Whether you're taking your bubba trick or treating for the first time, throwing a terrifying family party or watching a spooky family-friendly film, there's one tradition that can't be missed - treating them to some of the best Halloween sweets for children.
Giving out and tucking into treats hasn't always been a staple part of this tradition, but since 1930, and well into the 1950s, home-baked goods, sweets, toys and fruit became a popular treat to give out to little visitors on All Hallows' Eve.
Before we run down all the incredible treats to buy for Halloween, we've been busy researching everything you need to know about Halloween this year, as well as advice on giving sugar to your children.
Not sure what to do for the most spine-chilling holiday of the year? You're in luck, as we've pulled together a guide to 27 Halloween games, activities and crafts for kids - these are sure to get a laugh or two from babies, toddlers and children alike.
When can I give sugar to my baby?
Whether it's a sugary snack or fruit juice, we'd recommend not feeding your child under two with any food or drink products that have added sugar. As well as being bad for your baby's emerging teeth, high sugar intake can lead to other health issues down the line, like obesity and high blood pressure.
Children under the age of 11 should also be careful in how much sugar they consume, a easy way to reduce a child's sugar intake is by cutting out sweet snacks or by drinking water and lower-fat milk.
For more recommendations, check out our guide to sugar-free baby food to help you wean clean.
Are Halloween sweets safe for babies and toddlers?
Thinking about taking your monsters out trick or treating for the first time, but don't know what sweets are safe for them to eat?
Safekids, which provides practical tips, advice and guidance on child safety issues has this to say about some of our favourite foods, "Sweets such as hard or chewy toffee and boiled sweets are a definite no-go area for children under five and should be avoided by older children too – they’re bad for the teeth anyway."
Whether your child is three or seven, we'd recommend going through and inspecting any sweets that you've collected before letting your children eat them.
According to BBC Good Food, the maximum recommended sugar intake per day by age group is "Four to six years old – 19g (5 teaspoons), seven to 10 years – 24g (6 teaspoons) and from 11 years – 30g (7 teaspoons)".
If you're worried about the amount of sugar that your children are consuming but don't want them to miss out, arrange for your kids to knock on the doors of your friends and family so that you can pre-arrange healthier treats for them to pick up.
Best Halloween sweets for children 2021
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Now that you have all the information needed to throw a spooky party or get some Halloween themed treats for your little horrors, here are our top picks of the best Halloween sweets for children.
Cadbury Goo Eggs (Box of 48)
Good for scavenger hunts, trick or treating and goody bags at parties, this creepy take on Cadbury Cream eggs will go down a treat with children. Best of all? The foil protects the chocolate from sticky fingers.
Review: "What can you say, Cadbury Creme Eggs with Halloween themed (different) wrappers. The kids enjoyed picking out different ones - perfect!"
Uncommon Chocolate Toad
This hand-moulded milk chocolate toad will be a showstopper at any Halloween party. Not only is it creepy, but it would feel at home in any fairy tale book in your children’s collection. Although it’s pretty expensive, this chocolate toad is incredibly rare and worth splurging out on if you’re going big with the haunted house decorations.
Mu0026S Percy Pig Gets Spooky Fruit Flavoured Gums
Any little boy or girl who is obsessed with Percy Pigs needs to try the delicious Percy Pig Gets Spooky Fruit Flavoured Gums. Kids will recognise the classic Percy Pig shape but will be blown away by the fangtastic Halloween twist. We're obsessed with the fact it contains real fruit juice and no artificial colours or flavourings.
Review: "Three different colours which were each different flavors. They were very, very tasty."
Haribo Super Party Variety Sweets
Nothing says Halloween trick or treating quite like a miniature bag of Haribo. We love that this super pack can be shared at parties, monitored for portion control, or just eaten as a snack on the go. Although not Halloween themed, these tasty sweets are an All Hallows' Eve evening staple.
Review: "Nothing different about the sweets, same Haribos as everywhere else. These are really good value, however, excellent for party bags and Halloween."
Mars, Snickers, Twix and More Assorted Minis, Fun Size Chocolate Bars
Are you looking for sweets to use in a Halloween goody bag or to give out to trick and treaters? We love that this multi-pack includes fun-size bars of Snickers, Mars, Bounty, Twix and Milky Way.
Review: "What’s not to like? I love these little fun size bars because my children love chocolate but these are better sized portions."
Halloween Sweet Box
After the inital shock of opening a box of giant spiders, gummy monsters and jelly filled bloody eyes, children will love tucking into their Halloween buffet of Pick N Mix. Parents won't be able to resist them either...
Review: "Amazing sweets and so delicious! Second time I’ve ordered, they come displayed so well and I couldn’t recommend more!!! 🍭 🍬"
Jealous Sweets Tangy Worms Plant-based Gummy Sweets
These guilt-free tangy worms will wiggle their way into your Halloween spread, whether you like it or not. As well as being plant-based and gluten-free, we love that these sweets are made with real fruit juices. Recommend using these in a mysterious tasting game - the little ones will love it.
Review: "Will only order in moderation as once in the house don't last long!"
Halloween: Vegan Spooky Chums
Does your child have some dietary requirements? Make sure they join in the fun with these spooky chocolates from Moo Free; they are dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free and registered vegan. Inside, you'll find that the chocolate square has been moulded in the shape of some eerie characters - expect to see a ghost, pumpkin, witch or even a bat.
Personalised Halloween Moon Pick And Mix Tin
Are you opting out of trick or treating this year? Kids don't have to miss out on the fun - set up a terrifying treasure hunt around the house and get your little ones to find their very own personalised Halloween tin filled with delicious pick and mix sweets.
Haribo Giant Snakes Yellow Bellies sweets 768g tub
Go all out this Halloween and throw a themed event to remember. Whether it's a Harry Potter-inspired gathering, a Greek mythology party or an afternoon filled with activities straight from The Jungle Book, these giant snakes will be a hit with kids.
Review: "I have had these before, and they are as expected. I get them for Harry Potter themed parties as Ron eats a giant gummy snake when Harry buys the whole trolley of sweets on the Hogwarts express."
Did you know that jack-o'-lanterns were originally carved out to scare away evil spirits? Today, this activity is often seen as a fun seasonal thing to do with your children. When you're carving spooky faces, treat your mini horrors to their very own edible Yumpkin from Hotel Chocolat.
Review: "I had organised a Halloween party for family, I had ordered the chocolates as surprises for party games. Everyone loved them!"
Personalised Halloween Chocolate Board
There's no question as to whether or not this personalised Halloween chocolate board is a trick or treat. If you're looking for something extra special for your mini beasts, this is the perfect gift. As well as adding their name and a message from you, you'll need to add the chocolate bars when they arrive.
Review: "Very pleased with this, looked great! xx"
Swizzels Sweet Shop Favourites Tub
A tub of Swizzels Sweet Shop Favourites is a classic for Halloween. Featuring Drumsticks, Love Hearts, Parma Violets and Refreshers, these will be a hit with you and your kids as well as any trick or treaters.
Is trick or treating allowed in the UK in 2021?
Right now, there are no restrictions in place to stop children from knocking on friends and families doors to go trick or treating this year.
While we'd recommend following social distancing rules, we're hopeful that Halloween traditions like bobbing for apples and fancy dress parties will be back on.
What day does Halloween land on this year?
When the clock strikes 12:01am on Sunday 31 October 2021, get ready to celebrate the spookiest day of the year.