Halloween is a little more complicated when you have a child with celiac disease or a gluten allergy. Like most children, my boys love trick or treating. Unlike most children, one of my sons has celiac disease. Because of that, the gluten-free candy lists for Halloween that I link to below come in quite handy. You'll be thanking me for them on Halloween night, when you're going through piles of candy trying to protect your little one from gluten.
I know my children will eat quite a lot of candy on Halloween. That's why I like to serve them healthy snacks during the evening. I often put out a whole table of organic turkey, lettuce, cut up fruit, and fresh berries. Then, every time they come home for a pit stop with their friends, they fill up on real food.
On Halloween night I buy as much candy from them as they wish to sell. I pay 10 cents for every piece they give up. My children eat their fair share 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 they're gluten-free and 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. I asked 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, my boy not only likes fruit, he thinks of it as a treat. Hooray!
On Halloween, like most American children, my boys will eat some candy. And I'll make sure it's gluten-free. Here are two gluten-free candy lists that are good to reference:
These lists are only for guidance. Product formulations can change. For definite information about products, it's best to contact manufacturers directly. And if you're wondering what I pass out to trick or treaters on Halloween take a look at my Gluten-Free Halloween Candy post. I have all kinds of fun and wholesome items on it.
Check out my post called, Homemade Halloween Candy to get some spooky, yet healthy Halloween recipes to make for your little ones.
These photos are of my son and his friends in their Halloweens costumes. Their “go green” cheer leading uniforms put a smile on my face. Happy Halloween!