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Fiona Haynes

Feeding the Family on Halloween

By October 27, 2012

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Before sending your little superheroes and princesses out into the night on Halloween, make sure they eat a good dinner. With a little imagination, you can pass off ordinary foods as something spooky...

  • Tomato soup (pictured) can be blood soup; and black bean soup can be bat soup
  • Raw veggies can be arranged as spooky fingers or as skeletons
  • Whole grain spaghetti and red sauce can be passed off as blood and guts. Eww!
  • Cut Jack O' Lantern faces in quesadillas, but use whole grain tortillas and reduced-fat cheese, or make them with pieces of vegetables on whole-grain muffin pizzas
  • Make hot dog mummies, but using nitrite-free turkey hot dogs and reduced-fat crescent roll dough
  • Offer a fresh fruit cup in a hollowed out orange carved like a Jack O' Lantern
Once the kids return home with their candy, encourage everyone to select a few favorite fun-size pieces to enjoy over a few days, then ditch the rest, or find a local dentist who's prepared to trade it for a little money or a small prize.

"Blood Soup" photo © Fiona Haynes, licensed to About.com

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