Healthy Halloween! How to Make a Haunted Pumpkin Patch

There is no better way to ensure your house gets egged, than to pass out boxes of raisins to trick or treaters.  However, if you’re having a party or even just making a dessert for your family, a haunted pumpkin patch is a fun and easy way to sneak in a healthy snack during this sugar-laden holiday.

Here’s what you need:

A cake or cupcake box

Halloween stickers

Parchment or wax paper

Peanut butter (Variations: Nutella or Apple Butter)

Oreo cookies




Chocolate chips

Here’s how you do it:
A nice alternative to a plate – a cake box can provide a fun backdrop to your pumpkin patch. I taped mine open so I could take advantage of the window at the top – a perfect place for my haunted house sticker. Jazz up your box with fun stickers from your local craft store.
On a piece of parchment or wax paper sized to fit your box, smear peanut butter or Nutella. If you’re allergic to nuts, apple butter is a nut-free alternative.

 Grab a handful of Oreos. I said this was healthy, but come on, a little chocolate couldn’t hurt.
Smash the Oreos with your rolling pin. This is especially delightful if you’ve had a stressful day.

  Put your peanut butter parchment in your box and cover completely with Oreo “dirt.”
 Peel some tangerines and use celery for your pumpkin stalks.

  Cut bananas in half and put some peanut butter on the cut end so that your ghosts stand up. Use peanut butter to glue on your chocolate chip eyes and mouth. Garnish your patch with any greens you may have  – I used the greens from some carrots I had in the fridge.
 The “cherry on top” is a flickering frameless candle behind the haunted house.  Now what kid (or adult) wouldn’t want to devour this?


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