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Halloween is coming up very soon, and if you’re like me you’re looking forward to lots of treats and hopefully spending some time with some ghouls and goblins in your life! Whether that’s handing candy out at your door, going to Halloween parties, or even just sending your kids off to a school event, theres a lot going on around this fun holiday.
I know that for a lot of us adults, Halloween isn’t always a huge deal. Maybe here and there we sneak a few bites of candy, but for kids it’s really important to know what’s safe and what’s not. So if you have kids that need gluten and dairy-free treats, Im hoping to help you out with todays post.
In this all-things-Halloween post, I want to share with you how to navigate your Halloween festivities while eating gluten-free and dairy-free. Plus Ill share with you a few tips and a nice list of gluten and dairy-free safe Halloween treats.
Lets get spooky, shall we??
7 Tips for a Gluten-free Dairy-free Halloween
1. Check and re-check candy before eating.
The treat list below is a nice handy resource so you know top of mind that these treats have been researched, but others you may want to do some ingredient research before diving in.
2. Learn about the Teal Pumpkin project.
This is a neat way to make sure that you and/or your child has allergy-friendly treats. You can set out your own teal pumpkin to let other kids know that your house has safe treats too. Click here to learn more.
3. For the kiddos, make a plan to find other ways to celebrate with less candy.
Do crafts, make safe treats, etc. Make sure they know not to eat candy while out trick or treating and to wait for the green light from you.
4. Another tip for the kiddos is to find friends to swap treats with.
I remember one of the best parts of Halloween was trading some of my candy for my sisters every year. Its a fun way to still feel like they’re not having to give something up, because of their food intolerances or allergies, but making choices that are good for their bodies.
5. If you do have kids and no one to swap with, consider buying backup candy that is gluten and dairy-free for them to swap some of their other candy for.
6. Make it a point to hand out gluten and dairy-free candy OR non-food treats like glow sticks, spider rings, stickers, or silly putty.
Now that you know what its like to eat a gluten-free dairy-free diet, you can definitely relate to the kids that have limited diets too. Make their Halloween even better by handing out things that will for sure be safe for everyone. This goes along with tip #1, so put out a teal pumpkin if you decide to go the non-candy route.
7. Make your own treats at home.
Of course, Halloween is almost always about candy and treats, but it doesn’t have to be all the processed stuff. There are loads of fun recipes you can make to have the holiday carry throughout the day. You can roast pumpkin seeds after carving your pumpkins or make popcorn balls. You can also turn any normal recipe into something festive by changing the name: like Blood Smoothies (add beets to your smoothie), Slime Soup (lentil soup), or Bug Pudding (chia pudding). Get creative and have fun!
Now let’s talk treats and candy… I did some research and here is a list of 25 gluten-free and dairy-free treats and brands that are safe for you or your kiddos this Halloween.
25 GFDF Safe Halloween Treats & Brands
- Life Savers
- Jolly Rancher
- Sour Patch Kids
- Swedish Fish
- Enjoy Life
- Jelly Belly
- Necco wafers
- Surf sweets
- Welch’s fruit snacks
- Mike and Ike’s
- Hot Tamales
- Laffy Taffy
- Dum Dum lollipops
- No Whey chocolates
- YumEarth Sour Twists
- YumEarth Sour Beans
- YumEarth Lollipops
- Brach’s Now & Later
- Brach’s candy corn (processed in a facility that processes wheat)
- Airheads (processed in a facility that processes wheat)
I’ve put this list all together and sourced everything from Amazon if you’re looking for a quick way to access all these brands and treats. There’s also some combo packs of some of these in the list. Check that out here.
Of course, this list isn’t exhaustive, but its a good starting point. I’m sure there are plenty of other treats that are safe for your kids or for you, but these are the ones that I found in my research and seem to be the most readily available out there. If you have a question about a treat, Google can be your best friend to determine if its gluten and dairy-free.
I hope you’ve found this information useful as we’re coming up on Halloween season. Of course, if you have any questions, go ahead and pop them in the comments below.
Wishing you a spooky Halloween!!
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