Having a Gluten Free Safe Halloween
Halloween should be a fun time for your child! They look forward to the costumes, trick-or-treating and parties. When your child has gluten intolerance or celiac disease, it can be a little tricky to navigate what they can and can’t eat, so we have put together this guide to make sure Halloween is fun for your child and stress-free for you.
- A good place to start is the most up-to-date gluten free candy listing here: http://celiacdisease.about.com/od/glutenfreefoodshopping/a/GFcandies.htm
- Keep in mind that ingredients and gluten free status can change at any time, so when in doubt, check the ingredient list or contact the manufacturer.
- Make it VERY clear to your child that they are not to eat any of the candy they get while trick-or-treating until you have checked it. This is a good rule of thumb anyway so you can also check the wrappers for any signs of tampering.
- Purchase a variety of candies you know are gluten free to hand out to trick-or-treaters at your house. At the very least, you know these are safe for your child to eat.
- If you want to go above and beyond, think about the very likely possibility that there are other children in your neighborhood with food allergies or intolerances. Consider handing out candy that is free of all common allergens like Enjoy Life chocolates.
- Host a Halloween party at your home so your child can still have fun and you can control the food that is served.
- If you bring your child to a Halloween party elsewhere, contact the host ahead of time to find out what will be served and offer to bring a dish or candy or cupcakes that are gluten free.