Yikes, isn’t it scary that it’s already coming to that time of year where Halloween is just around the corner!
Not that I’m complaining, I love Halloween (it might have something to do with the fact that my youngest boo was born on Halloween) but I do get a bit nervous about the hordes of candy that will be bound to send my kids flying up the walls!
As fun as Halloween is, it can definitely get a bit wild with the inevitable sugar highs from the neighbourhood trick-or-treating hauls and little ones getting over stimulated by the excitement of all the crazy costumes. With this in mind, serving up snacks that are healthy and based largely on whole foods can be a sanity saver, not just for mama, but for the whole family
Here are 5 of my go-to healthy halloween snacks!
What’s Halloween without pumpkins? All you need to do for these is peel some mandarins, keeping them whole, and then stick some small slices of celery into the middle of them to replicate pumpkin stems. Too easy!
Jack-O-Lantern Veggie Plate
For these bad boys, cut the tops off a few capsicums and with a thin, sharp knife carve out some eyes and a mouth in each. Next cut up your carrot and cucumber veggie sticks. Place veggie sticks inside the capsicums, and arrange the remaining sticks around them on a large plate. Scoop up some bloody beetroot or red capsicum dip into a snack bowl to serve this up with some extra gore factor!
Spooky Cut Out Wrap Crackers with Dip
Kids love getting involved in party food preparations, so getting them to cut out shapes using cookie cutters is the perfect job for them. We used ghost-shaped cookie cutters, but you can use any spooky shapes you prefer (a quick google search and you’re spoilt for choice).
It’s as simple as grabbing some wraps (get the type that won’t fall apart) to cut your shapes out of, popping them in the oven for a few minutes, and then arranging them on a plate with your favorite dips. Our new plant based divided plates were legit made for this!
Freaky Fruit Bowl
Yep, you guessed it. This one involves using those handy cookie cutters to cut out some scary shapes from your favorite slices of fruit. Hot tip, watermelon works a treat and you can tell the kiddos it’s chunks of flesh!
And as for all the leftover fruit scraps that don’t get gobbled up during the process, just pop them in the freezer for smoothies and juices later.
Halloween Cheese Platter
Ok, this one’s more for us mums. Cause wrangling hyped up kiddos on Halloween is hard work, am I right?! I like to keep mine pretty simple, but you can adjust to suit your cheese platter inclinations.
The star of this show is the cheese skull. You’ll need a Brie or Camembert cheese wheel (or two) and then it’s just a matter of getting a little creative by slicing off the sides to craft them into a skull shape. Use some quince jam to bring it to life by adding some eyes and a nose.
The rest of my platter includes quince jam, a variety of crackers (I used rice crackers and wheat crisps), salami and marinated olives. For the olives, pop them in one of our cute little snack bowls and decorate with some halloween themed food picks.
And don’t forget the well-deserved glass of wine and you’re done!
We’d love to see all your Halloween snacks, so make sure to tag @boboandboo in your socials.