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Treats without the Tricks: A Vegan Halloween Candy Guide

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Navigating the candy aisle during Halloween can be a real horror show when you have dietary restrictions. But fear not! This guide to vegan Halloween candy will help you find delicious treats, whether you are living with alpha-gal syndrome or following a vegan lifestyle.

The information provided on this site is based on my personal experience living with alpha-gal syndrome. I consistently cite and link to expert sources, but nothing published on this site should be perceived as medical advice.

Alpha-gal sensitivities vary by person. You should understand your dietary restrictions, making any adjustments needed, and directing any questions to your physician.

Halloween is a time for spooky decorations, scary movies, impressive costumes, and mouthwatering candy. But when you have a food allergy, like alpha-gal, you can’t dive into your kid’s trick-or-treat haul without educating yourself and reading the ingredients list. But don’t worry! You don’t have to miss out on all of the sweet treats. This list of vegan Halloween candy is also safe for alpha gals. 

    

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What Halloween Candy is Vegan?

Manufacturers create vegan candy without animal ingredients, including honey, gelatin, and dairy. That makes vegan chocolates and candy an excellent starting point for alpha gals with a sweet tooth. Keep reading to unwrap the details on the best vegan candies you can enjoy this Halloween.

Spooktacular Tips for an Alpha-Gal Allergy-Friendly Halloween

Trick-or-treating with alpha-gal can feel like walking through a haunted house — full of surprises, some not so pleasant. Here are some helpful tips to make sure your Halloween is all treats and no tricks:

  1. Offer Non-Food Treats: Instead of candy, offer non-edible treats like stickers, pencils, small toys, or other delights.
  2. Hold a Pre-Game Briefing: Before heading out to trick-or-treat, remind your pint-sized alpha-gal about the importance of not eating any treats until they’re back home and you’ve had a chance to inspect their loot. If it helps, make it a game — like they’re secret agents on a mission to bring the candy back to HQ for analysis. This makes the experience more of an adventure than a restriction.
  3. Map Out Your Route: Plan your route in advance and try to stick to the homes of friends and neighbors who are aware of your child’s food allergy.
  4. BYOC (Bring Your Own Candy): Pack some allergy-safe treats for your little monster. When they want to sneak a few treats mid-route, they can dip into their own stash.
  5. Conduct a Candy Swap: Once you’re back home, sort through the candy and swap out any unsafe options with alpha-gal friendly alternatives. 
  6. Host an Allergy-Friendly Party. If you’re not keen on trick-or-treating, host an alpha-gal friendly Halloween party instead. That means you are in control of the menu, the treats, and the activities.
  7. Be Prepared for Anything: Sometimes, despite your best plans, something goes wrong and your little munchkin eats something that causes a reaction. Have antihistamines, your child’s EpiPen, and any other medications handy just in case.
Remember, Halloween is about fun and memories, not stress. With a little prep and a dash of creativity, you can whip up the perfect potion to ensure your little ghosts and goblins have a Halloween that’s memorable for all the right reasons.
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Important Notes About This List of Vegan Halloween Candy

There are a few things you should know before digging into this candy cornucopia like a kid on a sugar high searching for another one of her favorite treats at the bottom of her trick-or-treat bag.

Alpha Gals and Dairy

Although the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) states that most people with alpha-gal can tolerate “moderate, lean dairy” (like skim milk), this list of candy does not contain dairy products. However, if you are a highly sensitive alpha gal, you’ll want to read the label or contact the manufacturer to ensure it doesn’t contain trace amounts of dairy from cross-contamination. And if you can tolerate dairy products, there are many more alpha-gal safe candy options beyond this list!

Bone Char

When selecting candy treats, some highly sensitive alpha gals need to be mindful of products made with bone char. To avoid this potential trigger, choose certified organic sweets made with unrefined sugar or sweetened with another ingredient (like honey, agave, or maple syrup).

Gelatin

Manufacturers often use gelatin to make gummy and chewy candies. Since gelatin is typically made from the collagen in animal bones, skin, and connective tissues, treats containing this ingredient are a no-go for vegans and alpha gals. Always read the labels on these candy varieties to check for gelatin or a safe alternative like fruit pectin which offers a similar texture without the animal-derived components.

Glycerin

Glycerin can be either plant-based (vegetable oil) or animal-based (tallow), and it’s usually impossible to know which version is in your food simply by scanning the ingredients list. Instead, you’ll have to contact the manufacturer. The glycerin used in candies is nearly always plant-based, and I’ve double-checked most of the sweets on this list with the manufacturers. But if you are a highly sensitive alpha gal, you should confirm the type of glycerin used with the Fig app or by contacting the manufacturer to be certain.

Animal Products That are Safe for Alpha Gals

Vegan products avoid all animal-derived ingredients, including those safe for alpha gals, like honey, beeswax, eggs, egg whites, carmine, and confectioner’s glaze. While the candies below are vegan, alpha gals can also enjoy sweets made with those alpha-gal safe animal ingredients.

Always Read the Label

Always double-check the ingredients list before consuming any of these candies. Manufacturers change their recipes and production methods from time to time. Also, the same brand may use different ingredients or processing techniques when they make a product in one country versus another.

And now, on to the list of vegan Halloween candy!

Fruity Flavors

Ready to tickle your taste buds? Let’s start with some fruit-flavored favorites. From tangy to sweet, these vegan candies offer a burst of fruitiness that’ll make your Halloween celebrations all the more delightful.

A fun size bag of skittles on a festive yellow background.
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Skittles

Taste the rainbow, alpha gal style, with Skittles. These colorful candies have been a staple in Halloween buckets for years. 

Sour Patch Kids candy on a yellow background.
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Sour Patch Kids

First they’re sour, then they’re sweet, and best of all, they’re vegan! Sour Patch Kids are a Halloween favorite that you can enjoy without second-guessing the ingredients.

A blue box of assorted Airheads candy.
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Airheads

These chewy treats come in several fruity flavors, including watermelon, blue raspberry, cherry, orange, and grape. Airheads are a versatile sweet treat for all ages.

A bag of Laffy Taffy fruit chews.
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Laffy Taffy

Who doesn’t love a candy that comes with a joke? Laffy Taffy is not only entertaining but also free from animal-derived ingredients. It’s a win-win for your taste buds and your funny bone.

Three bright yellow boxes of Chuckles jelly candy.
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Chuckles

These jelly candies coated in sugar are a classic, vegan-friendly treat. Each pack of Chuckles comes with a variety of flavors, so you’re sure to find one that tickles your tastebuds.

A bag of ghost dot candy in front of a graveyard.
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DOTS

These chewy, gumdrop-like vegan candies are perfect for alpha gals who love a less intense sweetness. Each package of DOTS candy includes an assortment of flavors, including strawberry, lemon, cherry, orange, and lime. 

Mike and Ike fruit candy
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Mike and Ike

These oblong fruit-flavored candies are a hit at any Halloween gathering. Mike and Ike candy offers a range of flavors and are free from animal-derived ingredients, making them a safe and tasty choice.

A yellow box of Jujyfruits candy.
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Jujyfruits

Like real fruit, these bite-sized candies are alpha-gal and vegan-friendly. Each Jujyfruits package includes five flavors: lime, raspberry, lemon, orange, and anise.

Chocolatey Delights

Are you craving something rich and decadent? These chocolatey vegan Halloween options have you covered.

A woman is holding a bag of Halloween themed sunflower butter cups.
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Free2b Dark Chocolate Sunflower Butter Cups

Alpha gals who also live with a peanut allergy, will love Free2b Dark Chocolate Sunflower Butter Cups. They deliver a creamy, nutty, chocolatey satisfaction without any ingredients you’re avoiding.

Stacked boxes of Junior Mints

Junior Mints

Mint and chocolate go together like witches and broomsticks, and Junior Mints deliver this combo in a vegan-friendly package. These bite-sized treats are perfect for those who love a refreshing burst of mint with their chocolate.

A stack of UNREAL dark chocolate almond butter cups in front of a purple bag.
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UNREAL Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups

If you’re an almond butter fan, these chocolate cups are a dream come true. UNREAL offers a vegan version that combines rich dark chocolate with smooth almond butter for a treat that’s hard to resist.

Unreal halloween candy with a house and bats on an orange background.
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UNREAL Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Are you missing Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups? UNREAL’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups are a fantastic alternative. They offer the classic taste you love but without an allergic reaction.

Halloween themed UNREAL dark chocolate coconut bars.
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UNREAL Dark Chocolate Coconut Bars

If you’re a fan of Almond Joys but need a vegan option, these coconut bars are a must-try. UNREAL’s version combines dark chocolate with shredded coconut for a tropical treat perfect for Halloween.

UNREAL Dark Chocolate Quinoa Gems

UNREAL Dark Chocolate Crispy Quinoa Gems

Want chocolate with a little crunch? These Crispy Quinoa Gems offer just that. They’re a vegan alternative to M&Ms and are just as addictive.

UNREAL Dark Chocolate Peanut Gems
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UNREAL Dark Chocolate Peanut Gems

If you’re a fan of peanut M&Ms, these Peanut Gems are the vegan alternative you’ve been searching for. They offer the same satisfying crunch and nutty flavor without animal-derived ingredients.

Sage Advice: While several of UNREAL’s delicious chocolates are vegan, some contain milk products. If you follow a vegan lifestyle or are a highly-sensitive alpha gal, read the package before enjoying their treats. 

Classic Candies

Sometimes, you just can’t beat the classics. Here are some timeless treats that are also vegan-friendly.

An Important Word About Candy Corn

Nothing screams, “It’s fall, y’all!” like candy corn. It’s the Halloween candy people love to hate but secretly eat by the handful. In addition to appearing in candy bowls in single-serving bags, these iconic triangles of yellow, orange, and white chewy goodness often star in a variety of Halloween treats. You may see them baked into cookies, adding a seasonal touch to Halloween bark, or incorporating fall colors into homemade trail mix.

While a few alpha-gal friendly candy corn options are available for purchase (I recommend Jelly Belly’s candy corn), the only way to enjoy vegan candy corn is to make it yourself.

A bag of assorted Jolly Ranchers candies
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Jolly Ranchers

These hard candies are a staple in Halloween buckets and are free from animal-derived ingredients. Jolly Ranchers offer a long-lasting flavor perfect for savoring throughout your Halloween festivities.

A box of assorted LIFE SAVERS hard candies.
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LIFE SAVERS

The name says it all. These ring-shaped candies have been “saving lives” at boring parties for decades. LIFE SAVERS come in a variety of fruit flavors and are a vegan-friendly option for those looking to avoid animal-derived ingredients.

Sage Advice: While the original LIFE SAVERS are an alpha gal-safe candy, LIFE SAVERS gummies include gelatin.

A bag of Halloween-themed Smarties candy rolls.
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Smarties

Not to be confused with their chocolatey British or Canadian counterparts, which are not vegan, American Smarties are candy tablets perfect for snacking or sharing. Plus, they’re vegan, so that you can enjoy these little bursts of flavor without any concerns.

Gummy Goodness

If you’re a chewy, fruity candies fan, this section is for you. From jelly beans to gummy bears, these vegan options offer a chewy delight that’s perfect for Halloween or whenever you need a gummy candy fix.

An assortment of Jelly Belly halloween candy with a witch and a witch's hat.
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Jelly Belly Jelly Beans

While many jelly bean brands use gelatin to make their sweets, Jelly Belly jelly beans are kosher-certified and do not contain gelatin. Available in more than 100 flavors, Jelly Belly Jelly Beans are a versatile and vegan Halloween candy that’s alpha-gal friendly.

Surf Sweets Candy

Surf Sweets Gummies

Surf’s up! These gummies deliver a wave of fruit flavors using organic sweeteners. Plus, they’re vegan, so that you can trick-or-treat without worry.

A bag of yumearth gummy fruits with a pumpkin and bats.
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YumEarth Gummy Fruits

YumEarth Gummy Fruits are a plant-based treat made with organic ingredients. They are a healthier option for your Halloween candy stash and come in various fruit flavors. So, you’ll surely find one—or several—that you love. 

Sage Advice: While the gummy fruits are alpha-gal friendly, the YumEarth gummy bears contain gelatin, so always read the ingredient list when evaluating vegan candy options.

"Halloween used to be one of the most challenging times of the year for our family because the candy my kid received was not anything he could eat. I did a lot of research to find safe options that tasted good, and once we finished trick or treating, I would replace all the "traditional" Halloween candy with the Yum Earth candy we purchased. I love that they have a variety pack of Halloween candy so there's more available than just lollipops."

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Swedish Fish

These berry-flavored sweets are a fish that even vegans can enjoy. Perfect for Halloween, Swedish Fish offer a unique, somewhat berry-like flavor that’s both nostalgic and satisfying. Their chewy texture and vibrant red color make them a standout in any Halloween candy lineup.

A bunch of red licorice sticks on a wooden table.
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Red Vines

If you’re a fan of licorice, Red Vines are a must-try. These twisty treats are vegan-friendly, delivering a flavor that’s hard to resist. While they’re best known for their strawberry flavor, Red Vines also come in mixed berry, grape, and black licorice varieties. And, in the fall, look for pumpkin flavored Red Vines!

An assortment of Twizzlers Halloween candy by a plastic pumpkin trick-or-treat bucket.
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Twizzlers

Another win for licorice lovers! Twizzlers come in a variety of flavors and shapes, all of which are free from animal-derived ingredients. Whether you enjoy them as classic twists, Twizzlers Nibs, or Twizzlers Bites, they are all alpha-gal friendly.

A Little Something Extra

For alpha gals who like to think outside the candy box, here are some less conventional but equally delicious options for vegan Halloween trick-or-treaters.

Halloween themed Oreo sandwich cookies.
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Oreos

Although not a traditional Halloween candy treat, Oreos are vegan — and who will say no to an Oreo? Whether you like to twist them, dunk them (in plant-based milk, of course), or eat them whole, Oreos are a crunchy, creamy, chocolatey treat that’s hard to beat.

A variety pack of annie's flavored snacks.
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Annie’s Organic Fruit Snacks

Annie’s Organic Fruit Snacks are a great pick if you’re looking for a healthier alternative to traditional candies. They are made with real fruit juice and are free from artificial flavors, synthetic colors, and high-fructose corn syrup. These fruit snacks are a healthier addition to your Halloween treat lineup.

A child's hand holding Fruit Roll-Ups in silver packaging.
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Fruit Roll-Ups

Remember these from your school lunch days? Fruit Roll-Ups are not only a blast from the past but also free from animal-derived ingredients. They’re a fun, fruity alternative to traditional Halloween candies.

A selection of Pez candy dispensers featuring Halloween characters.
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Pez

These iconic dispensers are more than just a toy; they’re also a source of vegan-friendly candy. Pez offers a variety of flavors and the joy of popping candy straight from your favorite characters’ mouths.

Two packets of Fun Dip candy
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Fun Dip

Who says you can’t play with your food? Fun Dip lets you do just that. This sugary, powdery treat comes with a candy stick for dipping, and it’s all vegan-friendly.

A bag of Charms Blow Pop candy for Halloween.
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Charms Blow Pops

A lollipop with a gum center? Yes, please! Charms Blow Pops offer the best of both worlds: a sweet, fruity exterior and a chewy, gum-filled center. Plus, they’re free from animal-derived ingredients.

Chick-O-Stick
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Chick-O-Stick

If you’re missing the taste of Butterfingers but need a vegan option, Chick-o-Stick is a fantastic alternative. This crunchy, peanut buttery treat offers a unique texture and flavor perfect for Halloween.

What’s Your Favorite Vegan Halloween Candy?

So, which vegan Halloween treats have you bewitched? Did you discover a new favorite, or are you sticking to the classics? Do you have a spellbinding tip or trick to make this Halloween extra special for a fellow alpha gal? Don’t ghost us—share your suggestions in the comments section below!

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2 thoughts on “Treats without the Tricks: A Vegan Halloween Candy Guide”

  1. This post couldn’t have come at a better time as my sister and her family have recently adopted a vegan diet. The boys absolutely love Skittles and Sour Patch kids so I’m glad to know they can still enjoy these favorites.

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