Healthy Halloween Treats


The last thing kids need at a Halloween party is more calorie-filled, cavity-inducing candy to set their teeth a-chattering. These easy snacks are so eerily appetizing, young revelers will never notice the healthy ingredients — the nut-free options are especially ideal for classroom parties with junk-food restrictions.

Trade for Treats

A night of trick-or-treating can yield more candy than kids can eat for the rest of the year. Get rid of excess sweets via the 9th annual, pay-it-forward Halloween Candy Buy Back program. Participating local dentists “buy back” candy in exchange for small tokens, from healthy treats to $1 per pound of tooth-decaying goodies traded in. The stash is then sent to American troops overseas, along with toothbrushes and other oral-
care items. Dentists throughout Pennsylvania, South Jersey
and Delaware are ready to
start the buy-back. Log on to, type in your zip code and find your nearest participating dental office.

​Boo-nana Pops

Nut-free & gluten-free

  1. Cut bananas in half, then slice halves into two more halves.
  2. Stick a popsicle stick into each sliced banana section.
  3. Dip bananas into melted white chocolate or plain or vanilla yogurt, stick on two chocolate-chip eyes and place on a nonstick tray.
  4. 4. Freeze for 45 minutes to 1 hour before serving.


Broom Sticks


  1. Cut string-cheese sticks into 2-inch-long pieces, then cut fringe-like strips into the bottom of each piece.
  2. Make a hole in the uncut side of the cheese and slowly twist in a pretzel stick, being careful not to tear the cheese.
  3. Tie a string of fresh chives around the top of each piece.


Edible Eyeballs

Nut-free & gluten-free

  1. Slice carrots into 1-inch-thick chunks.
  2. Top each with a blob of cream cheese.
  3. Stick one half of a pitted black olive on top.


Apple Monster Mouths

  1. Cut apple into 8 sections, then halve each to form “lips,” slicing off core and seed portions.
  2. Spread peanut butter or almond butter on one side of each slice.
  3. Press mini marshmallows into the nut butter to form “teeth,” placing 1 marshmallow behind the main row to stabilize the top lip.
  4. Place the top lip onto the marshmallow teeth.



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