Boo! There’s nothing like a fright on Halloween night, but no child should have to be afraid of what’s lurking in their chocolates, candies and other goodies.
For those handing out food treats this year, here are our top picks of allergy-friendly and gluten-free candies – to keep your little monsters safe. Get ready for a ghoulishly good time!
Note: Always read labels to make sure ingredients haven’t changed.
Trick or Treat Bag Goodies
Mike and Ike’s
Everyone’s getting into the teal-colored spirit this Halloween with allergy-friendly candies and food-free options. Mike and Ike’s Variety Pack is filled with snack packs of Mummy’s Mix and Vampire Variety flavored candies and great food-free options including crayons and pumpkin erasers for children with food allergies.
Free of: All Top 8 allergens and gluten free.
www.peepsandcompany.com (U.S. & Canada)
They may not be the scariest spiders but Surf Sweets Spooky Spider Treats may be the most delicious. Made with organic fruit juices, these cute critters burst with the flavors of cherry, lime, blueberry or tangerine. Packaged in treat-size bags and free of top allergens, you’ll want these crawling around your home.
Free of: Top 8 allergens, sesame, sulfites and gluten.
www.surfsweets.com (U.S. & Canada)
Made with real fruit juice and allergen free, Gimbal’s Gourmet Jelly Beans come in 41 tempting flavors. Roasted marshmallow and chocolate? Spicy cinnamon and red apple? Every combination is a delicious, free-from delight, and the 12-pack, 3-ounce bags are just the ticket for Halloween.
Free of: Peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, dairy, soy, fish, shellfish and gluten.
www.gimbalscandy.com (U.S. & Canada)
A house full of vampires can spell trouble for the living. Keep the undead at bay with BEE International’s sticky, sweet, watermelon-flavored oozing candy blood. Packaged with plastic glow-in-the-dark fangs, and free of most major allergens, these treats will have little draculas licking their lips instead of nipping at your neck.
Free of: Peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, dairy, wheat, fish, shellfish and gluten.
www.beeinc.com (U.S. & Canada)
Goody Good Stuff
These natural gummies add a pop of color to any haunted soiree. The bright flavors of Goody Good Stuff’s tropical fruits, sour fruit salad, cherries, strawberries and peaches, all free of seven major allergens, can be a welcome break amidst the ghastly, ghostly aura of the holiday.
Free of: Peanuts, tree nuts, egg, dairy, soy, fish, shellfish and gluten.
www.goodygoodstuff.com (U.S. & Canada, Whole Foods)
Looks like even PEEPS chicks dress up for Halloween! But whether you choose a Howling Chocolate, Wickedly Sour Watermelon or Vamped Vanilla, PEEPS are still free of most top allergens and dangerously delicious.
Free of: 7 of 8 top allergens and gluten. (Package says: “May contain milk”)
www.peepsandcompany.com (U.S. & Canada, Wal-Mart and Dollarama)
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