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Costumed Candy-Free Halloween Party

  • Oct 26, 2013 · 4:00 PM
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Halloween is one of our favorite holidays. And since going Paleo we've been trying to figure out how to fully enjoy the holiday while not going crazy on food that will make us sick. This year, we'll be hosting our 2nd Annual "paleo halloween party". To us, that means grain-free treats so kids don't feel deprived, but more of a focus on fun than food.


We've got lots of ideas this year... tell us what you want! Last year we rented a bounce house, had temporary tattoos, and did a grain-free cake walk. This year we're very open to ideas for a haunting good time! I'd love to set-up a tent in the back-yard with a few "scary" things for the kids to explore, but I need ideas! Stuff that feels gross when you're blind folded and touching it? Apple bobbing? Help!


We're opening up our home to all the grain-free, dairy-free, legume-free and refined sugar-free kids in town for a full celebration! If it rains, we might reschedule to the following weekend - but let's hope it doesn't.


The party will go well into the night, so we recommend bringing pajamas for the kids to change into for the car on the way home.


Jill, author of Fermented, Diana, of Radiance Nutrition and author of Paleo Lunches & Breakfasts on the Go, and Bill and Hayley of the Food Lover's Kitchen will all be there! You are welcome to bring books for them to sign!


Wanna come? Here's what we ask:

If you have kids that are coming, bring something to "exchange" with the other kids. A dollar store trinket, something homemade or whatever you can think of to replace the candy kids would usually come away from a party with. Each of my boys will choose something that represents them to exchange. Please don't have this be food, there will be plenty of treats at the party and none of us want our kids on a sugar-high for a week!

Bring TWO dishes for this potluck. 1) A grain/dairy/legume/refined sugar-free treat to share. This can be cupcakes for the cakewalk, homemade dark chocolate candies, alcoholic beverage for adults or whatever you want to share with the group for the party. 2) Food for the dinner hour. Meatballs, veggies & dip, fruit on a stick, or something clever that's halloweeny would be great.

WEAR A COSTUME. No, seriously. Don't be a party pooper.


Can't wait to party with you! If you have clever ideas please share, I'm really looking forward to seeing what kind of non-candy-related-fun we can come up with!

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  • Meredith Keller S.

    Stacy, couldn't leave this as one comment. So, here's the rest of the message. As an aside, my sis-in-law was there with us and didn't get a chance to say something to you. But, it was a comment on your site that connected Paleolithic to Paleo for her. I'd talked to her about Paleo as a solution for debilitating depression, but it didn't click until I shared one of your recipes or something on FB. She saw you use the word "Paleolithic" and her Anthropology major kicked in to remind her about the downsides of agriculture and uptick of diseases of civilization (which she had). She delved into your site and, 45 days later, she's feeling better for the first time in a decade and down 30 lbs with skin steadily clearing.

    Anyway, much thanks for a fun party and all the rest that you do.


    October 28, 2013

  • Meredith Keller S.

    Stacy and Matt: Thank you for hosting a fun evening! It was great to be able to get our kids excited by saying that other kids would be there and that everything would be something they could eat. We enjoyed meeting your family and those we had a chance to chat with.

    I brought the caramel apple dip. It was from Ali at: Just added a bit of cinnamon.

    Also vanilla cupcakes: with chocolate frosting from Eat Like A Dino.


    October 28, 2013

  • Stacy

    All thanks so much for partying with us this weekend, we hope your family had a great a time as we did! Sorry I wasn't able to chat with everyone, was a bit of a mad house (in a good way).

    I was wondering who brought the caramel apple dip and if they could share the recipe or where it came from (blog post link)? Perhaps we can all list what we made and where it came from for people who were wondering, since we got several questions and weren't sure ourselves.

    We made the following:
    Pulled pork - braised recipe in Beyond Bacon
    Meatballs from Gather
    Bleeding Cupcakes from Gather (no nuts)
    Vanilla Cupcakes from Elana's Pantry cupcake book with Strawberry Icing (recipe on our White Chocolate Strawberry Cake Balls post) (no nuts)
    Chocolate Fallen Souffle Cupcakes from Elana's Pantry cupcake book
    Deviled Eggs (no recipe)
    pumpkin clementines & ghost bananas (no recipe)

    Looking forward to seeing you all again!

    October 28, 2013

  • Tye B.

    Thanks again for another great Halloween!

    October 26, 2013

  • Liz

    We had a wonderful, fun, delicious time!

    October 26, 2013

  • Dorothy M.

    Can someone please send me the address for the party!

    October 25, 2013

  • Alexa H.

    Bummed to miss this! We had it on the calendar and were planning on coming, but have last minute out of town guests coming in. Have a great time!

    October 20, 2013

  • Dorothy M.

    I'm bringing my twin 4 year old nieces who cant wait to meet "real" paleo kids! My parents, who just recently started trying the Whole 30 after reading It Starts With Food will be there too!

    October 20, 2013

  • Fran G.

    We're out of town that day, but might be able to stop by later : )

    October 16, 2013

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