15 Halloween Treats That Are Surprisingly Vegan
For kids, Halloween is all about spooky costumes and filling their jack-o-lantern with candies, chocolates, gummies, and more. And while all Halloween candy is a treat, you might be surprised to know that some of the sweets kids collect are actually vegan.
Even better? The vegan candies are just as delicious as all the rest. Whether you're looking for vegan treats to add to your trick-or-treat giveaway pot, or are just curious which of your favorite Halloween classics are vegan, here are 15 surprisingly vegan (and even healthy, in a few cases) treats for tots.
Sour Patch Kids
Leah Johnston, RDN, is a registered dietitian who recommends the classic Sour Patch Kids, which are totally vegan. “It can be hard to find a gummy candy that doesn’t contain gelatin, but we can celebrate that this classic candy doesn’t contain the animal-derived product,” she says. Loved by kids and adults alike, this one is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
The great thing about Skittles is that they are generally easy to find and an affordable option for vegan trick-or-treaters. Plus, they’re a Halloween staple! Grab a bag of the fun-size packs at your local grocery store or drugstore and pass them out this Halloween.
Notty Fluffernutter Peanut Butter Cups
These peanut butter cups are vegan and come in a few different flavors, like fluffernutter, classic peanut butter, cookies and cream, and lemon almond. They’re soft and double stuffed, which make them very filling, and they are also low-carb and keto, with their sweetness coming from monk fruit and allulose.
Luckily, you can usually find the classic Smarties lumped into many Halloween candy variety packs, so there’s always a vegan option no matter how "non-specialty" your local grocery store is. They are also free of soy, gluten, and nuts.
Enjoy Life Bars
“The Enjoy Life brand is great for kiddos with allergies as their products are completely free from common allergens, gluten, and animal products, and the mini dark chocolate or rice milk chocolate bars variety pack is perfect for Halloween and boasts a clean ingredient label,” says Johnston.
“With fun flavors like cream soda and butterscotch, Dum Dums are the classic lollipop that everyone knows, loves, and grabs at diners on the way out,” says Johnston. As a bonus, they are also free of the major allergens. So what will the mystery flavor be this year?
This organic dark chocolate truly meets all needs—it’s vegan, non-GMO, plant-based, and Kosher, with no mystery ingredients. Nibmor's snacking chocolate is individually wrapped and available at nibmor.com and Amazon. Each bite has smooth, rich chocolate that’s perfectly portioned for when you want a small, satisfying treat.
Wildmade Fruit Rolls
These fruit rolls will kick your Halloween candy offerings up a notch. They’re vegan, organic, non-GMO, and free of added sugar. Plus, they come in flavors like grape, tropical fruit, and fruit punch. You can even get the strips, which blend fruit, veggies, and spices for even greater nutrition.
Swedish Fish is a classic gummy candy that is vegan and popular during the holidays. “While most Swedish Fish are vegan, there are some that may contain beeswax as an ingredient,” cautions Johnston, so be sure to check labels.
UNREAL Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
Instead of traditional peanut butter cups, UNREAL Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups are vegan and have the perfect balance of slightly sweet chocolate and creamy peanut butter. “Plus, they use no artificial sweeteners or flavors and no preservatives,” says Jackie Newgent, RDN, CDN, plant-forward culinary nutritionist, and author of "The Clean & Simple Diabetes Cookbook."
Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Sunflower Seed Butter Cups
“These cups are vegan as they’re made with sunflower seed butter, which is a nice alternative to traditional peanut butter cups,” says Johnston. They're also coated in dark chocolate, which provides more antioxidant power and keeps them vegan-friendly.
“Containing a variety of flavors and a short ingredient list of recognizable foods [for example, the peanut butter chocolate chip flavor has just four ingredients], these mini bars are a great vegan sweet,” says Johnston. Plus, they have a bit of protein and are low in added sugars.
Laffy Taffy minis and ropes are vegan-friendly—but note that the regular size Laffy Taffys (as referred to as “Stretchy & Tangy”) are not vegan because they contain eggs.
YumEarth Halloween Candy
YumEarth gummy fruits are organic and major allergen free. They come individually packaged per serving size and you can buy them in Halloween 10-packs on Amazon. Flavors include strawberry smash, very very cherry, and perfectly peach. Bonus: The candy colors come from real fruits and veggies instead of artificial colors.
A childhood classic, ring pops are fun because they taste sweet but can act as an accessory on your finger. Are they the healthiest? No, Ring Pops basically contain sugar, artificial flavors, and colors, but they are vegan and fun.