The sight of pumpkins, ghouls, Hocus Pocus on repeat and spooky Halloween decorations are all around us. Halloween is such a fun time of year as a kid! I remember spending all of October debating with friends about what to dress up as and spending weeks formulating our ultimate trick-or-treating route to get the best selection of candy.
When I think of Halloween as a kid, I instantly remember the excitement and magic of my school’s annual Halloween party and bake sale to raise money for school supplies. I can almost smell the pumpkins, apples and sugar in the air. What better way to celebrate the holiday season than whipping up a fun and festive Halloween snack or two?
Hoping to evoke the grandeur and magic of the Halloween season, I’ve scoured Pinterest for some of the most creative, tasty and spooky snacks out there. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite Halloween recipes (some healthy, and a couple naughty) that are perfect for Halloween parties, school events, or a surprise treat for your kids.
Halloween Peanut Butter Spider Cookies
You can’t go wrong when peanut butter and chocolate are involved. It is one of my favorite flavor combinations, and these cookies are simply delicious. While these scary spider cookies are a huge hit with my family, be sure to consider any nut allergies. For a nut-free version of these peanut butter cookies, you can substitute peanut butter for Sunbutter and use Free2b Sunbutter cups from your local grocery store instead.
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Halloween Banana Popsicles
Halloween usually screams candy and sugar galore, but there are some ways to sneak some healthy foods, like fruit, into the mix without losing that Halloween feeling. If you are looking to keep your Halloween treats on the healthier side this year, these Halloween Banana Popsicles are the perfect answer. The kids will love them and their parents will thank you when their kids don’t come home with a sugar high.
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Frankenstein Rice Krispie Treats
These Frankenstein Rice Krispie Treats are my inner child’s dream. As a lover of all things marshmallow-y and sweet, these might be my new go-to treat to whip up for a Halloween party. Plus, they’re super easy to make! I can’t wait until my son is old enough so we can make these together.
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Halloween Marshmallow Pops
Speaking of marshmallows … these Halloween Marshmallow Pops are genius! If you don’t have the time to bake, these quick and easy pops are the perfect solution. You can throw these together at a minute’s notice, making them a busy parent’s dream. You’ll want to keep this recipe in your arsenal for the next bake sale call. You can substitute sprinkles for something with less sugar, like nuts. You can really get creative with these and customize them any way you want for any time of year.
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Halloween Graveyard Brownies
Who doesn’t love an ooey gooey brownie?! These graveyard brownies are so cute and I can guarantee they taste as good as they look. I mean, can you really go wrong adding a Milano cookie and a sugar-filled pumpkin to the mix? These may not make it to the kids this year...
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Halloween Bat Bites
I never thought I would say this, but how cute are these bat bites? They are almost ... almost too cute to eat. The best part is they only require four ingredients, so no need to stock up on items you’ll never use again like fancy extracts or food colorings. My son would gobble up the whole tray if he had the option.
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Chocolate-covered strawberries are a classic, but not something we usually think about at Halloween time. But then again, I’ve never seen them dressed as a ghost before. These strawberry ghosts make for a great haunted treat to have at home or to bring to a Halloween party. These take almost no time or kitchen skills to prepare. And trust me, the kids won’t be the only ones gobbling these up. These are a parent pleaser.
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