Halloween is becoming more popular in Australia. More neighbourhoods, schools and clubs are participating in trick-or-treating or themed days on October 31st. Of course I am concerned about the amount of sugar our kids are eating; but there’s no need to avoid or worry about joining in with the occasional sugary celebrations like Halloween. You can read more about my approach to kids and lollies here (Lollies and kids: how to handle the party bag sugar rush).
The sugar can get excessive though, so I have searched high and low for the best healthy Halloween trick-or-treat snacks, themed lunchboxes and afternoon tea ideas.
My favourite ideas for each category are below. For even more healthy Halloween ideas, check out my Pinterest board here. Make sure you follow the board to see when we add more ideas!
If knocking on your neighbours doors in search of lollies isn’t your idea of safe fun, these ideas fun ways your kids can be involved with Halloween if they want to.
Healthy Halloween Trick-or Treat
A bowl of apples next to the front door for the neighbourhood kids might not go down too well. But these popcorn bags might! Pop your own from kernels in a brown paper bag in the microwave (90-120 seconds) to save a small fortune.
Healthy Halloween Lunchbox
This bento plate from the archives of Coles’ Instagram would make a great lunchbox! Different coloured cherry tomatoes, a mandarin “pumpkin” a little mummy sandwich! I love the simple but so effective ghost boiled egg on edamame beans!
Healthy Halloween Snack
These cute mini mummy pizzas would work so well with wholemeal English muffins. Spread them with pizza or pasta sauce then lay strips of cheese (use a veggie peeler) and add some sliced olives for eyes! Grilled for 2-3 minutes or until just melted but so you can still see the ‘bandages’.
Healthy Halloween Snack for Kids to Make
These apple monsters have to be my favourite discovery! They are cute and colourful and older kids will live getting involved to make their own for afternoon snack.
Easy Healthy Halloween Treats
If all this seems like more effort than you were planning on, how about you just grab a black marker and turn some fruit cups, mandarins and cheese sticks into healthy Halloween fun.
Don’t forget to checkout my Pinterest board for even more healthy Halloween fun.
Sarah Moore is a mum, and university qualified Registered Nutritionist with a decade of experience working with families to improve their health and well-being. Sarah has a simplistic and practical approach to family nutrition and offer private consultations and group information sessions in Perth, Western Australia. You can find her on Facebook andInstagram for more healthy tips and tricks.