Enjoy Halloween and Fall Traditions Gluten-Free Style

Ooey-Gooey Rocky Road Bars
Ooey-Gooey Rocky Road Bars

October brings cooler weather and gorgeous Fall colors for most of us. It also brings worry to many parents of gluten-free kids. The simple act of Trick-or-Treating can be a mine field for kids who can’t eat gluten. If you or your kids need to avoid gluten or other allergens, check out this comprehensive allergen candy list from Alison at Sure Foods Living. It appears from this extensive list, that most of my favorite candy (from my own Trick-or-Treating days) is actually gluten-free!

Caramel apples are a definite Fall treat and they’re actually pretty easy to make. Here is a recipe that looks delicious and simple enough for the kids to help with. I prefer candied apples and they are also gluten-free. It’s probably been 20 years since I’ve had one of these so maybe I’ll buy a candy thermometer and make my own one fo these days. When you find candied apples in specialty stores, they might be gluten-free but they are generally full of things I can’t pronounce.

If making old fashioned popcorn balls is a part of your Fall traditions, this recipe is gluten-free, nut-free and dairy-free! In my Trick-or-Treat years, popcorn balls were a special Halloween treat we looked forward to each year from a family friend of ours. We lived in a tiny town in the panhandle of Florida but for some reason, we drove around to  friends homes instead of walking around our own neighborhood. Now that I think about it, that wasn’t a very “green” way to Trick-or-treat.

At our house we give out only gluten-free candy just in case some of the kids that get it can’t have gluten. We also give out a gluten-free, nut free and dairy free item. We’re not sure why, but some years we almost run out of candy and others we have only five or so groups of costumed goblins stop by. In those cases we have to give the candy away at my husband’s office.  Just because it’s gluten-free doesn’t mean I need to eat it all myself!

Over the weekend we attended a party where hot mulled cider was served. It was wonderful and naturally gluten-free. Here is a recipe to make your own from Recipe Zaar. They actually have over 25 gluten-free Halloween recipes over there! That website never disappoints and it even has a gluten-free funnel cake recipe – did you every try making them? They are much easier to make than you’d think!

Carol over at Harris Whole Health has some great Halloween tips and the NFCA has a wonderful downloadable form for parents to print, fill in the blanks and hand out to teachers or other adults that might be in a position to feed their kids during this festive time of year.

Everyone knows that Betty Crocker introduced four gluten-free dessert mixes this summer but did you know that the company is creating quite the gluten-free dessert recipe collection on their website? These Ooey Gooey Rocky Road Bars look sinfully good! For a holiday twist on cookies, try this Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe!

Special thanks to Allison and Carol and the rest of the gluten-free bloggers, for helping us all enjoy the Fall season and Halloween treats in gluten-free style!

2 thoughts on “Enjoy Halloween and Fall Traditions Gluten-Free Style”

  1. Alison – What I love about your list is that it can be trusted and you’re not spreading myths about ‘flour on the chocolate lines at Hershey’s’ or other incorrect info. Also, you cover more than gluten in your list which is great for parents of kids with more than one food intolerance. Thanks for the thorough work!

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