Halloween is always a lot of fun, but one of the main downsides is the amount of sickly-sweet candy the kids eat after going to a Halloween party or a night’s trick or treating.Whilst we spend a lot of time throughout the rest of the year encouragi9ng healthy eating, once Halloween comes around it gets that much harder to control their snacking, as the whole purpose of the night is for young ones to dress up in their scariest costumes and get as many treats as possible.
How many parents chaperoning their kid’s trick or treating have missed their kiddo digging into their sweety bags between houses, while quietly hoping they would at least wait until they get home so that you can portion it and give it to them as and when they’re allowed treats?
…Possibly over a couple weekends, but definitely over more than one night!
Having some healthier alternatives to sweets for when they get home might be the answer, but by no means do they have to be dull and tasteless. You could end your trick or treating evening by having a mini party at home with the kids to celebrate your trick or treat haul. You could deck the living room out with some really scary Halloween decorations, set out your Halloween snacks, with popcorn and a movie ready to go for when you get in – and all while wearing your costumes to make a perfect conclusion to your night.
Here are some cool recipe ideas, which are equally good for your kids that they’re sure to chow down on without question:
Banana Ghosts & Ghouls
All you need to make these are half a peeled banana, a lollipop or ice lolly stick and two chocolate chips (for each banana half) for the eyes, and another choc-chip or a cheerio if you want to add a mouth. The resemblance to ghosts is uncanny!
The name might be a mouthful, but your kids will gobble this one up! To make it, you need a rice cake (caramel jumbo Snack-a-Jacks are usually good), a thin layer of peanut butter and some jelly on top. If you put the jelly into a little lunch bag, you can easily squeeze it out to arrange the jelly to look like a jack-o-lantern, et voila, they’re done.
Bananas can morph into many a scary things, especially a caterpillars. To make one, all you need is one banana sliced into segments, Twiglets or pretzel sticks broken into short pieces, some peanut butter and raisins. Use the Twiglets for legs on both sides of each segment, use the peanut butter as glue to hold the segments together after sticking the leg into place as well as to hold the raisin into place one the place the eyes on your creepy crawly. Spooky!