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Trick or Treat - Sweet Ideas for Healthy Halloween

Halloween without some planning, could be the beginning of a two-month-long sugar spree with Thanksgiving and Christmas just over the horizon. More health-conscious parents have started to consider substituting nutritious yet tasty treats for candy on Halloween to not only reduce the health risks associated with growing childhood obesity problems, but also keep the little ones from bouncing off the walls.

Tackling the Treats

  Expectations - Children need to have to right expectations when bringing home their score of treats. Having a chat with your kids ahead of time and deciding together how many treats they can keep and how many they will give away can make “tackling the treats” issue easier on everyone. Let your kids choose their top 5 treats and discard or give away the rest.

Trick or Treating

  Nowadays the traditional “trick or treating” door to door is not as popular as it was when we were young. Parents have concerns over safety and with the unfamiliarity now we have with many of our neighbors, trick or treating has seen a decline over the past couple of years. If your kids can’t get their Halloween fix going door to door, why not host your own Halloween party for the them.

Healthy Halloween

If you’re planning on hosting a Halloween party, check out these nutritious but yummy party foods ideas below. Try keeping your treats fruit- or vegetable-based to ensure healthy nutritional values in terms of vitamins and minerals, and lessen processed ingredients.

Here are some monstrous ideas for healthy but sweet Halloween snacks!


No-Bones-About-It vegetable skeleton

Veggies come in so many shapes and sizes,and they make the perfect building blocks… or bones on a cute-enough-to-eat skeleton.

Tip: Use, thick, pasty hummus to keep bones in place on your platter. That way they won’t slide around.



Dip peeled bananas in orange juice, then roll in shredded coconut to make white ghosts. Add small raisins or chocolate chips for eyes, then insert wooden craft stickfor a handle (so the ghosts can flit about hauntingly). Serve as-is or frozen.


Witches’ teeth

Core and quarteran apple. Remove a wedge from the skin side of each quarter to form a mouth.Insert variously shaped and sized silvered almonds for teeth.


Pumpkin Muffins

Try a healthier,low-fat recipe: no one will notice the difference.



Spook upordinary sandwiches by making them into Halloween shapes with cookie cutters. Choose whole-wheat bread and healthy fillings such as natural (no sugar added) peanut butter, fruit preserves, turkey slices, and so on.

Healthy Halloween ideas comes courtesy of OASIS Nutritionist Leora Martin

Leora Martin is a Registered Dietician (RD). She graduated with honors from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, with a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences. She received training as a clinical dietitian in Israel Hadassah Ein Karem Hospital, focusing mainly in the areas of: pediatrics, internal medicine & post-surgical care. Leora believes that “childhood nutrition is the cornerstone of a healthy future." As a nutritionist in Israel, she held health talks providing health and nutritional information to many primary and secondary schools. She was also an important member of an informal educational team in a Jewish school in Melbourne Australia, and has worked over the years with "Zichron Menachem," an organization that provides support for children struggling with cancer and their family members.

Specialist areas:

Specializing in Child, Internal Medicine and Post-Operative nutritional support.