Can you believe Halloween is right around the corner? Parents are getting costumes ready for their kids, spooky decorations are going up, and everyone is purchasing Halloween treats for all the trick-or-treaters about to come. You want Halloween to be fun, but also safe and inclusive for all. But how can you do that when food allergies affect an estimated 8% of children in the United States (or 1 in 13 children)?
Thankfully, there are plenty of great options for allergy-safe sweets and treats out there. As a registered dietitian nutritionist and mom with multiple food allergies myself, I am happy to share with you my top 12 Halloween treats (available on Amazon!) that are allergy-friendly. I'll buy a mix of them so that kids and families can have options (such as ones that are nut-friendly, dairy-friendly, and/or gluten-friendly).
This allergy-friendly list is great for trick-or-treating and also Halloween class parties! Order soon so that you get your treats in time!
Note: As with any food, please remember to check the label for a complete list of ingredients and potential allergens.
Trick or Treat with these allergy-friendly chocolates that come in variety packs with three flavors: dark chocolate, chocolate, and ricemilk crunch (ricemilk crunch is my favorite!). These chocolates are so delicious that I stock up on some extras to keep a stash well past Halloween :-)
Free from milk, egg, soy, peanut, tree nuts (not including coconut), coconut, sesame, wheat, gluten, fish, shellfish. Made without mustard, sulfites, lupin, artificial colors, and artificial flavors. Certified Kosher and Certified Halal; Non-GMO Project Verified.
These Allergy Friendly and Vegan Chocolate Halloween Candy are Dairy Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, and Gluten Free. Choco No No's are one of my favorite alternative to M&Ms, especially for families avoiding artificial food coloring. I love that they made a Halloween edition! Give them a try!
These Chocolate PeaNOT Butter Cups that are allergy-friendly are a great achievement! These Peanut Butter Cups are a sweet treat for anyone wishing they could eat a Reeses!
We love these Halloween lollipops without all the spooky ingredients!
Free from milk, egg, soy, peanut, tree nuts (not including coconut), coconut, sesame, wheat, gluten, fish, shellfish. Made without artificial dyes or high fructose corn syrup. Organic, non-GMO, gluten free, vegan, and kosher.
Taste the rainbow, anyone? Rainbows taste better without artificial coloring and flavoring, that's why I love these Halloween Giggles Candy by YumEarth.
Free from: soy, egg, dairy, fish/shellfish, gluten, peanuts or tree nuts. Made without artificial dyes and contains no high fructose corn syrup.
Fruit gummies are always a favorite, and perfect for lunch boxes, too! Kids love the special Halloween theme! Flavors include very very cherry, perfectly peach, and strawberry smash.
Free from: peanuts, gluten, tree nuts, milk, eggs, fish, shellfish and soy. Contains no high fructose corn syrup or artificial dyes. Organic, non-GMO, gluten free, and vegan.
TIP: Get the combination pack of YumEarth Gummy Fruits + Giggles!
Many kids love fruit snacks! Welch’s mixes up the fun with these special Halloween fruit snacks that feature fun Halloween shapes like witches, bats, ghosts, pumpkins and haunted castles – perfect for trick-or-treating, parties or lunchbox treats!
Free from gluten plus the top 9 allergens.
Note: contains coconut oil and gelatin
These crunchier Halloween treats offer an alternative to (or break!) from candy. Also perfect for children with crunchy sensory food preferences. My kids absolutely love the Halloween packaging.
While these pretzels contain gluten, they are free of most other top allergens, made in a peanut-free facility, and are Non-GMO Project Verified.
Note: contains gluten.
These fun packaged pretzels are great for snacks at home, in school, or on-the-go. Kiddos love the fun bat and pumpkin shaped treats.
Free from most top allergens, made in a peanut and tree-nut free facility.
Note: contains gluten. May contain milk and sesame seeds.
A gluten-free alternative to pretzels, these are not dairy free, but they are peanut and tree-nut free.
Note: contains dairy
A gluten-free alternative to pretzels, these potato-based spooky and crunchy veggie chips are perfect for a Halloween snack!
And here are a few classic Halloween treats that most little goblins can enjoy! Anyone else an 80s/90s kid and remember "taste the rainbow?" :-)
Free from milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, soy, and gluten. However, they contain artificial dyes.
With so many great allergy-friendly candy options available, there's no need to worry about leaving anyone out this Halloween! Just be sure to double check the ingredient labels on all your goodies before giving them out to be extra safe. To further help out kids with food allergies, each year you can place a teal pumpkin outside your home as a signal that you have safe treats available.
What are your favorite allergy-friendly treats? Share them in the comments below or use hashtag #fromthestartnutrition on social media!
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Have a Happy & Safe Halloween!
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