25 Gluten-Free Halloween Treats That Are So Good, It’s Scary

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Between all the pumpkin spice offerings and the Halloween candy, October is replete with sweet temptations. That said, not all the goodies are fair game for those who can't eat gluten, due to gluten sensitivity or celiac disease. Fortunately, we found a whole host of decadent gluten-free Halloween treats, so everyone can get in on the action without straying from their dietary needs. Read on for recipe ideas, plus tips from an expert on gluten-free eating in October and beyond.

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Meet the Expert

Dr. Felicia Stoler, DCN, is a registered dietitian, nutritionist and exercise physiologist. She's the author of Living Skinny in Fat Genes: The Healthy Way to Lose Weight and Feel Great and the former host of TLC's Honey, We're Killing the Kids.

little girl wearing fairy wings and eating a lollipop on halloween, next to two children in costume
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Tips for a Gluten-Free Halloween

  • Only those with celiac disease and gluten intolerances and sensitivities should go totally gluten-free. "It is not a weight loss diet," says Stoler. "There are nutrient deficiencies that may occur as a result of eating gluten-free: fiber, iron, folate, thiamine, niacin and riboflavin...Fiber is a big concern, because most people do not consume enough each day."
  • If you are avoiding gluten, don't have candies with pretzels, cookies or cakes in them. "Candy corn, [plain] chocolate bars and most candies do not contain gluten," says Stoler.
  • Read the ingredients before you buy. Some unexpected candies contain wheat, like Twizzlers, Milky Ways and Mr. Goodbars.
  • If you have young kids with gluten allergies or sensitivities, go through their candy with them before letting them dig in. This way, you can pick out any that they can't eat (and avoid a tummyache).
  • Buy gluten-free candies to hand out to trick-or-treaters so everyone can be included. Think Smarties, Swedish Fish, mini plain chocolates or even something that isn't candy. "You can always give out dried fruit!" urges Stoler.

Read on for our 25 favorite gluten-free Halloween treats to make at home.

gluten free halloween treats keto chocolate cupcakes
Hey Keto Mama

1. Keto Chocolate Cupcakes

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, keto-friendly, beginner-friendly

These almond flour cupcakes boast rich chocolate flavor and a decadent vanilla buttercream frosting that’s basically a blank canvas begging for festive decorations. (Hint: Start with some orange sprinkles and take it from there.)

gluten free halloween treats honey pumpkin caramels with toasted pepitas
Snixy Kitchen

2. Honey-Pumpkin Caramels with Toasted Pepitas

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes (plus setting time)
  • Why We Love It: make ahead, special occasion-worthy, crowd-pleaser

Make use of the seeds you saved from pumpkin carving to whip up a batch of these chewy caramels. The store-bought kind doesn’t hold a candle to 'em.

gluten free halloween treats spider web toffee bark
Broma Bakery

3. Spider Web Toffee Bark

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, <10 ingredients, crowd-pleaser

This toffee bark is basically just sugar and butter topped with obviously it’s very sweet and scary delicious.

gluten free halloween treats halloween banana popsicles
Well Plated by Erin

4. Halloween Banana Popsicles

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly, make ahead

Trick or treat? It’s hard to say, since this too-cute edible craft is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth and (gasp) it’s healthy, too. Make these with your kid and you'll win Halloween.

gluten free halloween treats frosted pumpkin cookies
Low Carb Yum

5. Gluten-Free Frosted Pumpkin Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: dairy free, keto-friendly, <30 minutes, low sugar

Pumpkin spice season only comes once a year, friends—and these cookies are one tasty way to celebrate. (BTW, these are delicious as is, but if gluten is your only concern, feel free to swap the sugar substitutes out for the real thing.)

gluten free halloween treats halloween sangria
Well Plated by Erin

6. Halloween Sangria

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours
  • Why We Love It: make ahead, no cook, beginner-friendly

Sip on this Halloween sangria when you’re handing out mini Snickers bars to the kids (and serve some to the parents if you want to be everybody’s favorite neighbor).

gluten free halloween treats keto pumpkin muffins
Hey Keto Mama

7. Keto Pumpkin Muffins

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, low carb, keto-friendly

A pumpkin-and-chocolate dessert that's wholesome enough to eat for breakfast. We’re totally on board (and suggest pairing it with a PSL).

gluten free halloween treats halloween boo bark
Sally's Baking Recipes

8. Halloween Boo Bark

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser, <10 ingredients, special occasion-worthy, make ahead

Attention chocolate lovers: This bark is so easy to make, and the decorating component is really just an invitation to go wild with Halloween candy.

gluten free halloween treats pumpkin cake with salted caramel frosting
Snixy Kitchen

9. Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, gluten free, special occasion-worthy

Moist and fluffy pumpkin cake, sinfully sweet caramel frosting and a drizzle of homemade caramel sauce for good measure—suffice it to say, this is one bewitching baked good.

gluten free halloween treats homemade caramel apples
Sally's Baking Recipes

10. Homemade Caramel Apples

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, kid-friendly, make ahead, crowd-pleaser

Why go bobbing for apples (because ew) when you could just bite into a crisp piece of seasonal fruit drenched in salted caramel instead?

gluten free halloween treats 5 ingredient chocolate coconut butter cups
The Minimalist Baker

11. 5-Ingredient Chocolate Coconut Butter Cups

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, make ahead, vegan

Here, a plant-based dessert that’s sure to impress. Indeed, this cup of chocolate and coconut cream gives both Reese's and Almond Joys a serious run for their money.

gluten free halloween treats matcha cheesecake frankensteins
Snixy Kitchen

12. Gluten-Free Matcha Cheesecake Frankensteins

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours and 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: no bake, special occasion-worthy, crowd-pleaser, make ahead

Complete with black sesame icing. These no-bake cheesecake bars are a breeze to make, and you don’t even need any artistic skill to achieve the festive Frankenstein look. In other words, it’s a no-brainer.

gluten free halloween treats hot chocolate del diablo
Broma Bakery

13. Hot Chocolate del Diablo

  • Time Commitment: 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, one pot, special occasion-worthy, <10 ingredients

A boozy hot chocolate with the flavors of cinnamon, chile peppers and Arabica coffee—who knew the dark side would feel so warm and fuzzy?

gluten free halloween treats apple cider caramels
Saving Room For Dessert

14. Apple Cider Caramels

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: make ahead, kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser, <10 ingredients

Tangy apple cider is the secret ingredient that prevents these rich-tasting and pleasantly soft caramels from being sickly sweet. They're prime for Halloween party goodie bags.

gluten free halloween treats tahini scotcheroos
Plays Well With Butter

15. Tahini Scotcheroos

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, <10 ingredients, kid-friendly

A reimagined classic for the books. Yes, we know you’re wondering what tahini is doing in a dessert, but trust us—it’s a fine substitute for peanut butter in this no-bake, chocolate-and-crisped-rice treat.

gluten free halloween treats rich and easy nutella mousse
Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

16. Rich and Easy Nutella Mousse

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, special occasion-worthy, crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly

It’s never a bad idea to reach for the Nutella—but this time, put down your spoon. Instead, use the stuff to whip up this heavenly hazelnut-kissed mousse. (You won’t miss the graham cracker crust.)

gluten free halloween treats mug brownie
Grandbaby Cakes

17. Mug Brownie

  • Time Commitment: 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, <30 minutes, <10 ingredients

It looks like a mug of witch’s brew, but it’s actually just a gooey, decadent brownie in a cup. Fun fact: This sinfully delicious dessert owes its velvety texture to mashed avocado.

gluten free halloween treats vegan s mores cookies
Make It Dairy Free

18. Vegan S’mores Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, vegan, kid-friendly

Don’t forget to swap scary stories around a campfire this Halloween—just be sure you have these tasty s’mores cookies on hand for when you need a little comfort. Be sure to swap in gluten-free flour and graham crackers.

gluten free halloween treats salted caramel apple sundae
The Modern Proper

19. Salted Caramel Apple Sundae

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, gluten free, vegetarian, <10 ingredients

Biting into a caramel apple can be a bit, well, messy. Solve that problem with this deconstructed version of the classic autumn dessert, which boasts refreshing vanilla ice cream to boot.

gluten free halloween treats creamy pumpkin eton mess
Photo: Matt Dutile/Styling: Erin McDowell

20. Creamy Pumpkin Eton Mess

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, special occasion-worthy, crowd-pleaser

Creamy pumpkin mousse and airy meringue cookies make magic in this festive spin on the classic English dessert. Dare we say it’s better than pumpkin pie?

gluten free halloween treats sea salt chocolate pumpkin cups
Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

21. Sea Salt Chocolate Pumpkin Cups

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, make ahead, <30 minutes

Move over, peanut butter—this pumpkin-filled Halloween candy is Paleo-friendly and every bit as swoon-worthy as a Reese’s peanut butter cup.

gluten free halloween treats caramel apple slices with super foods
Sweet Lizzy

22. Caramel Apple Slices with Superfoods

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegan, dairy free, crowd-pleaser

Slice your go-to apple before adding the caramel, then sprinkle on some healthy toppings (like goji berries, hemp seeds and cacao nibs) for a better-for-you, texturally pleasing treat. That way, you can save yourself the sticky mouth and fingers.

gluten free halloween treats peanut butter stuffed brownies
Lexi's Clean Kitchen

23. Gluten-Free Peanut Butter-Stuffed Brownies

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser, beginner-friendly

Peanut butter and chocolate are a tried-and-true combo, so it should be no surprise that these brownies passed our sweet tooth’s test with flying colors.

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5 Boys Baker

24. Halloween Popcorn Snack Mix

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, kid-friendly, <30 minutes

Salty-sweet kettle corn, Reese’s pieces, candy corn and a drizzle of milk chocolate. Scary movie marathon, anyone?

gluten free halloween treats sugar free pumpkin truffles
Low Carb Yum

25. Sugar-Free Pumpkin Truffles

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes (plus chilling time)
  • Why We Love It: low sugar, keto-friendly, beginner-friendly

Equal parts fancy and festive, these dainty pumpkin truffles are sure to impress. They'd make a great cameo at Thanksgiving dinner, no?

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Taryn Pire is PureWow’s associate food editor. A former bartender and barista, she’s been writing about all things delicious since 2016, developing recipes, reviewing restaurants and investigating food trends at Food52, New Jersey Family Magazine and Taste Talks. When she isn’t testing TikTok’s latest viral recipe, she’s having popcorn for dinner and posting about it on Instagram @cookingwithpire.

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