Finding allergy safe Halloween candy can be tricky (haha, get it?), but it doesn’t have to be. My daughter is allergic to milk, eggs, peanuts and tree nuts, and I find it easiest to just avoid all top 8 allergens when buying candy. You can’t go wrong there!
If you’re up for it, just head to the store and start perusing the aisles, checking labels. That’s what I always did… but that was before food allergies were so common, and help is now nearly everywhere you look!
To make things a bit easier on you, you can find a plethora of “allergen-free candy” lists online to suit your personal allergy needs! Awesome!
I’ve searched around for what I consider to be the best, most comprehensive lists of allergy-free candies out there for 2016.
Here’s what I found:
If you’re like me, and you’re looking to avoid multiple food allergies, it’s probably easiest to go with top 8 (milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish) free candies:
But maybe you only have one or two food allergies you need to avoid. Here are a few other lists I’ve found to help you find specific allergen-free candies.
PetaKids has a big list of vegan candy for Halloween, but they’re not all nut-free, so be sure to check:
For strictly peanut- and tree nut-free candy, the Bay Area Allergy Advisory Board has an awesome list here:
And for those of you avoiding gluten, here’s a list of gluten-free Halloween candy:
I had a hard time finding strictly soy-free candies. Most lists were for multiple allergens, including soy. I would suggest either going top 8 free or taking your time checking labels.
I’ve put together a list of my best tips for a food allergy safe Halloween here, but here are a few candy-specific tips to keep in mind:
Always, always, ALWAYS check ingredient labels.
Ingredients change, so even if you know it was safe last year, it’s SO much better to be safe than sorry. And if the candies are the small, individual sizes that don’t have ingredients, you can generally do a quick Google search to find the current ingredients.
Unlabeled treats are off limits.
I’m talking about candies like those generic lollipops with clear wrappers that don’t even tell you what brand they are. No ingredient list and no way to look them up? No, thank you!
Unwrapped candies go bye-bye!
This, again, goes for candies without a label, but also candies that might have torn wrappers or have the candy exposed in some way. You can never be sure what came in contact with that candy before you snatched it up, so just toss it.
This year will be Jillian’s 12th Halloween (good Lord, where does the time go?!?!), so we’ve gotten quite the groove going on when it comes to allergy-friendly candy. That being said, I never let my guard down around Halloween. You can absolutely become too complacent about checking candy, and that is when accidents happen.
Keep a close eye on your little (or big) one, and make sure you know exactly what it is they’re eating on Halloween night. That way the only scare you’ll get is from the creepy little ghouls at your front door!