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Easy Halloween Tricks and Treats

With Halloween less than a day away, there are probably a million and one things you still have to get done.  We recently posted an entry on “How to Boo-Tify Your Halloween Event” with ease and on a budget.  Now to pair with those activity and decorative tips and tricks, here are some wonderful easy recipe ideas to spook up your treat platter this Hallows Eve.

Brainy Melon

One of the things we wanted to emphasize on this Halloween is that yummy treats don’t always have to be unhealthy or packed with sugar.  For a visually batty and refreshing treat, pick up a mini watermelon and use pumpkin carving utensils to carve a brain.  Start by peeling the skin with a potato peeler, but leaving a good portion of the white layer so that when you begin carving the valleys of the brain, the red from the melon will show through and look like flesh.  To keep this melon as your centerpiece, buy a second melon to cut up and place on a platter with the main brain.

Cheesy Corn

There is no other candy that screams Halloween like candy corn.  Going off of the holiday treat, you can make bite size pizza slices that look like candy corn.  Most local grocery stores should carry frozen pizza dough that’s ready to bake.  You can achieve the color variation that candy corn has by using three different types of cheese such as, American, Cheddar, Mozzarella or even Ricotta.

A Graveyard of Bites to Die for

One of the easiest ways to offer a variety of flavors to the palette is by upping the typical party platter by creating a theme. By spreading Hummus, cheese or any sort of ranch dip, you can can provide a thick base to prop food in.  Vegetables such as Cauliflower and Broccoli can serve as the spooky trees, hard boiled eggs can be ghostly figures, crackers can be tombstones and you can line your grave yard with pretzels to act as the fence.  Not only is this another healthy alternative, but it’s also a platter that will provide even zombies with a tasty array of flavors.

Mini Jacks

Another healthy alternative is creating mini jack – o lanterns filled will treats.  Pick up oranges, and remove the inside fruit filling, which you can use for another dish or even this one.  Then carve fun faces out of the oranges, and stuff the insides with your favorite fruit salads, candies or even a dark chocolate mousse (which is thick enough that it won’t come out of the cut out faces).

This Halloween, keep in mind that it’s about having fun, so you don’t need to spend hours in the kitchen in order to serve up a variation of haunted delights.  Keep in mind that you can also make some dessert making treats into a group activity.  So spice up this Halloween with some healthy ghoulish treats that will be delicious and have kids and adults both tricking for treats.