Please don’t throw tomatoes at me, or pumpkins or anything, but I have a huge confession to make: I hate Halloween! Always have, always will.
People dressed up in silly costumes, especially when they’re all grown-up, tend to make me feel extremely uneasy. Yes, even when they’re dressed up as princesses and fairies… So imagine when they choose to impersonate creepy characters such as dead people, zombies, vampires, monsters, crazy doctors, ax murderers, etc. BRRRRRRR! Sends shivers down my spine just thinking about it. If I had my way, I would totally hide under a rock on Halloween day and just wait there for it to pass.
Every single thing about it just totally turns me off…
I mean come on, a Holiday that celebrates death, violence, blood, critters and creepy crawlers and that encourages one (especially little kids) to amass as much candy as possible and binge on tons and tons of refined sugar for days on end, I just can’t make sense of it all.
For that reason, I never really felt the need to create or share a healthy Halloween recipe on here. But, I understand that some of you (as in most of you) normal people actually DO appreciate that special holiday, kids especially, and so I scoured the Net in search of some healthier treats and recipe options to put a bit of spooky fun in the kitchen that day. ‘Cuz you know, who says eating healthy has to be boring, right? Right. Even Halloween can be kept somewhat clean, with a little bit of imagination…
Hey, some of the recipes I found are so cool, I think I may end up making them myself… just for the spooky fun of it!
How adorable is that little veggie skeleton guy? What kid wouldn’t want to eat THOSE veggies? Halloween or not, I know I would totally go for them!
The only question is… what body part to eat first?
- Veggie Skeleton by Feeding Frenzy – Get the recipe here
I am totally in love with that little Black Olive Snake. It’s so darling, I don’t think I could even eat it.
Ha! Not all Halloween food has to be scary, I guess…
- Black Olive Snake by Cute Food For Kids – Get the recipe here
Such a delicious idea and fun project to do with the kids. I strongly suggest that you replace the vanilla frosting with cream cheese, though, and chocolate chips with raisins or currants, to keep those sweet little green caterpillars on the healthy side!
- Caterpillar Grape Kabobs by A Spotted Pony – Get the recipe here
Coolest idea to decorate the table at your next Halloween party. Now I’m not sure I would ever eat this guy, because he totally gives me the creeps! Maybe if someone dismembered him for me, though… I’m sure I’d find many volunteers, were I actually at a Halloween party! (which I doubt will ever happen, but hey, you never know!)
- Spookie Spider Snack by Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons- Get the recipe here
So silly indeed, those apple slices! And so adorable. I would definitely grab one or two from that tray!
They even provide a recipe for the googly eyes, but I’m thinking that cheese and raisins or currents would make for a fab replacement and would be much faster to make!
Or you could also make some out of white and dark chocolate.
- Silly Apple Bites by Fork & Beans – Get the recipe here
HA! Here’s the one thing that I suddenly remember liking about Halloween back when I was a kid. While I was never big on carving the Jack-O-Lanterns, I’d always volunteer to roast the seeds. They were one of my favorite things in the world to snack on (and since I’d been the one to roast them, I’d be entitled to eat more than the other members of the family!)
I don’t think that Halloween snacks get any healthier than this…
- Roasted Pumpkin Seeds by Simply Recipes – Get the recipe here
I think these would be absolutely perfect for a Halloween Pot-Luck. Although you wouldn’t find me anywhere near them, no matter how delicious they sound.
They look way too scary for me!
- Blood Shot Deviled Eggs Eyeballs by Cotter Crunch- Get the recipe here
And these would creep me out even more!! The spiders, they look so real! I can picture mischievous little boys scaring little girls by running after them, deviled eggs in hands… and little girls running around in circles, screaming their lungs out!
Of course in my mind, I’m one of those little girls…
- Spooky Spider Deviled Eggs by Better Recipes – Get the recipe here
What a brilliant idea for a special Halloween dinner with the kiddos! And they wouldn’t even scare me…
This one I’m definitely putting on the menu this year!
- Jack-O-Lantern Stuffed Bell Peppers by Every Day Jenny – Get the recipe here
If you wanted to spook the kids a bit more, I’m thinking that this pasta dish would be a fantastic option. Just please, don’t invite me over for dinner that night… I’m not sure I could take it.
- Eyeball Pasta by Spend with Pennies – Get the recipe here
If you’re gonna make these adorable sushi balls, though, please feel free to extend that invitation!
I’ll be like, RIGHT OVER!
- Sushi Balls – Halloween Style by Chopstick Chronicles – Get the recipe here
This pudding is intended for breakfast, but I’m thinking it would also make for a great dessert. Way, way better than candy!
And it’s not even *that* scary (although those bugs…)
- Witches Brew Breakfast Pudding by Healthful Pursuit – Get the recipe here
Now here’s a fantastic idea to serve fruit in a much more fun and fashionable way!
At least now it has a bit of a fighting chance, next to all that candy!
- Snack-O-Lantern Fruit Cups by Seeded at the Table – Get the recipe here
I never really got candy corn. I mean, I know it’s a classic and all, and a well beloved one at that, but it never did anything for me. Seriously: is this stuff supposed to be good?
Whoa! Wait! Hold the tomatoes!!! I think maybe I’m not a fan because I’m from the wrong part of the world and it’s not really part of our heritage here. Totally not my fault.
These yogurt pops, though, they look absolutely scrumptious! I really wouldn’t mind trying one…
- Candy Corn Yogurt Pop by Not Quite Susie – Get the recipe here
Last but not least, this is more of an inspiration than an actual recipe because sadly, the link to the original post appears to be private…
Strange, really because this picture is all over Pinterest. I’m guessing you’ve probably seen it before, but still; it’s just too brilliant not to be included here. Bring this to your next Halloween party, you can be certain that it’ll be a major conversation piece!
And then you can get away with the fact that you’re not wearing a costume. Oh, wait! YOU would probably be wearing one. I’d be the weirdo in the corner not wearing one…
- Puking Monster Melon – via Listolic