Healthy Halloween Treats and Snacks Ideas for the Entire Family

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Want to witness something truly terrifying this Halloween? Check the list of ingredients on your favorite treat. There’s not much in there but sugar, sugar, and more sugar. While sweets have a place in every diet in moderation, you can keep your spooky spirits up with healthy Halloween treats the whole family can enjoy. When Halloween is involved, it’s possible to have a lot of fun with food, from ghostly pizza bagels to monster-themed wraps to mummy pumpkin pastries.

Photo by: Preston Maring, MD

Andrea Mathis, R.D.N., L.D., an Alabama-based dietitian and author of The Complete Book of Smoothies, adds, “People can have a healthy balance of sweeter treats with some healthier options.” She loves combining Halloween favorites with healthier options, such as topping Greek yogurt with candy corn and fruit or carving bell peppers into Jack-o’-lanterns and filling them with veggies and dip.

Now, when your children return home with candy at the end of a night of trick-or-treating, you may indulge in a piece or two. Then, when they’ve made their selection, hide the basket away so they don’t eat it all at once. Set up a period each day to reintroduce the sweets so you can continue to enjoy them without overdoing them.

Are you ready to explore some more creative ideas? Try these delectable, healthful Halloween treats from our recipe collection and some of the most creative food bloggers we’ve ever seen—we guarantee they won’t disappoint!

  1. Pumpkin Mummy Cookies

Photo by: USA TODAY Network staff

Don’t be frightened by these spooky-looking cookies. They’re soft and tasty on the inside, and owing to the coconut and almond flour, they’re gluten-free. Not only will the kids love them, but they only take 25 minutes to prepare.

For the recipe, visit Eating Bird Food » 

  1. Monster Wraps

Photo by: Woman’s Day Kitchen

For a nutritious Halloween treat, these adorable wraps are ideal for lunch. Fill them with your favorite vegetables, hummus, and lean protein for a creative meal that is both spooky and appetizing.

For the recipe, visit Woman’s Day » 

  1. Pumpkin Spice Pretzels

Photo by: Sally Quinn

Replace your sugary treats with this sweet-and-salty snack. To keep things festive, each white chocolate-covered pretzel adds a hint of pumpkin spice.

For the recipe, visit Delish »

  1. Bat Energy Bites

Photo by: Chelsea’s Messy Apron

If the adorably batty look of these simple energy bites doesn’t put a little spring in your step, nothing will. They’re prepared with common ingredients like dark chocolate, peanut butter, honey, and oats.

For the recipe, visit Chelsea’s Messy Apron »

  1. Snack-o’-lantern Fruit Cups

Photo by: Martin’s Super Markets

What is cuter than a classic Jack-o’-lantern? A miniature one! Seeded at the Table shows how to turn an orange into a fruit-filled Halloween treat that looks better than a fun-size candy bar.

For the recipe, visit Seeded at the Table »

  1. Easy Pumpkin Pie Bars

Photo by: Roxana Yawgel

If you’re craving a slice of pie, these delectable pumpkin bars will do the trick. The flaky crust is baked with quick oats and all-purpose flour, and the pumpkin filling is made with the same ingredients as a pie. The good news is that it just takes 15 minutes to prepare because no dough rolling is needed.

For the recipe, visit Flavor the Moments » 

  1. Pumpkin Pie in a Cup

Photo by: Land O Lakes, Inc.

If you don’t want to make an elaborate Halloween treat, consider preparing pumpkin pie in a cup. You’ll simply need 15 minutes. (It’s also just 92 calories!)

For the recipe, visit Prevention » 

  1. Chocolate Pumpkin Avocado Pudding

Photo by: Kara Lydon

Try this creamy pudding delight for a chocolate dessert that seems rich but is really healthy. It’s prepared with avocados, actual pumpkin puree, cocoa powder, coconut milk, maple syrup, and dates, all of which are good for your heart. Plus, pumpkin spice adds the fall flavors you love. All you have to do is combine all of the ingredients and place them in the refrigerator for at least an hour.

For the recipe, visit Kara Lydon Nutrition »

  1. Dark Chocolate Pistachio Bark

Photo by: Tania

This recipe just only three ingredients and takes 30 minutes to prepare. Simply microwave dark chocolate chips and toss in pistachios and a sprinkle of salt. Pour the mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and place it in the fridge for 20 minutes to firm up. The bark can then be cut into pieces and served!

For the recipe, visit Prevention » 

  1. Sweet Potato Donuts

Photo by: Jenny Park

Here’s another “better-for-you” doughnut recipe to satiate your appetites. Sweet potatoes contain fiber as well as a naturally sweet and nutty taste. The potatoes also keep them moist, while the allspice and nutmeg provide the warm fall flavors you seek. These doughnuts, drizzled with buttermilk frosting, are low in sugar and fat without losing flavor.

For the recipe, visit Spoon Fork Bacon » 

  1. Witchy Guacamole Dip

Photo by: Ericka Sanchez

Looking for a quick and simple snack to serve at your next Halloween party? This festive version of chips & dip is ideal. Serve the plate with a side of vegetable sicks for endless dipping.

For the recipe, visit Fork and Beans » 

  1. Blender Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Photo by: Caitlin

That’s correct, you can use your blender to make delicious muffins. Dates supply the sweetness in this recipe, so there is no additional sugar, and the oats give fiber. These muffins are also gluten-free and vegan if flax eggs are used.

For the recipe, visit Frugal Nutrition » 

  1. Spooky Spider Deviled Eggs

Photo by: Dianne B.

With the addition of black-olive spiders, typical deviled eggs become frightening. This recipe couldn’t be easier to make, and it’s a pure creative genius in our opinion.

For the recipe, visit Delicious As It Looks »

  1. Spooky Turkey & Veggie Stuffed Bell Peppers

Photo by: BBC Good Food

Plan a Halloween-themed meal including lovely stuffed bell peppers instead of just desserts and snacks. Vegetables have never tasted so good, thanks to the addition of zucchini, broccoli, tomatoes, and onions (and spooky).

For the recipe, visit Super Sister Fitness » 

  1. Mummy Pumpkin Bars

Photo by: Betty Crocker Kitchens

These mummy-inspired pumpkin brownies are almost too adorable to eat. The base is basically pumpkin muffin mix that has been infused with pure pumpkin puree. In place of the sweet stuff, vegan cream cheese flavored with syrup is utilized to make the creamy frosting. Add chocolate chips for the eyes and you’ve got a healthy Halloween treat that everyone will enjoy.

For the recipe, visit Simply Quinoa »

  1. Spooky Mini Banana Cupcakes

Photo by: Taylor Kiser

These cupcakes are so adorable and delicious that it’s scary. With a coconut flour base, they are vegan and Paleo-friendly. Make a “boo”-tiful dessert by topping them with whipped coconut cream and dairy-free chocolate chips.

For the recipe, visit Food Faith Fitness » 

  1. Autumn Glow Milkshake

Photo by: Cara Miklasz

Can you figure out what makes this milkshake so creamy and delicious? The secret ingredients are frozen cauliflower florets and sweet potato! When you combine them with almond butter, your favorite protein powder, almond milk, and a dash of honey and sea salt, you get a frosty treat that tastes exactly like ice cream.

For the recipe, visit Pinch of Yum »

  1. Banana Mummies

Photo by: Lorie

These cute banana pops are wrapped in white chocolate and decorated with small m&m’s for eyes. Simple, healthy, and yummy!

For the recipe, visit Woman’s Day » 

  1. Candy Corn Fruit Parfaits

Photo by: Life In The Lofthouse

Real candy corn (pure sugar) is not a healthy option. For a healthy Halloween treat, this simple parfait replicates the famous orange, yellow, and white stripes with real fruit and whipped cream.

For the recipe, visit Life in the Lofthouse » 

  1. Witch’s Broom Snacks

Photo by: Robin Gagnon

Make these simple hors d’oeuvres with your favorite string cheese. They’ll probably fly straight off the plate!

For the recipe, visit Super Healthy Kids »

  1. Pumpkin Fries and Spicy Ketchup

Photo by: TNN

Try these tantalizing pumpkin fries for tasty finger snacks that can be made in under an hour. Curry powder adds a savory spice to these crispy fries, while the combination of spicy sauce and ketchup warms things up for the ideal snack.

For the recipe, visit Prevention » 

  1. Silly Apple Bites

Photo by: Finding Vegan

How can you transform an apple slice into a terrifying set of monster chompers? It only takes a little nut butter and some creativity.

For the recipe, visit Fork and Beans » 

  1. Mini Mummy Pizzas

Photo by: Amber Brady

For a Halloween twist, use shredded cheese to create your pie in the shape of a mummy, and top with olives for the eyes. Interesting fact: These little pizzas are baked using spelt flour, which is high in fiber.

For the recipe, visit Simple Vegan » 

  1. Warm Spiced Apple Cider

Photo by: Erin

On a chilly Halloween night, there’s nothing more comforting than a spiced apple cider beverage. This slow cooker recipe calls for apples and oranges, as well as aromatic spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves.

For the recipe, visit Jessica in the Kitchen » 

  1. Eyeball Pasta

Photo by: Houston Family Magazine

Regardless of how spooky it appears on the plate, your kids will enjoy this dish. By topping fresh mozzarella and black olives on top of regular beef meatballs, we convert them into monster eyeballs. To make the recipe more filling and healthier, use whole-grain or bean pasta instead of white.

For the recipe, visit Delish » 

  1. Frankenstein Kiwis

Photo by: Shelley

We’ll never be able to look at another kiwi without thinking of Two Healthy Kitchens’ adorable Franken-faces.

For the recipe, visit Two Healthy Kitchens » 

  1. Halloween Banana Popsicles

Photo by: Erin Clarke

Choose these easy banana ghost pops for a nutritious Halloween treat that doesn’t have a scary-high sugar content. They are then dipped in a Greek vanilla yogurt mixture and stored in the freezer until firm. Then, for the eyes, spread some natural peanut butter on top and sprinkle with semi-sweet chocolate chips.

For the recipe, visit Well Plated » 

  1. Eyeball Caprese Salad

Photo by: Ciera Holzenthal

Is that salad…staring at me? Yes, owing to this clever caprese arrangement. This fresh salad with fresh basil, mozzarella pearls, black olives, grape tomatoes, and a balsamic reduction is a nutritious and festive finger snack.

For the recipe, visit Ciera by Design » 

  1. Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cups

Photo by: Britia

Try these ooey-gooey dark chocolate cookies for a chocolatey treat that blends your love of peanut butter cups with pumpkin spice. These pumpkin butter cups, made with actual pumpkin puree, peanut butter, cinnamon, and a splash of maple syrup, are a healthier take on a Halloween favorite.

For the recipe, visit Eat Drink Love » 

  1. Halloween Roasted Veggies

Photo by: Andi Anne

All you have to do with this dish is be creative and slice up your favorite potatoes or root veggies into your favorite Halloween images. It’s simple and healthy. For a savory-sweet taste, bake them with garlic, rosemary, balsamic vinegar, and honey.

For the recipe, visit Live Eat Learn »