Healthy Halloween Treats

Healthy alternatives to serve at children's Halloween parties, courtesy of

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Not-So-Scary Halloween Treats

They won’t even miss all the sugar!

-Beth Ann Bentley at iLunchBox

Pumpkin SoupWith the Reauthorization Act of 2004, all schools participating in the National School Lunch Program had to develop a school wellness policy by the beginning of the 2006-2007 school year. As a result, these schools, maybe even yours, has had to implement new policies regarding celebrations in the classroom. As a result the old standby of cupcakes and cookies may be out of the question this year. Here are a few “treats” that are sure to please, even if they are lacking in the sugar.

1. Instead of juice boxes, punch or soda, try brewing up a batch of Witch’s Brew using 100% pure apple juice or cider and a Witch’s Brew Mulling Spice Bouquets .

2. If you were planning on rolling and cutting cookies anyway, why not try cutting corn tortillas into cute Halloween shapes. Toss with some vegetable oil and a little salt and bake in the oven for a few minutes until crispy. Serve with blood red salsa, black cat bean dip or deviled ham.

3. Popcorn Balls and Carmel Apples and Pears have some sugar in them, but if you keep the portion sizes small and focus on the whole grain of the corn and the health benefits of the fruit, you might get away with it.

4. Try Apple Sundaes or Apple Jack-o-Lanterns filled with dried fruits and nuts.

5. You could make an Autumn Fruit Salad with tangerines, grapes and pumpkin seeds and a drizzle of honey, or a Harvest Party Mix by mixing equal parts roasted pumpkin seeds and peanuts, dried cranberries, pretzel sticks and a whole grain corn cereal like Chex; or better yet, oven baked Sweet Potato Chips.

6. If you are looking for something warm to serve, try Pumpkin Soup or Chili with all the fixing’s. You can bring it in your crock pot to keep warm at school. Serve in “to go” coffee cups.

Not every treat has to be candy or cookies, think outside the cupcake and I bet you’ll still have very happy goblins and ghouls at your Halloween Party.

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