Cutting Down on Candy

As much as we all look forward to indulging in a few extra sweets for a fun holiday like Halloween, it’s also easy to get carried away and go just a little too far. When you’ve got kids in the house, bringing in extras from school parties and trick-or-treating, keeping the candy indulgence to a reasonable limit takes careful planning. With a little creativity and inspiration, Halloween can be a little healthier, and just as much fun.

Banana Ghosts

When snack time meets play time, most kids will be pretty content. These cute, simple ghosts from Brimful Curiosities are made with bananas and Cheerios (2 Guiding Stars) make the cross-section of fun and nutritious.

Pumpkin Seeds

Roasting pumpkin seeds is a classic Halloween activity–the perfect follow-up for carving the pumpkin. Snack Girl offers a technique, to which we would add the advice: cut the salt in half, don’t add sugar, and give the kids a chance to mix up a unique spice blend.

Pumped-Up Pumpkin Bread

Our Expert Chef’s pumpkin bread (1 Guiding Star) recipe is spicy, delicious and packed with high-protein, whole-grain flours. Make it with the kids for a memorable treat that will no doubt become a family favorite.

Download our recipe booklet (PDF) for the Pumped-Up Pumpkin Bread recipe and more Guiding Star-earning recipes your kids will love.