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Halloween party treats worth screaming about!

People’s creativity never ceases to amaze me…especially when it comes to food.  And since we’re well into the season of pumpkins, spiders and ghouls (at least where I’m writing from), I thought I’d share some incredibly clever and healthy ways to feed the goblins at a Halloween party.  Enjoy!


Halloween Veggie Skeleton

Skeleton Crudite

Halloween party treats don’t get much more healthy than than this adorable skeleton. Choose your favorite veggies and add a dip like the ranch dressing in this video, or made-from-scratch onion dip.






apples made into ghoulish bitesApples with a bite!

This yummy, sweet treat is made with apples, jam and nut butter…and of course almond slivers for the ‘teeth’.  It may take you a couple of tries to perfect them, but the good news is you can munch on the ones that don’t look so good!  For step-by-step directions, click here.


celery clementine pumpkinsDarling Clementine Pumpkins

How cute are these pumpkins?  All you need is to peel the clementines and insert a small wedge of celery for the stalk.  You can even curl some of the celery ‘strings’ for added detail. See more great ideas here.




white chocolate pear ghosts

Ghostly Pears

To create these goofy ghouls, insert popsicle sticks into pears (that have been well washed) and dip them into melted white chocolate.  Once the chocolate has cooled and hardened, decorate the pears with eyes and a mouth…and then gobble them up!  For more great ideas, visit this site.



deviled egg devils

Devilishly Delicious Eggs

Take a deviled eggs recipe, add some decorative accents and…voila! You now have a snack with attitude.  For the full recipe and instructions, click here.




pumpkin vomiting guacamole

Unhappy Pumpkin

Only during Halloween can something that looks this gross be appropriate.  I love guacamole, so I would totally make this dish…and if it puts some people off, all the more for me! See more great ideas here.



spiders-on-a-log-healthy-halloween-celery-stickSpiders On a Log

Here’s a creepier twist to the typical ‘ants on a log’ snack. Spread nut butter in washed and cut stalks of celery and decorate with spiders crawling over them (just make sure your guests know the spiders are not to eat!) If you prefer, keep the spiders around the plate (not on the actual celery) and add the raisin ‘ants’ on top…those were always my favorite part, anyway. See more ideas here.



pumpkin made of carrots

Pumpkin Crudite

Another great idea for crudite. The design looks simple, but it’s probably a bit more tricky than it appears. My advice is to place the platter on the table where it will be served and then arrange the carrots, cucumber, dip and broccoli right there (so they don’t have to be moved). Then stand back and watch those carrots get munched!


Whether you celebrate Halloween or not, I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing all these creative and festive treats.  There are many more ideas (though perhaps not as healthy) in the links I have provided.  And if you have any suggestions, please feel free to share!


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