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Dear litttle chocolate chips,

Halloween is a scary time.

And when I say scary, I’m not talking ghosts and goblins. With an overabundance of sugary sweets, Dracula isn’t the only fearsome foe for those trying to stick to a healthy diet.

Below, some healthy Halloween recipes. So you can leave the scaring to the creepy crawlies!


Chocolate “Nightmare” Oatmeal

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“Bad Luck” Cupcake


Peanut Butter “Spooky” Babies


“Spider Legs” Salad


Kabocha Bowl

What’s your favorite Halloween candy or recipe?

I was always a chocolate girl. (Does that surprise anyone?) After trick-or-treating, my sister and I sat down to exchange candies. I’d magnanimously give up all my Sprees, Sweet tarts, Nerds, Shock Tarts, Skittles, jelly beans, lollipops, Twizzlers, gummy worms, etc (you get the idea) in return for her Reeses and Hershey bars. Little sister always ended up with twice as much candy. But I didn’t care; I learned early on that quality is better than quantity.


Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 

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  1. I cant wait to make some of these! And that oatmeal is not scary, it is gorrgeeouss!

  2. And Im a Reeses girl 😉

  3. halloween is my bday! :) i used to love DOTS and resees peanut butter cups (minis :)

    1. Aww happy (early) birthday!!

  4. littleacceb says:

    I don’t know if I could ever find the recipe again, but my friend and I baked a bread spider stuffed with ketchup for Hallowe’en one year.

    We don’t celebrate in the same way over here, so it was usually a case of staying in, watching something scary on tv and seeing if you could stay up until midnight, call Bloody Mary three times and see the face of your future husband in the mirror. I never did. If I’d seen Patrick I probably would’ve been a bit freaked out!

  5. The “Bad Luck” Cupcake is sooo cute!

  6. Eric Jaffa says:

    On the “Bad Luck” Cupcake. is the cat-shape a cookie?

  7. Chocolate for sure! Reeses or Snickers were always winners.

  8. I loved (and still do) Snickers, Twix and Kit Kats. Those are my favorites!

    I would give all the sugary stuff to my dad: the smarties, twizzlers, etc. I was so disappointed when a neighbor handed out pencils or erasers — what the heck??? I want candy! :)

  9. Thanks for posting these great ideas! That oatmeal looks so yummy! It may just have to be my Halloween breakfast! :) I was the same way with candy! I would always sit down after trick-or-treating and sort out the chocolate candy from the “other” candy. I would keep the chocolate for myself and put the other candy in my Operation Christmas Child shoe box since it couldn’t melt or anything. Any chocolate-peanut butter combo is right up my alley!

  10. GabyE says:

    I was always a HUGE fan of anything Reese’s , but alas, I don’t eat them anymore. Which is totally fine, because now on Halloween I treat myself to one bar of very high quality, too expensive to buy on a regular basis, dark chocolate bar :) and watch Alfred Hitchcock movies all night.

  11. I’m a chocolate person myself. I always looked forward to having a trick or treat bag full of Reese’s and Hershey bars. Nowadays I usually make my own treats and I’m really trying to stay away from the sugary stuff this year. It’s weird because now that I’m older I have more of a salt-tooth than a sweet-tooth, which definitely makes it easier.

  12. plamarie says:

    My favorite Halloween treat is pumpkin-chocolate chip cookies. I’m with you, I would trade or giveaway all the non chocolate candy.

  13. I have always preferred chocolate to sweets. Now I prefer a small amount of good quality dark stuff to a bar of cheaper milk stuff.
    Love the cute cat by the way-you are so artistic :)

  14. When I was a kid, I really didn’t care for candy. But I didn’t want to share my Halloween stash with anyone because I was a stingy only child. So I hoarded it away where it sat, untouched, until the next year when I would dump it and go trick-or-treating again. I still have food-hoarding issues! But I do like candy now….

  15. kathleen says:

    my mom always took our “dots” she loved them. i wasn’t too picky, although i loathe candy corn. yuck.

  16. Teresa says:

    OOOH! I think the spider legs salad is my favorite! Giving food fun names is a GREAT way to encourage skeptical kids to eat them. I can totally see kids super excited to eat that salad with your name, rather than if it was called Vegetable Arame salad. I love it!

    Around Halloween (well fall in general), I love everything inter squash. My favorite is definitely the Kabocha squash, followed by Mr. Butternut.

    I didn’t get to yesterday’s post until today, and wanted to share my costume this year. My friend and I are dressing up as Garden Gnomes! I’m going to be the traditional male and she’s going to be a girl garden gnome. I’m so Excited because I haven’t dressed up in about 6 years!

    1. Or “sea vegetable salad”
      Can you imagine trying to get a kid to eat something with that kinda name? I wouldn’t even want to eat it lol!

  17. Nichole says:

    I was always a chocolate girl myself, Reeses were always my favorite I would steal them from my brother all the time haha

  18. Jennifer - jcd says:

    Do they have Tootsie Rolls in America? Those were my favourite as a kid. I also loved sour gummies.

    I don’t remember what my favourite recipe was as a kid, probably pumpkin shaped cookies, but now it’s orange peppers decorated like jack-o-lanterns using raisins and dates.

    1. They do! I hated the chocolate ones… because they do NOT taste like chocolate. But I loved the vanilla ones, oddly enough. Maybe because they had/have blue wrappers? Do they have the vanilla ones in Canada? LOL now I think they make all sorts of flavors, even lemon–blech!

  19. Shelby says:

    Love all the great recipes! And my favorite candy was either sweet tarts or 100 grand!

    1. LOL that’s Henry’s (my dog) favorite candy!
      Unfortunately he got into a stash a few years ago. But luckily he seemed to be immune to chocolate, which is poisonous to dogs. Henry’s just an odd seed ;).

  20. Stefanie says:

    Reeses was my favorite. I liked the holiday PB cups/shapes because there was always more PB then chocolate. Your scary treats look tasty. :)

  21. Ohhh I want some of those peanut butter spooky babies! Or the spider leg salad. Both look quite tasty 😉

  22. Anonymous says:

    I always did the “trade thing” too and as a kid, i was a choco girl, still am, i dont like “sweets”(except apple drops, pear drops, rhubarb and custard sweets-the classic old fashioned boiled sweets!)
    loving the spider leg salad, i wont look at my asian cabbage seaweed salad the same now! :)

  23. My sister and I would always come back from trick-or-treating and sort our candy (chocolates vs lollypops vs hard candies…)But last year instead of trick or treating, we stayed home and she put her head through a cardboard box, put a hole in it with candy, and I would lift a tray for the trick-or-treaters and her head would pop up!

    1. Ahahaha that’s hilarious! A few years ago, I cut a hole in the bottom of the candy dish and put my hand in a glove through it to grab kids. But I love your idea better!

  24. Claire says:

    My sister and I woud do the same and I completely agree she (being younger and probably cuter) always got more than I did. We were living in the UK then so we’d divy it up into lollies, chocolate and “other” (generally crisps and strange things the confused people woud give you, such as a toothbrush :S). Anywho, I was ALWAYS a chocolate girl too … come to think of it, still am!

    1. Haha I just noticed your email address. Too cute, miss fellow chocolate lover :)!

  25. Omg we have a parallel post…great minds think alike!

    I just asked ppl about their fave hween candy and also posted a few of my healthier vegan recipes for hween candy.

    Not that I care about the “unhealthy” factor of regular candy for special occassions. That’s why the majority of our diet in our home is healthy, plant-based, and “clean”. Even though I hate to label things as good vs. bad, clean vs. not, you know what i mean :)

    Anyway…fave candy growing up….a few were 100 Grand Bars, Twix, Reese Cups!


    1. Haha I think it’s probably a question a lot of bloggers are asking today. In fact, I probably asked the same one at some point last year lol. But new people = new answers :).

  26. maike says:

    I love the names you have given the Halloween eateries!!! And I think your so kind responding so actively to the comments, thats really nice xxx

    1. Aww, I think you are the sweet one, taking time out of your day to write sweet comments to others :).

  27. Meg says:

    Reeses Cups ALL the way! Or if we’re doing it Katie-style, I’d go with some fudge babies topped with peanut butter 😉

  28. Frances says:

    I used to love Butterfingers and Jolly Ranchers. Lately, I don’t really eat candy at all…sometimes I wish it still tasted as good to me now as it did when I was a kid. Lately, my once-a-year indulgence in something super-junky is probably a coconut or peanut butter filled Christmas tree- or a few “stuffed chocolates” around the winter holidays. Otherwise, my treats are in the form of Larabars, peanut/almond/cashew butter, coconut oil, and SOMETIMES Rice Dream with carob powder :)

  29. Verity Kae says:

    Katie! I just wanted to say that I tried Baby Making today! First time and I have to say, Im in LOVE. Im honestly not even the biggest Larabar fan but these were amazing! I made a half batch with 40g medjool dates, 1 tbsp. cashews, 1 tsp cocoa powder, and 1/2 an ounce of pretzels (and salt). Chocolate Covered Pretzel Babies! Thank you for the idea! I love them. And I had a few non vegan friends over and they loved them too. =] The only problem was that the dates I bought werent de-pitted, so my MB went through a little pain but it turned out okay, nothing broken. Haha. Anyways, thank you so much. Youre such an inspiration!

    1. Thank you so so much for the sweet comment. It made my morning bright! And thank goodness your bullet dodged a bullet! (Ok, so that was a lame joke. Forgive me? ;))

  30. I have always been a chocolate girl too! Never too interested in the gummy candies, but give me some chocolate, and I go crazy! Love the cute Halloween treats you came up with. But I have to admit, I don’t think I could handle the spider leg salad;)

  31. I’m such a Hershey’s, Kit Kat, and peanut butter cup girl! I’m sure you can understand! 😉
    The kabocha bowl looks so out of this world delicious. Each of your Halloween themed tricks and treats do.

  32. kristisn says:

    Thanks for all the healthy Halloween recipes. I’ve been worrying about this holiday for the past few days. Thankfully, I haven’t brought any Halloween candy into my house, but my fav are the Reese’s peanut butter cups. You can’t go wrong with pb and chocolate.

  33. laurak says:

    I love how enthusiastic everyone in the US is about Halloween, it’s awesome! I think it’s such a great celebration, but it really doesn’t get alot of attention in Australia unfortunately!
    I can remember going ‘trick or treating’ once when I was really really little (after watching a movie with the Olsen twins about Halloween and presuming all Australian’s were in favour of the tradition), and having my neighbours greet me at their front door with these really blank stares, like ‘why are you dressed up weirdly and carrying a basket and standing on our doorstep looking expectant?’… lol.
    If I ever visit the US I’m hoping it’ll be around Halloween or Thanksgiving, they both seem very festive!
    Laura :)

    1. Oh that’s too funny about your neighbors! When I was little, in Japan, we ONLY went to the other Americans’ houses for that reason… although the Japanese were SO SWEET and loved children, so I bet they would’ve been happy to give us candy! :)

  34. Haha, I did the same thing with my sister. After we got all our loot, we’d dump it out, sort it into piles and then trade accordingly. I always liked the SweeTarts, Twix, BabyRuth, and Reese’s, but NEVER the straight up Hershey bars. I didn’t like how they tasted. 😉

  35. I would like a Healthy Pumpkin Muffin for one ; ) Thanks I will be right over…haha

    Hope you have a great weekend!!

  36. Moni'sMeals says:

    Lovely post! What awesome alternaives Katie-Well done! My party this year was not so healhty…at all. 😉

    My favs are for sure Reese’s and white chocolate one at that. Twix, Snickers, and CUPCAKES!

    I hear ya too- QUALITY always over QUANTITY!

  37. yeahimvegan says:

    Awesome post! The Chocolate “Nightmare” Oatmeal really does look like a gooey swamp, like that bubbling miasma Saruman’s orcs (from Lord of the Rings) are created in.

  38. My new fav is the vegan pumpkin chocolate truffles I whipped up and blogged about today :). Happy Halloween!