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13 Quick, Easy and Healthy Halloween Snacks for School Lunches

By Kristen Thompson. October 23, 2017

Ahhhh Halloween. It’s in a footrace with Christmas for my favourite holiday. And I’ve recently discovered that it comes with the opportunity to put the cutest snacks in my kids’ lunches.

Here are 13 (mostly) quick and easy Halloween-themed treats to add to school lunches this week. Bonus: They’re all healthy. Enjoy!


1. Mummy Fruit Pouches

  • Fruit smoothie pouches
  • Googly eyes
  • Masking or duct tape

Wrap your favourite fruit pouches with masking or duct tape. Glue on googly eyes and leave overnight to set. Or use permanent marker and draw them on. 

 

 2. Carrot Pumpkins

  • Carrot
  • Sharp knife

Carefully slice two long pieces out of your carrot, lengthwise, to make your pumpkin’s stem. Gently shave the carrot to round the edges, and then slice into medallions. Instant mini pumpkins, perfect to dip in hummus or ranch dressing.

 

3. Spooky Spider Pizzas

  • Mini bagels or pitas, or English muffins
  • Shredded mozzarella
  • Pizza sauce
  • Black olives

This was another more involved snack, but honestly – the only real finicky part was slicing the spider’s legs. The rest was easy: Pour a dollop of pizza sauce on a piece of mini pita or bagel, and sprinkle shredded mozza. Bake at 350 for as long as it takes to melt the cheese – about 15 minutes. As it’s baking, slice olives to make the spiders. The body is an olive sliced in half lengthwise, while the head is an olive sliced in half widthwise. Each spider’s eight legs were sliced from one more olive. When the pizzas come out of the oven, assemble the olives to make a spider. By the time that’s done, they’ll be cool enough to eat!

 

4. Cheese String Witch’s Brooms

  • Mozzarella cheese strings
  • Pretzel sticks
  • Green onion, thinly sliced lenghtwise

This is the third year that I’ve made these adorable witch’s brooms, and they’re usually a big hit. Slice a cheese string in thirds, and then carefully peel the bottom 1/2 – 2/3 of the cheese string to make it … broomy. Stick a pretzel stick into the other end of the cheese, and wrap with a thin slice of green onion. BAM. Done.

5. Cheese String Ghosts

  • Mozzarella cheese string
  • Permanent black marker

Literally, just draw three black circles on a cheese string to make a ghost face. VOILA!

6. Pumpkin Face Fruit Cups

  • Fruit cup with mandarin or peach slices (or any orange fruit)
  • Permanent black marker

Moderately more involved than the cheese string ghosts – draw pumpkin faces onto the top of a fruit cup. ANOTHER VOILA!

7. Apple Monsters

  • Green apples, sliced into quarters
  • Strawberries, thinly sliced lengthwise
  • Nut butter (we use Wow Butter to make this school safe)
  • Slivered almonds for teeth
  • Candy eyes, or globs of cream cheese with a chocolate chip placed in the middle

This snack is a bit more involved, but the outcome is worth it. Cut a green apple into four giant pieces. With a sharp knife, cut a mouth shape out of each slice, and fill the hole with nut or Wow butter. Stick almond slivers into the roof of the monster’s mouth, give it a strawberry tongue, and stick eyes on top. We used candy eyes this time around, but last year we used cream cheese and a chocolate chip.

 

8. Pumpkin-Shaped Pita Cutouts

  • Whole wheat pita, tortilla, or even slices of cheese or ham
  • Halloween cookie cutter, like this pumpkin

This snack works for anything flat. Simply cut press a cookie cutter into a slice of pita, cheese or ham, and you’ve got an instant Halloween-themed treat.

 

9. Clementine Orange Pumpkins

  • Clementines or mandarins
  • Grape, celery or green pepper

I usually peel my kids’ oranges anyway, so this was no more time consuming than usual. The only difference is that I left the mandarin intact, and stuffed a little piece of green grape into the top to complete the pumpkin look. They were gobbled up pretty quickly.

 

10. Banana Ghosts

  • Banana, sliced in half lengthwise and then widthwise to make four quarters
  • Chocolate chips

Cut a banana into four. Stick two chocolate chips in – pointy side down – to make ghost eyes. Instant banana ghost!

11. Pumpkin Face Mandarins

  • Mandarins or clementines, sliced in half
  • Permanent black marker

Another five-second snack made spooky thanks to a permanent marker and basic art skills. These were a hit in my kids’ lunches.

 

12. Spooky Mini Yogurt Drinks

  • Mini yogurt drinks
  • Permanent black marker

Seriously. Loving the permanent marker.

 

13. Mummy Wrap-Ups

  • Hot dogs or sausages. We used Butterball turkey dogs.
  • Pillsbury dough. I used crescent dough, but pizza dough would also work

These didn’t turn out as well as I’ve seen them on Pinterest, I think because my dough strips were too thick, and applied to evenly. But the idea is that you cut long strips of Pillsbury dough, wrap it around hot dogs, and bake according to the package directions. You can use little globs of mustard or ketchup to make eyes. I didn’t, because it would have meant my kids wouldn’t have touched them. In the end, these were their favourite part of their lunch on this days. Soooo… success!

 

ENJOY!


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