then use kitchen scissors or a knife to cut a 11/2-inch slit in the center of each end.
- Roll or shape the resulting four flaps of dough into knobs that look like the ends of a bone.
- Place the dough bones on an ungreased baking sheet, spacing them a few inches apart, and sprinkle on a little coarse salt. Bake the bones until they are light golden brown, about 12 minutes.
Our healthy lanterns sport their own spoon stems for scooping up the refreshing fruit salad filling.
- Navel orange
- Canned or fresh fruit salad
- To make one lantern, use a small knife to slice the top off a navel orange and cut around its interior to hollow it out. Scoop out the orange segments, chop them, and mix them with canned or fresh fruit salad.
- Carve small facial features in one side of the orange, then cut a slit in the lid to accommodate the handle of a green plastic spoon. Fill the lantern with fruit salad. Insert the spoon and set the lid in place.
- Monster Mash Dip
Set your Halloween table with this fun green dip and a spook-tacular party prop (such as the monster hand shown here; available at party stores), and kids will soon be “goblin” it up.
- 4 ripe avocados
- 1/4 cup light or fat-free sour cream
- 1/3 cup tomato salsa
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Cut the avocados in half and remove the pits. Spoon the meat from the skins into a medium-size bowl, then mash it with a fork.
- Add the sour cream, salsa, lemon juice, and salt. Stir well and serve immediately. Makes approximately 2 1/2 cups.
- Cheese Finger Food
Partying in costume calls for easy-eating fare, and these cheesy monster digits fit the bill.
- Mozzarella string cheese
- Green bell pepper
- Cream cheese
- Wearing plastic gloves or sandwich bags over your hands to keep the cheese as smudge-free as possible, use a paring knife (parents only) to cut each string in half and then carve a shallow area for a fingernail just below the rounded end of each half.
- Mark the joint right below the nail as well as the knuckle joint by carving out tiny horizontal wedges of cheese, as pictured.
- For the fingernails, slice a green bell pepper into 3/8-inch-wide strips. Set the strips skin side down on your work surface and trim the pulp so that it’s about half as thick. Then cut the strips into ragged-topped nail shapes and stick them in place at the ends of the fingers with dabs of cream cheese.
- Banana Ghosts
Here’s a Halloween trick your child will have no trouble pulling off–turning a ripe banana into a Halloween treat.
Remove any stringy fibers from the peeled banana, then cut it in half widthwise. Push a Popsicle stick into each half through the cut end, then cover each pop with plastic wrap and freeze until firm (about 3 hours).
Next, place a 1.5-ounce piece of white chocolate candy in a microwave-safe bowl and cook on high until melted (it generally takes about 1 minute). With a butter knife, spread the melted white chocolate on the frozen banana halves.
Set the pops on a waxed-paper-covered dish. Press on candies or currants for eyes and mouths and return the pops to the freezer until ready to serve. Makes 2.
- *Photos and recipes compliments of familyfun.go.com