I picked up some cheap spider decorations for a little bit of scare factor (boo!), but filled the rest of the board with seasonal food items in a specific color tone. I was going for darker colors like black, dark purple, and dark blue with a splash of red and orange. My son pointed out that the buttery green olives gave the board a great goblin-y green accent, too.
Here’s a complete list of fruits and veggies that I used:
- Black seedless grapes
- Pomegranates (I cut mine in half, but you could easily quarter these or take the seeds out completely and put them in a small dish with a spoon.)
- Sliced pears
- Dried papaya
- Fresh dates
- Clementine pumpkins (To make, peel the clementines and then put a small piece of celery in the top where the stem would go.)
- Sliced red pepper
- Dried golden figs
- Purple carrots
- Black and green olives
- Rice crackers
- Simple Mills brand Jalapeño crackers (grain-free)
- White cheddar cheese, cubed
- Nitrate and nitrite free pepperoni from Applegate Farms
Simple Mills Brownie Mix (allow to cool then cut into bite-sized pieces)
I have to put a plug in here for this brand because I love the clean line of ingredients they use in their products. For example, this brownie mix is made of almond flour, organic coconut sugar, chocolate chips, Dutch cocoa powder, tapioca starch, arrowroot, sea salt, and baking soda.
OTHER competing (but less healthy) brownie mixes contain sugar, enriched flour bleached, corn syrup, soy lecithin, artificial flavors, canola oil, palm oil, and many others. All of these ingredients contribute to inflammation and disease. And while these mixes are generally less than $1, making brownies from scratch or purchasing a box mix like Simple Mills at around $6-$7 is totally worth it for the few times you make brownies a year.
Your body is not a trash can so don’t put garbage into it.
Let’s say it again for the people in the back…
Your body is not a trash can so don’t put garbage into it!
Our candy choice:
There are many brands of candy out there that are making a great effort at reducing Franken-type ingredients in their recipe and Justin’s is one we splurge on during Halloween.
For years my kids have enjoyed Trick-or-Treating. They collect alllll the traditional candy, but they know they won’t be eating 99% of it. Once in a while we’ve gotten some awesome Halloween treats like veggie chips, mini water bottles, carrot packs, popcorn, or organic chocolate, but rarely.
I use this opportunity as a teaching experience and the kids are totally fine with NOT eating artificial coloring, high fructose corn syrup, and hydrogenated oils! It also helps that I have a huge bucket of mommy-approved treats waiting for them, that I swap them for. (See, you guys I’m not a total party pooper!)