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Healthy Halloween snacks to make with the family

Written By: Simone Sonnier, UT Physicians | Updated: October 19, 2020
healthy halloween snacks

Instead of reaching into the candy dish for a sweet treat, try out these Halloween recipes with your family!

Halloween isn’t here yet, but candy and delicious treats have been popping up on store shelves for weeks now. Monique Dorsey, registered dietitian with UT Physicians, would like to remind parents and families that there’s more to the holiday than sugary snacks.

“Treats are a major part of the holidays, and mixing in some healthful ideas with traditional ones is a great way to indulge while maintaining balance,” said Dorsey. “Try making these festive and tasty snacks to start the holiday off with some fun!”

Halloween recipes

Spooky Spider Crackers

What you’ll need:

  • Whole grain crackers
  • Peanut butter or hummus
  • Pretzel sticks
  • Raisins or blueberries
  • Knife


  1. Set out two crackers. Spread either peanut butter or hummus over one side of each cracker.
  2. Align four pretzel stick halves along both sides of one cracker. These are the legs!
  3. Top with the second cracker (spread side down).
  4. Use a knife to make two or four small dots on the outside of the cracker sandwich. Place a blueberry or raisin on top of each dot to complete the spider’s eyes.

Monster Mouth Apple Slices

What you’ll need:

  • Apple slices
  • Chocolate spread or peanut butter
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Knife


  1. Spread a layer of peanut butter or chocolate spread over two apple slices.
  2. Add mini marshmallows upright onto one of the apple slices. They can be aligned crooked or straight to make up the monster teeth.
  3. Lay the second apple slice (spread side down) on top of the marshmallows to complete the monster mouth.

Clementine Pumpkins

What you’ll need:

  • Clementines
  • Green gumdrops
  • Knife


  1. Completely peel a clementine, while leaving all the slices intact with each other.
  2. Cut the green gumdrops into the shape of a stem. Add one gum drop to the center of each clementine. Serve and enjoy!

*Recipes inspired by Monique Dorsey and HGTV

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