By Lydia Geisel

Published on October 20, 2017

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Okay, we know Halloween is all about the candy, but these easy-to-cook party snacks and appetizers make a case for a healthy holiday. From skeleton veggie platters to hot mummy peppers, these themed plates are fitting for spooktacular get-togethers. Display alongside cookies, candy, and other sweet treats, or opt for a strictly-veggie Halloween soiree.

Mummy Dip

Forget black and orange. This October, we’re all for introducing a fresh color palette to the table, and shades of green do just the trick. This ‘Mummy’s Night Out’ dip from Hostess With the Mostess’ uses an assortment of greens and a cream cheese carcass to create a chic holiday platter.

 
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Spooky Hummus

If you’re not constantly running an hour behind, is it really the holiday season? When you have zero time to spare, whip up this perfectly purple black bean hummus that only takes 10 minutes to make. This clever and customizable snack from Fatfree Vegan Kitchen can be scooped up with carrots or chips and topped with a soy yogurt web and black olive spider if you’re feeling especially festive.

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Pepper Jack O’Lanterns

You can’t go wrong with a classic. These pumpkin-inspired bell peppers from It’s Yummi are stuffed with hearty ingredients, like ground beef, rice, mushrooms, and onions, so you’re guaranteed to get your necessary dose of fibers and vitamins this October. Whether you’re literally or figuratively sick of candy, this savory dish is one your body will thank you for later.

 
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Skeleton Crudite

Craft a munchable skeleton that’s cute, not creepy. A creative in-the-kitchen project even kids will enjoy making, use your favorite raw veggies to make the bones and other body parts of this adorable platter. As cute as this crudite man is, this is one dish you won’t feel guilty about snacking on this Halloween.

 
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Cauldron Curry

Savory, spicy, and totally spooky, this warming stew doubles as a stunning table centerpiece. All you need is the perfect pot to whip up an enchanting bowl, and a witch’s hat, of course. Get the full recipe on Martha Stewart—no spells necessary.

 
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Eyeball Spinach Pasta

Looking for the perfect power meal to get you through Trick-or-treating? Then feast your eyes on this deliciously disturbing dish from Spend With Pennies that’s made to serve (and scare) plenty. Spinach pasta serves as the ghoulish base, while edible mozzarella eyeballs add an anatomical touch.

 
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Frankenstein Avocado Toast

A light and surprisingly friendly snack, this is one monstrous meal you’ll want to devour. Vegan Chow Down’s charming Frankenstein toast is topped with seaweed hair and a tomato grin. Who can resist this adorable afternoon treat? 

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Hot Pepper Mummy

While it may be cool outside, that doesn’t mean you can’t throw a fiery Halloween bash. Cheese-stuffed jalapeno poppers will surely impress your guest’s taste buds—just don’t forget to pair with an ice-cold cocktail. Get the full recipe for this finger food from Woman’s Day.

 
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Roasted Veggies

For a more adult soiree, serve a colorful collection of sweet roasted veggies. Sweet potato jack o’lanterns, beet root witch hats, and potato ghosts make for a mature pre-dinner snack. Plus this healthful dish requires minimal prep time—all you need is a cookie cutter and a knife to craft and carve your vegetables.

 
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Trio of Vegan Spreads

Low-maintenance and decidedly nutritious, Healthy Slow Cooking’s simple-to-make trio of spreads will bring a vibrant of a touch to the table. Each of the three dips (butternut squash, white beans and cashew cream, and green beans) tastes completely different and only take three minutes to make. Bonus: one can of white beans makes all three spreads, so you don’t have to go crazy at the supermarket.

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