Halloween for Vegans. Trick…or NO?

by | September 23, 2017

Vegan HalloweenKids Just Want To Have Fun!

Everyone wants their children to have fun on Halloween and Vegan parents are no different. Fewer events on the calendar make Vegan parents more uncomfortable and worried than Halloween. Can a Vegan parent keep their kids away from animal products on Halloween? How do they do that without causing their kids to feel left out? Is it possible to avoid gaining some new strands of gray hair?  Well, you don’t have to throw in the towel. You definitely won’t have to avoid the night completely or worse, let your kids eat non-vegan candy. What may surprise you is that, with just a little bit of planning and work, you can make sure your kids have a really fun night.

Choices For a Safe Vegan Halloween

There are three major options you have in order to survive Halloween with your veganism intact. These three items are to find a trunk or treat, to have your own vegan halloween party or to distribute your own vegan candy throughout the neighborhood. No matter which one you choose, the first thing you will need to do is buy the vegan candy yourself. Thanks to an awesome amount of attention given to food allergies as well as more and more people becoming vegan, the options for cruelty free vegan candy and allergen friendly candy are almost endless.  I have compiled a list of candy that you can easily add to your Amazon shopping cart. Click on the trick or treat bag below to see what is in my bag of candy!!!Vegan Halloween

 

Click on my bag 🙂 You want to.

My trick or treat bag includes this list of my top 45 items (yes top, I have more!):

  1. NoWhey Foods
  2. Rescue Chocolate
  3. YumEarth Organics 
  4. Theo Chocolates
  5. Sweet and Sara Delicious Treats
  6. Surf Sweets
  7. Now & Laters
  8. PEZ!!!
  9. GoMaxGo Foods
  10. Free2B Foods
  11. Zotz Fizzy Candy
  12. Annie’s Fruit Snacks
  13. NO Whey Chocolates
  14. Seitenbacher Gummy Candy
  15. Sjaak’s Organic Chocolates
  16. Charms Blow Pops
  17. Dandies Marshmallows
  18. Equal Exchange
  19. Endangered Species Chocolate
  20. Divvies
  21. Cocomels
  22. Vegan Essentials Gummy Candies
  23. Wholesome Sweet Gummies
  24. Hubba Bubba Bubble Gum
  25. Brach’s Root Beer Barrels
  26. Spun Paradise Cotton Candy
  27. Atomic Fireballs
  28. Chocolate Hollow Vermont
  29. Dum Dums
  30. Mini Dots
  31. Cry Babies
  32. Atkinsons Chick-O-Stick
  33. Lemonheads
  34. Sour Patch Kids
  35. Swedish Fish
  36. Sweet Tarts
  37. Smarties
  38. Jolly Ranchers
  39. Airheads
  40. Cracker Jacks
  41. Skittles
  42. Twizzlers
  43. Enjoy Life Foods
  44. Jujyfruits
  45. Saf-T-Pops

 

What Are Your Halloween Goals?

If your goal is the least amount of work possible, and hey, who doesn’t have that goal. Then investigate if someone in your area is having a trunk or treat. What is a trunk or treat you ask?. Everyone should experience this at least once.

Often, local business, churches and schools will host a trunk or treat. This event is a gathering of people who decorate their cars with a designated theme. They put candy in their trunk and have fun games for kids to play.

Much like walking around the neighborhood ringing doorbells. Kids go around to each car for their trick or treating fun. In this scenario, you could easily provide your previously purchased candy to each participant and ask that they only give that candy to your kid. If you are secretive enough, your kids won’t know and maybe you could even have them in pre-decorated candy bags.

The second option, which does step up the legwork a little, is to distribute candy throughout your neighborhood. You will have to speak to your neighbors (oh the humanity) but it will pay off well once you have your safe house map in place and you see your kids happy little faces. Again, I would recommend that you take the time to make up bags of candy in secret. Distribute those bags to the neighbors that have agreed to participate and then make sure you only go to their houses. If this is the way you’d like to go, I would recommend that you work with the teal pumpkin project in your area or even create one. While this does create some extra legwork for you, it is very likely that other parents in your neighborhood will be grateful.

The third option you have is to host a Halloween party at your house. This one takes the most work but it is the one in which you have the most control over everything. You can control all of the food and all of the beverages. It sounds a little lame for kids since most want to trick or treat, but of all the Halloween parties I have gone to, the kids seem to have more fun than the adults. Decorate each room of the house, organize some silly games, have tons of fun vegan candy, vegan finger foods and perhaps some adult beverages for the hosts ;). One Halloween party I went to even had a table outside for trick or treaters. There was candy for kids and hot adult beverages for parents! They ran out of candy very quickly that night!

It All Comes Down To Planning

Until the world becomes vegan, many things that we want our children to participate in will come with planning and work. While some of these tasks can be daunting, just remember the compassion you are teaching your children. Remember the joy you will see on their faces. Most of all, know that more animals were saved because of you.  Happy Vegan Halloween!

 

 

 

What ways have you survived a vegan Halloween? Share any tips you want for Halloween and Thanksgiving survival.

Comments

6 Responses to “Halloween for Vegans. Trick…or NO?”

  1. Abigail Wozney
    September 24th, 2017 @ 3:11 am

    Another option is using the book switch witch. I let my daughter go trick or treating with all her friends. Then at night she puts her candy next to the bed and the switch witch comes and leaves her a coin. The next day she gets to take the coin to the store and trade it for a toy. Works great for us so I thought I would share. So proud of my daughter for being such a great little vegan I have no problem buying her a toy for this!

  2. Tianna McCormick
    September 24th, 2017 @ 5:31 pm

    Thank you Abigail! Those are some great ideas as well!

  3. Susan Sherman
    October 13th, 2017 @ 5:06 pm

    Lemonheads aren’t vegan.

  4. Janet Kearney
    October 17th, 2017 @ 9:43 am

    Hi Susan, can you tell us how? We reached out to the company, who explained they were vegan. So we’d love to know more! We defo don’t want to give out false information. 🙂

  5. Ellie
    November 1st, 2017 @ 12:40 am

    It’s the shellac, confectioners glaze has bug parts.

  6. Margaret
    October 17th, 2017 @ 4:59 pm

    I don’t make it a big deal. There are lots of treats given out that are vegan, especially potato chips. We just go through them together and the non-vegan treats are either traded with friends,given to people who we know who aren’t vegan, or thrown out. I buy a few things to replace what was lost. Sometimes it’s vegan chocolate, orher times it’s a book.
    Most of the candy goes bad anyway as we are not a big candy household.
    It’s more about dressing up and going door to door and showing off the costume.

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