Tricks and treats for healthy Halloween
by Anne Finch, Accredited Practising Dietitian for LiveLighter
- October 11, 2021
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We’re always up for some spooky-themed fun! These ideas can work for a Halloween party, themed birthday or school holiday boredom busters – for young and old!
There are loads of great ideas online to transform household items and rubbish into some spine-tingling fun.
- Spooky pom pom garland
- Batty rocks
- Skull string art
- Ghostly toilet rolls
- Pumpkin jars
- 3D spiders
- Witchy button art
Put googly eyes on it
We’ve got some silly and spooky snack ideas down below, but you can basically turn any food (or object) into a monster with some strategically placed googly eyes. You can buy plastic eyes or make some out of scraps of paper, cardboard or felt. For edible options there’s candy eyes, or use round foods! Olives, blueberries and currants work well, or you can cut shapes out of just about any food to suit the dish.
Creepy crafts you can eat? Now you’re talking my language! Get creative, and see what you can whip up in the kitchen!
The ingredients are pretty flexible here – it’s all about attitude!
- Apples, persimmons, melon – any fruit you can cut that will hold its shape!
- Blanched almonds, pepitas or pinenuts
- Peanut butter or other nut or seed spread
- Edible eyes or sultanas attached with toothpicks
Adapt to include your favourite toppings or what needs to be used up!
- Base: Wholegrain bread, wraps or English muffins
- Sauce: Tomato paste, tomato sauce, passata orcream cheese
- Bandages: Cheese, zucchini ribbons or sliced wraps
- Eyes: Olives, blueberries or raisins
Karaoke to cackle to
Create a monstrous playlist! Absolute musts include The Monster Mash, Zombie, I Put a Spell on You and Ghostbusters theme! For some atmosphere, check out the soundtracks to your favourite horror movies.
In a scavenger hunt you basically create a trail of clues that finishes with a prize or activity. Tailor the difficulty to the audience, spice things up and move your body!
- Players have to complete a physical activity challenge to proceed to the next clue. We’ve got some activity guides for inspiration here
- How far can you roam? Can you send people to a local haunted park or ghoulish green space? The clue hunters could get riding and use bike paths to get from place to place
- Include jokes to tickle every skeleton’s funny bones. What’s a vampire’s favourite fruit? A neck-tarine!