Halloween comes with no shortage of sugar. Pair these goodies with hearty sides and some healthier Halloween party snack choices for a well-rounded feast that will make everyone happy.
Pumpkin bread is a classic fall recipe, and if you bake the batter in muffin tins you’ll have a side that’s not only portable but also ripe for decorating possibility. You could ice each muffin with a simple cream cheese icing died orange with food coloring and use chocolate chips to create a jack o’lantern face on each one or skip the icing and just use the chocolate chips.
Candy Corn Vegetable Tray
It’s no secret kids love dipping food, and this simple vegetable tray will satisfy their dip desire and fill them up with healthy, crunchy veggies on their way out the door to trick-or-treat. Baby carrots or carrot sticks make up the orange layer. Yellow bell pepper strips or yellow tomato slices work perfectly for the middle layer, and peeled and sliced cucumber or cauliflower florets serve as the top, white layer of your “candy corn.” Place bowls of Ranch dressing, French Onion Dip, or both nearby for happy eaters. This is definitely a healthier Halloween party snack.
Who doesn’t love a hot dog? This adorable entrée even comes wrapped in its own bun. Wrap refrigerated bread stick dough around hot dogs and bake to crispy perfection. Cheese dogs would be delicious too. Use the suggested variations of garlic, herb, or Parmesan dough to appeal to the adult and adventurous crowd, and make sure you have plenty of napkins on hand, since these dogs may get walked right out the door for a second round of candy gathering.
Marshmallow/Pretzel Skeleton Bones
Admittedly this isn’t a healthier Halloween party snack, but this treat is easy enough to have your kids help create. Grab a bag of mini marshmallows and pretzel sticks or go big with giant marshmallows and thick pretzel sticks. Stick a marshmallow on each end of the pretzel, then dip in melted white chocolate or almond bark. Let dry on waxed paper, and serve in a bowl or arranged like a skeleton on a platter.
Crispy Rice Pumpkins
Another treat that keeps the kids involved, they’ll have fun mashing the marshmallow and cereal mixture in to pumpkin-shaped balls. Use food coloring to achieve the orange color you want, or go natural with this variation involving pumpkin puree and spices for a more grown-up feel. Use green candies or small Tootsie rolls for the stem, and you’ll have the most adorable pumpkins on the block.
Cool autumn nights almost require warm drinks with seasonal flavor, and nothing tastes better than cinnamony hot apple cider. Keep a batch warm in the crock pot alongside a stash of mugs and a ladle, so everyone can help themselves. A bowl of ice cubes for the kids to add in will help cool the drink to toddler-safe temps in a flash. This is a great substitute for chocolate because it’s a natural unprocessed sugar. Omit the whipped cream topping for an even more healthier Halloween party snack.