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Healthy, Not-So-Scary Halloween Treat Tricks

It’s that time of year! Time to scare the pants off of your friends and neighbors or impress them with your use of black lights and MAD (bwa-ha-ha…) decorating skills! But just because Halloween involves sugary substances for the young ones in the neighborhood (and, let’s be honest, for us adults too!), Halloween doesn’t have to be frightening from a nutrition standpoint!

Here are some ideas that can make your Halloween both fun and nutritious! Thanks go out to for some of these wonderful ideas.

For more information on the ideas listed below and other nutrition and wellness strategies, stop by YOU.Better! Studio at 2475 South Howell Avenue in Milwaukee's Bay View neighborhood on October 28, 2017, from 5pm to 8pm, or on October 29, 2017, from 1pm to 3pm. You're invited to contact us via the contact sheet at the bottom of the home page with your favorite Halloween joke (G-rated, please) which we'll use as a non-candy treat for the kids (we promise we will never use your email address or contact information for anything other than YOU.Better! Studio updates).

Nothing puts the fun in fall like a Halloween party. It’s a great time of make believe that the whole family can enjoy. These treats are also a great, nutritious addition to any party, whether for kids or grownups.

Please note, it is recommended to use high quality ingredients and substitute, as appropriate, in the event of any food allergies, lack of product availability, preferences and the like. In an effort to aim for the highest quality, most nutrient-dense products and absence of any agricultural insecticides, herbicides and/or GMOs, we recommend using certified organic products whenever possible.

Fun with food

Though candy is the main attraction for this holiday, below are some alternate takes on snacks that make for a “ghoul’d” time:

Banana ghosts: Cut several ripe bananas in half. Using chocolate syrup, draw little faces on each banana. You may also melt some organic chocolate chips to create your own chocolate syrup.

Mini pumpkins: Wash and peel several Clementine oranges, but do not break apart. Wash and cut several celery stalks to make the stems. Place each stem in the center of the Clementine and enjoy.

Apple bugs: Coat apple slices with peanut butter and attach some pretzel sticks for legs and or antennae. Use raisins and nuts for eyes. These work especially well with bright red apples as “ladybugs”.

Witches’ smiles: Core and cut a red-skinned apple (leave skin on) into long, vertical slices, about ½″ wide. Spread one side of apple with a small amount of peanut butter and place on top of a second slice, so it looks like the two lips of a mouth. Stick raisins between the red “lips” for “decayed teeth.” Or, if you prefer to take the route of Glenda the Good Witch, use organic marshmallows (or even homemade marshmallows) for the teeth. If you prepare ahead of time, coat any exposed flesh of the apple with a little orange or pineapple juice to keep apple from turning brown.

Pumpkin dip:

Mix together canned pumpkin (3 Tbsp.), low fat vanilla yogurt (1 cup) or Greek yogurt, orange juice concentrate (1 Tbsp.), cinnamon (1/2 tsp.) and maple syrup (1 Tbsp.). Dip in graham crackers or sugar cookies cut into fun shapes.

Treat Suggestions

As a healthy treat, without the “Ugh! Broccoli!” reaction, you might try giving these out when those ghosts and goblins come by: