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post #1 of 24
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I thought it would be a good idea to start brainstorming NOW what to do! We've managed a PB halloween for years but now we're GF too! Most of my PB free standards have gluten! ACK! How do you handle trick or treating with your kids with allergies/intolerences. What candies are safe for GF kids? I'm thinking I might just get some safe candies and give one to each kid when they go to their door, rather then hunt for safe ones. We might just go around and look at the costumes and decorations. Dunno. What are your plans?
post #2 of 24
We don't do a lot of trick or treating around here- just relatives- as we live in the "country". I let the g-parents know what are some "safe" commercial free candies and they get a few but mostly just fruit things or some little toys. I will probably make some safe candies as well- homemade mounds, marshmallow, popcorn balls and some homemade pb cups.

I cannot think of safe candy off the top of my head I know there is a site that comes up every year with lists but haven't even thought aobut it much yet.
post #3 of 24
What about pecanbread.com? They have some recipes for candies/cookies on there that could be safe for some. I tried the peanut butter caramels last year and they were soooo good!
post #4 of 24
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we can't do any peanuts of treenuts due to allergies. Makes for a tough holiday

I did find that all tootsie roll products are safe both for nuts and gluten. They use no wheat, rye, barley or oats, even on their conveyors. They do use corn and soy. Hershey's is nut free (except for the products that contain nuts like reeces or mr goodbar etc). I'll have to check bags at the store JIC.
post #5 of 24
homemade marshmallows? those are easy to make- soooo not healthy - but a good sugar high for the kids :0
post #6 of 24
Kathy makes homemade taffy, haven't tried that one myself, but sounds like a great treat.
post #7 of 24
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Originally Posted by crunchy_mama View Post
homemade marshmallows? those are easy to make- soooo not healthy - but a good sugar high for the kids :0
There is a homemade marshmallow recipe on healthy indulgences:

http://healthyindulgences.blogspot.c...l/marshmallows

It is slightly healthier than the average marshmallow

If you are okay with sugar subs, that is
post #8 of 24
We can't do peanuts, tree nuts or eggs.....last year we skipped ToTing and instead had a movie night (rented a movie, made some snacks, and all just spent time together----it was wonderful!)

This year we are doing the same but I also got a pinata. Plan to fill it with:
plain hershey kisses, maybe some skippers from Vermont Nut Free, dumdums, mini packs of teddy grahams (if I can find them).....that way the kids still feel like they got enough junky food (lol) but we are ok allergy-wise
post #9 of 24
We trick or treat and then DD can leave her candy out and the Great Pumpkin will take the treats and leave her a present.

Then I'll give her some safe gummy bears or something.
post #10 of 24
Well, fortunately DS is too young to actually want to eat his candy, since there is NOTHING commercial with no dairy, gluten, corn, or chocolate in it. The sugar fairy comes by our house after Halloween and picks up the candy in exchange for a gift (usually a book, my DD would trade anything for a new book, LOL!).

One thing we are considering in future years is holding a Halloween party, with safe treats, a decorated backyard, etc. I had a friend who did this growing up, and her house was THE place to be on Halloween .
post #11 of 24
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Originally Posted by mamafish9 View Post
Well, fortunately DS is too young to actually want to eat his candy, since there is NOTHING commercial with no dairy, gluten, corn, or chocolate in it. The sugar fairy comes by our house after Halloween and picks up the candy in exchange for a gift (usually a book, my DD would trade anything for a new book, LOL!).

One thing we are considering in future years is holding a Halloween party, with safe treats, a decorated backyard, etc. I had a friend who did this growing up, and her house was THE place to be on Halloween .
I've been considering this myself..
Deb: i've seen allergen free lollipops @ the herb jar here.. i'll try to get over there (or call) to make sure they're corn free but i know they were free of the rest... not sure about sals though...
post #12 of 24
We avoid food colourings and artificial flavours...

I buy a few things like Real Fruit Gummies, yummy earth lollipops, chocolate things that they can have etc...

We go out Trick or Treating in the neighbourhood, we get home and quickly put all the stuff they can have aside and then open our lights and give the rest of the candy away along with glow sticks which I get at the dollar store...

The boys have no qualms about giving the candy away and they love to do it... and in the end everyone is happy...
post #13 of 24
What we do every year is allow him to go trick or treating, he really enjoys it! If there is a choice I try to choose something appropriate...but he can't eat ANYTHING until he comes home.

Then I have safe candy to trade for the stuff that isn't good....then I throw that back in our offerings for the other kids

He has been good with this system at age 2 & 3. At age 4 he has no trouble giving up stuff that might make him sick. He's very aware of it so it isn't an issue at all. He still loves Halloween and TOT!
post #14 of 24
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Originally Posted by chlobo View Post
We trick or treat and then DD can leave her candy out and the Great Pumpkin will take the treats and leave her a present.

Then I'll give her some safe gummy bears or something.
OOH I love this idea! I think we might just do that! We're planning on moving to a cohousing community so It won't be an issue to ask folks to keep special candy for my kids (I'd drop bags with cookies off to the neighbors) but not where we live right now. I think the great pumpkin my just be a great option for us this year!
post #15 of 24
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Originally Posted by mamafish9 View Post
Well, fortunately DS is too young to actually want to eat his candy, since there is NOTHING commercial with no dairy, gluten, corn, or chocolate in it. The sugar fairy comes by our house after Halloween and picks up the candy in exchange for a gift (usually a book, my DD would trade anything for a new book, LOL!).

There's NOTHING my guys can have either (we avoid gluten, soy, corn, dairy, chocolate, sals, nuts, etc.). I read an article about a mom who went so far as to bake GF/safe sugar cookies in Halloween shapes and ice them, wrap them in individual baggies, and go door to door ahead of her son, telling people his name and costume so they can give him the safe treats. Sweet!

I found cookie cutters & cupcake pans in Halloween shapes, and think we might just do some of those with a few of my mom's neighbors, then give away the rest of the TOT loot. (BTW: Namaste Blondie mix with 3 eggs or replacer, a 15oz can of pumpkin, and a little cinnamon makes a great pumpkin cake! Frost cupcakes with carob frosting and you're all festive looking!)

I like the Great Pumpkin / Sugar fairy idea - awesome! There is also a dentist in our town who is doing a pretty cool trade-in: he gives kids $1/pound for their candy, then packages up the candy and ships it to the troops overseas. Neat.
post #16 of 24
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Originally Posted by JacquelineR View Post
I've been considering this myself..
Deb: i've seen allergen free lollipops @ the herb jar here.. i'll try to get over there (or call) to make sure they're corn free but i know they were free of the rest... not sure about sals though...
Thanks . Sals are usually an issue too, he can't do the fruit flavors. But he likes cookies, and he really doesn't care about candy yet (autism decreases how much he notices what other kids have). He's a meat boy, I'll just trade his candy for homemade chicken nuggets, LOL!
post #17 of 24
When my oldest was a preschooler, we used to take him trick-or-treating, and then "trade" his unsafe candy for a couple of little toys or a video, and leave him with enough "safe" candy to keep him happy. It's worked out ok over the years.
post #18 of 24
The week before Halloween, I visit our 10 closest neighbors. I have explained to them in the past about Mini-man's allergies, and I give them each a small baggie to keep aside for my son. In this bag, I have a pokemon card, halloween penil or eraser, GFCF chocolates that he likes, twisted fruit and sometimes even a penny. I also let them know what costume he will be wearing. When Mini-man comes around, they hand him his special bag. He knows what I do now, but the first time was so happy and shocked that he could still trick or treat.
post #19 of 24
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My cousin just sent me this link

http://surefoodsliving.com/2009/10/0...gen-free-2009/

The top 8 allergens are listed for most of these . Some are free of all of them!
post #20 of 24
thanks for the link- I will be passing that on to the grandparents!
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