2018 Gluten Free Halloween Candy List
If you’re considering taking advantage of the ultimate in Halloween fun and attending Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party this year, I have some info to help you make the most of your evening plus details about gluten-free and allergen-free trick-or-treating in Magic Kingdom during the event. But before we talk about Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Gluten-Free & Allergy Options, let’s get some details about the event in case you’re not familiar with it.
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With the party lasting five hours, entering early may seem unnecessary, but if you only have one night to attend, you may want to consider it.
Factor in a two-hour wait for a single character meet, 20 minutes for parade viewing, an hour to make your way around trick-or-treating, plus time for snacks, rides and shopping and you can see how five hours zips past!
It’s no secret we are a Disney family and we love how easy it is to eat gluten-free for celiac disease, allergen-free (soy, peanuts, tree nuts) and dairy-free at Walt Disney World and Disney Springs.
We attended MNSSHP last week, so I want to share our experience and some tips with you in case you’re able to attend this year or in the future.
As I mention above, those not attending the party exit out Main Street USA. To enter the party, avoid Main Street and go to the right. Enter through the inflatable arch and you will see special Halloween statues of characters like Donald and Minnie.
At that point, cast members hand out trick-or-treat bags. For individuals with food allergies, simply request a teal bag. You can get a treat bag at any Treats location throughout the park if you miss it when you first enter.
There are 14 trick-or-treat stations throughout the park marked with an illuminated inflatable marked “Treats” with an M&Ms image. Treat lines are cordoned off, making it easy to enter and exit.
For those with food allergies, simply ask for a teal token instead of candy. The tokens are later exchanged for allergen-free candy. I really tried to get a clear image of a token for you, but between lighting, crowds and my child-like desire to just have fun, alas, I did not. They’re plastic, teal and about the size of a half-dollar.
When you’re finished trick-or-treating, go to one of two exchange locations to turn in the tokens for allergen-free candy.
One exchange center is the Theater on Main Street USA (it is on your left as you exit the park). The other is Liberty Square Ticket Office located next to the Hall of Presidents.
When you exchange your tokens for candy, you will be asked about your food allergies and shown a chart (portion of which is pictured above, but the lights were so bright it’s hard to make out what it is) with all the candies available so that you can decide which are right for you. Then, you simply let the cast member know which candies you would like, and they fill your bag.
It’s a simple process, it seems to work well and hats off to Disney for making it possible for kids (and kids at heart!) with celiac disease and/or food allergies to enjoy the fun.
While I don’t want to come across as negative, I want to mention how the token collection and exchange experience made me feel. Keep in mind, I’m an adult, was diagnosed with celiac disease and multiple food allergies as an adult and I have never felt uncomfortable about my food differences, until MNSSHP.
This was the first time I ever felt like I was different or “singled out” for my food allergies and I admit, it was a bit bothersome. Being diagnosed as an adult in 2007, I never experienced a situation where I couldn’t eat what the other kids at school were eating or how it feels to be the kid at the party who can’t eat the cupcakes. It’s never been an issue for me personally when I couldn’t eat the regular birthday cake at a wedding or a party. Really, to me, no big deal. But again, diagnosed as an adult is very different than being diagnosed as a child. We adults can reason out, I can’t have this because it makes me sick and I can have something else later that is gluten-free, allergen-free, etc.
Trick-or-treating at Disney made me very aware of my difference from the majority. It felt awkward asking for a token and having the Cast Member put down a handful of candy to search for a token in their pocket. Three stations we went to were out of tokens. For me, it didn’t matter because I was trick-or-treating to learn how it worked so I can share with you.
But it made me stop and think about kids in that situation. Tell a child no candy, only tokens until we’re done. Then, have the Cast Member say “sorry, I’m all out of tokens” and you’ve got a disappointed kiddo on your hands, understandably so!
I’m grateful for the experience because it helped me see a situation I am very familiar with – living with food allergies and celiac disease – through another lens. I feel I understand, at least a bit better, how you parents feel when your kids are told “no, none for you” or “you’re different” just because of their special diet.
By the end of the trick-or-treat rounds, I noticed myself making comments to Dreamy and my daughter about being “the special kid” and I’m not kidding, it messed with me for a minute. I just felt like I wanted to be “normal” and get a handful of regular candy like everyone else. How’s that for a reality check?? Have you experienced this as an adult? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.
For food allergies, you can see the treats in the picture are predominantly Enjoy Life Foods chocolates, morsels, trail mix and cookies. There are also Surf Sweets, Smarties, Free2be Sun Cups, Gogo Squeeze, Werther’s candies, Beanfields Bean Chips, Yum Earth lollipops and several non-edible treats like slap bracelets and bookmarks.
The regular treats are mostly various flavors of M&Ms (caramel, peanut, plain, peanut butter), Life Savers gummies, Skittles and mini Snickers. The Life Savers gummies and some of the M&Ms are gluten-free. You can read about which Halloween candies are gluten-free in my updated list here.
As for quantity, it is excessive. We left with POUNDS of candy each.
And speaking of all that candy, especially the chocolates, I have some tips for you for making the most of MNSSHP.
The lines are long regardless of the time; however, most younger kids want to trick-or-treat first thing when the party begins. That’s an ideal time to jump in line for your favorite characters.
For us, our must-see were Jack and Sally, so we went straight to them. The wait was about two hours, I thought I might have a heat stroke and my feet hurt from standing in one spot for so long, but it was totally worth it, and I’d do it again. Jack and Sally were fabulous!!
Save the sweets for last so you don’t have to carry the candy. Disney is not going to run out of candy, I assure you. Also, if it’s warm out, which is likely, chocolates will melt and you’re going to receive loads of chocolate candy. You don’t want it to be melted and squishy.
Several locations around Magic Kingdom offer special Halloween-themed treats during the season. We only tried the candy corn soft serve from Autie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies in Tomorrowland, but there are a few others that are gluten-free such as:
There is so much going on that it’s a challenge to make it to everything during the five-hour party! My tip if you only have one night to attend is to decide in advance your “must-see” characters and entertainment and build a schedule around that. Here are a few special events during the party:
Passholders receive a ticket discount, but tickets go fast, especially the closer it gets to Halloween, so book now. Get all the details, tickets and more on the Disney site.
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