This year, lighten up your Halloween party food with our wickedly delicious treats. And bring on the fun with spirited games. We’ve searched around and found our favorite picks for a better “boo bash!”
Give water a Halloween theme with frozen blackberry and tangerine ice cubes. Using an ice cube tray, fill half of each square with water. Drop in fruit bits and freeze. Frighteningly simple, delightfully refreshing!
Safety tip: If serving to little ones, be sure to cut the fruit up into smaller pieces before freezing, or use a sippy cup to reduce the risk of choking on the fruit.
I want my mummy! Make your own by wrapping white tissue paper around small bottles of water. Add adhesive-backed googly eyes, then a strip of paper angled over one eye for character. And there you have it … a no-sugar party drink kids will love!
These jazzed-up jack-o-lanterns are a simple-to-make, fun-to-eat party food. Just peel tangerines, top with apple or celery bits, then watch them disappear!
Safety tip: Celery can be a choking hazard for babies and young toddlers, so take those pieces out before serving to younger guests. Also, for babies, be sure to cut up the tangerines.
These tiny witches' brooms are sure to sweep party guests off their feet! Simply slice the bottom of mozzarella string cheese into strips and insert a pretzel. Watch this party food fly right off the table and into little tummies!
Safety tip: We would not recommend giving pretzels to babies, but they can still enjoy cut up cheese.
Who can resist this ghostly goodness? Dip strawberries in plain, low-fat yogurt (Greek is great!), add mini-chocolate chip eyes, freeze for two hours and … presto! A nifty trick and a healthy treat.
For babies and toddlers younger than 2, skip the mini-chocolate chip eyes and cut up the strawberries into smaller pieces.
These perky pumpkins are the cutest in the patch, and oh-so-easy to make! All it takes is mandarin orange or pear cups packed in water or 100 percent fruit juice and a black permanent marker. Smiley or scary, it’s up to you.
Need a hand with your Halloween party? Here’s a creepy one filled with wholesome popcorn. Fill clear, plastic, latex-free gloves with popcorn, tie with a twist or ribbon, then serve on a tray scattered with plastic bugs. Now that's a gruesome party food idea kids are sure to love!
Safety tip: Popcorn is a choking hazard for trick or treaters younger than 4, so leave this treat for the older kids.
These glowing demon eyes are enough to scare even the bravest souls. Make this simple Halloween party décor by cutting holes in cardboard toilet paper or paper towel rolls and putting glow sticks inside. Place in bushes or windows, wait for darkness to fall, and scare the socks off visitors!
This creepy character makes any entryway eerie! You can use paper bags or a roll of brown packaging paper to cover the door. Cut out a mouth; add paper plate eyes and teeth. Tape to the door and add spider webs to give guests a monstrous scare!
Halloween party games are great for grins and giggles. For this game that all kids can play, paint or draw a ghost on poster board and cut out construction paper “Boo!” signs (with rolled tape on the back). Blindfolded kids take turns taping the “Boo!” on the ghost.
Need another Halloween party game to keep the guys and ghouls entertained? Have fun making tin can monsters with construction paper, markers or stickers, then roll a mini-pumpkin or ball to bowl them over. Party guests will have a howling good time!
Be the “Ghostess with the Mostess” with these nifty non-candy Halloween party favors for your ghoulish guests:
- Glow-in-the-dark bracelets (great for safety as well as fun)
- Plastic rings (glow in the dark preferred)
- Bouncy balls
- Play-Doh/Silly Putty
- Mini Slinkys
- Sticky hands
- Temporary tattoos
- Silly straws
Safety tip: Keep any small items out of reach from little ones to avoid the risk of choking.
To make Halloween safe and happy for all trick-or-treaters, even those with food allergies, learn more about The Teal Pumpkin Project. This is a nationwide movement that offers an alternative for kids with food allergies, as well as other children for whom candy is not an option, and keeps Halloween a fun, positive experience for all!