It’s that time of year. The leaves are changing. The air is cooling. And all around us porches are filling with hay bales and jack-o-lanterns.
It’s a magical time, Halloween. But the scariest part of this spooktacular holiday shouldn’t be whether or not the treats you eat will make you sick.
So, how to have a happy Halloween… and enjoy the food too? We’re armed with an arsenal of seasonal recipes and a few tips that can definitely help:
Treats, No Tricks
Every year an updated list of verified gluten-free candies comes out. It’s reliable, but if you’re interested in forging your own candy trail, try making your own sweets at home. Not only can you be sure it’s safe to eat, but it’s probably much healthier too.
Our own Halloween Pinterest board is packed with tons of charming themed recipes. Like this one for vegan Rocky Road Bars. Delish! If you’re trying to impress, Elana’s Pantry has a Chocolate Pumpkin Chiffon Pudding that adults and kiddos alike will love.
If you’re in need of a larger scale treat, we love the idea of a make-your-own dessert pizza party! Grab a few bags of our ready-to-eat gluten-free flatbread (plain flavor) and pile them high with your choice of spooky toppings, like Nutella and gummy worms. Need other ideas? This Pinterest page is well stocked with lots of sweet pizza inspiration.
Quick tip: this holiday can be tough for kids, since class parties and events aren’t always the safest places for them to be consuming foods. This can lead to them feeling left out or deprived. One way to make the holiday a little easier is to put the emphasis on the costume rather than the candy. Go big! Or, if sweets can’t be taken off the table completely, make your own batch of gluten-free treats at home to take to school and share, as long as your little one (and their teacher) understands they may not be able to eat the sweets other kids bring in.
Head To The Party Prepared
Drinks are also a pretty standard feature at any frightening fete. If you’re worried that the cocktails or mocktails being served up at the party you’re attending might contain gluten (if there are commercial flavored alcohols involved, there’s a good chance this is true) prepare your own beverage in advance (thermoses are a good look). Or, simply take the reins and throw a shindig yourself (you party animal, you).
If spirits are to your liking (and we don’t mean the Ouija board variety) then give some of these clever celiac-friendly cocktail recipes a try. One of our favorites? The “Bleeding Heart Martini”:
- 2 oz. dry vermouth
- 8 oz. gin
- 4 baby pickled beets, skewered
Chill 4 martini glasses in the freezer. Add the vermouth, dividing evenly; swirl to coat the glasses, then pour out. Add gin to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously; divide among chilled glasses. Garnish each with a skewered pickled baby beet, and serve immediately.
Spooky, right? There are of course some great non-alcoholic ideas as well, and many cocktails can easily be so through substitution or by leaving the hard stuff out altogether.
Enjoy your fright-fest, friends! As always, we welcome any other tricks, treats, or inspiration you have in the comments below.