Halloween can be a fear provoking time for a gluten-free family, and for more reasons than the usual witch, ghost and goblin fright fest. Whenever there's a holiday centered so much around food, and one with unknown food on the go at that, there's a lot of potential for cross contamination and mistakes. I do at least have a few tips and resources for safety to make your lives easier.
One- Here is the latest list of approved Gluten-Free Halloween Candy from the Celiac Disease Foundation. This list is only a preliminary resource- make sure to still double-check ALL labels as things are always subject to change. Also ALWAYS remember that some special holiday recipes are different from the usual items on the shelves. For example, Reese's peanut butter cup pumpkins, Christmas trees and Easter eggs are a different recipe from REGULAR Reese's peanut butter cups and the holiday items ARE NOT gluten-free!
Two- Here is a link to a Halloween Safety webcast I did for the Celiac Disease Program. We also have a variety of other pre-recorded webcasts available on our channel for you to peruse and download to watch at your leisure.
Three- Check out the Teal Pumpkin Project and their available resources to promote a safer, happier Halloween for all with Non-Food treats this year. They also have a map on their website where participating houses in your neighborhood can register so you know where to go.
Hope these resources help you have a fun and safe Halloween this year! Enjoy!
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