With Hallowe’en approaching we’re expecting trick or treaters, spooky parties and an extra excuse to sit on the sofa and eat sweets. As if we needed that last one. With so many sweets containing gelatine and beeswax, it can be tricky to know where to start to make sure your party spread isn’t quite the horror show it’s dressed up to be. Here’s our guide to the best vegan sweets and chocolate this Hallowe’en – including sugar-free and gluten-free options.

Candy machine dispensing sweets

Sweets

If you’re looking for sweets of the spooky nature, head to Marks and Spencer for their creepy caterpillar range, as well as American hard gums, wine gums and cola bottles, before dropping into Tesco’s for their fizzy cola lances (is it just us, or do they look like tarantula legs?). Invite some miniature ghosts to the party in the form of Freedom marshmallows, and for a far-out sci-fi theme most supermarkets sell vegan-friendly flying saucers, too!

Less on the scary side but just as tasty, we can never turn down a bag of Candy Kittens. Whether it’s their original Sweet Pineapple flavour or their new Blueberry Bliss, those tiny cat faces are irresistible! Pop a bowl of Skittles on the side and let your guests delve in to pick out their favourites (obviously the red and purple ones) – and for even smaller hands, they can help themselves to Millions. Crank up the sour factor with Goody Good Stuff’s range of face-contorting sweets, like Sour Mix Match – or keep it fruity with their Summer Peaches flavour. You can find all of these at almost all major supermarkets.

Chocolate

If you’re more of a chocoholic, forget the 80% dark chocolate and grab a bar of Moo Free chocolate – or a few bags of their choccy drops. Our current obsession is Waitrose’s dark chocolate with coconut – so creamy and subtly sweet. Another favourite round here, and we know we’re not alone, is the long-established classic Vego bar. Creamy ‘milk’ chocolate with whole hazelnuts, guests will have to share – but that’s half the fun of a party, isn’t it?

A pile of Starburst sweets

If you’ll be handing out sweets at the door to terrifying trick or treaters, it’s best to keep them individually wrapped if possible. Our favourites include Starburst, Love Hearts and Jelly Tots. You could also make up small gift bags yourself to save on plastic and cost. You can find these at all major supermarkets, as well as Poundland.

Sugar-free

For sugar-free sweets, we love nakd salted caramel nibbles – how are they 1 of our 5 a day?! The world works in wonderful ways. Free From Fellows make sugar-free and gluten-free sweets, including lollipops, gummy bears and midget gems, and you can pick them up at Sainsbury’s. For chocolate we love Ombar and Loving Earth – both brands make really creamy, ‘milk’ chocolate bars that you won’t believe are raw! These can be found at most major supermarkets, as well as health food stores.

We hope you have a frightful Hallowe’en! Enjoy the sugar rush…