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How to Have a Healthy Halloween at Home

Halloween is the best time of year to bring the family together to enjoy a spooktacular evening of films, dressing up and, of course, treats.

In a study done in 2016, when over 2000 parents were asked, ‘what do your children enjoy most about Halloween’, over half of them said it was the treats they were given during trick or treating. Sweets, cakes and chocolates can be great treats, especially when enjoyed in moderation, but the number of calories children normally consume on fright night can be more of a trick (over 170g – equalling their entire calorie intake for one day in just sugary snacks!)


If you’re celebrating Halloween at home this year, coming together to make tasty, healthy Halloween treats without any spooky sugary surprises can be a fun way to get children to be creative and enjoy healthy snacks.


Read on to find our top tips for having a healthy Halloween at home that still involves your favourite treats without the sugar overload.


This blog includes:


1. Fun and Feasts, Not Frightful Foods


2. Spookily Easy Halloween Snack Ideas


3. Best Treats to Buy to Avoid Sugary Tricks

1. Fun and Feasts, Not Frightful Foods


Whether it’s pumpkins to carve, apples to bob, or sweets to snack on, there’s no denying that this spooky night is all about food. This doesn’t mean, however, that the featured foods need to be unhealthy. With a little bit of creative thinking, you can still have a fun evening while keeping the calories down. Here are 3 top tips to bring frightful fun to your Halloween:

    1. Have a haunted supper: Avoid filling up on sugar by having a large, healthy meal before introducing sweets or going trick or treating. Our head of the School of Nutrition at Future Fit, Anne-Marie, suggests “Organis[ing] a ‘haunted supper’…to fill up on nutritious foods, thus limiting a child’s appetite for food later”. This can be anything from Scary potato heads (carve faces into small unpeeled potatoes and bake in the oven. Serve with a ‘blood’ dip (ketchup)) to Eyeball pasta (create eyeballs from mini mozzarella balls and olive slices. Put on top of spaghetti bolognese or your child’s favourite pasta dish). Have fun with this, and see where your imagination takes you!
    2. Play haunted games: Try doing some spooky-themed workouts or host a treasure hunt for the children to run around collecting sweets and treats. Even if you don’t have a garden or the weather is particularly chilly, you can still host a haunted games event to get them moving while still having fun. You could also hold a Zoom party to stay connected to loved ones and share Halloween game tips.
    3. Have a clear plan: Having a clear guideline about how much sugar or treats you want you or your children to have is the best way to ensure you don’t go over the top. The American Heart Association suggests Halloween as a good time to have an open conversation about how many sweets they think are ok and why. Plan with them how many sweets they should have and what to do with any extras.

2. Spookily Easy Halloween Snack Ideas


While it can be more fun to experiment with your own Halloween treat ideas and designs, especially for children, here are some quick and simple recipe ideas you can use to add a little extra spooky magic to your home Halloween celebrations:

  • Banana ghosts – Banana halves on lollipop sticks, with chocolate buttons for eyes and raisins for mouths.
  • Healthy Halloween Stuffed Peppers – Take peppers and carve a spooky jack-o-lantern face into the side, hollowing out the middle. Fill the pepper with your favourite ingredients such as grains, tomato (extra spooky if made to look like blood) and aubergine and bake for 35 minutes until soft and piping hot.
  • Pumpkin Pancakes – makes a fun Halloween breakfast treat. Stir in pumpkin or butternut squash instead of sugar with your usual pancake mix, fold stiffened egg whites into the mixture and cook in the pan (try and flip them as a Halloween dare). Once they’re plated up, decorate them with any spooky toppings, e.g. berries for eyeballs.
  • Witches fingers – Slice up thin strips of pizza with triangles of tomato at the end for fingernails. Serve with a green ‘slime’ dip (sour cream and avocado).

For more ideas and the full recipe for the peppers and pancakes, visit:


sausage rolls wrapped in strips of pastry

3. Best Treats to Buy to Avoid Sugary Trick


Keeping everything else in mind, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to enjoy a traditional bit of sugary delight. But some treats pack a hidden punch regarding calories and sugar load, and it’s always important to know how much your daily sugar intake should be. According to, these are some of the tastiest and trickiest treats to know about this Halloween:


Treat Trick
Bottles (n/a sugar per serving)
Gums (122g sugar per serving)
Gummy Strawberries
(23g sugar per 40g serving)
Pigs (125g sugar per serving)
Pastilles (20g sugar per 10 sweets)
Starmix (100g sugar per serving)
Starburst (22g sugar per packet) Skittles
(44g sugar per packet)
Lemon bonbons (17g sugar per small bag) Midget
Gems (46g sugar per serving)


Check the guidelines at to know how much sugar is right for you and your children.

In the Words of a Mummy, Lets ‘Wrap Up’


You can get creative and have fun with food and games while making a few simple changes while staying healthy. You might even discover a new spooky food to keep as a staple all year round or teach your children that having fun at Halloween doesn’t need to come with a sugar crash the next day.

Keep treat smart, and have a wickedly fun Halloween.