Although it seems like September just started, Halloween is right around the corner. While trick-or-treating will probably look a bit different this year, thanks to the pandemic, there’s no reason your family can’t still celebrate in a spooky way at home. And since the U.S. already spends almost three times more on healthcare than any other country in the world, you’ll want to do everything possible to prioritize the well-being of your kids.

That comes down to more than merely wearing a mask or maintaining six feet of distance from other people, however. You’ll also want to be mindful of what your family is eating during these scary times. Maintaining a nutritious diet can bolster your children’s immune systems, giving them the power to fight off infectious diseases. But that’s a tough task when candy, donuts, and other sweets are everywhere in stores.

Fortunately, there are plenty of Halloween treats with a healthy twist that you can make at home. Around 78% of people participate in outdoor cooking while they go camping, but cooking together can be just as fun in your own kitchen. What’s more, some of these ideas don’t require much cooking at all! Let’s take a closer look at a few snacks you can prepare for All Hallow’s Eve that your kids will love — and that won’t have any ghastly effects on their health.

Boo-Nana Pops

Fresh fruit is a great alternative to candy that provides a bit of sweetness along with some great nutrients. These easy-to-make ghostly treats are similar to popsicles or cake pops but contain some healthier ingredients. Cut a banana in half lengthwise and then in half again to make quarters. Then, insert popsicle sticks and freeze the bananas on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Now, it’s tip to dip the bananas to give them their phantom-like pallor. Although the original recipe calls for white chocolate, substituting with a probiotic, low-sugar yogurt can be an even better swap. Simply dip the bananas in and scrape off any escess from the back. Place the bananas back on the cookie sheet. You can add two carob or chocolate chips for eyes to complete the look. You’ll then need to freeze the bananas again before serving.

Monster Teeth

Candy apples can be loaded with sugar and can also be problematic for kids with braces (which many children have to wear for about two years). But this healthy alternative can allow braces-wearing kids to enjoy this seasonal fruit — and your younger ones will love it, too. Take some granny smith apples and section them into eight equal pieces. Sprinkle with lemon juice to prevent browning and spread peanut butter, almond butter, sunflower butter, or any nut butter on each slice. Then, add four to six yogurt-covered raisins or berries at an angle in one slide before placing another slice on top. Add extra nut butter to secure. Finally, place the apples in the fridge for an hour before serving. While these “monster teeth” may look scary, they’ll prove to be delicious!

Spooky Toast

You can have a lot of fun with Halloween toast! One idea is to toast some bread, spread on a layer of pizza sauce, and add long slices of hard cheese or string cheese to make the final effect look like a mummy. Finish it off by adding a couple of black olive slices for eyes and broil it for a delicious pizza snack. If your kids are into avocado toast, you can spread some ripe avocado on as a green base (be sure to add a bit of lemon juice and a little bit of seasoning) on toasted bread before adding toppings like radishes, red peppers, olives, tomatoes, and seaweed to create Frankenstein or vampire faces. Your kids can get in on the decorating fun and enjoy the final product after!

Pumpkin Hummus Plate

Hummus can be a real kid-pleaser and is filled with lots of great nutrients. It’s also an excellent pre-made choice if you don’t have a ton of time to prepare. You can put some roasted red pepper hummus into a bowl and add some black beans or black olives to create a jack-o-lantern face. Then, simply serve with pita chips or cut-up veggies. You can also turn the dipping accouterments into pumpkins by cutting carrots into coins and putting a toothpick in the center. Just add a lead of parsley and a small piece of scallion to the toothpick to make it look like the stem.

It’s true that healthy snacks will never be mistaken for candy. But these goodies can whet your kids’ appetite during the spooky season and convince them that nutritious food can be a lot of fun to make and eat. By making sure they don’t fill up on candy corn, you can set the stage for a more balanced way of eating for lifelong health.