Ideas for Gluten Free Trick-or-Treating
A Gluten Free Halloween
Halloween is fast approaching with children of all ages anticipating the excitement derived from one five letter word: C-A-N-D-Y. It’s that one time of year children feel like they’re in a candy fantasy land, so how do you allow your child with gluten allergies to celebrate without compromising their gluten free diet? It’s normal to have concerns at the thought of your child collecting all types of candy on their holiday ventures, some gluten free and some not, but no child likes to be singled out. So what gives? Along with a list of gluten free candy, I have included a few tips to inconspicuously separate the gluten free candy without making your child feel separate from the other Trick-or-Treaters.
Five Gluten Free Halloween Candy Suggestions:
Charms Blow Pops (sold individually or in bags; single pops available in .65- ounce or 1.35-ounce – Super Blow Pop- sizes)
Necco wafers (sold in rolls that have a variety of flavors)
Tootsie Rolls (available in eight popular sizes and varieties: Midgees, Mini-Midgees, 5-cent, 10-cent, 20-cent, Giant Bar, Count Good Bag and Snack Bar.
BabyRuth ® (available in candy bars, and in bags of miniatures, fun size and king size)
Glee Gum (go to their website listed at the end of this article for locations of stores near you that sell this product; priced around $1.19 for 18 pieces)
All of these suggestions are reasonably priced and most do not have to be bought in specialty stores or health food stores.
Tips for a Gluten Free Halloween
One way to make the night go smoother is to remind your child that their treats will have to be sorted when you return home. This might require a little will power, so I would suggest taking some candy with you for your child to snack on throughout the night, so as to avoid the temptation to eat from their gathered treats. Another option is to have a Halloween Party where only gluten free candy is supplied. The other kids probably won’t realize the candy is gluten free if you choose from the above list and you can have take home bags that have candy containing gluten your guests. A third option is to let your child go Trick or Treating, but give away their collections to another child and have a stash of gluten free treats waiting for them when they return home. You will want your child to know ahead of time that they will be giving their treats away, so that it is not a surprise to them. The key here is to have a variety of treats waiting for them, not just one type of candy, so that it mimics the wide variety of candy a child receives when they have gone Trick or Treating from house to house. If your child loves one particular type of candy, you may be able to get away with buying one type of candy, but most children get a kick out of having a huge variety… and feeling like they are in a candy wonderland. Happy Trick-or-Treating!
Although these products are listed as gluten free online, manufacturers always suggest looking at the ingredient statement on the wrapper, as certain products may have changes in their formulation from time to time.