It is that time of year when the pumpkin fields and spiders are busy getting ready for Halloween! I guess this year I can consider myself as a Eco-friendly Halloween decorator if I just let the spiders do what they do … so no decorations this year because the spiders are extra festive. Yikes!
I love visiting the pumpkin fields just down the way. So many varieties, shapes, colors and sizes! I live on a small island just across the Puget Sound from Seattle. It is a quaint island of about 20 thousand people and most holidays are celebrated in full costume and decorations. Most holidays we meet “in town” and have some sort of event to celebrate the occasion. Halloween is especially fun to see the kids young and old, dress up and trick or treat in and out of the shops in town. It is not the way we used to do it when I was a tot but times have changed. I actually think it is kind of cool to be in a big group of ghouls and fools to see the creative costumes.
Because things are done differently these days, I personally don’t buy the jumbo bags of candy. I would much rather make something like a festive. So today I thought I would take my walk through the pumpkin fields to find some extra inspiration. I couldn’t help but think about all the wonderful things that you can make with pumpkins: of course … pies, scones, muffins, breads, cookies and yes … candied pumpkin! I really love to roast the pumpkin seeds with olive oil and sea salt in the oven.
I realize that Halloween isn’t the same without candy!
Gluten Free Halloween Candy 2013
is the best list of my favorite
Allergen Free, Organic and Natural candies
that I like to enjoy as treats or give on Halloween.
One thing to keep in mind … Yes, it is cool to be natural !
We want Gluten Free Halloween Candy!
Surf Sweets – Organic, Natural, No Corn Syrup or GMO’s- Look for their Sour Worms in the Halloween Packs and other varieties at Whole Foods Markets!
I love their Spooky Spiders and Halloween Bag-O-Bears!
Enjoy Life Chocolate Bars
– click on this link for a discount print out – Free of gluten, dairy, soy, peanut and tree nuts and casein. Crispy Rice, Milk and Dark Chocolate variety.
– Variety of nut and dried fruit bars, 6 new flavors!
I love love love Sun Cups
made in Dark or Milk Chocolate with Sunflower seed butter, mint or caramel!
– Licorice Scotties, Sour Jelly Beans, Lavaballs and more! Always Gluten-Free, Allergen Free
Halloween Treats to make at home
candied pumpkin strips
pumpkin seeds or trail mix with dried fruit,other seeds and nuts
caramel or fudge apples
festive decorated cupcakes and cookies
glow in the dark necklace and sticks
My favorite candies from my childhood, I will admit I will enjoy on a rare occasion at the movies actually say Gluten Free!
Just to be sure I found this allergen statement on the Pez Site
I started thinking about all the lists that I see floating around on the web for Halloween. I find it hard to suggest some because most of it is so unnatural and filled with preservatives, high fructose corn syrup, soy, etc., and even though they are Gluten-Free, I don’t eat them anymore. Ok, OK … here is the good old fashioned junk candy list, that is long and updated regularly from Jane Anderson at About.com
. It includes everything from Nestle-USA, Mars, Smarties, Tootsie Roll, Hershey’s, Wrigley, Jelly Belly, Necco and more. Please be sure to read the list carefully. She has a list that is Gluten-Free and NOT Gluten-Free.
Trick or Treat …
smell my homemade Gluten Free treats …
give me something “good for me” to eat!