If you’re planning a spooky get-together for your friends and family this Halloween, you’ll need a menu that’s scarily good! Traditionally a time to indulge your sweet tooth, celebrating the spookiest day of the year doesn’t have to mean abandoning your slimming plan.
Whether you’re counting calories, following a diet plan like Weight Watchers, or just looking for some frighteningly delicious Halloween recipes, we’ve got you covered.
To get the party started, set an eerie atmosphere for your celebration with a few of our spooky-themed finger food recipes.
Your guests will be sure to load up their plates with these Red Pepper Deviled Pumpkin Eggs. Easy to make and packed with protein, each one is just 50 calories.
We’ve scooped out the boiled egg yolks and mixed them up with handy shop-bought jarred red peppers, creamy quark and paprika. You’ll want to make sure you get the peppers that come in sweet vinegar or brine, not the ones in oil – they’ll add extra calories to your finished dish.
A carefully positioned bit of chive turns these deviled eggs into the cutest little pumpkins. They’re definitely more tempting than terrifying, and they taste as good as they look!
You can use up any leftover ingredients from your deviled eggs to make a tray of these Scary Spider Sandwiches. We’ve made a filling from boiled eggs blitzed with jarred red peppers and quark, but they’d work just as well with any filling you’d prefer (just bear in mind that the calories will vary depending on your filling choice).
With carrot stick legs and creepy olive eyes, it’s scary how effective these look! Arachnophobes beware – these tasty little bite-sized sandwiches are sure to crawl their way onto your plate. They’re too good to be missed.
There’s no way you can have a party without these Halloween Sausage Mummies. Not only do they look the part, they’re delicious, and just 120 calories each. Using only 3 ingredients (and a pair of edible eyes) you can rustle up these terrifyingly adorable puff pastry-wrapped snacks.
Bite into the satisfyingly crunchy, golden pastry and don’t forget to add a dollop of ketchup to your plate – these mummies were made for dunking!
Halloween or not, you can’t have a party without pizza. Forget high-calorie dough bases, we’ve created a slimming-friendly version that will satisfy every single guest. Put your seasonal shopping haul to good use and carve up some chunky slices of butternut squash. Topped with your favourite pizza flavours, these Squash Pizza Slices are fun to make, seriously tasty and just 291 calories per serving.
We’ve kept our toppings classic and simple, but you can experiment as much as you’d like. Ham and pineapple, chicken and veggies – anything goes! Don’t forget to adjust the calories if you stray from the recipe (but only if you’re counting!).
If you’re planning a family-friendly Halloween event, you might prefer to make a hearty, warming dish to share before you head out trick or treating. Filling up on a healthy dinner will mean you’re far less likely to be tempted to dip into the kids’ sweetie hauls!
There’s nothing spooky about this Butternut Squash Lasagne, but it makes good use of seasonal vegetables. Not only is the meat sauce packed full of mushrooms, courgette, aubergine and peppers, we’ve used slices of fresh butternut squash instead of pasta.
Layered with our slimming-friendly white sauce, covered in cheese and baked in the oven until it’s golden, this dish is exactly what you need to warm you up on a chilly Halloween. All that, and it’s still only 368 calories per serving.
Autumn comfort food doesn’t come much better than our unmissable Chilli Pasta Bake. Whoever you’ve invited to your scary shindig, they’re bound to want a scoop of this on their party plate. Bulked out with loads of veggies and pasta, it’s a thrifty meal that’ll go a long way. Our recipe serves 4, but it’s super easy to scale it up.
On the table in 45 minutes, this filling dinner will keep you going all night – so you can focus on dressing up and having some frightening fun!
Anything made with chilli con carne is perfect when it’s chilly outside. These Chilli Stuffed Sweet Potato Skins are perfect when you want to serve something a little more substantial at your party. Whether you make your chilli from scratch or use leftovers from another day, they’re guaranteed to make your guests very happy….just look at that cheesy topping!
You can make this recipe vegetarian simply by switching to meat-free mince (just be sure to adjust the calories, if you’re counting). It’ll be every bit as tasty once it’s baked into the crispy sweet potato skins and topped with glorious melted cheese.
For something a little sweeter, we’ve created this Halloween Ghost Toast to really get you into the spirit of the day. Using a homemade stencil to outline a ghostly shape, this slimming-friendly French toast is a ghoulish treat any time of day.
You can make any kind of stencil you like, so it’s really simple to decorate your slices of toast with a whole host of Halloween-themed frights. Sprinkled with sweet cinnamon, this recipe has a delicious hint of autumnal flavour.
Trick or treats
You can’t celebrate Halloween without a few sweet treats. Luckily, indulging your sweet tooth on the spookiest day of the year doesn’t have to mean dipping into a bag of sugary snacks. Our slimming-friendly recipes are ideal for serving at your party, and they’re sure to impress all your friends and family.
Take these Boonanas for example! You can’t help but be terrified by those ghostly faces, but there’s nothing scary about what goes into them. You’ll only need 3 ingredients to put these together – bananas, yoghurt and some chocolate chips.
Coat your bananas in yoghurt and leave them to set in the freezer. When the yoghurt coating has hardened, you’ll be able to melt your chocolate and pipe on your spooky ghost faces. Simple, yet effective!
An autumnal dessert that’s perfect for sharing, this Pumpkin Pie is a true seasonal delight. You’re guaranteed to be pleasantly surprised when you spot the ingredients list – you won’t need half as many bits and bobs as you’d expect.
There’s no need to waste time making pastry either. Our low-calorie, budget-friendly hack of using tortilla wraps saves the day once again! They bake in the oven to give you a crisp, golden case for your sweet pumpkin filling.
If you’ve been busy carving pumpkins, put your leftovers to good use and have a go at this Baked Pumpkin Cheesecake. We’ve given it a base made from Lotus Biscoff biscuits, and if you’re as obsessed with the flavour as we are, you’ll love the crunch they give.
You can use this recipe to make one big cheesecake, or split it out to make 12 individual-sized portions, at only 140 calories each. It’s ready in just 1 hour, and you can’t beat that silky cheesecake filling infused with warming spices, including cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.
When the party’s over, sit back and leave the cleaning up for the morning. You deserve a nice hot drink to warm you up (especially if you’ve been out trick or treating in the cold). This Pumpkin Spiced Latte is exactly what you need, and it comes in at a fraction of the calories of a shop-bought version.
Our recipe uses a homemade pumpkin puree that’s ideal for making in batches. Keep it in the fridge for the next time you get a hankering for a fresh PSL.
What scary snacks would you serve up for Halloween?
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