Healthy Halloween

Halloween is loved as much (maybe even more) for candy as it is for gore and
costumes, but we really don't want to expose Lola to sweets for as long as possible. We do however, want her to be able to participate in the festivities. I have some tasty yet gross looking healthy treats to serve at a Halloween party that even big kids will love.

I made these Zombie Eyes from fresh mozzarella, plum tomatoes, and balsamic vinegar.

Float  mozzarella eyes in tomato soup

Fresh Mozzarella, olives, and drizzle with tomato juice

Longans with blueberries and drizzle with pomegranate juice

Hard-boiled eggs, with green olives, and drizzle with Tabasco sauce

Here are some other fun and healthy Halloween treats I found on the web
that are great alternatives to candy.

Stuffed Roaches from Divine Dinner Party

1/3 C. cream cheese, softened
1/4 C. walnuts, chopped semi-fine
20-30 dates, pitted

1. In a small bowl, combine cream cheese and nuts til well mixed.
2. Gently fill dates with cream cheese/nut mixture (you may have to split the dates slightly). 

Serve scattered on a fruit and cheese platter. 
 How deliciously disgusting!
 (recipe and image from

Melon Brain from Instructables

Seedless watermelon
Paring Knife
Large Knife

1. Cut bottom off watermelon so it won't roll
2. Peel green skin off melon
3. Score brain folds in white flesh
4. With a sharp paring knife, carve channels out of melon to resemble cortical folds 
 (recipe and image from

Shrunken Head Cider from Martha Stewart

2 cups lemon juice
2 tablespoons coarse salt
8 large Granny Smith Apples
32 whole cloves
2 gallons apple cider
2 (12 ounce) cans frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed

and for the moms and dads cider
2 cups spiced rum (optional)


1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper: set aside. In a medium bowl, mix together lemon juice and salt; set aside.
2. Peel apples and cut each in half through the stem; remove the seeds and core. Using a sharp paring knife, carve a face, as desired, on the rounded side of each apple half. Place apples in lemon mixture for one minute; transfer to paper towels to drain.
3. Place apples, face-side up on the prepared baking sheet and transfer to oven. Let bake until apples are dry and begin to brown around the edges, about 90 minutes. Remove apples from baking sheets and press cloves into the "eye" sockets.
4. Combine cider, lemonade, and rum (if using) in a large punchbowl;
float shrunken heads on top.
(recipe and image from


  1. Stuffed roaches? Ewwww!

  2. Hi! I just came across your post. I love the zombie eyes! Are they just sitting in balsamic, or is it like a reduction? Thanks!

  3. Erika, Thank you, the zombie eyes are pretty fun (and tasty)... they are just in balsamic, although a reduction sounds like a great idea!! Perhaps we will give that a try!