Ghosts, witches, superheroes … what is your little one dressing as for Halloween this year? And the next question: What is your family going to eat before you go out trick-or-treating together? Part of coming up with Halloween party ideas is deciding on some Halloween food ideas. These spooky snacks are healthy Halloween recipes that are alternatives to the candies waiting in your kiddos treat bag. For something fun, make dead man’s finger sandwiches and serve them alongside goblin dip with bone crackers. Slice into snake-bite calzones that look like a slithering serpent. Munch on spooky spider snacks made out of crackers and crunchy Halloween mummies crafted from celery sticks. And take a bite out of fruit with Halloween teeth created using apples and marshmallows.
These creepy fingers are easy to craft using sliced white bread, cream cheese, strawberry jam and almonds. To start this recipe for dead man’s finger sandwiches from Parenting, roll bread slices until thin. Spread with cream cheese and roll into finger shapes and add a dab of jam to look like blood and almonds as fingernails.
Feeding little ghosts and goblins? Here’s the perfect way to start your meal. As an appetizer serve this goblin dip with bone crackers from Southern Living. The dip is a creamy concoction of refried beans, cheese, salsa and green chiles. Bake up bone crackers by making the shape using a cookie cutter on flour tortillas – serve with the dip.
Instead of pizza, why not make this snake-bite calzone from Kraft? Unroll refrigerated pizza dough and fill it with pepperoni slices along with ricotta and mozzarella cheeses. Next, roll the dough back up and shape it into an “s.” Brush the dough with an egg wash and add a little green food coloring to complete the illusion.
Here’s a quick, fun idea for an afterschool goodie or an addition to a party spread. Using a kitchen knife, add creamy peanut butter between butter crackers. Insert crispy chow mien noodles as legs on either side of the crackers. Affix raisin eyes on top of the crackers with a little dab of peanut butter and you have spooky spider snacks from Taste of Home.
Don’t worry – these Halloween teeth from Kidspot don’t bite back! Between wedges of apple slices smear creamy peanut butter and then add a layer of mini-marshmallows to look like “teeth.” To keep the apple slices from turning brown, brush them with lemon juice before assembling the mouths.
This post was originally published in 2015 and has been updated for 2016.