Don't be Scared: Five Ways to Have a Great Gluten-Free Halloween

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Gluten-free and worried about Halloween? Don’t be! Check our our quick tips on how to have a fun and safe gluten-free Halloween:

1. Do Your Homework, Be Prepared

As with most great things in life, one of the keys to a great gluten-free Halloween is to do your homework and prepare ahead of time. With regards to candy, you can find online guides to point you in the direction of gluten-free goodies. Jane Anderson from about.com put together a great list here. It is best to always confirm with the manufacturer as recipes and processes change from time to time. If you are going to a party, ask the host or hostess if it is alright if you bring food ahead of time to share with everyone. This is a double bonus as you can eat with peace of mind as well as endear yourself to the host for helping him or her with the preparation.

2. Focus on Can Do

We get it. Following a gluten-free diet can be very challenging at times, especially around the holidays. With the cold weather starting to creep in, it can be easy to get down and lament the foods that you cannot have at Halloween. As with anything though, a positive attitude goes a long way towards changing your mood. Instead of focusing on what you cannot have, focus on the foods you can have. There are dozens of candies made by manufacturers large and small that are gluten-free. Before indulging, be sure to check back to number one and do your homework.

3. Seek out New Recipes

There are over 100 blogs and websites dedicated to gluten-free. One of our favorites is Gluten-Free Goddess, she constantly puts out new recipes. She has recipes for Pumpkin Scones, Pumpkin Bread, Pumpkin Donuts, Pumpkin Pancackes, and even Pumpkin Polenta. If you are too busy to cook, find local suppliers who cater to dietary restrictions. Locally, Gluuteny bakery makes a delicious pumpkin bread. Naturally Soergel’s carries a wide variety of gluten-free baked goods and candies. If you have little ones with dietary restrictions, they even help organize a allergen friendly Trick or Treat at the farm.

4. Indulge in a Nice Beverage

Before you get carried away into thinking this is shameless self promotion, please hear us out. One of the best parts about Halloween is responsibly enjoying a few adult beverages. You can select a naturally gluten-free beer, cider, or wine. You can also make your own spiked cider. Check out this recipe for spiked hot apple cider from Emeril Lagasse. Just be sure to check with the manufacture and get a gluten-free liquor.

5. When in doubt, do as our Aurochs bretheren do, and focus on the costume.

Aside from a comprehensive gluten-free candy list, Jane Anderson of About.com, had some great advice for gluten-free Halloween, and that was to make it about the costume as opposed to the food. Turns out, we had already been following that advice. See below for co-founders Doug Foster as an angel and Dave Lishego as Tobias Funke from Arrested Development in their 2012 costumes.