Ghosts and goblins, bats and spiderwebs, scary movies that make you jump out of your chair. Yes, Halloween is full of good, creepy fun. But the spookiest aspect of celebrating this terrifying holiday? All those sugar-filled treats! It’s enough to make you (not to mention your kids) shriek!
While it’s natural for your kids and family to crave a little candy during All Hallows Eve, there is a way to cut back on the junk food while still getting into the spirit. And we have just the recipes to help you do that.
From sweet to savory, vegan to gluten-free, these delicious treats will bring a taste of fun to Halloween without that long list of scary ingredients that often show up on a candy wrapper. They all come together pretty quickly, too, so you can spend more time finalizing more important things like those DIY Halloween costumes you swore you would never do again.
And the best part is, your family will have no idea just how healthy these Halloween food ideas are. But as the holiday is almost here, let’s get the fun started! Here are our favorite 31 Halloween recipes to make for your boos!
Healthy Halloween Desserts
Sure you could bust out a chocolate cake with white chocolate buttercream frosting or have everyone bob for caramel apples. But these tasty treats go a step beyond and will satisfy your kid’s sweet tooth without going overboard on the refined sugar.
Want to avoid all that refined sugar in conventional gummies? These skeletons may look scary, but with raspberries and agar-agar, they’re way less menacing.
On Halloween, food with a face on it is not only acceptable but strongly encouraged. We love how simple this no-bake recipe is. Made with non-dairy yogurt, all you have to do is toss in the fruit and some googly eyes and put it in the freezer.
Here’s looking at you, kids!
These shortbread style Halloween cookies may look creepy, but with healthy ingredients like coconut flour, sliced almonds and frozen strawberries, they’re actually paleo and gluten-free. So if somebody points one of these witchy fingers at you, it’s perfectly safe to bite it off!
The pudding in these cute little pumpkins is made from coconut cream, raw cacao and a little maple syrup. Get the kids involved in drawing faces on those mandarin oranges, throw in some sprinkles and you have a healthy treat and a fun-filled family activity. A double Halloween whammy!
These spooky little treats are filled with whole and healthy ingredients like coconut, dates, cashews, oats and frozen blueberries that deliver those important antioxidants. And there’s no cooking involved. In other words, there’s nothing to be scared of here!
If your family loves pumpkin spice, then their mouths will be watering for these adorable mummy cookies. While they do contain a bit of cane sugar, it can be substituted with healthier coconut sugar. We suspect your kids will be looking forward to the return of these mummies every Halloween!
These chocolate energy bites are made with ingredients like peanut butter, rolled oats, protein powder, cocoa and honey. But the best part is you don’t have to cook them. Once they come out of the freezer, just add some bat wings and a pair of eyes, and you’ve got a delicious treat that anyone would want to sink their teeth (or fangs) into!
You only need four ingredients (apples, sunflower butter, sunflower seeds and strawberries) to make these googly-eyed treats that transform just plain apples into a snack your kids will be dying to eat. A crafty plan that’s more delicious than malicious!
Even if you’re not exactly crafty, these ghostly popsicles are easy to make and fun to eat. Dipped in yogurt, drizzled with peanut butter and with chocolate chips for eyes, they’re a super healthy snack for your favorite little boos.
You love pumpkin spice. You love chocolate. So why not put them together? This healthier version of a peanut butter cup is made with dark chocolate, pumpkin puree, peanut or almond butter and a touch of agave. This could be the best Halloween mashup ever!
Give your kids a serving of fruit the fun way. Made with coconut milk, yogurt, bananas, pineapple and mango, these popsicles have the colorful appeal of candy corn without all that refined sugar.
If your little witch or warlock has a sensitivity to dairy, this vegan pumpkin banana bread puts a holiday twist on an old favorite without using any milk or eggs. It’s also made with healthy spelt flour and coconut sugar. Though your kids don’t need to know that!
13. Homemade Twix Bars (Vegan and Gluten Free)
If you want a treat that feels like a candy bar without all the refined sugar and chemicals, try these homemade triple-layer bars. Made with maple syrup instead of sugar and with other whole ingredients like rolled oats and coconut flour, this decadent but still healthy indulgence will make your kids feel special (and you a lot less guilty)!
Instead of using food dyes, this recipe relies on goji berries to make orange-colored frosting. Super moist and chocolatey, the sugar in these whole grain cupcakes can always be subbed with your favorite natural sweetener. A healthy way to let your kids enjoy the dark side of dessert!
Made with dates, prunes, sunflower butter and shredded coconut, these spiders are far from dangerous. And the legs are super easy to make using licorice. It’s our favorite arachna-snack!
All you need to make these spooky treats are strawberries, yogurt and some mini chocolate chips. Now that’s what we call a boo-tiful snack idea!
Savory Halloween Appetizers
These hearty Halloween snacks will give your kids something to fill up on before they overload on the sweet stuff. Not to mention they make great party food! The only cheeseballs at your party will be the small tots in their adorable costumes.
17. Monster Wraps
Want to put a little more spirit into your kid’s lunch or Halloween party? These kooky little wraps can be filled with hummus, vegetables, regular or vegan cheese and a lean protein for a well rounded meal. We say it’s time to turn the tables and eat the monster!
Scared of dairy? We love that these mini pizzas are made with healthy spelt flour, tomato sauce and vegan cheese. Use some olives for eyes, skip the mouth and mummy is definitely the word!
Who knew root vegetables could be this festive? All you need to make some Halloween fun is an assortment of potatoes and beets, olive oil, rosemary, garlic, and you’re ready to serve up some of the most adorable spuds you’ve ever seen. It may not be magic, but it’s close.
This idea is too cute and also totally simple. Use a veggie cutter or serrated knife to cut a face into a tortilla, and suddenly your crispy quesadilla is bringing on the Halloween vibes. For an extra healthy twist, make them with vegan cheese and gluten free tortillas.
Now just add a dash of salsa and some guacamole, and your little pumpkins will be totally jazzed to eat them!
21. Pumpkin Hummus
This Halloween treat is as pretty as a pumpkin pie, but it’s packed with protein and flavor. And all you need is a food processor or a good blender. The twist to this hummus is that it contains canned pumpkin as well as garbanzo beans.
The mixture is easy to form into the shape of a pumpkin, and the stem can be made with your choice of vegetable.
Turn pretzels and string cheese into a Halloween goody by simply shaping them into broomsticks. Recipes don’t get easier than this, but they will definitely add a touch of magic to your kid’s party or snacktime.
Need a break from meatballs? Turning squash into eyeballs will make eating vegetables a lot less scary and definitely more fun. Just hope your kids don’t get into a staring contest with that zucchini!
Magically transform regular guacamole into Frakenguac using just a few veggies and some tortilla chips. Your little monsters are sure to get a kick out of it!
This adorable little snack is made with mozzarella, crackers, raisins and a few vegetables—a very wise choice for parents who give a hoot about their kid’s diet.
26. Popcorn Hands
Sometimes a Halloween treat is all about the packaging. Put popcorn in a pair of transparent gloves, and suddenly you have a party favor and a snack in one! And feel free to toss some plastic spiders in there. This is one treat your kids will love to get their hands on!
To round out your Halloween menu, these drinks offer fun and healthy sips.
If you’re always looking for a way to put your slow cooker to work, this recipe will fill your house with a delicious aroma and your tummy with a warm and satisfying drink. The perfect treat to serve when your little ghosts and goblins come out of the chilly fall weather.
Instead of taking your kids to the local coffee shop for a high-sugar holiday drink, try this Halloween cocktail smoothie. It’s made with frozen peaches, pumpkin puree, frozen bananas, yogurt and your favorite milk or nut milk. Pour it into a festive cup and top it with a bit of cinnamon for a little extra Halloween flair.
If your kids are scared of vegetables, this breakfast smoothie is a good way of getting some greens into their diet. You can dial the spinach up and down, and the flavor will be disguised by frozen bananas, mangoes and blueberries. Be sure to draw a Frankenstein face onto the jar, and your sneaky but not so evil plan will be complete!
Put hot chocolate in a cauldron with eyes, and your kids are sure to be entranced! To make this recipe even healthier, you can sub the milk for any plant-based milk and use coconut sugar or agave to sweeten it. Yeah for chocolatey, creepy goodness!
This tea and sparkling water based punch is way lower in sugar than juice-based punch. Of course, you’ll want to use sparkling cider instead of sparkling wine when serving it to kids. Frothy and flavorful, your little ones will be slurping up this ruby concoction like Count Dracula.
The Living End
As you can see, when it comes to snacking, Halloween doesn’t have to be so scary after all. Whether you’re hosting a Halloween party or just trying to liven up your kid’s holiday at home, these recipes deliver wholesome treats with a side of spooky to boot. Now, if your little monsters scream, it won’t be because of all that refined sugar, unless, of course, it’s in their Halloween candy at the end of the night.
Here’s hoping you all have a happy and delicious Halloween!
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Yummy Halloween Recipes:
- Raspberry Blood Gummies
- Halloween Yogurt Bark
- Paleo Witch Fingers
- Chocolate Mousse Jack O’ Lanterns
- Boo-Berry Snack Balls
- Pumpkin Mummy Cookies
- Bat Energy Bites
- Silly Apple Bites
- Spooky Halloween Banana Popsicles
- Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cups
- Candy Corn Fruit Pops
- Vegan Pumpkin Banana Bread
- Homemade Twix Bars
- Black Sesame Cupcakes
- Furry Wolf Spiders
- Strawberry Yogurt Ghosts
- Monster Wraps
- Mini Mummy Vegan Pizzas
- Halloween Roasted Veggies
- Jack-O-Lantern Quesadillas
- Pumpkin Hummus
- Pretzel and Cheese Broomsticks
- Zucchini Eyeballs
- Frankenstein Monster Guacamole
- Wise Guy Crackers
- Popcorn Hands
- Warm Spiced Apple Cider
- Jack-O-Lantern Juice
- Frankenstein Smoothie Bowl
- Cauldron Hot Chocolate
- Hibiscus and Blood Orange Punch