Mary Beth Johnson is a writer based in Atlanta, GA. She is currently writing her first book in between school drop off and laundry piles.
She can be found every day on Instagram and at the local coffee shop.
Halloween is the time of year where kids – and parents! – get to let their silly sides show. When else is it completely appropriate to wrap your bushes in toilet paper and hand out sugary treats on a school night? Our family likes to start Halloween night a little early. We share dinner with friends and family, set out some Halloween party snacks for the kids and then out to do our trick-or-treating. This year, I put together a few sweet treats that aren’t loaded with sugar, but pack quite the scary punch. Here’s a few ideas to set up your own spooky spread and get the goblins snacking.
Kids are going to freak out (in a good way!) when they see their halloween party snacks include these rice krispies treat monsters. To make these fun Halloween party snacks, start with the classic rice krispies treat recipe HERE and spread them into a 9 x 13 pan to cool.
After mixing together the rice krispies treats, melt the white chocolate candy coating in separate, small bowls, mixing each bowl with a little natural food dye. (I really like natural food dyes so I can keep out as much of those Red 40 dyes as possible on Halloween night.)
After the rice krispie treats have cooled, cut into rectangles and dip into the still-warm, colored, white chocolate candy coating. Press the monster eyes into the melted candy coating before it sets.
It doesn’t have to be all sugar highs and lows on Halloween night. Go a more natural route and offer fruits and veggies with a spooky twist. This Halloween party snack for kids takes just a bag of tangerines and a stalk of celery. Peel the tangerines. Slice the celery into thin slices. Lastly, press the short pieces of celery into the tangerines and voila! These edible, mini pumpkins will fly off the plate faster than you can say “trick-or-treat!”
This Halloween party snack for kids takes literally 5 minutes to put together. All you need is a bunch of bananas and a bag of mini and regular chocolate chips. A few minutes before the party starts, peel the bananas and slice in half. Next, press the chocolate chips into the fruit to create little banana ghost faces. This snack is great for toddlers and babies who may not yet be eating solids and hard candy, but want to join in on the Halloween party snacks.
Dinner can often feel rushed when you’re getting everyone into their costumes to head out for a night of trick-or-treating. Offering filling, nutritious, snacks that your kids can grab before you run out the door may be just the kind of “dinner” you need on Halloween night. This Halloween-themed cheese board for kids is an easy way to satisfy a variety of appetites without sacrificing the spooky vibes. You could also try any one of our fall round-up recipes that get your sweet tooth on with spiced donuts and pumpkin scones. Or, go super simple with a creamy, warm, pumpkin pasta sauce bowl before bundling up to go out into the chilly night air.