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Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.  It is the one time of year we can pretend to be whoever or whatever we want and even dress to fit the part.  It also reminds me of being a kid and getting to stay up late on a school night.

There will most likely be no shortage of sugar any where you go for the next few weeks.  If you like to be festive at Halloween, like I do, try making these healthy Halloween treats.  They are so FUN that they are sure to be a hit with both adults and kids.  I plan to make one of them for my son’s pre-Kindergarten class.  I would love your feedback in the comments section as to which one of these Healthy Halloween Treats you think they would like the most.

Please note, I made each of these recipes and took the pictures myself.  Keep in mind I don’t have the most steady hand when it comes to art.  In other words, if I can do these then anyone can make them too.

1) Gory Apple Mouths3 Simple and Fun Healthy Halloween Recipes

What you will need:

  • Green or red apples cut into quarters
  • 1 package of sliced almond
  • Lemon juice (optional)
  • Peanut butter (optional)


Cut a lengthwise wedge from the skin side of each apple quarter. Leave the peel around the wedge for lips.  If desired, put a little peanut butter into the mouth to make it look extra gory.  Poke 5 or 6 slivered almonds to the top and bottom of the cut-out area to make spooky teeth.

Helpful Tip:  rub the outside of the apple (where there is no peel) with lemon juice to prevent browning.


 rub the outside of the apple with lemon juice to prevent browning2) Creepy Yummy Halloween Bugs

What you will need:

  • 1 package of whole pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup of reduced fat or whipped cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup of finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 small container of toothpicks


Soften cream cheese before beginning. Afterwards, mix cream cheese and walnuts in a bowl. Create an opening in the dates by slicing the dates open down 1 side. Add the cream cheese and walnuts with a teaspoon. Pinch the dates closed. Then, insert 2 toothpicks into one end  of each date to make the antennas.


3) Clementine Jack-o-Lanternscream cheese

What you will need:

  • Clementines, peeled
  • Celery
  • Optional- small tube of black gel icing


Wash celery and cut into small pieces (about ½ inch).  Insert the celery into the top of the clementines to make the pumpkin stems.  Optional- use black icing to draw on a jack-o-lantern face.

Helpful Tip:  Use a bristled brush to gently remove the white pithy material on the outside of the clementines after they are peeled.

Don’t miss next week’s post on Halloween Treats Under 100 Calories

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