For kids, Oct. 31 is one of the best days of the year — costumes, candy, the occasional prank — but if you're not giving out allergy free candy on Halloween, you can put a serious damper on a trick-or-treater's day. Unfortunately, kids who have allergies to foods like nuts or dairy can't eat just any candy — and according to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology, about eight percent of kids have at least one food sensitivity. While that may seem small, you can likely think of a few friends off the top of your head who have kids with negative food reactions — or who have food allergies themselves. And that means you'll probably get a few trick-or-treaters with similar food restrictions.
So this Halloween, we're looking for candy that's safe and friendly for everyone. Because chances are that at least one little ghost or mummy or superhero ringing your doorbell on All Hallow's Eve isn't going to be able to eat those chocolate bars you usually stock up on. And while a Snickers bar might be your favorite treat, they contain milk, peanuts, eggs, and soy — which means they might be dangerous for one of the trick-or-treaters visiting your block.
We did a little research and rounded up a whole host of candies free of the top 8 allergens — wheat, milk, soy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish (although we certainly hope all candies are free of those last two). If you or a loved one have food allergies, you likely already know which candies are best for you. But if you ever have any questions — like what kind of other foods are made at the facility — call the number on the back of the candy label to speak to the company yourself. Check out the gallery below to find 10 sweet treats perfect for handing out on Halloween.