The Celiac Mom’s Guide to A Happy, Safe, & Gluten Free Halloween (REPOST)

As the Cherry Pie Bites are baking in the oven, the celery, onions and apples await chopping for the Sausage and Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash for tonight’s dinner, and the leaves swirl past my window, I really feel like Fall is in full swing. This season brings along with it so many fun and delicious things…farm markets, hayrides, hot apple cider, pumpkin picking and, drumroll please…Halloween! 

For kids, Halloween is the pinnacle of Fall. The costume planning, the decorations, carving pumpkins—it’s a kid-centered holiday. But it’s also a holiday centered around eating candy. Lots of candy. Being a kid with celiac at Halloween can be difficult, but I have a few simple suggestions for you to make it easier on your gluten free kid.

Being a kid with celiac at Halloween can be difficult

Every year, many celiac-focused websites publish a list of gluten free candy that is safe for your child to eat. You can find a link to the list I consult here. The list is updated every year. Use this list to choose safe candy to hand out at your house (remember, there are always leftovers!) and as a reference when sorting through your child’s loot after trick-or-treating is done.

Once you have sorted all the gluten containing candy from the safe candy in your child’s bag, your child may not be left with much. Never fear, because you will be prepared! Before Halloween comes, order some favorite gluten free treats online (Gimbal’s candy is one of our favorites) or shop for some safe gluten free candy that your child loves. Then have a trading session and let them trade in their unsafe candy for some of their favorites. Keep this stash a secret though, because half the fun of Halloween is being surprised by what you get.

Another idea, besides handing out candy that is safe for your child, is to hand out non-food items. In 2014, Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) launched a national campaign called the Teal Pumpkin Project. It was intended to promote inclusion of all trick-or-treaters and to raise awareness of food allergies. To participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project, simply provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters (such as pencils, crayons, or bubbles), paint a pumpkin teal to place in front of your home, along with a free printable sign from FARE, to indicate you have non-food treats available. To learn more about the Teal Pumpkin Project and to print out a sign, click here.

I hope you and your children have a fun, safe and yummy gluten free Halloween!
The Celiac Mom is CEO of Diehl Enterprises. Her duties include executive chef, pastry chef, taxi driver, housekeeper, kisser of boo boos, Popsicle distributor, counselor, and champion Uno player. She is also the Content Coordinator and writer for Allen’s Creek Living Magazine. She lives in Pittsford, NY with her husband and three children.

A Comprehensive Gluten Free Guide to Halloween Candy (2017)

Our annual Comprehensive Gluten Free Halloween list is here to help you navigate your candy giving needs. This list comes courtesy of Very Well with the most common celiac safe gluten free Halloween Candy. Did your favorite confection make the list? Let me know in the comments.


• Large white peeps marshmallow bunny
• Chocolate mousse flavored peep bunnies
• Yellow peep chicks
• Mike and Ike- lemonade blends
• Mike and Ike- Zours
• Bunnies- blue, pink, yellow, green, orange and lavender
• Mike and Ike- berry blast
• Mike and Ike- original
• Peeps Decorated Marshmallow Eggs
• Original Peeps Marshmallow Chicks – Yellow, white, orange,green,pink,blue, and purple
• Marshmallow Bunnies
• Blue Raspberry Flavored Chicks
• Bubble Gum Flavored Marshmallow Chicks
• Just Born Jelly Beans
• Lemon Delight Marshmallow Chicks
• Lime Delight Marshmallow Chicks
• Mystery Flavored Marshmallow Bunnies
• Mystery Flavored Marshmallow Chicks
• Orange Delight Marshmallow Chicks
• Party Cake Flavored Marshmallow Chicks
• Peeps Decorated Marshmallow Eggs
• Sour Watermelon Flavored Marshmallow Chicks
• Sweet Lemonade Flavored Marshmallow Chicks
• Chocolate Dipped Marshmallow Chicks
• Chocolate Mousse Flavored Marshmallow Chicks
• Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Chicks
• Chocolate Mousse Flavored Marshmallow Bunnies
• Marshmallow Bunnies – yellow, purple, pink, orange, green, blue, and white


Hershey’s maintains a list of gluten-free candies and updates it several times each year. The following list of Hershey’s candies are considered gluten-free to less than 20 parts per million:

  • Almond Joy (all except for Almond Joy Pieces candy)
  • Mounds (all)
  • Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Kisses
  • Hershey’s Special Dark Kisses (but not the Special Dark candy bar; see below)
  • Hershey’s Filled Chocolate Kisses, only in the following flavors: Milk Chocolate, Chocolate Filled with Caramel, Chocolate Filled with Cherry Cordial Creme, Vanilla Creme, Dark Chocolate Filled with Mint Truffle, Pumpkin Spice (available in the fall), Meltaway Milk Chocolates, Special Dark Mildly Sweet Chocolate
  • Hershey’s Hugs
  • Hershey’s Nuggets, only in the following flavors: milk chocolate, milk chocolate with almonds, special dark chocolate with almonds, and extra creamy milk chocolate with toffee and almonds)
  • Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar, only in the 1.55 oz. size
  • Hershey’s Milk Chocolate with Almonds Bar, only in the 1.45 oz. size
  • Hershey’s Air Delight
  • Hershey’s Milk Duds (all)
  • Heath Bars (all)
  • Payday (all)
  • Reese’s Fast Break bar
  • Reese’s Nutrageous bar
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (all except for Reese’s unwrapped minis and seasonal shaped items, such as Valentine’s hearts)
  • Reese’s Pieces (all except for Reese’s Pieces Eggs)
  • Rolo Caramels in Milk Chocolate (all except for Rolo Minis)
  • Skor Toffee Bar (all)
  • York Peppermint Pattie (all except for York Pieces candies, York Minis, and York Shapes)

Tootsie Roll Industries

From their website:
“At this time, all of our confections are gluten free. We do not use wheat, barley, rye, oats, triticale, spelt or any of their components and that includes our dusting on our conveyor belts. We do use corn and soy products in the manufacturing of our products.”

Jelly Belly
From their website:
“Jelly Belly jelly beans are gluten free, peanut free, dairy free, fat free and vegetarian friendly.”

Sour Patch
• Sour Patch Watermelon
• Sour Patch Peach, Cherry, Raspberry
• Sour patch Fruits
• Sour Patch Kids


• Camille Bloch Torino Swiss Milk Chocolate
• Camille Bloch Torino Filled Dairy Chocolate
• Camille Bloch Torino Filled Pareve Chocolate
• Camille Bloch Torino Swiss Milk White Chocolate
• Camille Bloch Ragusa Jubile Dairy Chocolate
• Camille Bloch Torino Swiss Dark Parve Chocolate
• Chocolate Seder Plate
• Chocolate Bonbenniere
• Assorted Hazelnut Truffles
• Creme De Menthe Chocolate
• All Truffle Chocolates
• Chocolate Bon Bons
• Chocolate Chips
• Cocoa Powder
• All Gummys and Sours
• Fruit leathers
• Fruit Taffy
• Assorted Ball Pops

The following Nestle candies have no gluten ingredients:

  • Baby Ruth
  • Bit-O-Honey
  • Milk Chocolate
  • SweeTARTS
  • Oh Henry!
  • Sno-Caps
  • Wonka Pixy Stix
  • Laffy Taffy (including Laffy Taffy Rope)
  • Wonka Lik-M-Aid Fun Dip

Illinois Nut & Candy/ Raising the Candy Bar

• Passover Chocolate Locust
• Passover Chocolate Kos Miriam
• Passover Chocolate Mousse Cup
• Passover White Baking Bar
• Passover Green Frogs
• Passover Chocolate Frogs
• Wild beasts


• Dark Chocolate Covered Potato Chips
• Milk Chocolate Almond Butter Cups
• Toasted Coconut Marshmallows
• White Marshmallows
• Mini Marshmallows
• Toasted Coconut Marshmallows
• Magic Max, Cotton Candy (Blue/Red)
• Dark Chocolate Almond Bark
• Dark Chocolate Seder Plate
• Dark Chocolate Macaroons
• Ultimate Triple Chocolate Macaroons
• Dark Chocolate Covered Marshmallows with Nuts
• Raspberry Jell Bars
• Milk Chocolate Frolic Bears
• Caramel Cashew Patties
• Peppermint Patties
• Tender Coconut Patties
• Hazelnut Truffles
• Viennese Crunch
• Milk Chocolate Lollycones
• Fruit Slices Gift Pack
• Magic Max Cotton Candy

Courtesy of Very Well