Quick, Easy and Really Creepy Halloween Snack Ideas
Is it almost Halloween time again? How did that happen? I swear I still have some candy I took from my kids last Halloween stashed in the back of a kitchen cabinet. If your kids are anything like mine, they a) love everything about Halloween and b) have no idea you are eating their candy. Sure, trick-or-treating is usually the highlight of Halloween for kids, but decorating, pumpkin carving and enjoying Halloween snacks are also special. But who has the time, energy and talent to whip up creative and creepy Halloween snacks? No mom that I know. If you want to surprise and delight your kids (and are a fan of shortcuts), you’ll love these simple Halloween treats.
Jack-O’-Lantern Fruit Cups
Take an empty glove and drop a jelly bean or piece of candy corn into each finger. This will be the witch’s “nails.” I chose black jelly beans because they look pretty gnarly … and I’m not a big fan of licorice-flavored jelly beans, so I was hoping to pawn them off on my kids. Green jelly beans would work too, as would multicolored candy corn. Once the “nails” are in place, pour some popcorn into each finger of the glove and fill the glove nearly to the top, leaving enough room at the top to wrap it securely with a rubber band.
After you peel the orange, cut a 1-inch piece of celery and insert it into the top. That’s it! You now have a healthy snack sure to make your little ghoul smile. Or at least smile until they get to the celery. Then they’ll make THAT face and ask if they can throw away the celery. Or give it to the dog. Or bury it in the yard. Hey, at least you tried to make celery cute and appealing.
Push slivered almonds into the top and bottom of the apple, near the peel, to resemble teeth. Slivered almonds are really necessary to make the Terrible Teeth work. All different shapes and sizes really up the creep factor. Another option is cutting the apple into thinner slices, spreading peanut butter on one slice, and perching the other slice on top so it looks like an open mouth. Then stick the slivered almonds or even white jelly beans in the peanut butter so they look like teeth.
These Halloween treats are perfect to serve kids before or after trick-or-treating. They’re also pretty healthy options compared to the buckets of candy your child will be consuming on Halloween day. You don’t need to be a professional chef to make any of these or spend hours in the kitchen. But my favorite thing about these treats is that they serve as great distractions … your kids will never notice you digging through their Halloween candy.