By the end of September, the kids are settled back in school and you’re settled back into your routine. Prevent that routine from heading into a rut by having some fun with fall food! Check out these fifteen fun kid snacks & treats for the Halloween season, and after reading these, I’d love to hear about your family’s ideas!
Add seasonal touches to perennial favorites
Add a touch of fall fun to your kids’ favorite snacks with just a couple of easy tweaks. Here are some fun & simple seasonal upgrades to try:
- Fall Chex Mix – Add candy corn, harvest M&Ms, or candy pumpkins to Chex Mix to create a fall-themed snack mix like this Chocolate Peanut Butter Trail Mix!
- Mummies In A Blanket – Turn pigs in a blanket into mummies in a blanket – just cut refrigerated crescent dough into strips before wrapping them around hot dogs like bandages and baking.
- Donut Spiders – Break twisted pretzels apart to make creepy spider legs. Press them into donut holes for the body, and use mini M&Ms or other small candies for the eyes.
- Pumpkin Krispies – Combine yellow and red food coloring to make orange Rice Krispies treats, then lightly grease your hands and roll into balls when slightly cooled. Use a piece of green candy or a Tootsie roll for the stem to create little Pumpkin Krispies Treats. Prefer the flavor of pumpkin and not the shape? Try these Pumpkin Spice Krispies Treats instead!
- Candy Corn Bugles – Add a stripe of white chocolate to the pointy end of Chocolate Peanut Butter Bugles to turn them into candy corn inspired Bugles!
Have fun with fruits & veggies
Fall produce naturally lends itself to easy & fun snacks, so why not trick your kids with these treats? For instance:
- Tuck a small piece of celery into the top of a peeled clementine, and you have yourself a cute little pumpkin!
- Spread a little peanut butter between two apple wedges and decorate the front with mini marshmallows or sliced almonds as teeth, and you have yourself a spooky smile like these Apple Peanut Butter Teeth!
- Cut bananas in half, turn so that the rounded part is upright, use chocolate chips to make little faces, and you have yourself some Halloween ghosts!
- Kick it up a notch: Dip that banana in white chocolate, press in chocolate chips for eyes, and freeze to make some super fun frozen ghosts.
- Save the seeds from your jack-o-lanterns, wash off the goo, and roast them up with a little olive oil and seasoned salt for a crunchy and satisfying snack. Add some additional seasonings if you’d like, such as in these Old Bay Roasted Pumpkin Seeds!
Repurpose that Halloween candy
If you have extra Halloween candy left over from trick-or-treating or pre-Halloween sales, stretch it throughout the season to add a little fun and variety to your kids’ snacks and lunchbox treats. Here are just a few fun ideas:
- Roll fruit-by-the-foot around Rice Krispies Treats and decorate them with Swedish fish to create some fake-out candy sushi.
- Chop up your favorite chocolate candies (anything from Snickers to peanut butter cups works well here) and mix with broken pretzel pieces. Stir these into melted chocolate, press everything into a parchment paper lined baking pan, and refrigerate until set to create a sweet & salty Halloween candy bark.
- Use M&M’s in your favorite sugar cookie recipe to cook up a fun treat for fall bake sales, roll some peanut butter cookie dough around Rolos before baking, or make some homemade Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup S’mores.
- Add a little leftover candy to some nuts, dried fruit, and granola to jazz up your homemade trail mix.
- Make a Halloween Trifle, Snickers Caramel Apple Salad, Oreo Krispies Treats or Oreo Cookies Chocolate Trifle for your next party.
Fall is such a fun time to…well…play with your food! Keep your own little monsters fueled up for the season with these fifteen fun kid snacks & treats, and enjoy the spirit of the season before we have to burrow in for the winter. Do you have other ideas? I’d love to hear them!