Every year I struggle with giving out candy at Halloween knowing the junk that’s in it. Do you know how hard it is to find candy without Red Dye no. 40? Practically impossible! I also worry about handing out candy that isn’t allergy-free knowing so many friends who have kids with allergies.
It’s not easy getting rid of the mounds of candy my kids often bring home. My husband and I are not on the same page when it comes to trick or treating. On top of that, some years, there aren’t many kids trick or treating like last year when Hurricane Sandy hit. We get inundated with candy when few kids are out Halloween night.
The thing is I want my kids to participate in trick or treating. It’s fun for them, and it’s fun for me. They love dressing up and showing their friends their costumes. I get to see neighbors that I don’t see that often. I can coach my kids how to talk to strangers and be polite while I’m there. Now if I could only get the neighbors to hand out healthy food…
My Plan for Halloween Treats This Year
I am going to try to go no-food for our Halloween Treats this year. Failing that since I’m expecting pressure from my husband and kids, I’ll hand out Pirate’s Booty. This week, I picked up my Halloween treat bags and supplies to fill them at the Dollar Tree. I found lots of cute little toys, pencils, bubbles, and erasers that kids love to hold onto. I’ll ask my kids to help me fill the bags one night while they’re watching tv.
Allergy-free Candy Options for Halloween
The Bay Area Allergy Advisory Board offers a list of peanut-free and nut-free candies updated each year. Many of these are available at your local grocery store. Gluten-Free Checklist offers a list of gluten-free candies in PDF format.
If you can’t find allergy-free candy at your local grocery store, you can order it online at the Natural Candy Store. They sell the following types of allergy-free candy: wheat-free, egg-free, dairy-free, peanut-free, soy-free, and tree-nut free. You can also find Gluten-free candy and Gluten-Free Casein-Free candy at the Natural Candy Store along with corn syrup-free candy and Feingold candy. You have time to order the candy and have it before Halloween without paying extra for expedited shipping.
Sugarcrafter has a homemade candy corn recipe which does call for cornstarch if that is a concern. However, I think you could substitute other thickeners without affecting the recipe.
Since ingredients and manufacturing practices change, verify with the company before eating or giving out. Most companies are happy to answer questions from concerned parents.
Read all the posts for the October Unprocessed Challenge.