Great Ideas for Your Child’s Halloween Party
With fall festivals, fairs, and Halloween parties galore, October is often a fun and busy month for parents and children. With junk food flowing so freely, it can also be a difficult month for parents who are trying to strike a balance between healthy foods and junk foods. Children can easily consume their daily intake or more of calories, fat, and sugar in one hour at a Halloween party. Here are health-conscious party snacks that are fun to eat and easy to make. Presentation of the food is half the fun at a Halloween party. Children love to use their imagination. They easily see what the names conjure. So, use your own imagination and have fun with these Halloween treats.
Congealed Ticks is a low calorie, sugar free snack that kids will love. It is very easy to make and serve.
1 ¼ c. fruit juice, any flavor
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1 cup of raisins
Pour box of raisins into a large bowl you have sprayed very lightly with cooking spray. Heat fruit juice, add gelatin and stir for fruit juice as directed and pour over raisins. Allow to set. To serve, you can either empty bowl onto a plate, leaving the molded jello intact, or you can slice a layer of jello from top of bowl and lay flat on plate. Use an ice cream scoop or large spoon to place “globs” of jello on flat layer of jello. Stack on top of each other and sprinkle a few extra raisins around and about.
Bloody Bagels. These can be as gooey and messy as you want. Just add more mashed strawberries to make the “blood” even thicker.
Strawberries, cooked and mashed
Red Food Coloring
Add red food coloring to cream cheese. Toast mini bagels in oven and spread cream cheese over top. Pour a spoonful of strawberries on top of cream cheese.
Worm Rolls make delicious, low calorie, low carbohydrate snacks that are a good source of protein. Cooked ham is low in fat and if you use fat free cream cheese, there is less than one gram of fat per roll.
16 oz package of cooked ham
Pickles, cut in long narrow slices
Spread cream cheese over one side of ham slice. Sprinkle with bean sprouts. Lay one pickle slice on short end of ham slice and begin to roll ham toward other end. When rolled up, slice into four pieces.
Moldy Popcorn can be made to look as green as you’d like. Add less coloring and more cheese, or less cheese and more popcorn. Using air-popped popcorn, there are approximately 244 calories in this recipe.
4 cups Popcorn, popped
4 tbsp Parmesan cheese
1 tsp of olive oil
Green and yellow Food Coloring
Place parmesan cheese in bowl. Add a drop of green and a drop of yellow food coloring to parmesan cheese to make it a green that resembles mold. Allow to dry. When popcorn has been popped, stir in olive oil. Place popcorn in large Ziploc bag or large bowl with lid. Add parmesan cheese and toss to mix. Cheese should stick to popcorn and look like mold.
Icky Ice Punch is a fun and easy beverage. Parents can control the amount of sugar, fat, and calories by using regular or fat-free frozen yogurt and regular or sugar-free Sprite. Icky ice is made from a variety of canned and fresh fruits.
Ingredients for Punch:
1 Gallon Orange Juice
2 Liters Sprite
1 gallon vanilla frozen yogurt
Ingredients for Icky Ice Cubes:
1 can mandarin oranges
1 can peaches
1 can crushed pineapple
1 cup strawberries
1 cup blueberries
Pour orange juice and Sprite into bowl. Add frozen yogurt and ice cubes. Stir and serve.
Icky Ice Cubes: Puree fruit in blender. Pour into ice trays and freeze.