October is here again, which means you’re probably busy getting ready for Halloween! Last year I shared a list of 15 non-food treat ideas for an allergy-safe Halloween that any kid would love to get at Halloween. But for those of you who would rather stick with edible treats, be sure to check out Target’s 2016 Halloween Allergen Guide for a list of allergy-safe Halloween treats that can be found in your local stores. You can find this guide at your local Target store and on their website.
Target has verified with the manufacturers for each of the products listed in their guide to verify presence of the most common allergens (milk, eggs, soy, gluten, wheat, peanuts, and tree nuts). The specific UPC codes for each of the products verified is listed in the guide so that you can be sure that you have the correct one, though you should always verify the ingredients on the package itself to avoid mistakes or confusion.
“The allergens listed for the 2016 Halloween candy items below have been confirmed by our manufacturers, and listed in their ingredient statement. Items listed with a “no” means the allergen is not present in the product. However, please make sure you check the actual product labels for all ingredient information. Happy Halloween!”
What’s in the guide?
Target’s guide is helpfully broken out into tables so that you can easily look up treats based on their free-from status. The guide is broken into 3 tables –
- The first lists treats that have been verified as free of ALL allergens listed (milk, eggs, soy, gluten, wheat, peanuts, and tree nuts)
- The second lists treats that contain milk and/or soy, but are otherwise free-from the listed allergens
- The third lists treats confirmed as gluten-free (for those who do not have food allergies but do keep gluten-free)
Download the guide here.
Healthier Allergy-Safe Halloween Treat Ideas
If you’re looking for some more health-conscious options, YumEarth has some great options for fun, kid-approved, healthier treats that are
- Top-8 allergen-free
- 100% Vegan (except their gummy bears and gummy worms)
- Kosher (lollypops only at the moment, though their website suggests that the sour beans may also be kosher in the future)
- Free of artificial colours, flavours, or MSG.
- Flavoured with real fruit extracts
making these are a great option this Halloween.
Popular Allergy-Safe Treats Ideas
Here’s a list of which YumEarth’s candies are available in easy to hand out packages. You can pick these up conveniently at local stores or online (even with international shipping!) –
Organic Pops (lollypops) (available in bags of 14, 20, 50 or 300)
Gummy Bears (available in bags of 10 or 50 packages)
Fruit Snacks (available in bags of 5, 10, 12, or 50 packages)
Sour Beans (jellybeans) (available in bags of 5, 10, 12, and 50 packages)
You can also find their products on Amazon to take advantage of Amazon Prime’s 2-day shipping
The Teal Pumpkin Project
Don’t forget to check out these details about FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project – a movement that aims to make Halloween a more inclusive holiday for kids and parents living with food allergies and dietary restrictions.
Are you putting out a teal pumpkin this year? We’d love to see it! Share your pic on Twitter or Instagram and tag us with #accidentallycrunchy.