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Gluten Free Candy Lists for Halloween

My son and some of the other boys from the neighborhood in their “Go Green” cheerleading uniforms.

I’m posting links to some gluten free candy lists for parents who might be digging through piles of Halloween candy right about now.

My children are still out trick-or-treating and I’m sure they will eat quite a lot of candy tonight, though I have a whole table full of organic turkey, lettuce, strawberries and raspberries sitting here for them.  Thankfully, every time they’ve come home for a pit stop they (and all of their friends) have filled up on the real food I put out for them.

Later tonight I will buy as much of their candy from them as they wish to sell –I pay them 10 cents for every piece they give up, and then I give that candy to some poor soul.  My children will eat their fair share as well and then they’ll tire of it and give the rest away.

I especially like to let my boys partake in the rituals of Halloween since both of them are gluten free and are required to sit out (or eat something separate) when it comes to cake at birthday parties, blue cupcakes at the end of baseball season, etc.

The other day my older son was chatting with me about his school Halloween party that was to take place later in the week.  I asked him if I could make some treats for the party and he nonchalantly responded, “no, Mom, there’ll be a bunch of fruit plates, I’ll be fine.”  Wow, was all I could think, the boy still not only likes fruit, he thinks of it as a treat –hooray!

Anyway, tonight, like the rest of America, my children will eat some candy.  And I’ll make sure it’s gluten free.  Here are some of the gluten free candy lists that lists that I’ll be referencing:

As always, these lists are only for guidance as product formulations can change; for definite information about products, contact manufacturers directly.

Happy Halloween, from the cheerleaders!


posted on October 31, 2009, 13 comments

  1. Samantha

    This year I gave out organic lollipops. My kids do not celebrate Halloween but they do play dress up almost everyday. My son loved going to the door to see all the costumes. Your son is really adorable as a girl ;)

  2. gfe-gluten free easily @ glutenfreeeasily.com

    Too cute and funny! The listings are so helpful to everyone. I sent them out to my group yesterday. The good news is the candy that becomes gluten becomes giveaway candy, so that’s less candy overall. ;-)

    Shirley

  3. christie, honoring health @ honormyhealth.com

    Thanks for sharing those lists!

  4. ~M

    What cute kids – and an adorable costume idea!

  5. Anina

    If you live in the Boulder area then you can take your children to Ginger and Pickles (toy store on Broadway). The switch witch is there, the children can just give their candy to the cashier and tell her they are there to switch there candy for a little toy …

  6. Knowledge Safari @ knowledgesafari.com

    Hi Elana – We have linked your blog to ours at ksafari.blogspot.com ! This blog has been opened as a precursor to a new social network for parents of children living with special needs including food allergies. We love your site!

  7. Hilarious! When I first saw the photo I thought they were girls – very good job!

    I’d never thought of giving your candy away, but its a great idea – my brother and I would always have some leftover on the 30th of the next year.

  8. Christianne

    So cute and hilarious! They are the bast crusaders for green I have seen!
    Have a lot of fun together!

  9. Emily

    Oh my goodness Elana! How silly those boys are. They are so into their cheerleading personas! Looks like fun.
    What a great trade off you have with your boys for their candy. Especially since this is something they can participate in, I have never thought of it that way. I was just discussing this with a friend of mine who would like her young boys not to eat up all their candy. Another idea we had was a “Candy Fairy”. Like the Tooth Fairy but trades toys for candy. So- you would tell the child if they leave their candy out that evening for the Candy Fairy, she will trade it for whatever game/toy/doll/etc. they most desire. Then switch out the candy for the toy item once they’re off in bed. Obviously you’d have to start this when they are young (like my friends boys) when toys are more exciting than money, but it’s another idea for those who have youngin’s!
    Those costumes are too cute. Hope you had a fun Halloween as well.

  10. Jen

    One of my husband’s co-workers buys a few small toys that he knows his child wants. then the child can “buy” each gift for a certain number of pieces of candy, 30 for one, 100 for another, etc. Both this and yours are great ideas!

  11. Hi Elana,
    Finally getting around to thanking for the link love, and to telling you how cute your son looks as a cheerleader! That will be a great one to show in his pre-wedding slide show someday! :)

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