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Our allergy safe summer camp’s list of gluten and peanut free candies for Halloween

Download our list of peanut free and
gluten free Halloween treats

peanut free candiesLast year we became aware of a new part of the Halloween tradition: the Teal Pumpkin. Posting this photo on the front of your house indicates something very important to Trick or Treaters and their parents: that your house is providing the option of some non-food items for children who have life threatening food allergies.

In 2014 more than 100,000 homes across the country hung up teal pumpkin signs, and it appears that even more will be doing it this year. We love that this sort of compassion for children with food allergies and sensitivities is a growing part of our society. If you are looking for inexpensive ideas to stock your non-food basket for Halloween please consider any of the following:

  • Playful plastic jewelry
  • Fun costume accessories like eye patches and fake mustaches
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Arts and crafts materials
  • Festive pencils and other school supplies
  • Olde school games/toys like jax and mini-yoyos
  • Small things of Play Dough

For many years now our brother/sister summer camp in NH has been the safe home for children who eat peanut, tree nut, and gluten free, so the idea that our campers with food allergies can fully participate in this important part of American childhood makes us really happy.

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allergy friendly summer camp

But as we were getting ready for Halloween in our own homes, our team wondered if we could somehow make this an even more inclusive holiday. What if our homes had three candy baskets: 1 for general candy, 1 for gluten free candy and 1 for peanut free candy? Each of the baskets could be clearly marked, and you’d have to make sure that the only kids putting their hands into the allergen-free baskets specifically said “I can’t eat gluten” or “I can’t eat tree nuts” (since as we know many of our costumed friends sample their candy throughout the night, which means that little hands may be covered in potential allergens). It doesn’t sound that complicated to us, and it has the potential to make this holiday even more fun and inclusive for kids with food allergies or sensitivities. 

If you have any interest in doing this we researched which candy companies sell truly gluten free and peanut or tree nut free Halloween candies, and came up with this list that we are very happy to share with you.

Download our list of peanut free and
gluten free Halloween treats

We hope that everyone has a happy and safe Halloween. If you plan on hanging up a teal pumpkin, or have any thoughts on our 3 basket idea, please take a moment and share with us your comments.

Camps Kenwood and Evergreen is a completely peanut free and tree nut free community. Our dining team includes a chef with a separate preparation area for making gluten free and dairy free meals.