The Ultimate List of Allergy-Friendly Halloween Treats

The Ultimate List of Allergy-Friendly Halloween Treats

A great big list of safe Halloween treats for all from a mom of a severely allergic kid.


By: Lorraine Allen

Halloween is an especially difficult time for kids with food allergies. Think about it: You’re a kid, you already can’t enjoy birthday cake at parties, and now it’s Halloween and everyone is focused on candy, and you can’t eat it! BOO! As the mom to 5-year-old who is allergic to some of the ingredients in most candy bars, I’ve had to come up with creative ways to make sure my kid can trick-or-treat with the rest of them and enjoy some treats, too. (Every case is different, of course, so be sure to ask your child’s doctor about specific foods that will be safe for your child.)

If you’re like me, raising kids with allergies, these tips can come in handy. And I hope those of you without food restrictions might also consider these treat options, which are free from the “top eight” most common allergens (eggs, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, fish, shellfish, and soy), so that everyone can enjoy them. Here is my big, safe Halloween treat list:

  • Popcorn! Seriously, who does not love this? You can make it yourself or buy it in bulk and put it in Halloween-themed goodie bags. (Another yummy twist on this: caramel corn.)
  • Caramel Apples. Apples grow almost everywhere in the fall and are sold in bulk this time of year. For Halloween, I buy a few bushels of small ones and dip them in homemade vegan caramel (you can search online for lots of recipe options). Then cover with plastic wrap and use a nice ribbon to tie it. It’s a special treat, and it’s delicious.
  • Chewy candy and gummies. Always double check the ingredients, but I have yet to find any chewy candy or gummies that do have any of the major food allergens, so these make great treats. They come in all colors of the rainbow, in many shapes and sizes, and these are always a favorite with my little one.
  • Gum. Again, double check ingredients to be safe, but I have not yet found gum that is a danger to any allergic person I know. Gum is a personal favorite of mine because the enjoyment lasts a long time, without requiring eating any junk. Perfect!
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  • Lollipops, hard candy, and peppermint balls. I took this great idea from my kid’s doctor! These are so cheap and easy to find in bulk. I love them as allergy-friendly Halloween treats.
  • Dried and freeze-dried fruit. (Fruit leather works too.) My kid loves fruit as much as candy, so when she gets a box of raisins or dried berries she really enjoys these. Not only are they allergy-friendly, but they are healthy too, so your neighbors will all thank you!
  • Gluten-free pretzels. These are becoming really easy to find and are often “top eight” allergen-safe too. (But double check before buying! I have seen these sometimes contain nuts, dairy, and/or eggs.)
  • Food-free treats. These are great because, of course, there is no need to worry about anyone not enjoying them! We’ve bought temporary tattoos, stickers, plastic vampire teeth, beads, glow toys, pencils, erasers, magnets, bouncy balls, and whistles.

Do you have any Halloween treat ideas that are food allergy-friendly?



Lorraine Allen is a writer, and mom and personal chef to one spunky 5-year-old girl with severe food allergies. You can enjoy their delicious recipes and follow their amusing family cooking adventures at Feeding Lina.

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Katie

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This is nice but my son is allergic to mint.

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My 6 yr old is VERY allergic to food dye. He gets a massive migraine whenever he gets any. So all those things you mentioned....funnies, gum,etc....all would be HORRIBLE for him!!! My baby has severe allergies to cinnamon, banana, carrot, milk, oat, tomato sauce, as well as anything that touches his skin.

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