Healthier Halloween Candy

Halloween is a kid’s dream come true (bags of free candy), and mom’s worst nightmare! As a vegan parent, I came to dread Halloween even more because half the candy my kids came home with contained milk, gelatin, and carmine. Aside from all that, you’ve got the added dyes and ingredients you can’t even pronounce. It stinks being the big, bad witch who picks through her kids’ candy bags, taking out pieces saying, “You can’t eat that.” 

Healthier Halloween Candy

Many of the Halloween candy favorites don’t pass the vegan test. Candy corn contains gelatin, Junior Mints contain carmine and gelatin, and almost anything made featuring marshmallows contains gelatin. My old favorites, Peanut M&Ms have milk, as do the classic Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Wouldn’t it be great to have options for vegan friendly, healthier Halloween candy that we can feel good about indulging in during the holiday? I did my research and some taste testing (it’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it!) to find healthier Halloween candy to eat this year. I searched specialty candy stores, online retailers, and regular store brands to compile a list of go-to healthier Halloween candy. I have that list for you below, as well as a free downloadable go-to shopping list

Healthier Halloween Candy


Candy Favorites That Are Vegan


Jolly Ranchers




Swedish Fish

Sweet Tarts

Sour Patch Kids



Dum Dums


Fun Dips

Hubba Bubba Bubble Gum

Pixie Sticks


Charms Blow Pops

Mamba Fruit Chews

Now & Laters

Healthier Halloween Candy

Classic Candy Alternatives

Choco No No’s 

Instead of M&M’s, try No Whey’s Choco No No’s.

Justin’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Instead of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, try Justin’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups (they also come in a mini size.)

Healthier Halloween Candy


Online Specialty Stores With Halloween Seasonal Candy

Spooky Sours Halloween Gummies from Sugarfina

Sour Bats and Gummy Spooky Spiders from A Real Treat Candy Boutique

Marshmallow Bats, Cats, and Ghosts from Sweet & Sara

Healthier Halloween Candy

I hope you and your family find this list useful. Please let me know if it is in the comments below – and let me know if you have any healthier Halloween candy picks to add. Don’t forget to download my Healthier Halloween Candy Shopping List in this handy dandy free downloadable.

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