When I was little girl in the 80s, we had a neighbor who always gave out healthy treats on Halloween. Every year, Magdalena would give all the neighborhood kids a piece of gum with a shiny penny attached. And every year, each child would ring the doorbell to her old house and accept their minty piece of gum and shiny penny. We’d add it to our pile of chocolate candy bars and sugary candies, never to be looked at again. Back then, we thought her idea of a “special treat” was really quite boring! But today, as a Nutrition Education Specialist at snap4ct, I plan to recreate an updated version of Magdalena’s “healthier” Halloween treat for all the kids in my neighborhood!
The snap4ct team visited the Let’s Move and Fruits and Veggies More Matters websites for some helpful tricks to make Halloween a fun, special time, but with less sugar and calories.
The first treat we fell in love with was the mini-jack-o-lantern made with everyone's favorite miniature fruit, the clementine! Simply draw your jack-o-lantern face on the tiniest of pumpkin impersonators and then peel and enjoy!
Will your mini-jack-o-lantern have a mean face, a funny face, a crazy face or a smiley face?
The best part is, the kids can be in charge, so they can decide! This is such an interactive activity that each family member can create multiple "mini-jack-o-lanterns!"
Spooky Popcorn Ghosts
Kids can have fun stuffing these popcorn ghost baggies full of this delicious and healthy snack! Making popcorn ghosts is a fun, inexpensive way to spook your whole neighborhood!
Draw a ghost face on a few sandwich baggies, and then fill with popcorn. To season the popcorn, you can try our chili popcorn recipe that will add a little spice! #popcorn
For a delicious twist on the ever-popular apple pie tradition in the fall, candy apples are an all-time favorite treat that have been eaten throughout the decades! Any way to bring fruit into a tradition like Halloween is a win-win in snap4ct’s book!
M O N S T E R M O U T H S!
These scary snacks are made with apple slices, peanut butter, and peanuts and pumpkin seeds for teeth! You can use any other nut butter, or, for a peanut-free version, use sunflower seed butter and raisins for teeth. #monstermouths
I love thinking back to my younger days when my parents, friends and I would walk all around our neighborhood in the crisp, cold air of fall. We were just excited to see our friends and collect some fun goodies to eat! With a littler moderation, Halloween can be a healthy and happy experience for all children involved!
Do you have Halloween memories or healthy treat ideas you'd like to share with us?! We always love to see comments posted, so please type them below!