Halloween 2016: Food Allergy-Friendly Candies

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Published: October 6, 2016

There’s nothing like scampering about on Halloween night, collecting trinkets and yummy goodies. Help trick-or-treaters focus on fun, not fear, by stocking up on safe sweets and tiny toys, perfect for every goblin and ghost.

For those handing out food treats this year, here are our top picks for allergy-friendly and gluten-free candies to keep your little monsters safe.

Note: Always read labels to make sure ingredients haven’t changed.

mikeike72piecesMike and Ike

Coax Halloween haunters out of the shadows with this unique mix of Mike and Ike chewy candy and non-edible treats. With 72 items per bag, including themed erasers and crayons, you’ll be ready when the Halloween hordes descend.
Free of: All Top 8 allergens and gluten free.
Available at www.peepsandcompany.com and mass retailers across the U.S. including Wegmans, HyVee and Shop Rite. (U.S. Only)

Gimbal’s Beansgim-10201

Whether party- or snack-sized, Gimbal’s has the perfect package of top-allergen-free Gourmet Jelly Beans for any occasion. In 41 flavors – from tiramisu to ice cream cake – these treats have something for every little pumpkin.
Free of: Top 8 allergens
Available at www.gimbalscandy.com and at Walmart, Walgreens, SuperValu and more. (U.S. & Canada)


Vermont Nut-Free

It wouldn’t be Halloween without a healthy dose of chocolate. This year, get your fix with Vermont Nut-Free chocolate and let those with nut allergies indulge. Available in milk or dark, the Trick or Treat Skipper Pack is filled with 15 individually-wrapped packs of candy-coated chocolate pieces, sure to make even the creepiest creatures crack a smile.
Free of: peanuts and tree nuts
Available at www.vermontnutfree.com. (U.S. & Canada)

Surf Sweets Trick or Treat PacksSurf Sweets 

Made with organic fruit juice and fortified with vitamin C, Surf Sweet’s fruity bears aren’t your average gummy. Hand them out happily knowing that they’re free of the top 10 allergens and at least a little bit healthy.
Free of: Top 8 allergens, sesame, sulfites and gluten.
www.surfsweets.com (U.S. & Canada)

SkinnyPopSkinny Pop Treat Bags

Fight the Halloween sugar high with a crunchy snack that kids (and adults!) will love. SkinnyPop Original popcorn is free of all top 8 allergens, low in sodium and fat, and a good source of fiber. Find it in packages of 12 treat-size bags.
Free of: Top 8 allergens
Available at www.skinnypop.comwww.target.com and Metro and Sobeys in Ontario. (U.S. & Canada)


Ring Pop Candy “Jewels”

Go from ghastly to glitzy with ever-popular Ring Pop candy. As princesses, vampires and superheroes all know, glittering, allergy-friendly candy jewelry never goes out of style.
Free of: Top 8 allergens plus sesame
Available at www.amazon.com, www.partycity.com, www.candywarehouse.com. (U.S. & Canada)


Dare Gummies

It takes a lot of energy to run around like a banshee on a moonlit night! Fuel the frenzy with soft and tasty RealFruit gummies from Dare in assorted flavors including cherry, tangerine and pear.
Free of: Peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, eggs, soy, fish, shellfish (may contain milk)
Available at major retailers including Sobeys, Loblaws, Walmart and Shoppers Drug Mart. (Canada only)



Give tiny tots a treat without the trick with organic lollipops made with real fruit juice from YumEarth. Each of the eight fun flavors, from perfectly peach to mango tango, tastes as shockingly good as it sounds.
Free of: Top 8 allergens
Available at www.yummyearth.com Walmart, Whole Foods, Target and www.amazon.com. (U.S. & Canada)


Give little goblins a choice between jumbo gummies, five-flavor hard candy or lollipops with LifeSavers’ seasonal variety pack. Free of top allergens and tremendously tasty, it’s no surprise these treats have been around for more than 100 spooky years.
Free of: Top 8 allergens plus sulfites and sesame
Available at Walmart, select supermarkets and pharmacies. (U.S. & Canada)

Other Noteworthy Goodies

Fruit Strips – 100% fruit snacks (known as SunRype Fruit to Go in Canada).
Free of: Top 8 allergens, sesame, sulfites and gluten-free.
www.sunrype.com (U.S. & Canada)

Lay’s Classic Potato Chips Halloween Treat Bags.
Free of: Top 8 allergens, certified gluten-free
www.fritolay.com (U.S. & Canada)


Divvies Chocolates
Free of: Tree nuts, peanuts, eggs and dairy.

Hershey’s Kisses Pumpkin spice flavor — An autumnal version of the classic kiss.
Free of: Peanuts, tree nuts, egg, wheat, gluten-free.
www.hersheys.com/kisses/ (U.S. only)


Kerr’s Eyeball Pops – Lollipops in blue raspberry, watermelon, strawberry, lime, grape and orange.
Free of: Peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, dairy, wheat
www.kerrs.com (Canada only)

Always remember to check the label, as a brand’s ingredients can change. Small portion or “mini-size” treats may have different ingredients than the regular versions.

Food Allergy Halloween Resources

Awesome Food-Free Ideas for the Loot Bag
Full List of Allergy-Friendly Halloween Resources
Parenting Coach Gina Clowes: All-ages guide to safe treating