2011 Allergy Friendly Hallowe’en Party

Our Allergy Friendly Pre-Hallowe’en Party was ‘Spooktacular’!

table with dairy, egg and peanut/tree nut free sugar ghost cookies on a stick and chocolate sandwich cookies, dairy free caramal corn, dairy and egg free chocolate cupcakes with dairy free vanilla icing, roasted pumpkin and squash seeds

I put together an assortment of goodies and treats for my neighbourhood ‘taste testers’ to sample….and sample they did! Hope it didn’t spoil anyone’s dinner!

Goodies included:

Dairy, Egg and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate Cupcakes topped with Dairy Free Vanilla Icing and Surf Sweets Gummy Worms.

dairy, egg, peanut/tree nut free chocolate cupcakes with dairy free vanilla icing and a surf sweets gummy worm on top

Michael loved these the best! It’s my Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate Cake recipe halved. The cupcakes are baked at 350 F for 20-25 min. My Dairy Free Vanilla Icing tops them off.

Dairy Free Caramel Corn, recipe from Speedbump Kitchen.

bowl of dairy free caramal corn

This is the first time I have ever made Caramel Corn. Very easy to make. It takes a bit of time, but the looks on the kids faces as they ate it was all worth it.

Roasted Pumpkin and Squash Seeds, recipe from The Toronto Star by Jennifer Bain (Food Editor).

roasted pumpkin and squash seeds in a dish

Every year I like to roast pumpkin seeds saved from carving the pumpkins. Michael and I love them. Last year, I experimented by roasting seeds from Acorn and Butternut Squash with great success. I like that there is no waste as I also roast the squash.

For this recipe, I used a Pie Pumpkin’s seeds to roast.  I cooked the peeled and chopped pumpkin in boiling water until tender. Mashed the cooked pumpkin and stored it in a covered container in the refrigerator.

I am in the process of choosing a recipe to use it in: Healthy Pumpkin Muffins or Pumpkin Bundt cake? Please let me know in the comments below.

Dairy, Egg and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate Bat, Cat and Owl Sandwich Cookies recipe adapted from Everyday Food Magazine.

dairy, egg and peanut/tree nut free chocolate bat, cat and owl sandwich cookies on a plate Dairy, Egg and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Ghost Sugar Cookies on a stick.

dairy, egg and peanut/tree nut free sugar cookies on a stick I will be posting a step by step recipe for the Dairy, Egg and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Sugar Cookies on Friday. Click here for the recipe.

Candies included:

Gimbal’s Jelly Beans,Yummy Earth’s lollipops and candy drops Twizzler’s Black Licorice, and Maple Sugar Candy.

Twizzlers black licorice, gimbal's jelly beans, maple sugar candy and yummy earth lollipops and candy drops for hallowe'en party

All the kids, except Matthew, were enchanted by Gimbal’s Jelly Beans with 41 flavours. They loved trying to figure out what jelly bean they had from the flavour guide on the original container. Buttered Popcorn and Cinnamon were among the unpopular flavours. All the fruity ones were the top picks.

Rockets and Yummy Earth Gummy Bears in individual packets.

rockets and yummy earth gummy bears in individual packets for hallowe'en party

Michael made up some Five Alive and snipped both ends of Twizzler’s Black Licorice for straws. They look better than they actually work!

five alive in a pitcher with glasses with twizzler's black licorice as straws

I found these great containers and napkins at a dollar store. The kids were able to take home a few goodies in them.

hallowe'en candies, gimbals jelly beans,yummy earth lollipops, candy drops and gummy bears, rockets and maple sugar candy in a take home container from hallowe'en party

The kids all liked the idea of having a Hallowe’en Party next year. Ideas included wearing orange and black, playing spooky music and perhaps watching a Hallowe’en movie (not a scary one!). There is a whole year to think about it…

Tip: Once in a while, I will find Yummy Earth and Gimbal’s candies at Home Sense. Our Foodland is now selling small packages of Yummy Earth lollipops and I have found Surf Sweets candies at my local FeelGood Natural Health Store.

Always CHECK INGREDIENTS each time you purchase products.