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Fruit-o-Lanterns (oranges filled with fruit). (Photo by Anne-Marie Caruso)
Posted: Thursday October 25, 2012, 1:23 PM
By Lisa Badach - (201) Magazine

Halloween is a favorite time of year with kids but also a holiday filled with candy. It can be a frustrating time for parents who like their kids to eat healthy foods and make sweets a limited part of their diet. Setting a limit usually works best, letting kids indulge in some treats right after trick-or-treating. However, if there are still many Halloween parties to attend, try these simple recipes to keep the diet in check, but also make the party fun!

Monster Toes
Cocktail franks, 6-inch tortillas, Ketchup, Toothpicks

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Cut a wedge into the end of each frank to make a toenail.
Cut tortillas into strips about 4 inches long and 3/4-inch wide.
Soften the strips in the microwave between damp paper towels for 10-30 seconds.
Roll each cocktail frank into a tortilla strip and secure with a toothpick.|
Bake 7 to 8 minutes, remove from oven and fill the "toenail" with ketchup.
Remove toothpicks before serving.

Cut off the top of an orange. Scoop out insides and set aside to let insides dry. Carve face and fill with fruit salad.

Guacamoldy with Creature Chips
Plain or butter-flavored vegetable oil
cooking spray
24 large flour tortillas
Coarse Salt
3 lbs ripe Hass avocados, pitted, peeled and cut into chunks
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
11/2 teaspoons salt
1 fresh jalapeno chile, seeded and finely chopped
1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. Using a few Halloween cookie cutters, cut shapes from tortillas. Arrange on cookie sheet, coat with cooking spray and season with salt. Bake until slightly crisp.

2. Put avocados, lime juice, salt, pepper, jalapeno, and cilantro in large bowl. Mash with a fork until chunky. Serve with chips.

Edible Eyeballs

Carrots, Cream Cheese, Pitted Black Olives

Simply slice carrots into 1-inch chunks, top each with a blob of cream cheese and one half of a pitted black olive.

Recipes courtesy of:

Edible eyeballs and monster toes (familyfun.go.com), Fruit-o-Lantern (nantucketdaffodil.blogspot.com/2009/healthyhalloween-treats), Guacamoldy (Martha Stewart)

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