Halloween Banana Ghosts & Clementine Pumpkins Are So Kid-Friendly, You'll Die (PHOTOS)

Clementine pumpkins

Most of us parents spend a large part of October searching for the perfect, healthy Halloween treat. It's exhausting, really. The children are given countless bits of candy and chocolate, enough to rot their teeth and keep them up all night. To combat that, we offer them apples or bananas or pumpkin everything that simply can't compete with the delicious flavor of a Snickers bar.

Until now.

May we present: banana ghosts and clementine pumpkins. A photo of these adorable treats went viral last year and took Pinterest by storm -- and suddenly it seemed like every mom was making them.

They are incredibly simple -- just halved bananas with three chocolate chips each are needed for the former, while peeled clementines and chopped celery are all you need for the latter. Kids love to make, then eat them. They are a huge score for their class Halloween parties and are the after-trick-or-treating snack you've been dreaming of to divert their attention away from all.that.candy.

Clementine pumpkins

The other afternoon, my older children, who are 6 and 7, set out to make these with me. In minutes, we were done. The result? Well, look at the photos -- I mean, can you get any more adorable, simple, or healthy than this in the same snack? See how to do this with your own kids, below, and then tell us:

What's your family's favorite healthy Halloween treat?


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  • Peel Bananas


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    It all starts very simply, which is why this is great for kids. Have them peel half as many bananas as you need to start. Easy peasy!

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  • Peel Clementines


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    Peel all the clementines you'd like based on how many pumpkins you plan to make. Another good task for the little ones. Put them to work, I say!

  • Chop Celery


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    Chopping the celery is probably the most labor-intensive part of making these. You give each stalk a good slice down the middle and then cut it into small enough pieces so that they can fit into the center of the clementines for the pumpkin stems.

  • Add Chocolate Chips


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    After chopping the bananas into halves, divide out your chocolate chips. Ordinarily, you would use mini chips for the eyes and bigger ones for the BOO mouths, but I didn't have minis. They looked just as good with all big. Simply press them into the banana "ghost heads." Voilà!

  • Steal Some Chips


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    Take a little detour here with my son, who I swear ate 10 chocolate chips per banana ghost. Five for me, two for the eyes. Luckily, he's cute ...

  • Stem the Pumpkins


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    Gently push the mini celery sticks into the middle of the clementines for perfect little pumpkin stems!

  • Clementine Pumpkin


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    Here's how the finished clementine pumpkin should look. Pretty spiffy for something that takes about 10 minutes to create, right?

  • Pumpkin Patch


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    Arrange them all together for a kid-size edible pumpkin patch! SO cute, right?

  • The Big Reveal


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    How adorable are these banana ghosts and clementine pumpkins when you're finished -- and how good do they look (and taste, too!)? Best of all? If you bring these into the classroom, the other parents will ooh and aah like you're their hero.

  • Happy Kids!


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    This is the kind of face you'll see when you're all finished making these. Hooray! They are so fun, so easy, so yum, and so good for you. Happy Halloween!


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