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Trick your kids into eating fruit instead of candy with these clever kebabs

Sandra Denneler is a SheKnows Expert who's been making and doing her entire life. Growing up, her favorite book was the 1973 World Book Encyclopedia's Childcraft Volume 11, Make and Do. An art director at Wichita State University, Sandra...

These freaky fruit kebabs can save you from Halloween candy overload

Somewhere along the way, we've gotten the idea that Halloween has to be about sugar, sugar and more sugar, but these healthier Halloween party treats prove that quite the opposite can be true. Spooky and kooky fruit kebabs (that you can decorate with any Halloween-inspired face from the dark corners of your imagination) are easy to put together and just as fun to decorate. And if you happen to be a parent, this is just one more way to trick your kids into eating their daily servings of fruit.

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These freaky fruit kebabs can save you from Halloween candy overload
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Frightful Halloween fruit kebabs recipe

Ingredients and supplies:

  • Cantaloupe
  • Jumbo marshmallows
  • Kiwi
  • Small wooden skewers
  • Melon baller
  • Black candy melts
  • Decorator icing eyes — optional (found at most craft or hobby stores)
  • Piping bag and #1 piping tip (or the smallest round piping tip available)

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Directions:

1. Prepare the fruit

Using a melon baller tool, make round balls of cantaloupe. Cut the kiwis into squares of similar size.

These freaky fruit kebabs can save you from Halloween candy overload
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2. Skewer and chill

Assemble the fruit kebabs onto the small wooden skewers — cantaloupe, marshmallow and kiwi. Put them in the refrigerator for an hour to chill.

These freaky fruit kebabs can save you from Halloween candy overload
Image: Sandra Denneler/SheKnows

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3. Decorate the faces with candy melts

Melt the black candy melts in the microwave until smooth. Pour into the piping bag with small, round piping tip.

With a paper towel, dab off any moisture on the fronts of the fruit kebabs. Pipe black candy melt faces on the fronts of the cantaloupe pumpkins, marshmallow ghosts and Frankenstein kiwis. If using icing eyes on the Frankenstein kiwis, apply a tiny dot of candy melt to the kiwi before adding the eyes.

These freaky fruit kebabs can save you from Halloween candy overload
Image: Sandra Denneler/SheKnows

4. Chill and serve

Arrange the kebabs on a tray or plate, and chill them for an hour before serving. These are best if served within 24 hours of preparation.

These freaky fruit kebabs can save you from Halloween candy overload
Image: Sandra Denneler/SheKnows

Originally published October 2013. Updated September 2016.

These freaky fruit kebabs can save you from Halloween candy overload
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