Healthier Halloween Treats for Kids

Dial down the sugar and ramp up the fun with some creative ideas for Halloween treats. It's amazing what kids can do with just a few ideas to get them started. There's a creepy looking black bean cat crudites that your kids can put together from piles of vegetables. Or what about using cream cheese on crackers to fashion them into monsters with the help of grapes, olives and raisins? They can get their hands dirty rolling orange-tinted rice into pumpkin shapes. And ordinary strawberries get a ghoulish reworking as ghosts with a dip in white chocolate.

Black Bean Cat Crudites

Here's a cool idea for a nutritious dip – and dipping ingredients. Check out this skeleton of a cat – all made with vegetables. This black bean cat crudites from Spoonful is easy and fun to assemble. Carrot sticks become claws!

Monster Crackers

Frankenstein returns – muhahaha! Only, this time he's been brought to life with crackers, fruit and vegetables. Your kids will have a blast making simple pantry ingredients into mini monster crackers with this recipe from SnackPicks.

Carrot Rice Ball Mini Pumpkins

How cute are these? Use leftovers to create these carrot rice ball mini pumpkins from Apron Strings. A little food coloring turns rice into pumpkins with the addition of black olives to make into jack-o'-lantern faces.

Low Sugar Pumpkin Spice Cake

Cut the fat and calories with this recipe for low sugar pumpkin spice cake with Recipe4Living. It starts with a boxed spice cake – then add a small can of pureed pumpkin and water. That's all you'll need for the base. For the frosting, mix sugar-free whipped topping with sugar-free cheesecake pudding and milk.

Candied Apples

Melt sugar, water, corn syrup and cinnamon candies before dipping apples into the mix. This candied apple recipe from Cooking Light is fun to make with your kiddos. These make great gifts, too!

Strawberry Ghosts

Turn ordinary fruit into a freaky treat with this strawberry ghost recipe from Taste of Home. First, dip the strawberries into white chocolate and then create a silly face with melted chocolate.

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