There’s no need to harm our animal friends while we celebrate a spooktacular and haunting Halloween! Though there are tons of ‘accidentally’ vegan Halloween candy options out there (like Air Heads, Smarties, Dots, and beyond), we wanted to bring you a more comprehensive list of exactly which candies are totally vegan and which ones just have a few options.
It can be daunting and sometimes frighteningly frustrating to find vegan-friendly candies at any time of year, but it seems to take it to a devilish degree at Halloween time. We’re not only searching for crave-worthy candies and chocolate that are available and affordable, but also ones that are pleasant and appealing, too. Who wants to celebrate the spooky season with terrible, tasteless treats? Not us!
If you want to step up your game this year, you can find many trick-or-treat friendly Halloween treats that are specifically made to be vegan (and often more natural, too)! Make sure to let us know if you find more brands that are completely vegan and we’d be happy to add them to our ongoing list.
All of the brands listed below are from companies that sell only vegan chocolate candies. You can be sure that whatever you buy on their website will be free of animal products and any alarming additives. Most of the products would be a perfect choice for vegan Halloween candy.
Beware that not all chocolate is created equal. In fact, some chocolate—even vegan chocolate—is produced using child slavery and environmentally harmful palm oil.
The following brands have at least some vegan candy options, but the brands themselves are not vegan (they also carry products that are not vegan). For instance, Surf Sweets has gelatin-free gummies that are clearly labeled vegan, but they also sell gelatin gummies that aren’t vegan. Read these labels closely before buying. Check out our new vegan candy guide for all vegan candy options!
And finally, when it comes to finding ‘accidentally’ vegan candy, watch out for these specific animal ingredients that commonly make their way into candy:
New options are coming to life every year, so keep an eye out!
Want to give kids something better than candy? Start a healthier Halloween tradition! Here are some non-candy trick-or-treat items you can give away instead:
If you’re looking for a slightly healthier option, MadeGood offers Halloween mini vegan granola bars! They are the perfect size for sharing and kid approved, plus this company is allergy-friendly so these are safe to enjoy at school and beyond. And don’t worry, they have baby chocolate chips in them so the kiddos won’t feel slighted.
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Article written by Gina House and Michelle Cehn. Edited by Amanda Meth. Please note that this article may contain affiliate links which supports our work at World of Vegan.
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I love that there are so many options for vegan-friendly candy and more and more 100% vegan chocolate and candy brands! Yay!