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Date added: 10/29/2016 5 Ways to Enjoy a Gluten Free Halloween


With Halloween right around corner, don’t let a gluten intolerance keep you from all the fun. Learning that my four children were gluten free made the holidays much more challenging. Whether you have a house full of kids or just want to enjoy some time with friends, these tips will help you enjoy a gluten free Halloween:   

            1. Carve or decorate a pumpkin

Pumpkin carving is an old tradition. Bring out your inner crafty side to see what you can create. Have a contest with your family or friends to see who reigns supreme. Use your imagination and display your creation for all your neighbors to see. Don't want to try your hand at carving? Pumkin painting can be just as fun and creative without all the mess. 

            2.   Bake a sweet gluten free Halloween treat

Try baking a sweet treat! Many fall favorites can be made gluten free such as roasted pumpkin seeds,
            apple snickerdoodle cookies or pumpkin spice cupcakes. See the recipe below for Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes:

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

1 cup pure pumpkin puree               1/3 cup vegan mayonnaise
            1/3 cup sugar                                    1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
            ¼ cup rice (or dairy-free) milk         1 tablespoon maple syrup

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract        1¼ cups good-quality all-purpose gluten-free flour blend
1 teaspoon baking powder                ½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon kosher salt                      1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg   1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12-cup standard muffin tin with paper liners.
Whisk together the pumpkin purée, vegan mayonnaise, sugar, brown sugar, rice milk, maple syrup and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and whisk until fully combined.

Divide the batter evenly among the prepared muffin cups, filling about 2/3 full. Bake for 18-22 minutes, or until the tops of the cupcakes feel firm and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to finish cooling.

3.  Pass out gluten free candy
“Trick or Treat, Give me something Gluten Free to Eat” This year, pass out gluten free
  candy to all the little pumpkins who stop by your house. Reference the 2016 Halloween
  gluten free treat list for all your candy needs:


            4.      Take a trip to a local corn maze or pumpkin patch

            There is nothing better than spending a cool fall day outside exploring all that
            Halloween has to offer. Simply take a trip through a local corn maze or go pick out

some pumpkins to decorate your porch. Don’t forget to bring along some of your favorite
gluten free treats 
to snack on while you’re there.


            5.     Have a scary movie marathon

Invite over some friends and spend your Halloween enjoying scary movies all day. Go ahead
            and pass around your homemade gluten free Halloween treats for all your family and friends to enjoy.

            What are your favorite Halloween traditions?



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