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 own family’s favorites!
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.
- 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 treats.
- 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!
- 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.
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 into a parchment paper lined 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 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!