Fresh. Fit. Focused.: Halloween Party Treats


Melissa Schmitz, Staff Writer

While Halloween is mostly associated with candy, we all know how unrealistic it would be to only serve our party guests sugary treats. Here are some ideas for simple Halloween-themed snacks that are in the spirit, taste great, and guilt-free!


Jackson Pollock Candied Apples

These are a great alternative to the sticky, sugary mess of a normal candied apple. They are named for resembling the abstract expressionist’s signature paint-splattered canvases.



6 Granny Smith apple

3 oz bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

2 ½ oz white baking chocolate, coarsely chopped

6 wooden sticks



Wash and dry apples, remove stems, and insert wooden stick into stem end of apple

Place chocolates in separate bowls and microwave for on high for one minute or until melted, stirring every 20 seconds until smooth

With a spoon, drizzle the apples with about 2 teaspoons of each kind of chocolate

Place apples on wax paper and chill until ready to serve


Edible Brooms

These are great because they’re small, contain protein from the cheese, and look great with no artistic ability required!



String cheese

Thin pretzel rods




Cut string cheese into 1.5 inch blocks and cut multiple vertical lines ¾ way up the cheese using kitchen scissors

Fluff the ends to make it look like a broom

On the other end tie a chive tightly in a knot and cut off excess

Stick pretzel rod into the unfluffed end


Pumpkin Nacho Cheese Ball

This is simply a creative way to display a snack that you probably already had in mind to serve guests.



16 oz cream cheese [naufetchel if you want to be extra health conscious]

1 ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese

3 Tbsp minced onion

2 Tbsp salsa

2 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp minced jalapeno



Blend room temperature cream cheese with cheddar, onion, salsa, cumin, and jalapenos

Scoop onto plastic wrap and use it to from the mixture into a 5-inch pumpkin-shaped ball and chill at least two hours

To serve, unwrap and roll in nacho-flavored Doritos, press a bell pepper stem into the top, and place upon a bed of blue corn tortilla chips

These last two are extremely simple and easy to make in high quantity. And because they’re sweet, you can quell your cravings for candy with these healthy alternatives.


Banana Ghosts

Peel and cut bananas in half, place popsicle sticks into the flat end, and push three chocolate chips into the banana for eyes and a mouth.

If you would like a more dessert-like treat, dip the bananas [on their sticks] into white chocolate [prepared as suggested with the candy apples], place on wax paper, set the eyes [chocolate chips or raisins] on the chocolate, and chill in the freezer until ready to serve.


Clementine Pumpkins

Remove peels and excess pith [the white stringy stuff] from clementines

Chop up celery into one-inch long pieces and cut lengthwise to fit in the top of the clementines