It’s trick-or-treat time again. Face it. You may not be able to keep sweets away from your little goblins’ plastic pumpkins or Halloween candy sacks. Nevertheless, you can find creative Halloween candy alternatives to candy treats.
Here are 5 alternatives to Halloween candy that the children in our family have loved.
1. Whip up several batches of orange jello.
Fill with plastic spiders, eyeballs, and worms from Oriental Trading Company. Little ones will love to scream in delicious terror as their hands squish around in the concoction.
2. Roast pumpkin seeds.
Rachel Ray would say, ‘delish.’ Save seeds from your pumpkin carving. Soak seeds in cold water for 15 minutes. Separate them from them from pumpkin flesh, drain the water and dry them thoroughly. Mix seeds with a tablespoon of olive oil, enough to coat lightly, and spread evenly onto a cookie sheet. Add salt. Adults might like a bit of cayenne or garlic, but use sparingly. Bake for 15 minutes, until toasted, in a 350-degree oven. Store in airtight container.
3 . Halloween Cereal Pumpkin Treats recipe:
6 cups of corn flakes or rice krispies or a combination
1 bag of miniature marshmallows
1 stick butter
orange food coloring
In a saucepan melt butter over low or medium heat. Watch closely. Do not let mixture boil. Add marshmallows. Stir often until they are fully melted. Remove from heat. Add drops of orange food coloring until you have the right color. Gradually add cereal. Add extra butter if needed to coat your hands or spray hands lightly with non-stick cooking spray. Using your hands, form into pumpkin shapes. Add raisins or sunflower seeds for eyes, Use almonds (or more seeds if nuts are a concern) to form mouth. Or leave plain. These do have sugar and butter, but not as much as your usual Halloween candies and goodies.
4. Invite the Halloween Fairy
Have the Halloween fairy whisk away the Halloween collection. This creative idea grew out of a book from a website called thehalloweenfairy.com. Rituals have grown up where trick-or-treaters dress up, collect candy, select a few pieces they like, and leave the remaining Halloween stash underneath a scarf on the dining room table for the Halloween Fairy to claim. Favorite family Halloween traditions include taking the Halloween candy haul to local fire departments, homeless shelters, and other places. Spread joy. Of course, the Halloween fairy leaves a book or small treat for the child instead, with an appropriate fairy message.
5. Popcorn Balls: Great for kids!
What’s Halloween without popcorn balls? The folks at I-Village offer a recipe I’m definitely going to try this year with our kids.
Spooky Honey Popcorn Balls
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes
1. 0.5 cup honey
2. 0.25 cup sugar
4. 0.5 tsp cinnamon
5. 5 cups popped cup popcorn
1. Combine honey, sugar and 1 tablespoon butter in 2-quart microwave-safe container.
2. Micro cook, covered with plastic wrap, at HIGH (100%) 5-1/2 to 7 minutes or to 275 degrees F.
3. Pour over warm popcorn; stir with wooden spoon until popcorn is thoroughly coated.
4. Cool until mixture can be handled.
5. Butter hands and shape popcorn into balls.
6. Tip: Eat within a few hours or store lightly covered to maintain freshness.
Based on individual serving.
Fat: 2 g
Carbohydrates: 38 g
Protein: 1 g
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