Halloween Sweet Treats

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It’s officially Halloween. I’m embracing all the spooky tricks and treats this season, especially the fun decor. While it’s hard to not overindulge the kids (and yourself) in all the Halloween festivities, that doesn’t mean you can’t get into the spooky season. Consider this: Americans buy 600 million pounds of candy on Halloween. Yup! You read that right, and when you break that down, it’s 24 lbs of candy per American per year. How about that for a major sugar high!

Tuck the candy away because I’m whipping up some fun, kid-centered, BOO-licious, snack-tactic crafts and treats sure to trick your kids into enjoying these yummy (and healthy) treats.

Ok, it’s true: The kiddos still love a great big old bag of trick or treat candy, but that doesn’t mean you can’t fill your countertops and their bellies with my favorite treats:

  • Banana Ghosts
  • Clementine Orange Pumpkins
  • Pretzel and Cheese Broomsticks

These spooky little creations are fun to make, and I think it’s safe to say our food crafting skills keep improving each year we make these treats.


Not only do my kiddos love to eat these, but they also love that they can do this easily on their own, no matter the age. So just in time for school and church Halloween parties, here is our family’s simple how-to.

  • Clementine Pumpkins: You’ll need clementine or mandarin oranges and celery. Simply peel the oranges and cut up the celery into small matchsticks. Place a stick of celery into the middle of each orange, and you’ve made a pumpkin for your pumpkins!
  • Banana Ghosts: You’ll need bananas, mini chocolate chips, and regular chocolate chips. Cut the bananas into thirds. Use the mini chips to create the eyes and the regular-sized chocolate chips for the ghosts’ mouths. This was easily the kids’ fave to make! Anything involving chocolate is a win in their book.
  • Pretzel ‘n Cheese Broomsticks: You’ll need pretzels and string cheese (the firmer the better to avoid the cheese falling apart). Cut the sticks of cheese into thirds. Peel most of the stick open to create the broom, then stick the pretzel on the other end of the broom to make the broomstick.

Get your kiddos, get your fruits, get your crafting skills, and get making these mom-AND-kid-approved Halloween sweet treats.



Related reading:

Does the Powell Pack Eat Halloween Candy?
Halloween Candy Workout: Family Style!
Powell Pack DIY Halloween Craft
Halloween Hangover
Kids Halloween Craft: Monster Masks!

*Originally posted October 21, 2016*

29 Responses

  1. Heidi, I use a marker and draw on the skin of the ? banana! No chocolate involved!! Lol I’m taking the fun out of it eh?

    (Leaving the comment for the stroller but also so you know that I read even though I never comment ?)

  2. Hi Heidi ! I’m commenting on this blog because I love it but also because I’m participating in your stroller contest. Thank you for the great ideas for healthy kid friendly snacks. The more I’ve been working on my health the more I’ve learnt that my daughter will eat what she’s given as long as I am consistent in offering healthy yummy snacks.

  3. Commenting per the stroller contest rules. 🙂
    That doesn’t mean I don’t read the blogs, I just never comment.

    Halloween Is in two days and we are JUST NOW getting out some decorations. I admit it is partially due to the guilt I felt when my grandchildren asked me when we were going to decorate. I’m so lucky that they live next door to me. Seeing the smiles on their faces will be totally worth it!
    Tomorrow I’m making ghost bananas and clementine pumpkins for them. Thanks for the ideas!

  4. This was a lifesaver as I was looking for something quick and easy and also healthy (not just a bag of candy) to bring to a kids halloween/birthday party!

  5. Awesome I dead that I will be using at my daycare Halloween party in Monday!! Glad I picked this entry to read for a chance at that amazing stroller giveaway!!!! ?

  6. This is a prefect idea. My son has discovered that he likes bananas. (He loves them as a baby). I can’t wait to make this for him.

  7. How creative. We had a class party today for my oldest and one of them moms got clear colored solo cups..green specifically and had drawn faces on the cups, and put battery operated tea lights in them and handed them out for favours to the whole class! It was a brilliant idea!! Who needs decor anyway! Poor thanksgiving doesn’t even get time to shine ! I’m already looking at Christmas commercials!

  8. This is such an awesome idea! I love getting creative and making cute snacks for my son. I usually let him help so we can have “mommy/son time.”

  9. Those are awesome ideas. I try to come up with different ideas to give my kids snacks. I will definitely try those. Thank you!

  10. What wonderful ideas! As a registered dietitian I always love seeing fun ways to be healthy and still celebrate the season! Thanks!

  11. Such cute ideas! We are hosting a Halloween party this year and I’m excited to try out some of these healthier options! Love your family!

  12. I’m trying really hard to enjoy the holidays this year, focusing on quality time not my giant to do list. Last year was very rushed. It’s funny I have to try hard not to over do things, motherhood always trying to go aabove and beyond ha

  13. Yum! Can’t wait until my little is old enough for me to make him things like this! Thanks for the ideas 🙂

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