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Trick or Treat Gluten Free Style

October 22, 2014
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By Beth Hillson

It’s that time again when the ghosts and goblins invade your neighborhood demanding sweets. (I dare not imagine the consequences if you don’t cough up some candy – but toilet paper, tomatoes, and eggs could be in your future.)  Halloween is back and the kids are getting excited.

With a little preparation, you and your gluten free child can join in the merriment without concern. So here are a few tips to get you started.

Print out a list of safe candies and those you know are not safe like Kit Kat bars (wafers coated in chocolate) and Twizler licorice (contains wheat). Here are a couple of lists of safe candies:

Celiac Disease Foundation
My Gluten Free Facts

  1. When the kids trick or treat, make your child aware of these two groups and remind him or her to snack only on the safe candies.
  2. When trick or treaters get home, make sure you or your child divides the treats into piles of safe, unsafe, and unsure candies.  The unsafe group can be traded or given away immediately.
  3. When that little goblin grows enough to go out on his own, review the drill together ahead of time.  Remind him to select only safe candy if he wants a snack while he’s trick or treating.  Invite the kids back to your house for warm cider and Glutino Chocolate Chip Cookies and let them sort and trade their stashes where you can oversee the project without being too obvious.
  4. Always double check the labels as some companies change production facilities during busy times. In addition, different sizes of the same candy can vary too.  A regular size candy bar might be safe while the bite size is not gluten free.

Here are some creative ways to make Halloween less scary.

Some parents visit neighbors the day before Halloween and leave safe treats that can be given to your child.  Let them know what costume he or she is wearing so they don’t give out the treats to the wrong person!

Try a Trunk or Treat party instead of traditional trick or treating.  This is a tail gating idea where people gather and park their cars in a large parking lot. They open their trunks, or the backs of their vehicles, and decorate them. Then they pass out candy from their trunks. The event provides a safe family environment for trick or treaters and you will have more control over the candies that are handed out.

Glutino has great snacks and treats that are perfect for Halloween parties. Check out the Glutino Wafer Bites for starters.

Most of all, don’t let Halloween make you scream. Do the research beforehand and have fun.