Frankenstein Kiwis – (Another!) Healthy Halloween Treat

~ These Franken-kiwis are an easy, really cute, healthy Halloween treat! And so fun to make – like yummy little Halloween craft projects! They’re perfect for Halloween fruit trays, fun after-school snacks, and as edible Halloween party decorations! ~

This Recipe Is:     Ready in 30 Minutes or Less    Includes Make-Ahead Steps    Vegetarian  

Frankenstein Kiwis Recipe – (Another!) Healthy Halloween Treat {}A couple of weeks ago, on a lazy Sunday, I threw a little (pre-) Halloween party.

The key word here is little … it was just my daughter and me! (Isn’t it seriously the best when your tiny babies begin to grow up into real, whole, independent people … and it turns out that, not only do you love them beyond belief, but you also really like the people they’ve become and totally enjoy hanging out with them?!? Yay – score one for parenthood! 😀 )

So anyway … this two-person party …

I’d just finished my mad-scientist experiments with Apple Mummies (a raging success, so I was feeling highly motivated and adventuresome!).

Frankenstein Kiwis Recipe – (Another!) Healthy Halloween Treat {}As I peered in the vegetable crisper (oooooh … the possibilities …) and the fruit drawer (even more possibilities there!), I knew just the person to join me in my Halloween-foodie-experimentations (aka my party). My daughter is amazingly creative, so I figured that if she couldn’t help me turn fruits and veggies into monstrously spook-tacular eats … well, probably nobody could!

We started the festivities by cutting up some leftover Apple Mummy apples and dipping them in Sugared-Vanilla Fruit Dip and Peanut Butter Silk Pie Dip. Mmmmmmm … every party should begin with good munchies!

And then we were ready to really get our Halloween-party-meets-mad-scientist-laboratory going!

Frankenstein Kiwis Recipe – (Another!) Healthy Halloween Treat {}

After you’ve cut one end off your kiwi so your little monster will sit flat, use a vegetable peeler to remove the fuzzy skin from about the bottom two-thirds of the kiwi. As you get near the top, pull the skin away in little jaggedy bits, so that it looks like Frankenstein’s spooki-liciously messy hairdo!

While she carved fruit and turned tiny tomatoes into spiders, I poked around in the fridge, hoping to find even one limp stalk of celery. I could just imagine that celery (being green, ya know) could somehow become Frankenstein’s monster.

Sadly, no celery.

Hmmmmmmm …

Frankenstein Kiwis Recipe – (Another!) Healthy Halloween Treat {}But wait! Also green … a kiwi! Ok – I’d work with that!

My first problem was what to use for hair. What would I use??? (Please don’t laugh at me. I really and truly thought about that for a moment.)

Oh, right (slaps forehead)! Kiwis come with hair!

Once I’d worked through that little mental hurdle, the rest was a breeze! I’ve pretty much always got some pretzel sticks milling around in the pantry. Perfect! And, those mini chocolate chips and dried wild blueberries I’d used for mummy eyeballs looked like they’d work perfectly for my little Frankensteins, too! In a couple minutes flat, I had a Franken-kiwi!

Frankenstein Kiwis Recipe – (Another!) Healthy Halloween Treat {}

And thus, our little party progressed, as my daughter and I gleefully raided the fridge and tried all sorts of Halloween-inspired snack creations (some more successful than others). By the time our other late-arriving partygoers showed up (that would be my son … remember, it was a small party!), we had cute, healthy monsters and ghosties galore!

And yeah – thanks to that fun little afternoon hanging with my daughter in the kitchen, I’ve got a few more Halloween treats to share with you, too! As in, you might want to check back this Thursday … and again next Halloween …  and maybe even the year after that …

Frankenstein Kiwis Recipe – (Another!) Healthy Halloween Treat {}

If you’re hunting down more healthy, adorable, and terrifyingly delicious Halloween ideas, you’ve gotta check out our 17 Spook-tacular, Healthy Halloween Treats, Snacks and Beverages, featuring some of the best Halloween ideas we’ve seen from top bloggers across the blogosphere. Plus, you definitely have to try our Apple Mummies, Apple Monsters, and Ghostly Halloween Fruit Dip … totally darling and so easy, I promise!

And, for even more inspiration, there’s our Healthy Halloween Recipes board on Pinterest!

THK Halloween Pinterest

Hope all your Halloween parties are a smashing success, and all your tiny goblins enjoy at least a few healthy treats in between those gummy bears and candy bars!

THK By Shelley

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Frankenstein Kiwis – (Another!) Healthy Halloween Treat

Preparation 7 min. 2017-08-17T00:07:00+00:00 Cook Time 0 min. 2017-08-17T00:00:00+00:00
Serves 1 kiwi will make 1 Frankenstein     adjust servings


  • Kiwi
  • Pretzel sticks (and thicker "dipping sticks" if desired)
  • Mini chocolate chips or dried wild blueberries


  1. Slice one end off each kiwi, so the kiwi sits upright and flat.
  2. Beginning at the cut end of the kiwi, use a vegetable peeler to remove some of the kiwi's fuzzy skin. As you get toward the top third of the kiwi, pull the skin away in little jagged bits so that the skin remaining at the top of the kiwi will look like messy Frankenstein hair.
  3. For the mouth: Break a pretzel stick into a small piece (roughly about ½" to ¾" long), and gently push that piece lengthwise into your kiwi to make a mouth.
  4. For the bolts: Break another pretzel stick (or a thicker pretzel "dipping stick") so you have two end pieces that are each about ½" long. Shove those into your kiwi (broken end first), one low on each side of your kiwi, to form the bolts in your Frankenstein's neck.
  5. For the eyes: Use two chocolate chips or two dried wild blueberries for eyes, gently pushing each into position above the pretzel mouth.


Recipe Notes

Make ahead: These Franken-kiwis stay fresh-looking for several hours if kept in the fridge, all except for the pretzel components, which start to get just a little soggy after an hour or two. So, if you'd like to make these ahead of time (for a fruit tray, Halloween party platter, etc.), we recommend that you wait to add the mouth and bolts to your Frankensteins until closer to party time.

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Our Frankenstein Kiwis recipe has been mentioned or featured in:
Not a Trick: 15 Healthy and Adorable Halloween Treats at PopSugar
The 10 Cleanest, Cutest Halloween Treats You’ll DIY This Fall at Eat Clean
Frankenstein Luminaries for Halloween at Crafts by Amanda
Frankenstein Kiwi at Fun Family Crafts
15 Fun & Healthy Foods to Make for Halloween at Natural Healthy Concepts
Fun Halloween Treats for Kids at Double the Batch
15 Fang-tastic Healthy Halloween Snacks at The Mommy Mix
Happy Healthy Halloween: The Trick to Eating Halloween Treats at Health Boosters by Withings
Halloween Party Ideas for Kids at Organizing Moms
Monster-Approved Breakfasts Your Kids Will Love at Momtastic
10 Healthy Halloween Treats to Keep You and Your Kids Happy at Stone Naturopathic
30 Healthy Halloween Snacks for Kids at Study at Home Mama
14 Healthy Halloween Treats for Tiny Terrors at Mum’s Grapevine
Healthy Kiwi Recipes at Little Family Adventure
Healthy Halloween Treat Ideas at Detoxinista
Saturday Night Fever #57: Halloween Party Treats (featured recipe) at Petite Allergy Treats
Healthy Halloween Snacks at K6 Wellness
20 Spooky Fruity Snacks For A Healthier Halloween at Mamabee

Frankenstein Kiwis Recipe – (Another!) Healthy Halloween Treat {}

Frankenstein Kiwis Recipe – (Another!) Healthy Halloween Treat {}


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  12. Hi there,

    You have such an awesome site! It’s so great for awesome recipes that are delicious and simple.
    I’m Shelby Foley, a writer and photographer for Spoon University, and I’m writing a story about Halloween snacks. If it’s okay with you, I’d love to use your photos in the article and of course give you proper photo credit.

    If you could let me know, that would be great.

    Thanks so much ahead of time,

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  14. I’m the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured your awesome Frankenstein kiwi treat! If you have other kid-friendly craft tutorials, we’d love it if you would submit them. Thanks for a great project idea!

    • Thank you so much for featuring these Halloween treats on your site! We’re just thrilled that you loved them so much, and excited for your readers to have fun making this edible craft with their kiddos … and sharing a healthier Halloween treat together! Happy Halloween! 😀 ~G&S

    • Wow, Christina! Thank you so much for such a really wonderful, supportive comment! Especially around the holidays (including Halloween), it can be so hard to offer up treats that the kids will find to be an alluring substitute for all that processed sugar, sugar, sugar. Here at THK, we try so hard to keep things simple for busy parents, while still offering inspiration for foods that parents can feel better about sharing with their kiddos – an alternative to at least some of the candy and processed junk foods. We’re just thrilled that our idea resonated with you! Have fun creating! And Happy Halloween! 😀 ~G&S

    • Awwwww … thanks so much, Julie! You guys will definitely get a kick out of these! They’re such a fun edible craft … and so much better than typical Halloween treats (especially for fueling your kiddos up before cross country 😀 )! Thanks for the pin, too! Happy, healthy Halloween! ~Shelley

    • Thank you for your sweet words, Vanessa! We’re so happy these little Franken-kiwis brought a smile to your face! 😀

      Gotta ask – where they a hit with your little one?? Our kids just love these! In fact, after we photographed these at Gretchen’s house, her youngest came home and couldn’t stop ‘ooohhhhing’ and ‘aaawwwwing’ over how cute these little guys were! She just loved ’em! (And we were thrilled to have a super healthy snack on hand!)

      Happy Halloween!! ~G&S

    • It’s ok, it’s ok … the answer was totally RIGHT there! (These Frankensteins come with hair!) It deserves a good laugh!

      It’s so fun to just play in the kitchen! Ya never know what creations will come! 🙂 ~G&S

    • Thank you, Dannii! 😀 We can’t get enough of these funny faces! They are so fast to make (ya know, since they come with their own hair, and all! Lol!) and the kids just love to march them around the plate before they snack! Everyone’s happy!! 😀 ~G&S

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