All Treats, No Tricks: How to Have a Safe Gluten-Free HalloweenDevan McGuinness
Holidays are a fun time for kids and with all the talk about them on the school yard, it’s hard for your kid to not get amped up about the excitement to come.
When you’re raising a child with a food restriction, these holidays can be tricky since so many of them are centered around food, and Halloween is no exception.
We eat gluten free here at our house thanks to celiac disease and Raru is on a strict gluten-free diet. My youngest (Bean) is also strictly gluten-free, while Speed can eat gluten with no issues. With Halloween being all about candy, it can be difficult to navigate the food issues without making Raru feel left out and without over-complicating our lives. It’s not impossible though! This is our 5th year having a gluten-free Halloween and with a few tricks and some knowledge on safe foods for celiac disease, your child can have fun and be safely within their diet needs.
Click through for tips on having a safe gluten-free Halloween & some treats safe to eat:
1) Always check: Check the labels for any gluten-containing ingredients and when in doubt, either leave it out or call the manufacturer. Don’t eat anything that’s not properly labeled.
2) Keep a stash: If your whole household is not all gluten-free, be sure to stock up on some gluten-free treats to refill your child’s candy bag with. Nothing worse than being stuck with less than your brother has because of your issues with gluten.
3) Do your part: When we buy candy for Halloween, we always get candy that is free from the top allergens. I am not saying you should all do that because I understand how unrealistic that can be for many of you, but if you’re wanting to help out a bit, give out treats that are free from nuts and gluten (and if you want to go the extra mile, go the all-natural candy route!)
All is not lost for those of us on a gluten-free diet though. There are many store-bought candies and treats that are gluten free. Some are in dedicated gluten-free facilities and others are non-gluten containing, but produced in a facility where there is gluten, so be sure to double check with the company about your family’s needs.
Click through below for 10 treats that are gluten-free (there are many more available as well)
Almond Joy 1 of 10A yummy chocolate treat, these are a hit for kids and gluten-free
Buy some from Amazon, $30.00
Baby Ruth 2 of 10Who doesn't love these chocolate bars? Your gluten-free eater will enjoy these safely.
Buy some from Amazon, $34.88
Bubblicious 3 of 10If you're looking for something outside of the chocolate options, this is a good gluten-free treat.
Buy some from Amazon, $11.50
Enjoy Life Food’s Chocolate Bars 4 of 10Free from the top 8 allergens, this bar can be enjoyed by nearly all kids!
Buy some from Amazon, $21.32
Hershey’s Kisses (& Hugs) 5 of 10Both the Hugs and Kisses can be eaten for those on a gluten-free diet.
Buy some from Amazon, $24.80
Jolly Ranchers 6 of 10Another apart from the chocolate bars, these are a good sugary sweet that are good for your gluten-free eater.
Buy some from Amazon, $16.89
M&M’s 7 of 10The regular ones, peanut ones and peanut butter flavors are all gluten free.
Buy some from Amazon, $19.99
Reese’s Cups and Pieces 8 of 10Both the peanut butter cups and pieces are delicious and gluten free.
Buy some from Amazon, $21.00
Skittles 9 of 10A favorite for all kids, this treat can be eaten by kids on a gluten free diet.
Buy some from Amazon, $17.95
Tootsie Roll 10 of 10An oldie, but a goodie and the best is it's also gluten free and the Halloween tradition can live on.
Buy some from Amazon, $19.99
Disclaimer: ALWAYS be sure to read labels and/or call the manufacturer directly. Product recipes and ingredients may change.
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