Isabelle von Boch: Healthy Halloween

Growing up in Germany, we didn’t celebrate Halloween. While raising my children in California, I embraced Halloween traditions and started a few healthy traditions of my own too!

I am very conscious of what I serve my family and try to offer them healthy food. But at Halloween, healthy eating can be a challenge…especially with all the trick or treat candy.

Rather than giving out candy to trick or treaters, I stock up on healthy alternatives to Halloween candy like stickers, colorful pencils, decorative pencil erasers, glow-in-the-dark bracelets, Silly Bandz, mini raisin boxes and fruit leathers.

Halloween is just the beginning of the sugar season. And I know that a party doesn’t always seem fun unless sweets are involved. Afterall, Halloween and chocolate just go hand-in-hand. For a healthy alternative to traditional chocolate cupcakes, I prepare the chocolate cupcakes from Jessica Seinfeld’s Deceptively Delicious cookbook. These cupcakes are made with avocado instead of oil and butter, but they’ll still satisfy your sweet tooth! Instead of heavy frosting, try a yogurt glaze. It’s a healthier option.

You are probably going to have to make the cupcakes in advance, to ensure the secret ingredients don’t get discovered. Frosting is always the fun part and a great time to get your kids involved. I still call them healthy cupcakes because of the yogurt frosting. That way, your kids are proud to join you in your quest for healthy eating, and still left a little fooled as to just how healthy they are.

Isabelle von BochVilleroy & Boch Flow Plate

Liquor Treat: Ghost Martinis

Adults deserve a treat on Halloween too. These boo-tiful ghost martinis are sweet rather than spooky. The flavor is sweet and creamy but tastes like a marshmallow.

Halloween Martini Recipe

Ghost Martini pictured in Villeroy & Boch New Cottage Saucer Champagne Glass

Ingredients (Makes 1 Ghost Martini):

  • 2 ounces Pinnacle Whipped Vodka (tastes like sugar)
  • 1 ounce vanilla vodka
  • 1 ounce Godiva White Chocolate liqueur (you can sub white creme de cacoa if you don’t have this)
  • 2 scoops of very melty vanilla ice cream— almost pourable

Put ice into martini glass to chill. Put a handful of ice and all of your ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Shake well. Remove the ice from the glass and pour. Garnish with a marshmallow ghost “Peep” or a dollop of whipped cream decorated with eyes and a mouth. You can use black sprinkles or candy for the eyes and mouth.

(Recipe and photos by Martie Duncan of MartieKnowsParties.com.)

Villeroy & Boch Martini Glasses