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Jane Anderson

It's Not Too Early To Start Your Gluten-Free Halloween Planning

By October 4, 2013

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It seems as if I just recovered from summer vacation, but here we are with leaves all over the lawn and pumpkins sitting on everyone's front steps -- it's clearly time for me to start getting ready for Halloween.

Halloween can be a fairly gluten-y holiday, and that can be torture for kids with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity who need to stay strictly gluten-free ... and who therefore can't enjoy many of the treats. Therefore, I urge anyone who's parenting a gluten-free child to take extra steps to overcome this gluten-y holiday vibe.

At our house, for example, I always make sure I have plenty of gluten-free candy on hand, so that my daughter can "trade in" gluten-y items for stuff she can eat. I also insist on making our own Halloween parties or celebrations entirely gluten-free, and if the school is hosting a Halloween party, I provide ample gluten-free treats for that.

What else can you do to make Halloween special for the gluten-free child in your life? I list some ideas here:

Yes, my daughter and I will need to steer clear of the Kit Kat bars and Hershey's Miniatures. But we'll still have a really fun Halloween, with plenty of treats we can enjoy.

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