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Easy gluten free homemade Halloween treats are every parents dream! We all get to express our creativity at Halloween with pumpkins, costumes and spooky decorations.

Halloween food ideas are unlimited too but as the day gets closer, quick and easy treats are what we want.

In this post I’m sharing eight treats that are so easy you can make them by looking at the pictures. I’ve got some variations you can try and a few tips to help you out.

Here are the eight treats we made at the Kids Virtual Halloween Party cooking class:

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Oreo MummiesOreo Bats 3 ways
Rice Krispie MonstersPretzel Stick Ghosts
Witch’s BroomsticksMarshmallow Monsters
Cookie SpidersMarshmallow Pops

How To Buy Safe Gluten Free Halloween Candy

You need to start with safe gluten free candy so if this is news for you here’s what you need to know.

  • The gluten free options change every year so you always need the newest list.
  • Manufacturers make special shapes and sizes for many occasions, some are gluten free and some aren’t.
  • Treats sold in Canada and the US often differ.
  • Gluten free kids have lots of options and experienced parents have figured out how to navigate Halloween. Ask questions or look for ideas that others share around the holiday.
  • The Canadian Celiac Association publishes a new list each year: Gluten-Free Halloween Candy Guide 2022.
  • Allergic Living publishes a list, The 2022 Candy & Treats List. This website includes content for people with celiac disease and wheat allergy as well as the Top Allergens. Bookmark it!
  • Our favourite celiac dietitian, Selena Devries, shares her Canada Gluten Free Halloween Candy list plus videos shopping for candy on her Instagram account at celiac_dietitian. Find her and follow her.

Virtual Meetups

I’ve learned a thing or two about virtual cooking class in the last few years. You can have your own virtual party as a fun way to connect with far away friends, cousins or grandparents.

Best tips are make it short and choose easy treats to assemble. It’s sort of like everyone having their own party at their own house, but you’re sharing time with people you care about.

In a formal cooking class we made four treats is one hour.

2021 Treats – Oreo Mummies, Rice Krispie Monsters, Witch’s Brooms and Cookie Spiders

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Oreo Mummies

Use brand name gluten free Oreos, Kinnickinick K-Toos or any dark coloured cookie. I made butter icing from the recipe on the bag of icing sugar and showed the kids how to use slight pressure to squeeze the bag while going back and forth across the cookie wrapping it like a mummy.

Some kitchens had colourful candy eyes in various sizes. I couldn’t find them so I added icing eyeballs with a mini chocolate chip pupil. Reeses Pieces make big, colourful eyes too.

Rice Krispie Monsters

This requires making old fashioned Rice Krispie squares with a gluten free rice cereal. If there’s no recipe inside the cereal box use this one from my Rice Krispie ‘Smores. Omit the graham crumbs and you have the original recipe.

I used a 9-inch x 13-inch pan and made rectangles by cutting 3 rows one way and 7 the other for 21 potential monsters.

Tips for melting chocolate

Chocolate can easily burn in the microwave so follow these tips.

  • Place chocolate in a small bowl and fill it quite full.
  • Microwave on full power for one minute. Remove and stir continuously watching as the chocolate melts.
  • Microwave another 30 seconds only if needed.

We dipped the pieces into melted chocolate about a third of the way, laid them on parchment paper and quickly added eyes or decorations before the chocolate hardened. Volia!

Witch’s Broomsticks

This one is for the youngest kids. Turn a mini peanut butter cup upside down. Use a pretzel to make the broom handle and twirl it as you gently push it into the peanut butter cup. A dab of melted chocolate will harden and hold the broom handle in place best. Icing or peanut butter also work for this.

Cookie Spiders

Our Cookie Spiders had an Oreo body with legs of Fruit To Go strips or pretzel sticks. Layken used gummy worms for her spider legs and they looked awesome!

I liked the colourful Reese’s Pieces for eyes and fixed them to the body at a slight angle using icing. All the spiders looked a bit different and that’s always part of the fun!

2022 Treats – Oreo Bats, Pretzel Stick Ghosts, Marshmallow Monster and Marshmallow Pops

These are the four treats we made this week and they’re sitting on my counter right now.

Oreo Bats 3 Ways

  • Split the cookie leaving all the filling on one side. Break one wafer piece in half and fashion the two pieces at a bit of an angle for wings. Add some eyes and you’ve got a bat.
  • Take a single cookie wafer and break it in half for wings. Using a peanut butter cup as a body dab melted chocolate on it to attach the wings to the body. I used extra peanut butter cups to hold my wings in place while the chocolate dried.
  • Make an Oreo Bat Pop by pushing a straw or popsicle stick between a whole Oreo. Break a single wafer in half and attach them under the cookie at an angle for wings. You can do this with some Oreo filling, peanut butter or melted chocolate. Add eyes for the finishing touch.

Pretzel Stick Ghosts

Dip pretzel sticks in any colour of melted chocolate. Lay them on a piece of parchment and add an eye before it hardens.

Marshmallow Pops and Monsters

I used short straws for the sticks in these marshmallows and lined them up to make four at a time. Before I melted the chocolate I had small dishes with different sprinkles and eye balls all ready to go.

Use one to four different colours depending on your crowd. I was demonstrating so I had four bowls of melted chocolate/candy melts; white, orange, green and purple. I had an idea in my head of what I was going to do and started dipping marshmallows one at a time.

Be ready to add candy sprinkles right away. If the eyes start to slip down the marshmallow either wait for the chocolate to harden slightly or came back and add them on later using a dab of chocolate.

Creating a display is just as much fun as making the treats for some people (like me). Stand up Marshmallow Pops in an array of glasses and vases and fill them with candy. I laid some of the Marshmallow Monsters on a colourful plate and left some upside down the way I made them.

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Rice Krispie Monsters are an easy gluten free homemade Halloween treat!
Gluten Free Rice Krispie Monsters

Get Set For Decorating Projects

The hardest part of so many kitchen projects is having the right supplies. Making sure they’re safe for a gluten free diet is the extra work we’re all used to.

My best tip is to create a bucket for decorating supplies. Think of all the holidays in a year and just go for it! Many Halloween supplies are out of stock but if you look you’ll still find some.

I recommend buying a few kinds of colourful candy sprinkles, coloured candy melts and some googly eyes. At Halloween everything looks ghoulish when you add those eyes! Christmas is right around the corner so get red and green sprinkles too.

That’s it for my eight easy gluten free homemade Halloween treats! If you make any of them let me know how they turned out in the comments below. If you send me pictures I’ll post them.

Originally posted October 2021, updated October 2022.

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