It's getting close to that time of year again, when all of your little goblins will go out to trick or treat or attend a fun Halloween party. You may ask "Should we take them trick or treating?" "Do we avoid the holiday altogether?"
Good luck with that. Your four or six year old probably won't be very receptive to not participating in one of the most anticipated holidays of the year for kids. For parents of children that are celiac or gluten intolerant or even just sensitive to gluten it's important that they get to have fun just like their school friends will.
So how to make sure your kids have fun and not get sick? Well, you have to put the hammer down and create some strict rules for your kids so that they can enjoy the holiday and stay well at the same time. You can point out how it's no different in this way than when you were a kid and came back to the house with your bag or bucket full of sweet treats.
The difference is that you probably had a nibble here or there while out canvassing the neighborhood! Make it crystal clear that you MUST check all of the candy before they are allowed to have any, and then and only then can they have some. Remind them that this is in their best interest and you want them to have good memories of Halloween, not how sick they got. Ick who wants that, right?
This should include popcorn balls, candy apples, and any other non-traditionally wrapped taste treat they pick up along the way. This way they will have a fun and safe Halloween and you won't have to worry either, win-win.
This is a link to a comprehensive list of candy and manufacturers that say their chocolate, or candy is safe and doesn't contain gluten. Of course manufacturers change things from time to time so always carefully check labels as well. Fortunately, many companies are labeling packaging now, so that's a relief but still be diligent. Click here for list of gluten-free candy as of publication date of this article.