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October 28, 2011 at 8:00 AMComments: 6 Faves: 0

Strawberry Spooks, Banana Ghosts, & Candied Pumpkin Seeds: Healthy Halloween Treats for the Entire Family!

By Jessica Corwin MPH RDN More Blogs by This Author

Oh, Halloween. That devilishly tasty holiday overflowing with sweet treats seemingly priming our taste buds for the calorie-rich foods to be ingested over the next few months as the day kicks off the holiday season.

I am always ready to celebrate a fun holiday, though I’m not always ready for the sugar hangover the next day – nor attempting to squeeze into a pair of jeans after mass candy consumption! Yet, a sweet treat (or two) is a Halloween requirement, which is why I've been digging around for some lighter versions to satisfy the sweet tooth. After some thorough inspection, I must admit that I'm quite pleased with the results. It turns out that the supermarket is filled with healthy options; they just require a bit of investigation.

Here are a few of my must-haves for this Halloween. Whether you want to make your own or pick something up from the store, there's something here for everyone!

  • ACT II Mini Bags Candy Corn Flavor Popcorn. Not perfect ingredient-wise, but they get the job done with only 150 calories and 5 grams of fat per bag. 
  • Kind Bar’s Dark Chocolate Cherry Cashew. 180 calories and 9 grams of heart-healthy fat. Nutritious and delicious - 'nuff said.  
  • Chocolate Brownie Clif Kid Z Bar. Husband approved and 100% natural.
  • Candied Pumpkin Seeds. Easy to make! Simply wash freshly picked pumpkin seeds, sprinkle with brown sugar, and roast.
  • Strawberry Spooks. Strawberries dipped into white chocolate with a drizzled chocolate face.
  • Caramel Apple with Nuts. At least this sugary coating has fiber-rich fruit on the inside and good-for-you fat on the outside.
  • Banana Ghost Pops. Just dip a frozen banana into orange juice, roll it into a bowl of shredded coconut, and top it off with a raisin face. 
  • Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting. Who can resist? This one is definitely my favorite!


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  • Candied Pumpkin Seeds is something I've never tried before. I always do salted pumpkin seeds. I will have to try that. Especially since I still have a pumpkin sitting at my house, waiting to be baked!

    This year I am going to try this recipe for pizza mummies: It looks like such a great snack.

  • Love those little Mummies! :)

  • Jessica - those ghost look both adorable and delicious!

    Bri - At our house we actually split our seeds in three groups and do a pumpkin seed variety - a salt and pepper mix, a cinnamon and brown sugar mix, and spicy chilli mix. :)

  • @ Erin, oh yum. Those all sound delicious. My husband would especially love the spicy chili mix. I will have to make that kind too! Thanks, Erin. :)

  • I was thinking of making a twist on the strawberries mentioned above; something similar with pretzel sticks dipped in chocolate and drizzled with white chocolate. For a savory treat, I'm thinking of making a batch of pumpkin chili, too!

  • Wow, Great ideas for festive foods this Halloween!

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