Halloween treats are enjoyable, but the majority are unhealthy. While you want your kids to have fun over the once-a-year celebration, you also want to make sure they do not end up with too much candy. Fruit is an excellent alternative.
The problem is most kids just don’t want to eat fruit. It is boring. They know it is healthy and it just doesn’t look at appetizing as the chocolates, popcorn, and candy that’s on offer at other houses. You need to find a way to make fruit interesting. Make your children forget all about the nutrition in fruit and see and enjoyment in it.
You can easily make your fruit look more interesting. Here are seven ways to make it an excellent Halloween treat for the whole family.
Start with the Frozen Boo-Nana Pops
Boo-nanas are a popular addition to any healthy Halloween party. They are fun, nutritious, and tasty for all. However, you can go one step further by making frozen pops with your boo-nanas. They are extremely easy to create, and you can make enough for the whole party without spending a fortune.
These can also become portable. You will just need some tin foil, cling film, or other types of wrap. The bananas will start to melt and become mushy when the kids are on their way to trick or treating.
Get the kids involved in making their tasty treat. They will want all their friends over for a Halloween party. There is chocolate involved, but very little. It is the chocolate that makes kids believe they are eating something unhealthy and Halloween-worthy.
The recipe below will make four boo-nana pops. You can increase the number of ingredients you have to create the number of pops you will need.
- 1 medium banana
- 1 cup of white chocolate
- 8 chocolate chips
- 4 popsicle sticks
- Chop your bananas in half and then slice in half lengthways
- Place the popsicle sticks into each banana quarter and then place on a cookie sheet with wax paper; freeze the bananas
- Meanwhile, melt the white chocolate in a mug until it is soft
- Dip each of the frozen bananas into the melted chocolate, scraping off the excess
- Put the bananas back on the cookie sheet and add two chocolate chips to each banana stick for the eyes
- Put back in the freezer until they are hard
These are best eaten frozen. However, you can send them out to the kids. The chocolate will melt, so let parents know to put the boo-nanas back in the freezer before eaten or encourage them to eat on the way around!
Make Your Spooky Spider
Sometimes you need to create a more substantial dessert or snack out of smaller items. Grapes just don’t look as fun until you make them into something spooky and enjoyable. For Halloween, you want to use grapes to make a bid spider. The kids can grab a grape or two when they want to eat them.
This will be funafterschool project for the kids before they go out trick or treating. You can also create it in the middle of the treats table if they are having a home party with their friends.
- 1 plum
- A few handful of grapes
- 16 pretzel sticks
- Dab of peanut butter/cream cheese
- Two raisins
- Grab the plum and add eight holes, four on each side
- Place grapes over eight pretzel sticks, leaving enough space on one side to put into the plum
- Add the other eight pretzel sticks to the last grape on each of the initial sticks
- Fill the second set of eight pretzel sticks with the other grapes
- Place the legs into the plum
- Add a small dab of peanut butter or cream cheese at the front of the plum and add the raisins on top; creating the eyes of the spider
If you prefer, you can also do this with black olives. Make sure the olives are pitted. If you do not want to use pretzel sticks, you can opt for toothpicks to keep everything in place.
If the plum is too small for the eight legs, you can use two plums instead. It is not quite a spider with two parts of the body, but it is better than not enough legs, right? Join the plums together with extra pretzel sticks. If you add fewer legs, come up with a creative reason for the lack of eight legs!
Make a Few Apple Monsters
Monster mouths are fun and easy to make, but you can go a little step further. Opt for full apple monsters instead. This recipe will use nuts for the teeth. If your kids are allergic, you will want to add seeds instead.
If you are not into the whole monster, you can create a monster vampire instead. There’s an excellent alternative under this first recipe.
- 1 red apple of choice
- Chopped nuts of choice, preferably almonds or cashews
- Green icing
- Start by chopping quarters out of your apple
- In each quarter, chop a small section out of the skin, creating a mouth-like quarter of apple
- Chop the nuts lengthways and then stick them into the apple, creating uneven teeth for the monsters
- Stick two toothpicks on the top of the mouth and add a marshmallow to each toothpick
- Finish with a dollop of the green icing on the marshmallows to create the eyes
The apple will brown if you just leave it out. Avoid this by spritzing it with some lemon juice or placing it in salt water.
Adapting for Vampire Mouths:
You can use the apples to make your vampire mouths if you want. Instead of adding all the nuts, you can use two seeds to place in the top section of the mouth, looking like the vampire teeth. Alternatively, you can use bits of straws, but you will need to remind everyone to take the teeth out before eating the mouths!
Make a Candy Corn Fruit Cocktail
Sometimes you can trick kids into eating something nutritious without even hiding the fruit! It is all about creating something that looks appealing to them. A fruit cocktail looks more fun than eating the pieces of fruit on their own.
Make your fruit cocktail with a Halloween twist. This recipe does use cream and some candy, but not enough to cause a major health problem. After all, one piece of candy corn is going to be a drop in the ocean with all the fruity goodness.
You can choose whatever types of fruit you want, but I recommend using the same colors as the candy corn. It is possible to make your fruit cocktail look like a candy corn.
- Pineapple chunks
- Orange segments
- Whipped cream
- 1 candy corn per cocktail for topping
- Use a clear glass and add a layer of pineapple
- Top with a layer of oranges
- Add a layer of whipped cream on top and serve with the candy corn piece on the top
Place the cocktails in the fridge until you are ready to serve them. They make excellent snacks for the kids during the day, but they can also make excellent desserts for a Halloween dinner party. The kids will love getting involved in creating these dishes.
Make Your Grape Caterpillars
Fruit kebabs can be made to create all types of funky designs and monsters. For Halloween, you can create creepy crawly caterpillars with ease. It is all done with some grapes. You will need some kebab skewers or toothpicks, depending on the size of caterpillars you want.
These can be used for trick or treating. Wrap them in some cling film, so everyone gets to see the funky caterpillars in his or hertrick or treat bags. Parents will love that you have added something healthy with a twist.
- Green grapes
- Cream cheese
- Chocolate chips
- Place as many grapes as you can on your kebab sticks, leaving a little space to grab the stick with your hands at the bottom
- Add two small dollops of cottage cheese on the front grape
- Top the cream cheese with a chocolate chip each
If you do not want to use cream cheese, you can use vanilla icing instead. Melted white chocolate will also work, but the cheese is just a little easier.
Get your kids involved in making these. Let them place the grapes onto the skewers. If they are too young to do this without catching the tip, help them with it. When kids get involved, they are more likely to enjoy their treats afterward.
Arrange Your Monster Fruit Bowl
You do not have to get crafty with small bits of fruit. Sometimes it is all about the way your layout the fruit for kids to snack. You can create a delicious fruit bowl with a Halloween twist with ease. Look out for different types of fruits that you can throw together to create a bowl.
Start with this simple bowl. You can then find new and exciting ways to put your fruit bowl together. The best thing about this trick is you can convert the idea for all different seasons. You will never run out of ways to put the fruit together.
- Large oranges
- Black grapes
- Chop up your apples and oranges, leaving the skin on both
- Layer the fruit, so the orange segments create the shape of a face, leaving a space for the mouth, eyes, and nose
- Add most of the apple slices within the space for the mouth, creating it as gory as you would like
- Add the grapes in the holes for the eyes and nose
- Finish with a few apple slices to create the hair
Put the bowl of fruit out for your kids to snack on throughout the day. You will be surprised at how little is left by the end. Don’t worry if the treat tempts you. It is there for everyone to enjoy.
Create a Watermelon Monster
This is one of the biggest projects and can take time to chop. You may find your kids cannot help at first, but they will enjoy putting it together once you finished the preparation. The main part of the dish is a watermelon that you are going to turn into a monster. It is hilarious for kids to look at and will make the perfect centerpiece for a Halloween party.
- 1 watermelon
- Mixture of fruits of your choice
- Two slices of cucumbers
- Two black olives or grapes
- Start by chopping the bottom part of your watermelon slightly, so that it can stand up straight without rolling
- Now carve the bottom half of the front of your watermelon into a mouth shape; get creative as you would with a pumpkin without scooping the watermelon out as you will want the chunks for later
- Chop up all your fruit into chunks
- Place the watermelon at the back of the serving plate
- Add the fruit chunks at the front, as if they are spewing out of the watermelon monster’s mouth
- Finish by adding the slices of cucumber above the mouth of eyes with the olives as the pupils; secure with toothpicks or pretzel sticks
You can opt for chocolate drops for the eyes if you want. You will need some icing to keep the chocolates in place.
Being Healthy does not Need to Be Boring
One of the best things about fruit is the versatility of it. There’s no need just to give a piece of fruit and be considered a bore. You can make the fruit look fun. After all, it tastes so much better when it looks appealing.
The treats above don’t take too long. The trickiest will be the watermelon monster head, but that is more because of the carving. Kids will love getting involved helping to put together all the fruity creations and will be mighty proud when they have friends over. On top of that, the parents will adore you for healthy Halloween snacks!