The leaves are crunching under your feet, the air has gotten cooler, and the nights are longer. We once again find ourselves approaching Halloween. This is one of my favorite holidays. There is no worry about buying the perfect present or hosting people for a fabulous dinner. Halloween gives children and adults permission to dress up and have fun. If you or your child has celiac disease, you too can still enjoy this holiday! There are so many different types of gluten-free candy and Halloween treats we can enjoy.
Beyond Celiac updates a list each year of gluten-free candy. When my children were younger they knew they couldn't eat their candy from trick-or-treating until we got home and checked it. When they got home we would sort the candy to make sure it all looked safe. Then we would make a pile of gluten-free and "glutenous" candy, as we call it in our house. We made a game of learning and reading the candy packages to find out what was and was not gluten-free. My daughters would often trade, so my youngest could have the gluten-free candy. We also kept a bag or two in the house of her favorite gluten-free candy. So we could replace candy she couldn't have with the safe candy we knew she loved.
If you are attending or hosting a Halloween party I have some great gluten-free treat ideas for you. Pictured above is Ghost S'mores dip. This is made with ghost-shaped Peeps. All you need to do is make sure you have gluten-free graham crackers to eat it with and you are all set. This is great for this time of year when it might be a bit too cold to be outside making traditional s'mores.
Candy Corn Pretzel Hugs are so easy to make! I used Snyder's gluten-free pretzels. The first step is to line a baking tray with parchment paper and lay out all your pretzels. Then you place one Hershey's Hug on top of each pretzel. Place the tray in the oven at 200 degrees for four minutes. When you take them out of the oven add your gluten-free candy corn on top. I used Jelly Belly brand candy corn. The kids LOVE them!
Pictured above are the Candy Corn Jello cups. I love that these look so festive! There are lots of easy recipes online. Just search for gluten-free candy corn jello cups. Just remember that each layer of jello must sit in the refrigerator for three hours. So make sure you give yourself plenty of time. This is not something that can be rushed.
I highly recommend trying Gluten-free on a Shoestring's recipe for Apple Cider Donuts. They are amazing! You bake the donuts rather than fry them, which I prefer. The recipe is easy and calls for common ingredients that most of us would have on hand. I like to eat them just a few minutes after they come out of the oven. So, if you are making them for a party, you might want to make them just before you plan on eating them.
See, a gluten-free Halloween isn't so spooky after all! I hope this helps give you some ideas for Halloween. What are your favorite Halloween recipes?