We have had a lot of fun creating traditions on this site over the last five years, but our favorite project (by a landslide) has been creating and sharing our annual healthy Halloween round up posts. Halloween is our favorite holiday, and showing families how they can replace junk food with holiday-themed healthy eats has been a rewarding and fun experience all these years.
Before we chat 2015, here is a look back at our past four years of healthy Halloween round ups!
Simply click the graphics to be taken to the previous Halloween posts:
So lets talk 2015! Halloween is on a Saturday this year, meaning this year’s ghoulish celebration is going to be all sorts of amazing awesome (we can party all day, right?). We host an annual Halloween potluck, and highly recommend the same to others – not only does it alleviate the party prep-work on your to do list (win), but it also makes for a great assortment of eats for all attendees!
We have pulled together a great assortment of recipes that you could either serve to your wee trick-or-treaters before they head out for their festivities, or bring along one of these dishes to your Halloween bash.
1. Bacon-Wrapped Butternut Squash, Paleo Leap
2. Paleo Cornbread Minus the Corn, Our Paleo Life
3. Caramelized Onion Dip, Virginia is for Hunter Gatherers
4. Peperoni Pizza Spaghetti Squash Boats, Everyday Maven
5. Pigs in a Blanket, Comfy Belly
6. Pumpkin Chocolate Chili, Paleo Parents
7. Roasted Carrot Mummies with Spiralized Potatoes, Inspiralized
8. Roasted Root Vegetable Salad, Primal Bites
9. Roasted Sweet Potato Jack-o-Lantern Faces and Ghosts, Guava Rose
1. Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread, Simply Taylor
2. Chocolate Paleo Halloween Donuts by Homespun with Love
3. Double Chocolate Ghost Cookies, Lexi’s Clean Kitchen
4. Paleo Candy Corn Gummies, Plaid and Paleo
5. Homemade Gummy Worms, The Earthy Mama
6. Paleo Ghost Truffles, Living Healthy with Chocolate
7. Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies, Paleo Parents
8. Paleo Chocolate Covered Apples, Thriving on Paleo
9. Silly Apple Bites, Fork and Beans
10. Witches’ Finger Cookies, The Full Helping
And don’t forget to join in on the teal pumpkin tradition! While the Teal Pumpkin Project was created to respect those with food allergies who are unable to eat a number of the items commonly distributed on Halloween, we have always been big supporters of handing out non-food treats.
One, kids get really excited about a unique toy they can enjoy a lot longer than a piece of candy. And two, we love the opportunity to teach our kids that holidays are about much more than sweets and treats!
Here are some of our favorite non-food items to hand out on Halloween:
4. Spider Rings
And finally, the day after Halloween it has become a tradition for the boys to trade in their candy for a new toy or game. Don’t worry, they fully enjoy a few treats from the holiday, but they always make the choice to trade in the sweets for something they will get more enjoyment from.
Here are some of Cole’s, Finn’s and Wes’s favorite items to trade their candy in for – – and perhaps some items that might intrigue your kid to make a trade as well.
Now what to do with all that candy? Easy! Ship it all to Operation Gratitude to support a good cause.
We wish you all a wonderful Halloween and can’t wait to share what we chose for our 2015 family costume! Oh yes, we love this holiday so much that it has become a tradition to get decked out in a coordinated costume. And this year’s theme is pretty sweet – stay tuned.