6 Steps to Prevent a Gluten Scare this Halloween
Lifestyle Halloween is spooky, and getting glutened can be frightening. Here are some tips for gluten-free safety on the scariest night of the year.
Halloween can be a lot of fun for your kids, but it comes with its share of safety concerns, and a big part of that can be worries over what your kids are eating. For those worried about gluten intolerance, here are some easy ways to make sure your kids have a safe and healthy Halloween:
1. Read labels
Always make sure labels say gluten-free, which indicates the product meets the FDA definition of gluten-free (less than 20 ppm of gluten) and should be safe to consume. We always recommend sticking to GFCO-labeled treats, or the GF in a circle, for added protection and increased peace of mind. If your trick-or-treater is begging for a treat that doesn’t say gluten-free, hang onto it, but wait until you can get confirmation from the manufacturer.
2. Supply your own substitutions
If you know your child loves a certain type of candy that is not gluten-free, be on the hunt before Halloween for its replacement.
3. Non-food treats are fun, too
Coloring books, Slinkys, temporary tattoos, stickers, bouncy balls, glow sticks, vampire fangs, bubbles… the list of small toys goes on and on. Most kids will love these just as much as candy treats. You can buy a bunch and hand these out in lieu of candy to trick-or-treaters, or just separate from candy for those with dietary restrictions.
4. Candy exchange
Make a fun deal with your children that in exchange for their candy stash, they will each get a present of their choice. You can create your own fun story and tradition. It is reminiscent of the tooth fairy, so it should be a familiar concept to your little ones.
5. Create your own traditions
Create the Halloween version of an Easter egg hunt: hide gluten-free or non-food treats around your house or yard and watch your little trick-or-treaters run around — in costume of course. Door-to-door trick-or-treating may pale in comparison to this fun.
6. Be strong
It’s difficult to see your child watch other kids eat whatever treats they please without the fear of getting sick. You’re not a mean parent. Remember that this isn’t your choice, this is a medical necessity, and one bite will actually hurt. Shift the emphasis on the other fun parts of the day and night and make the most of it.