13 Halloween Treats That Won't Scare Your Dentist
Halloween is one of the highlights of every candy wrangler's year. Running door to door demanding and receiving free treats by the fistful. Hunkering down at the end of the night to sort and count and trade — sweet dreams are made of this. But watching your kid's sugar intake (or yours) doesn't mean Halloween has to be any less fun. These healthy Halloween snacks will delight all the little monsters, without adding to the sugar overload.
Savory Pumpkin Hummus
This colorful, fall-flavored hummus dares them to dip when you serve it with a platter of cut-up vegetables surrounding a whimsical crudité skeleton.
Spooky Calzone Snake
Gryffindors will love taking a slice out of this Slytherin snake to spill its cheesy pepperoni guts. You can use ready-made refrigerated bread dough to short-cut the prep if dough-making wasn't on your course list at Hogwarts. To give the snake a green sheen, put a few drops of food coloring into the egg wash you brush it with before baking.
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Save the seeds when you carve your pumpkins and roast them up with salt instead of sugar for a crunchy, savory snack. Using this recipe as a starting point, you can experiment with different spices like the mad scientist you are. Label them as "witches' fingernails" if you want to get all ghoulish about it.
Halloween Popcorn Hands
OK, there's a little bit of sugar in this one if you use candy corn as the fingernails, but you can omit the rest of the candy corn in the recipe and just stuff the gloves with popcorn.
Spider Deviled Eggs for Halloween
Cut an olive in half and place one half on a finished deviled egg to create a simple spider body. Cut the other olive half into four strips, then cut each strip in half. And voila! Eight thin olive pieces for legs.
Severed-Finger Cheese Sticks
"This would make quite an eye-catching appetizer tray for your upcoming Halloween party," Chef John says Come on, what kid wouldn't think you were the coolest parent ever if you made some of these? Be sure to tear the cheese sticks in half as irregularly as possible, as this really gives it that stomach-turning realism. You can use ketchup instead of hot sauce if desired."
All you need to create these bewitching broomsticks? Pretzel sticks, string cheese, and spinach!
Witch Hat Dippers
How cute are these mandarin orange and celery pumpkins? You couldn't sneak added sugar into this treat if you tried!
Halloween Eye of Newt
"Bubble, bubble. Toil and trouble. This appetizer is commonly known and used but, I have put my own little twist on this recipe," recipe creator Angela O. says. "It is deviled eggs made to look like the eyeballs of a lizard. It a hit with the kids at my Halloween party. Watch them get eaten up at your party!"
Made from creamed corn, flour, and cheese, these bug-shaped biscuits will take care of any cravings for a creepy-crawly treat.
Spooky Spider Snacks
"I have made this many times using peanut butter in the crackers," Kristin says. "They are always a hit. The kids love them, it's easy for even young ones to help, and they're really good anytime."