Halloween on GAPS

So, how do you celebrate a holiday that is completely centered around candy that you can't have??


Luckily, my kiddos are young enough (3 1/2 years old and 22 months old) that they are easily pleased and actually probably don't even know what candy is because they've really never had any. But, I still want them to have the excitement and fun that comes from getting treats on this holiday. It is so culturally ingrained in us, that it's hard to avoid it. 

Here are some of my solutions for keeping my kids excited during Halloween and all of the festivities that go along with it:

  1. Homemade Marshmallows: This recipe was so easy to make. I doubled it and it made a lot! My 22 month old got two small squares and was in heaven. My 3 1/2 year old didn't like them...I am pretty sure it was a texture issue. I think they would be delicious in hot chocolate! They keep for several weeks so unfortunately, they're on my counter staring me down every time I walk by. I told the kids that they were "scary ghost" treats.
  2. Fruit: Since we have not had hardly any fruit since beginning GAPS (my children aren't handling it very well, so when they do have it, it is only a couple of times a week if that and served in very small amounts), fruit might as well be considered candy. We went to a church trunk-or-treat on Friday night (bringing this chili and these muffins) and I put a crisp, yummy apple in each of their trick-or-treating bag. They were in HEAVEN. And it was easy on me because they didn't even do the trunk-or-treat...they weren't interested and would have rather sat and handed out treats to the other kids (and munched on mommy's "candy").
  3. Fruit Leather: This is what we chose to hand out at our church trunk-or-treat. I couldn't bring myself to hand out candy that I wouldn't want my kids to eat if they could. Each of the kids got one fruit leather (purchased at Costco), even though they are not technically GAPS-legal. The kids were extremely pleased and luckily, I have not noticed any ill effects even though they did consume more sugar (albeit natural) than they have in a long time. 
  4. Candied nuts: I want to make this recipe to send for my son's preschool Halloween party tomorrow, since once more, he will be faced with lots of treats he can't have. He really loves almonds and cinnamon, so I know he'll love these (as will I). I will use honey instead of white sugar. My daughter cannot tolerate almonds, so these will have to be kept out of her sight so she doesn't feel badly.
  5. Cupcakes: My son has a cake walk at his Halloween party tomorrow, so I will be sending one of these cupcakes along so he isn't left out. I actually made a batch of these a few weeks ago and stuck them in the freezer so we could pull them out when the baby is born. I thought we'd sing Happy Birthday to the baby and welcome it into the family.
Here is a little roundup of treats I've seen around the web that I'd make if we could eat them or if I had time:


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So what is your take on Halloween? Do you "allow" traditional candy and if so, how much? Do you do every activity? I think participating in the trunk-or-treat and doing a preschool party is enough, but my hubby thinks we should also take the kids trick-or-treating because "that's what Halloween is all about." I beg to differ because they are too young to care and don't want yet another activity where I have to say to my children "Sorry kids, you can't have that." What do you do?

Update: I made the peppermint patties...not nearly as pretty as the picture, but YUM! They are so good and remind me of Junior Mints which I always loved.