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Happy (Gluten Free) Halloween!

by Erika Macchione on October 31, 2022

Have you ever sorted Halloween candy for an hour? Well, every year after trick-or-treating that’s what I do. Hi, I’m Lila Varitek and I am 12 years old and I have Celiac Disease. Halloween can be hard. During my first year of being gluten-free, I ended up crying with my mom for about an hour because I didn’t think I had any candy that I could eat. But then I learned what candy I could have and I would like to share some of my favorite candies I eat every year. 

My favorite gluten-free chocolates are Hershey bars, Reeses, and Kisses. Some of my other favorite candies are Sour Patch Kids, gummy worms, lolly pops, and Jolly Ranchers. Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays because I get to hang out with my friends and eat a lot of candy. 

Last year, I went to my friend's house and we got a lot of candy. There was one house that was giving away big Hershey bars. After trick-or-treating, I dump all my candy into a pile and sort it out by brand/candy item. All the candy that I get that is not gluten-free, or that I don't like, I put in a pile and give to my sister or my dad. Sometimes, I trade candy that is not gluten-free for candy that is gluten-free. Celiac.org is where we usually check to see if a candy is gluten-free or not. Sometimes the list changes. 


This year, I’ll post my Halloween and trick-or-treat candy sorting experience. Follow me on TikTok and Instagram if you’d like to learn more about my life and what it is like having Celiac Disease. 


Contributed by Lila Varitek

TikTok: @lila_varitek33 

Instagram: lila_varitek