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These easy and fun Healthy Halloween Snacks are a perfect treat without the guilt! Franken-kiwis, Boo-nanas, Mandarin Pumpkins, Killer Strawberries, and Pretzel Brooms make a fun and festive platter that will be a hit for your kids or at a party!
Whether you are celebrating Halloween big or small this year, you might want to check out some of our other Halloween ideas like Caramel Apples, Halloween Chocolate Cherry Hand Pies, and Halloween Chex Mix Muddy Buddies.
Healthy Halloween Treats
I was already planning on sharing some of these fun, classic Halloween snacks this year when I happened to see an article in BHG magazine that included these cute Frankenstein kiwis and monster strawberries. I just couldn’t resist adding them to my platter of goodies that are sure to delight and satisfy kids and grown-ups alike!
But the banana ghost, pretzel broomsticks, and clementine pumpkin ideas have been floating around ever since I was a kid. These kinds of “treats” are especially great for the elementary school-age children who are having class parties where you know they were get plenty of sweets later and want to provide something decent but still fun.
What I love is that you can scale this up or down however you like. Do just a few pieces of your favorites and set it out for an afternoon snack for your kids, or a whole bunch to create a giant platter for a party.
But I will warn you that these will go faster than you think. My girls had a friend over on the afternoon I made this plate of goodies and when I turned my back they devoured the entire thing between the three of them!
- Dark chocolate
- White chocolate
- Mandarin oranges or clementines
- Pretzel sticks
- Cheese sticks
- Googly eye candy sprinkles
- Piping bags with small tips or disposable ziploc bags
These strawberry monster mouths are super easy to make with just a little melted white and dark chocolate. Just wash and dry the strawberries really well first, then slice off the tops so the strawberries have a flat surface to sit on upside down.
Use melted dark chocolate in a ziploc bag with a corner snipped off to pipe a “U” shaped mouth toward the point of each strawberry. Then use melted white chocolate to pipe jagged teeth starting from the outer edge of the mouth and going across the dark chocolate to duplicate the look.
Remember, these don’t have to look perfect! It’s okay for the teeth and mouths to be misshapen since these are monsters after all!
Personally, I think these are the easiest Halloween treat of the bunch and the one I most remember from my childhood. Just peel and slice a ripe banana in half to make two ghosts. Use melted chocolate to pipe little eyes and circular “O” shaped mouths.
Alternatively, you could use mini chocolate chips for the eyes and regular chocolate chips for the mouths by actually pressing them into the banana halves.
If you aren’t serving these right away, use a pastry brush to brush the cut ends of the bananas with a little lemon juice mixed with a little cold water to help prevent them from browning as quickly.
These little guys are so creepy and fun! And they taste delicious too!
To make the Frankenstein kiwis, first use a pairing knife or vegetable peeler to peel away the fuzzy brown skin from about 2/3 of the bottom of the kiwi, then slice the kiwi in half, creating two “heads” with hairy crowns.
Pat the peeled kiwi flesh dry with a paper towel, then use melted dark chocolate to pipe a line for a mouth and a little scar on his face. Pipe two dots of chocolate to act as glue, then stick googly eye sprinkles on to the face. Complete the look of your Frankenstein by breaking apart a couple of pretzel sticks and jamming them into either side to look like bolts.
These are the trickiest ones of the bunch because the juicy kiwi makes it difficult for those eye sprinkles to stick and piping the little scars is tricky for someone like me with mediocre piping skills. But if the eyes fall off, you can just stick them back on with a little extra chocolate and as long as they are laying flat on a plate you shouldn’t have too many problems.
These pretzel broomsticks are a fun savory option that goes well with all the fruit. Just peel open a couple of mozzarella cheese sticks and cut them into thirds. Then use clean, sharp scissors or a small knife to snip the bottom half of each piece of cheese to form the broom bristles. Stick a pretzel stick into the top for a handle and you’re done!
These are the easiest of all the snack ideas I’m suggesting. Just grab a bag of “cuties” (also known as clementines) or mandarin oranges from the store and peel them. Then stick pieces of cilantro or parsley stems in them to give the impression of a pumpkin stem. You could also cut up a celery stick into small pieces to use as a stem, if that’s what you have on hand instead.
How far in advance can these healthy Halloween snacks be made?
I wouldn’t make any of these snack options more than 3-4 hours ahead since the oranges and mozzarella sticks will dry out quickly without their respective peels and wrappers. But they will be just fine covered in plastic wrap for a few hours in the fridge if you need to prep them a little bit in advance.
If you have leftover fruit because you made too many of these healthy Halloween snacks, you can always just throw them in the freezer to use in smoothies. I would finish peeling the kiwi and scrape off the eye candies first though.
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- 2 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
- 2 ounces white candy melts, chopped
- 2 bananas
- 8-10 strawberries
- 4-6 clementine or mandarin oranges
- 2-3 cilantro or parsley stems
- 3-4 mozzarella cheese sticks
- 12-16 pretzel sticks
- 4 kiwi
- Candy eyeball sprinkles
- Melt the dark chocolate and white chocolate in the microwave using short bursts of heat, about 20 seconds at a time, stirring between each round of heat until melted and smooth. Transfer to piping bags and snip off the tips.
- Peel the bananas and slice them in half. Use melted dark chocolate to pipe eyes and circular “O” shaped mouths.
- Use a small, sharp knife to remove the tops of the strawberries so they can sit flat on a serving platter.
- Use melted dark chocolate to pipe a “U” shaped mouth on one side of the top of each strawberry. Use melted white chocolate to pipe jagged teeth starting from the outer edge of the mouth and going in toward the center.
- Peel the oranges. Stick pieces of cilantro or parsley stems in to give the impression of a pumpkin stem.
- Peel open the mozzarella cheese sticks and cut them into thirds. Use clean, sharp scissors or a small knife to snip the bottom half of each piece several times to form bristles. Stick a pretzel stick into the top for a broom handle.
- Use a small, sharp knife or vegetable peeler to remove the fuzzy outer skin from the bottom 2/3 of each kiwi. Slice in half and lay on a plate.
- Pat the kiwi with a paper towel, then use melted dark chocolate to pipe a scar and a line for a mouth. Pipe two dots of chocolate, then stick googly eye sprinkles on to the face. Break apart pretzel sticks and stick them into either side of the kiwi for bolts.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 427Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 800mgCarbohydrates: 82gFiber: 6gSugar: 25gProtein: 11g
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