~ These festive Halloween fruit recipes are spooky-good alternatives to the never-ending flood of candy we’re hit with every October. They’re terrific, healthier options for October snacks, and for all those Halloween parties … with fun ideas that’ll appeal to kiddos and adults alike! ~
As Halloween rolls around each year, parents are once again faced with a tricky dilemma … how do we keep the celebrations fun, while limiting the sugar-y candy overload?
Whether those celebrations are for the kids, or for our own adult friends … the dilemma’s the same. At this time of year, there’s just too, TOO much sugar, and it never seems to end!
Ah, but it doesn’t have to be that way!
Yummy Fruit = Healthy Halloween Recipes!
There are oodles of creative ideas for pumping up the fun factor, while slashing the processed, junky sugar.
Fruit-filled recipes are a perfect solution, because the naturally occurring sugars in fruit help to keep things feeling sweet and indulgent. Yet fruits are leaps and bounds ahead of candy bars and all that processed junk, since they’re filled with fiber, vitamins, antioxidants, and lots of other “goodies”!
Sure, some of the recipes below still have a decadent coating of chocolate … or a sprinkling of festive, colored sugar. There’s still a little Halloween naughtiness here and there.
But featuring fruit as the main attraction in a recipe is a huge improvement over those Milky Way bars and Sour Patch Kids, no doubt!
Whether you’re looking for a quick after-school snack, a celebratory treat the kids can help you make, or a special recipe to take along to the next Halloween party … there’s sure to be a cute idea here you’ll love. And that you’ll truly feel great about sharing with people whose health and well-being you care about!
These Franken-kiwis are surprisingly easy and so fun to make – likeyummylittle Halloween craft projects! With their fuzzy hair and pretzel stick mouths, they're a great way to add ghoulish whimsy to a Halloween fruit tray or after-school snacks, and they're eye-catching as edible Halloween party decorations!
These adorable Apple Mummies are such a simple, healthy Halloween snack! Use red apples, green apples ... whatever type your kiddos like. Mini chocolate chips make perfect eyes, or go 100% fruit (and vegan) by using tiny dried blueberries. No matter what you choose, these take just moments to make, and your little ghosties will gobble 'em up!
Ghostly Halloween Fruit Dip
Just 3 (hauntingly delicious) ingredients! Delicious with autumn apples, and extra-fun with fruit kabobs and Halloween shapes (we've got ideas for ya ... see the next item on our list!). And it's so darn cute that it doubles as both adelicious appetizer dipANDaparty decoration. A delightful idea for a showstopper Halloween fruit platter!
Halloween Fruit Kabobs
These Halloween-colored kabobs are creative after-school snacks and party foods, and they really dress up an October fruit tray. We've got lots of suggestions to customize 'em exactly the way you want, plus presentation ideas and delicious dips to serve them with, too (like our Ghostly Fruit Dip above)!
These silly monster faces will be sure to make kiddos giggle, and you’ll be thrilled with the nutritious snack they’re begging for during Halloween. (But trust me ... you'll want to make extras for the adults, too!) With nut-free butter options like sunflower butter or WowButter, these can be made allergy-friendly for school parties, too.
You don't have to compromise on spooky party style just because you're into healthy eating. Not at all, in fact! This magnificent watermelon jack-o-lantern sets a fantastic, festive scene! With great tips, including how to glam up your fresh fruit for adult parties.
How fabulous is this?!? So easy to make chocolate-covered strawberries look top-notch professional! With detailed instructions on how to create the whole variety – mummies, skeletons, ghosts, jack-o'-lanterns, blood drips, and more. Imagine showing up at a party with a perfectly arranged box of these sweet treats ... I mean ... WOW!
And while we're talking chocolate covered strawberries, I just had to include this super-cute idea for creating an edible pumpkin patch. Could this possibly be more darling?!?
Made from orange juice, this 3-ingredient gummy recipe is a spooky-good, healthier alternative to typical Halloween candy.In fact, with no added sugar, it isn’t really “candy” at all. But these are still just sweet enough not to raise suspicion ... and kids love gummies, so you know these treats are sure to be a hit!
Sure, this is just the cutest party snackin' board, full of great ideas that are hearty enough to stand in for dinner. But what I really loved was the wide variety of creative ways that it uses sweet, juicy, Halloween-orange mangos. Mmmmmm ... how about homemadebat-shaped tortilla chips with mango salsa, jalapeño poppermummies with mango sweet and sour sauce, monsterswith mango tongues, or prosciutto-wrapped mango slices? So unique!
This is a fun recipe for kiddos to help you make. Thick apple slices are perched on a popsicle stick, dipped in decadent, semi-sweet melted chocolate, then decorated with a white chocolate drizzle to make delightful mummies. (And I love the suggestion to try other designs, like spider webs, too.) Easy Halloween treats that are a delight to make, with healthy fruit nestled inside ... perfect!
This adults-only treat is sweet, crunchy, boozy and so colorful. Bonus: it only requires 3 ingredients and is a cinch to make! Psssst ... create a kid-friendly version by soaking them in white grape juice or apple juice instead of bubbly Prosecco, so the whole family (or the whole PARTY) can enjoy these.
Doesn't get much easier than this ... but still such a charming Halloween idea! Surprise your kiddos with a mummy in their lunchboxes. Or, decorate an enticing fruit bowl to keep on your counter throughout the season, beckoning your family to eat more, more, MORE fruit! Definitely a much healthier alternative to sticky-sweet candied or caramel apples.
These healthy treats look like candy corn, but without the added sugar (since the tropical fruits add plenty of natural sweetness). And hey hey ... only 4 ingredients, too! Easy-peasy. With lots of great tips to help you, each step of the way!
These jack-o'-lanterns manage to accomplish being both super-healthy AND so festive! Fill them with fresh berries like in the photo, or any other type of fruit you like. To go a bit more on the gruesome side, you could fill them with chopped kiwi, so they look like they have green slime coming out.Your choice! An ideal "walk-around" food for parties, served with toothpicks or tiny spoons.
Canned lychees stuffed with blueberries make delightfully gruesome eyeballs, suspended in Jell-O (aka "jelly" in England, home of this terrific website). Never tried lychee fruits before? This tropical fruit is refreshing and naturally sweet, with a lovely, floral aroma. A conversation-starter at any Halloween party, for sure!
Whether you call these guys monsters or vampires, they've got big-time kid-allure, especially since they come with a set of wearable teeth! Get creative and try making these healthy snacks with other fruit, too. Oranges or even pears would become hauntingly fabulous with some googly eyes and pointy teeth, right?!? You can create an entire monster army to decorate your party table!
Featuring apple cider, orange juice and pumpkin puree, this fruity brew is as delicious as it is impressive. Make it extra-fun for kiddos by serving it in a large punch bowl with some plastic spiders and gummy worms for a mad scientist effect. Or, add a cinnamon stick for a more sophisticated version to pass 'round to the adults.Eerie and so fabulous, whatever you choose!
Creepy-crawly green caterpillars are so simple to make for snacks or party fruit platters! And seriously ... who could resist these cute little guys with their endearing candy eyes? They'll be gone in a flash!
Fun fact: pumpkins are, technically a fruit. So I absolutely HAD to include these clever "fruit" snacks in my lineup! These frozen snacks are especially perfect for warmer climates where Halloween is still hot and muggy.
Healthy Pumpkin-Chocolate Chip Muffins
And again ... since pumpkin actually IS a fruit, these just HAD to make my list! Plus there's a big dollop of applesauce replacing most of the added fat, and even dates in the clever caramel swirl. Fruit-filled and nutritious, but also sweet and decadent! We call these "Kids' Favorite Muffins" for a reason! 😉 (And if you're a fan of pumpkin spice baked treats, be sure to check out our full collections of healthy Pumpkin Muffins and Pumpkin Breads, too.)
Use either fresh or canned pineapple and mandarin oranges, layered in a clear cup to show off the candy-corn stripes of festive color! With lots of suggested alternatives for both the whipped cream topping and the Halloween peeps, so you can customize however you like.
Ok ok ... so technically the only fruit here are the raisins that form the darling spiders' bodies. But I'm counting it! (Because it's just too darn cute to miss!) Make this ahead of time for parties, or to serve as an after-school snack. Oh – and if you'd like to perch your raisin-spiders on something other than a celery stick, grab some ideas from our recipe for creative Ants on a Log!
These Ghost Bananas will add plenty of spooky silliness to your festivities, yet they're so simple to make that kids can do it on their own!
Or, for a chillier take on ghostly bananas, try these yogurt-dipped banana popsicles! Keep a stockpile in the freezer for snacks and desserts all season long, or serve them up as a sweet finale to your Halloween festivities. Adorable!
Grab a bag of clementines and some celery, and you can easily create these delightful pumpkins at a moment's notice! They're ideal to tuck in a lunch box, have as an after-school snack, or add some extra fun to a Fall Harvest Party. Psssst ... and since pumpkins are related to fall in general, and not just to Halloween, these could even find a place on your Thanksgiving table next month!
This monstrous idea is basically a craft project and a healthy snack, all in one! Wonderful for keeping kiddos busy or for a project station at class Halloween parties.
These baked apples are stuffed with prunes and almond slices and lightly sweetened with honey or caramel syrup. For an extra-special touch, try carving jack-o'-lantern faces (like the apples in the back of the photo). Scrumptious as a dessert, or even a special breakfast to kick off Halloween morning!
Celebrate Halloween in style with this spooky snack board! Filled with tasty snacks and all your favorite orange and "black" foods, it's a festive treat for a crowd. It includes plenty of fruit, like orange wedges, blueberries, grapes, and blackberries, but you can use the wide variety of suggestions and swaps to change it up or add even more fruit if you'd like.
This truly is a revolting, ghoulish idea ... it's got all kinds of gory kid-appeal! Made with fruit puree, it's sticky enough to cling well to your skin. Like zombie skin that kids can peel off and eat – so perfectly, spook-tacularly gross! Even better? There are ideas for edible "blood" and "pus" too. I'm so incredibly grossed out, just thinking about it ... so I'm certain kids are going to go crazy for this!
At first glance, these snacks may look a lot like some of the others on our list. But I specifically included them because they all feature only gluten-free ingredients, with an emphasis on easy-to-find, simple options (like sunflower seeds and chocolate chips) you probably already have on hand. If you or someone you love is following a gluten-free diet, don't despair! There are still lots of fantastic Halloween foods to choose from!
Is Pumpkin a Fruit?
Pumpkins are probably the absolute most iconic Halloween produce. But we often think of pumpkin as a vegetable. However, botanically speaking, pumpkin is actually a fruit because of how it grows, starting from a flower. (So, yep … you’ll see some pumpkin-based recipes in our list above!) Psssst … don’t forget that pumpkin seeds are terrific, healthy snacks, too. After you carve jack-o’-lanterns, you and your kids can try making roasted pumpkin seeds for extra Halloween fun in the kitchen!
What Fruits Are Great for Halloween?
Apples and pumpkins are both common harvest-season favorites, and as you can see in the list above, there are lots of ways to dress them up for Halloween! Other great bets are color-themed fruits in orange (like orange melons and clementines) and “black” (like blackberries, black grapes, raisins, and even really dark-hued blueberries). White and witch-green fruits feel appropriate this time of year, too – think of white melons or green grapes and kiwi.
What Are Good Dips to Go with Halloween-Themed Fruit?
I’m glad you asked! Besides the Ghostly Halloween Fruit Dip above, three we love are:
1) Peanut Butter Silk Pie Dip (mmmmm … especially yummy with autumn apples!)
2) 3-Ingredient Chocolate Dip
3) Healthy Sugared-Vanilla Yogurt Fruit Dip (which is basically our Ghostie Dip in a bowl – perfect in a little dish alongside your fruit creations!)
This Halloween, you’ve got options!
You can still create magical, spooky fun without always letting sugary treats like Reese’s cups and Snickers bars elbow their way to center stage.
Try offering up some of these fruit-filled ideas instead!
They’re deliciously more healthy Halloween treats that you’ll actually feel terrific sharing with those you love!
Happy Halloween, everyone!
~ by Shelley
Published October 20, 2022