Happy Healthy Halloween!

With Halloween just around the corner, now is the perfect time to get the kids together for some spooky, fright-filled baking and cooking.  Don’t be afraid this Halloween season to let the kids “be kids” and enjoy the sweet holiday.  Teach them a few things about moderation and a balanced diet and get them involved in Halloween treat-making. 

Spooky Snacks


Get Kids Involved

Research shows that kids are more likely to try foods they helped to make, so get their hands involved in something Halloween-themed and fun, but also something nutritious and delicious!  


Focus on Fruits

A number of fruits can be made into healthy Halloween snacks! Turn strawberries and bananas into ghosts, or a clementine into a pumpkin. 


Don’t forget the Dairy!

Create Candy Corn Parfaits with light canned or fresh fruit with light or Greek yogurt.


Get Crafty!

Let kids create their own treats to take with them. Draw jack-o’-lantern faces on fruit cups. Make mummies out of cups of chocolate milk with white gauze wrapped around each cup.

Candy Corn Parfaits


Serves 4


All you need:

4 punch cups

2-1/2 cups fresh pineapple chunks 

2 (11 oz each) cans Hy-Vee mandarin oranges in 100% juice, drained

1 (32 oz) container Hy-Vee light vanilla yogurt


All you do:

  1. Fill one-third of your punch cup with each ingredient.
  2. Enjoy! If you are not serving immediately, refrigerate.

Jen Haugen represents Hy-Vee as a nutrition expert promoting healthy eating throughout the community.  Jen is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.