Looking for original but healthy Halloween treats ideas? Because this season it’s not all about pumpkins or fast-food, we bring you a visual collection of the spookiest nourishingly delicious recipes for your inspiration!
Food is definitely one of the best and quickest ways in which you can make this event a bit more sustainable. Not just to have a lesser impact on the planet, but also on your health! How? Well, who said Halloween had to be all about scary hot dogs or fast-food wrapped up in plastic? If you want your kids and guests to have a nourishing meal, healthy Halloween treats are an option.
Like in any festive season, we want our table to stand out! Besides the option of creating DIY sustainable Halloween decoration, you can also create eco-friendly Halloween costumes… And now we bring you the most healthy Halloween treats ideas!
Halloween food waste
Food waste in this season is as scary as the non-recyclable single-use plastic items that are thrown away. Halloween has a huge impact, starting on our kitchen!
Alternatives? Besides pumpkins, candy apples, we can also play with other fruits & vegetables to make it sustainably healthier! Also important, we can think about cooking enough for the guests without throwing left-overs to the bin!
If you are planning to cook beyond what your guests can eat, some simple solutions are to ask your guests to bring a reusable container or a children’s lunchbox, so that no leftovers reach the bin!
Also, whatever you plan to prepare or decorate with pumpkins, even though they are natural and biodegradable, most of us do not compost food leftovers in our garden!
When food reaches landfill, it takes a huge amount of time and energy to naturally compost. The main reason is because landfills are a mix of many types of materials and items, which makes it difficult for food to break down without oxygen. Furthermore, methane gases are released as a byproduct of this unnatural decomposition.
And when it comes to pumpkins… around 1.3 billion pumpkins are thrown away after the Halloween festivity, all rotting in landfills producing heaps of greenhouse emissions. Not to mention the energy, water and other resources that are used to produce these pumpkins have an environmental impact.
Sadly, around 60% of consumers that buy pumpkins to carve them don’t end up eating the flesh. So what can you cook with pumpkin? Try to bake a vegan cake or pie, a pumpkin soup, stuffed pumpkin or pumpkin puree! Take it one step further and keep the seeds… Deliciously nutritious!
Halloween food plastic waste
Besides the impact of Halloween decoration & costumes, food bought in the supermarket is definitely not what we’d call a zero-waste paradise!
What about the candy wrappers? These especially are hard to find sustainably packaged – and equally difficult: to be recyclable. Facts are that the average trick-or-treater generates 1 pound of trash, and most of that is plastic candy wrappers.
This is why we strongly recommend you to purchase from sustainable & fair-trade chocolate brands to make a positive impact, while supporting companies that are a bit more conscious about plastic waste!
When serving the food, you’ll often find that it’s hard to serve it all in porcelain, so the reality is that we often opt for single use plastic tableware, cutlery and glasses. If that is the case, and a more sustainable alternative is not an option, then we highly recommend the brand Repurpose. Their motto is: “Single-use does not need to be trash!”
They use renewable, upcycled materials to create all products. All of their materials are completely non-toxic – meaning they’re free of PFAS, BPA, and all those other scary household toxins. As you fill your cart, they calculate your plastic-free footprint and our environmental impact with each placed order. Unlike plastic single-use items, Repurpose wine, cocktail and cold cups, plates and assorted cuttlery aren’t designed to end up in landfill or our oceans, which is why they are compostable! If composting isn’t your thing, rest assured that the waste still have a tremendously lower impact on our planet in comparison to toxic plastic, and they will degrade over time. More party – less landfill!
Top inspiration for easy ideas to make healthy Halloween treats!
For the health of keeping your body in good shape during the festive season, and your children nourished, we bring you a collection of wholesome and healthy Halloween treats.
Understanding these are all for inspiration, make sure to substitute all these ideas for what is more suitable for you (get out of the box!). If you see plastic in the photo, use paper or repurpose something you already have instead of buying new.
If you see sweet candy, could you instead prepare dehydrated fruit such as mango, apples, oranges? If you don’t eat eggs or cheese, can you find a vegan way?
Home-made, Eco-friendly, Healthy Halloween Treats
Like we promised, here we share some of the most amazing homemade, eco-friendly, healthy Halloween treats found by people who share their originality. We’ve added links to each recipe whenever available so that you can follow the delicious creations these amazing folks have cooked!