As the parent of a gluten-free child, Halloween always makes me a little nervous. With so many treats coming from so many sources, it isn’t always easy to tell at first glance which treats are gluten-free. Fortunately, over the years I have come up with a few strategies for dealing with the Halloween treat situation. I hope you find these tips for a having gluten-free Halloween as useful as I do.
- If treats are going to be served in the classroom, I make sure to find out ahead of time so I can bring a gluten-free alternative for my son or volunteer to bring gluten-free treats for the whole class.
- While trick-or-treating I don’t allow my son to unwrap and eat any candy (unless I know it’s gluten-free) until we get home and I’ve checked the ingredients.
- If we are out trick-or-treating and we are given a choice between candy or a non-food item like stickers or temporary tattoos, I always guide my son to the non-food item.
- I use online resources like this gluten-free candy guide by Alison St. Sure at Sure Foods Living to determine which Halloween candy is gluten-free.
- Because we try to limit the amount of candy and junk food our kids consume, we typically allow both of them to pick out a few items that they really want and let them “trade” the rest for small items I’ve purchased in advance. This year I plan to give them glow sticks and special Disney “Character Bands” in exchange for their excess candy. This also helps us avoid the “not fair” issue of my younger son having to give up some of his candy while his brother keeps all of his.
Later this week I will be posting he recipe for a fun, gluten-free Halloween treat my kids enjoy. How do you make Halloween less stressful for your gluten-free children? Post your suggestions in the comments!