Halloween Sweet Treats


Confession time. It’s officially the second half of October, just a couple weeks away from Halloween, and I don’t have a single Halloween decoration around my house. I’m not going to let the negative self-talk going on in my brain get the best of me and tell me that this means I’m failing at momhood. NOPE. I’m going to embrace the current situation for what it is and remind myself that I’ve been too busy spending quality time with my kiddos before, during, and after work to even think about rummaging through my attic to find my dusty BOO-themed décor.

But to alleviate the tinge of mommy-guilt I feel for robbing my kids of a festive Halloween thus far (there’s that negative self-talk creeping in), I decided to whip up some fun food-based, kid-centered, BOO-licious, snack-tactic crafts.


A few Halloweens ago, we filled our counter tops and our bellies with Banana Ghosts, Clementine Orange Pumpkins, and Pretzel ‘n Cheese Broomsticks. Four years later, these spooky little creations were just as much (if not more) fun to make…especially with Rubes and Cash participating this time. And I think it’s safe to say our food crafting skills (and camera skills) have improved just a tad over time!!


Not only do my kiddos love to eat these, they love even more 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. You’re welcome.


For the Clementine Pumpkins, you’ll need:
Clementine or Mandarin oranges


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!

For the Banana Ghosts, you’ll need:
Mini chocolate chips
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.


And finally, for the Pretzel ‘n Cheese Broomsticks, you’ll need:
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 Powell-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*


  1. Josianne - October 29, 2016

    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. Brittany Rinkin - October 29, 2016

    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. Kim - October 29, 2016

    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. Nicole Troutman - October 29, 2016

    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. Ryann Condon - October 29, 2016

    Made the banana ghosts for my sons preschool Fall festivals and all the kids loved them!

  6. Brianne - October 29, 2016

    What cute ideas! I’m going to have to try them this weekend. I’m sure my kids will eat them up!

  7. Shawna Young - October 28, 2016

    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!!!! ?

  8. Joyce Aguon - October 28, 2016

    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.

  9. Michaline Krassow - October 28, 2016

    Such cute ideas! I am all for making healthy foods “cool” to eat by making them spooky and fun!

  10. Kathryn hoyt - October 28, 2016

    Love these ideas! Such a cute way to have fun yet be healthy with your sweet kiddos

  11. Natalie Badame - October 28, 2016

    So great! I was looking for cute food ideas for a Halloween party on Sunday. Thanks 🙂

  12. Karlee - October 28, 2016

    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!

  13. Carrie slaughter - October 28, 2016

    I have a rotting pumpkin for decoration. Does that count?? Totally slacking.

  14. Claudia - October 28, 2016

    These are great ideas! Not only delicious, but enjoyable for all senses!

  15. Monica - October 28, 2016

    These are all really good ideas!!! Now I want a banana!

  16. Julie - October 28, 2016

    So cute and fun for the kiddos.

  17. Amanda Zdon - October 28, 2016

    These are perfect snacks instead of candy! Love the ideas!

  18. Melanie benson - October 28, 2016

    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.”

  19. Jessica Gorraiz - October 28, 2016

    Great ideas for a healthy Halloween!! Will also come in handy for school snacks:)

  20. AnMarie R. - October 28, 2016

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

  21. Katelinn - October 28, 2016

    Love this! Such a good way to being a little healthy into Halloween!

  22. Rebecca Kraxberger - October 28, 2016

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

  23. Maegan - October 28, 2016

    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!

  24. Katy L - October 28, 2016

    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

  25. Logan Sinclair - October 28, 2016

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

  26. Ranae - October 28, 2016

    I love these ideas!!!! I’m definitely doing the pumpkins this afternoon my daughter loves clementines!!!

  27. Brittany - October 28, 2016

    These are all SO cute!!! Perfect for littles at Halloween ?

  28. Jen Simonson - October 28, 2016

    These are adorable! I Love the ghost bananas and string cheese witch brooms! Can’t wait to try them

  29. Megan - October 28, 2016

    These are so cute!! I can’t wait to try them with my neice!

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