What is it that you love about a Halloween party? The spooky costumes? The creepy decorations? Yes and yes. But ask any child, and they're going to tell you - it's all about the FOOD!
It's most certainly true that following a party, many guests remember what was served to eat before they recall other details. Party food can make your party!
But when Halloween parties come to mind, we also think about trick-or-treating, candy, sweet treats and all that sugar. Ugh, don't you just shudder at the thought?
For those of us who love to party (and love our sweets too!) but want to make Halloween (at least a little) healthier this year, we've got you covered. Whether you will be catering for kids, just the big kids or a combination of both, we have some fun food ideas that are almost as healthy as they are spooky.
So let's get started, shall we? We'll look at the drinks first.
Fruit & Veg Juices
Brightly coloured juices such as orange, carrot and pumpkin not only look especially festive in themed glasses, but are absolutely delicious and very healthy.
Red juices such as tomato, cranberry and blackcurrant look amazing in creepy syringes or text tubes!
The kids will appreciate a delicious "witches brew" fruit smoothie served in a cauldron, or a "mummy" juice box wrapped in white electrical tape, white crepe paper, bandages or strips of plain white paper glued on. You can add googly eyes for fun!
Fruit & Veg
Delicious, bright and healthy fruit and vegetables make great snacks for Halloween. Ideas are a simple as serving a gorgeous grazing platter with any fruit, veg and nuts that are in season, or dipping stewed and skewered fruit into chocolate.
Fruit can also make fun characters for the kids. Simply draw spooky faces onto the skin of citrus varieties, or wrap them in white crepe paper to create fruit mummies! Alternatively, create cute little monsters by sticking candy eyes (Wilton makes them in different sizes) onto fresh and dried fruits using melted chocolate or nut butter.
Peeled mandarins or tangerines look just like little pumpkins when you add a small slice of celery or green capsicum to the top as a stalk!
Finger foods are a must at any party, and at Halloween you can be forgiven for going a bit overboard. But you don't have to go nuts with the sugar! Substitute overly sweet cakes with healthier muffins instead. Savoury varieties include pumpkin, spinach and cheese, zucchini, corn, herb and much more. Sweeter flavours include apple and cinnamon, pear and nutmeg, banana, blueberry, raspberry, honey and many more. Below is one of my favourite sugar-free muffin recipes.
Other ideas include fruit tarts, savoury biscuits or crackers shaped into fingers (nuts make excellent fingernails!) with dip or cheese, or devilled eggs topped with sliced olives to resemble eyeballs. Alternatively, create creepy eyeball snacks by topping the halves of cherry tomatoes with balls of mozzarella cheese cut in half, then adding a sultana to the top.
Banana and Blueberry Muffins - Serves 18 Time:30 min
2 cups (250g) wholemeal/plain flour
For food with a bit more bite, let's take a look at some fun options for hot food at your Halloween party.
Still sticking with quick and easy finger food, pizza is a versatile option and you can choose a wide range of healthy toppings. You can also get creative by designing lots of spooky variations! Make spider webs out of sliced vegetables or cheese, and create spiders out of black olives. Use mozzarella to create eyeballs or cheesy ghosts.
Other ideas include spooky toast using tomato sauce with cheese ghouls, or wrapping lean sausages in strips of pastry to create yummy mummies!
If those ideas don't suit, perhaps some monster burgers, or spicy pumpkin soup with freshly-baked bread rolls made into pumpkin shapes is more your style. I especially love those burgers!
A Little Sweet
This Halloween, we're not being mean! You can indeed have a little sweet treat without adding any additional sugar (and the sugar-rush hype that follows it!). Think some fun pancakes for the kids, made with honey instead of sugar. And you can swirl them into any shapes you like - the kids will just love them! Below is my favourite recipe for healthier pancakes.
Sugar-Free Honey Pancakes/Pikelets
Makes 10 medium pancakes or 20 small pikelets Time:15 min
1 cup wholemeal/plain flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp. skim milk powder
1-2 tbsp. honey to taste (alternatively add one mashed banana - I love this)
3/4 cup water
1 tbsp. oil
1. Mix dry ingredients together.
2. Beat honey, egg, water and oil together. Add to dry mixture and mix until smooth.
3. Heat pan and cook on a medium heat. Turn over when bubbles appear on the surface.
Top with banana, berries and a drizzle of honey for something extra special. These can be frozen immediately after making, if you want to make them early.
The sweetness doesn't end there. You can also make your own sugar-free fruit jellies or gummy bears in fun molds (silicone molds are the easiest to use) or even ice cubes, as shown in the picture above. My favourite recipe for these is below. They're absolutely delicious and guilt-free!
Healthy Homemade Jelly Babies/Gummy Bears
1 cup pure juice, such as grape, apple, pear, cherry, orange etc but NOT pineapple*
3 tbsp gelatine
1 tbsp honey
1. Stir all ingredients in a saucepan over a medium heat until dissolved.
2. Using a teaspoon or eyedropper, fill molds with liquid.
3. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before removing jellies from molds.
*Pineapple prevents the gelatine from setting, so avoid pineapple juice!
I hope these spooky cute party food ideas help you to create a fun and healthy(er) Halloween this year!
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