Gather 'round the cauldron, my spooky friends, with Halloween right around the corner, we're here to help you channel your inner witch or warlock and brew up some spooktacular Halloween treats that will leave everyone spellbound! Prepare to be enchanted, thrilled, and maybe even a little scared. Ready, set, BOO!
‘Tis time for the spooks and the sweets, the tricks and treats! The leaves are changing and the weather is shifting, and all us ghouls, witches and ghosts are counting down the clock for a favored spooky day; Halloween! Not only for those of us who have little gremlins of our own but for those of us who are just looking forward to spending the day making treats and watching Halloween movies, or throwing parties dressed up as our inner monsters! Halloween is a day that everyone should be able to enjoy, and treats should be for everyone regardless of age or dietary restrictions. Having a hard time trying to find safe treats for your guests and ghouls though? Don’t worry, because we’ve got a lot of fun and spooky, and not to mention healthy treats for everyone!
Spooky Popcorn Hands
What’s better than a treat? A treat that’s also fun to make and easy to enjoy! Popcorn hands are a staple for any Halloween treat list and are so easy to assemble. All you really need is a clear latex glove, some popcorn (it could be sweet or savory popcorn, whichever you fancy), and some additional accessories or decorations like spider rings, cardboard paper to cut out and use for the hands nails to get as creative as you want! Not only is this a fun and easy craft to make in the spirit of Halloween, it’s also a healthy treat for your guests and kiddos to have, and is the perfect snack for binging those Halloween movies all night long!
Gravestones and Ghosts Rice Crispy Bars
The beauty about this is that it requires very little in the way of baking, it’s mainly just decorating and painting! All you need is some allergen-free rice crispy bars and some marshmallow creme, as well as some fondant and edible paint! Mash up the allergen-free rice crispy bars and mix with the marshmallow creme to create a sticky, sweet mixture. Using gloves, break pieces of it and start shaping into gravestones or ghosts, or anything else you may want to make (pumpkins also work too!). Once you've got your desired shape, make your fondant and stick it to the object, molding it as needed. Using a toothpick or the end of a paintbrush, you can put in the finer details, like the ghost eyes, or the lines of the pumpkin. Then, get your edible paint and brush it on the fondant until you have yourself a finished product! Now you’ve got some sweet, organic sweets to serve your guests and goblins!
Witch Finger Cookies
Witch Finger Cookies are like the ladyfingers cousin, down the winding road that leads into the forest, witch fingers are much more devious, but still just as delicious and can be made to your preferences! If you don’t have much of a hand in baking, then don’t worry, you can also use the same allergen-free rice crispy bars and marshmallow creme combo to make your witch fingers this way, but you can also make them from scratch if you’ve got the right ingredients and a bit more time on your hands! It’s just your average shortbread cookie recipe but with a little extra shaping and grooves to give the impression of a witch’s finger. Protip: almonds make the perfect witch nails! But if you want to stay away from nuts for your witch finger cookies, you can do without, or shape the nails when shaping the fingers and using a little fondant to differentiate, and a little allergen free strawberry jam can be used to line the fingernail shape to give it a bit more oomph!
Jack-O'-Lantern Shaped Veggie Platter
What else is healthier than veggies? Some Halloween treats don’t need to be sweet like candy, especially for those ghouls and ghosts who’d rather a celery stick to a lollipop! It also serves as a fun, easy treat and palette cleanser to all the sugary sweets everyone will be handing out. The easiest iteration of the jack-o-lantern veggie tray is as it's described! Pull out a fancy (circular is best) tray and line it with baby carrots for the face, celery sticks for the stem and cucumbers or black olives for the smile. You can leave the eyes and put little paper cups to keep your dressings in and you’ve got yourself a quick and easy Halloween-inspired vegetable tray!
And there you have it, a list of a few great and healthy options for your Halloween treats and snack roster! We hope you have a spook-tacular Hallow’s Eve!