Halloween with Food Allergies and Fun Recipes!

| October 14, 2013 | 14 Comments
Witch's Brew

Witch’s Brew

Halloween is a magical time of year, where everyone gets to be a kid, dress up in fun costumes, decorate the front porch with ghouls, witches and goblins, and best of all gorge on large amounts of candy and chocolate.  Growing up, my mother used to come home early on Halloween and we always made candy apples before going trick or treating.  I have such good memories of that tradition that I wanted to build similar traditions for my children.

In my opinion, Halloween is the worst holiday for food allergies.  It is a day built around food, so it’s hard when your kids can’t participate in the same manner as everyone else.  We had to devise some rules to make trick or treating safe for the kids:

  • An adult always accompanies them.
  • Nothing comes out of the bag until one of us goes through it at home.
  • If someone is giving out nuts or homemade goodies, just say no thank you.

Once at home, we go through the candy and usually end up with a bowl full that passes the test for each child.  It is all very clinical and a bit of a killjoy.  I wanted to bring some of the fun back to the holiday, so I started creating spooky dinners when the kids were small.

I always make a fabulous vintage-looking menu that describes the horrors coming to their plates.  I take a piece of paper and hand write the menu in very fancy cursive.  Then I dye it with tea, and burn the edges. I make one for each child.  The menu changes, but some of the things I make are:

  • Bat wings – teriyaki chicken wings, as dark as I can make them.
  • Witches fingers – cheese strings moulded into fingers, with red pepper nails.
  • Witch’s brew + eyeballs – cranberry or grape juice with peeled grapes floating around.
  • Ghastly apparitions – ghost-shaped mounds of mashed potatoes, with bits of black olive for eyes.

Graveyard Surprise!

The grand finale is always graveyard surprise (chocolate pudding, oreo crumb layer on top, two gummy worms dangling down).  This is topped with a gravestone personalized for each kid.  I usually make up a silly or funny name to inscribe.

Now that the kids are older it isn’t as scary as it used to be, but we all enjoy our traditional dinner so much, I won’t stop making it until they stop giggling over the menu…

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Category: Appetizers, Desserts, Family, Food, Halloween, Recipes

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I am an active mother of two fabulous kids that make me smile every day. I love to cook old favourites and try out new recipes and never let my kids’ nut and egg allergy get in the way! I am forever dragging my husband all over town to try out the latest and greatest new spots to eat but for the most part I think he’s a willing participant. I would call myself a Foodie but then you would think I was pretentious, so I won't go there. I am an avid reader, pretty much anything I can get my hands on, anytime I can squeeze it in. (Yes that was me you saw reading while I was running on the treadmill at the gym). I love to write and share all my great finds whenever I can! Let’s eat!

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  1. Lola says:

    So fun and yummy!!! I’m sure the kids will continue this tradition with theirs!

  2. tina krauss says:

    fun ideas. last year i made green cookie dough, shaped it into fingers, and used red icing to make bloody fingernails out of almond slices.

  3. nicolthepickle says:

    Haha, that is such a cute idea. Pinterest is full of “spooky” food ideas right now.

  4. Victoria Ess says:

    I love these ideas, especially the witches brew!

  5. Emily L says:

    What great ideas! I will definitely be doing something like this once my daughter is older! 🙂

  6. Cheryl (@loucheryl) says:

    Great ideas. I just love Halloween!

  7. Darlene Wissenz says:

    I like to make up bags of microwave popcorn and a pkg of hot chocolate, I usually throw in a plastic bug just for fun

  8. kathy downey says:

    hi,this is a cute idea and will be saving for this year

  9. kathy downey says:

    Thanks for the fun ideas,Halloween will be upon us before we know it.I have seen some items in stores already

  10. kathy downey says:

    I will be making the witchs brew for sure

  11. kathy downey says:

    I did make the witchs brew it was awesome

  12. kathy downey says:

    collecting some ideas for the season,I really like the witches brew!

  13. kathy downey says:

    I am hosting the family Halloween party this year and I need all the tips I can get

  14. Debbie White Beattie says:

    You’ve got great ideas to make sure everyone has a great night because its got to suck when you’re allergic to all the fun stuff.

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