Halloween Trash. It’s Gluten-free. Print Recipe Print Recipe

As they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

In this case, I left the “trash” out and it quickly became my husband’s dinner treasure.

Not bad for a bag of trash if you ask me. What? It’s relatively healthy. Okay, well it could be worse.

What to do with a bag of trash?

  • Set out “trash” bags at your Halloween party
  • Create a “build your own” bar so kids [or adults] can add what they like to their trash bag
  • Leave out as a takeaway or a “thank you for coming”gift
  • Perfect nibbles for a movie night
  • “take out” [a.k.a. eat it]

Feel free to throw whatever you’d like into the trash bag and for those with allergies, you can adapt accordingly. This trash happens to be gluten-free AND nut-free.

I’ve joined forces with a group of talented woman this holiday season, bringing you everything from food to entertainment to etiquette and more!

We’ll be having a [Twitter] Party this Thursday, Oct. 13th @ 8pm EST and YOUR invited – Follow the hashtag #HolidayHQ

Check back because we’ll be sharing [& tweeting] more holiday-ish goods again in November and December.

More Halloween inspiration from the Holiday HQ contributors:

Housewife Bliss |  Planning the Perfect Halloween Party

Celebrations at Home | Dress Up Your Drinks for Halloween

The Gracious Girl |  Halloween Parties Dos and TaBoos!

Second City Soiree |  Fall Entertaining

The TomKat Studio | How to Make an Adorable Halloween Sign + Free Printable

Tatertots & Jello |  Halloween Tablescape

The Daily Basics | A Halloween Party in the Woods

The Party bluprints Blog |  Get Corny This Halloween

[Photographed by Lisa Thiele | With Style and Grace]


Gluten-free “Trash” Mix Recipe

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  • Candy corn
  • Gluten-free pretzels
  • Caramel popcorn [homemade or purchased] – my recipe coming soon!
  • Banana chips
  • Chocolate covered raisins
  • Dried mango
  • Dried pineapple
  • Dried cherries
  • Sour worm-shaped gummy candy
  • Chocolate covered sunflower seeds [Trader Joes]


  • Paper Bag(s) – fold sides down twice
  • Leaves – from the yard or the flowers sitting on your table
  • Ribbon, twine or yarn


Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl and then divide amongst the paper bags. Tie ribbon/twine/yarn around the bag and add leaves for decoration.

*Gluten-free *Nut-free

If there’s a dairy allergy – omit ingredients with chocolate or replace with dairy-free chocolate


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  • http://www.loveveggiesandyoga.com Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

    I love your trash! I’d be very glad to take it off your hands any time 🙂

  • http://www.howsweeteats.com Jessica @ How Sweet

    love this… it would last like 30 seconds in my house.

  • http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com Maria

    this looks dangerous!

  • http://www.celebrationsathomeblog.com Chris @ Celebrations At Home

    Yummy, yummy! Photos are gorgeous too!

  • http://thedailybasics.com cynthia at the daily basics

    That looks absolutely decadent and delicious! I am so there!

  • http://www.cupcakesandcutlery.blogspot.com Sharon Garofalow

    AH! I can’t make the twitter party which would be so fun with all you ladies in one place! 🙁 I love this group of ladies and will be glued to the #HolidayHQ hashtag for updates!

  • http://www.secondcitysoiree.com Jen @ SecondCitySoiree

    Looks tasty! Great balance of flavors.

  • http://www.MindyLockard.com Mindy Lockard

    This is one time I can totally endorse being trashy on Halloween. Love this darling idea and so will my girls.

  • http://www.partybluprintsblog.com Dawn Sandomeno

    This is really helpful thank you! I’m passing the link on to some in my circle that need the inspiration!

  • http://www.bakersroyale.com naomi

    I LOVE THIS! And great styling on the photograhps!

  • http://www.tatertotsandjello.com jen @ tatertots and jello

    Wow – that looks so good! And I have some friends and family that need gluten free food. Thanks for the recipe!!


  • http://www.carlyklock.com carly {carlyklock}

    Love the ‘build your own trashbag’ bar idea!

  • http://chef-renee.blogspot.com Renee Fontes

    Thanks to Dawn Sandomeno’s suggestion on twitter, I found your great blog. The trash is cute! I’ll be back for more!

  • http://sweettreatsmore.com Kristy @ Sweet Treats and More

    Saw this on Foodgawker. Nothing trashy ’bout this, I love it. And it wouldn’t last long in my hands.

    Loving your site!

  • http://www.toonstorm.com/sell-wow-account-usa.aspx SellWoWAccounts

    That so-called “Trash”, won’t be a trash to me! But all of those doesn’t look gluten-free though. Kids will surely love this!

    Sell WoW Accounts

  • http://ingredientsinc.net Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.

    fun post!! So cute

  • http://www.sprinklejoy.net Liz

    What a great idea! This looks delicious! I can’t wait to make these and share with friends and co-workers!

  • http://www.adesignstory.com Lindsay

    Hi… This looks great! Are these candy corn gluten free? Which brand because I haven’t found any gf free one’s and I LOVE candy corn. I am still a new celiac and I would love to try this out!

  • http://glitzglamgranola.com Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola

    This is such a cute idea! I love having these little packages all wrapped up for people to snack on or take home with them! And it’s so great that you can customize them to be allergy-free!

  • http://www.housewifebliss.com Coryanne Ettiene

    While the recipes look amazing, I was captivated by your amazing photos darling, you make me want to race right out and start cooking! Thanks for the inspiration, Coryanne

  • http://www.SquashBlossomBabies.com Squash Blossom Babies

    That is SO cute! I love it! I am definitely pinning this one!

  • http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com Brenda @ a farmgirl’s dabbles

    Mmmmmm…the caramel corn and sour worms are mine. All mine! Super fun idea!

  • Butta Beans’s Ya Ya

    Lucky me……today is trash day!

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  • http://www.kumquatblog.com gretchen

    super cute, lisa!! love love the worms and the leaves. you clever girl!

  • http://www.bevcooks.com Bev Weidner

    How on EARTH did I miss this the first time around? I’m so trashy.

    OH I JUST SAID THAT, didn’t I?

  • http://www.rockahealthybody.com Alexa

    Hmmm, I’m pretty sure that’s the perfect combination for my bf and I! I would eat the pretzels, dried bananas and raisins and he would eat up all the candy… This trash would make for a great couples snack for us! Thanks for sharing!

  • marlafamilyfreshcooking

    Such a cute Halloween recipe!