Ah, Halloween! The spookiest – and sweetest time of the year! It doesn’t matter how old you are; this is a celebration that everyone looks forward to. Of course, it is once you embark on a vegan lifestyle that you realize just how tricky this holiday can be to make a vegan Halloween.
This may be because you are one of the few vegan families on your block. Thus, it is unlikely that other homes are stocking up on vegan candy for your kids.
Due to this, you may find yourself in a bit of a pickle regarding how you should be celebrating Halloween this year.
Well, don’t fret as there are still plenty of options for vegan kids as far as Halloween is concerned.
Just because you lead a more conscientious lifestyle doesn’t mean your child has to miss out at all.
On this note, here are all the ways that you can celebrate Halloween and still keep it plant-based and cruelty-free.
Should You Go Trick-or-Treating?
One of the biggest questions you may have is probably regarding trick-or-treating. You may be wondering whether you should let your kids go trick-or-treating even if most of the candy they get will be non-vegan.
Well, this is up to you, of course. However, it is an excellent idea to let your children join their friends in their trick-or-treating adventures.
Keep in mind; you must show your kids that being vegan isn’t a hardship but an honorable lifestyle.
What child is going to enjoy being vegan if they have to sit out of the best traditions?
In case you are worried about all the non-vegan candy they will be receiving, there are more than a few ways around this.
You can find some creative solutions below.
Know Which Candy is Vegan
There is good news for all concerned vegan parents out there: some Halloween candy is “accidentally” vegan!
So, if these do find their way into your little ones’ buckets, they can keep them. This is something that tiny kids will appreciate in particular.
Some of the candy that is naturally vegan includes:
- Sour Skittles
- Sour Patch Kids
- Swedish Fish (the ones without beeswax)
- Blow Pops
Since this is not an extensive list, you may want to glance at the ingredients before handing over the candy to your kids.
Keep an eye out for dairy, gelatin, and carmine. Certain other red dyes may not be suitable for vegans either as they are extracted from insects.
You can make a game out of sorting candy with your kids. This can come in especially handy when trying to get very young children to hand out their treats.
Print out pictures of which candy they can keep and which one has to go into the other pile.
The Introduction of the Switch Witch
Of course, trying to convince your children to give up their candy can be easier said than done.
This is why you can use an ace up your sleeve. For vegan parents, the Switch Witch is definitely what you need.
This work of fiction was the creation of parents who didn’t want their kids to eat all the candy they collected on Halloween.
So, they took a specific portion of their sweets and placed it in a box or bucket for the Switch Witch.
She then flew in when the kids were asleep, took the candy, and replaced it with a toy.
Vegan parents can put their spin on this and have the Switch Witch take away the non-vegan candy.
You can then substitute this with vegan-friendly treats. Or, if you would like your kids to be a little healthier, the toy option works just fine.
If you think that your little ones may be scared of the idea of a witch sneaking into their own, you can change the narrative.
Fairies, pixies, and even unicorns will work just as well. You can also make the whole experience more fun by dressing up boxes or baskets for your version of the Switch Witch.
Donate Your Non-Vegan Candy
Regardless of whether or not you choose to introduce the Switch Witch to your family, you will be left with a lot of extra candy.
If your first instinct is to throw it all out, think again. There are lots of ways to make others happy with that candy.
One of the best things that you can do with non-vegan candy is to donate it.
There are organizations such as Treats for Troops, Operation Gratitude, and Any Soldier that will take your candy and send it to the men and women in various branches of the military.
Or, you can contact the Ronald McDonald House and have them deliver the candy to sick children and their families.
You can also donate the sweets by yourself. Take your kids with you to local shelters or hospitals and have your little ones hand out the treats there.
It will also make the holiday all the more special.
Create a Vegan Trick-or-Treat Trail
Now, you may not appreciate having non-vegan food in your home. If so, you should organize the treats yourself.
You can either buy vegan treats or make them yourself. Then, map out a trick-or-treat trail for your children.
Once you have done this, go to the houses on your route and explain the situation to them.
Then, give them the treats and ask them to hand these out to your kids. This way, your kids can have a great time.
Also, they will not have to give too much of their candy away at the end of the night.
Buying Candy to Hand Out
You are also going to need to prepare to hand out candy to trick-or-treaters that will be ringing your doorbell.
This means that you need to think carefully about the treats that you are going to be giving to youngsters.
You will be only giving out vegan candy. If you aren’t happy with the selection at the stores, you may want to order some online ahead of time.
You will often find more options, and there are some truly delicious treats to choose from as well.
At the same time, think about the ingredients in vegan and non-vegan treats alike. Remember, it isn’t just about keeping things cruelty-free.
You should also be mindful of ingredients that aren’t necessarily good or healthy for kids.
So, wherever possible, try to keep it organic or GMO-free for your peace of mind.
Want to Avoid Trick-or-Treating? Throw a Party Instead!
Now, switching out candy or creating a trick-or-treat trail may not sit well with you for several reasons.
You may not have the time or the resources for these activities, but there is still one way that you can make Halloween fun for your kids – throw a party!
This way, you have complete and total control over all the food and drinks.
Throwing a party is also a great way to ensure that you can keep Halloween healthier and not have to worry about your little ones overindulging in sugar.
The only thing to be mindful of when constructing your Halloween treats is other children’s allergies.
You can call around and find out what certain kids are specifically allergic to. Or, you can steer clear of some of the more common allergens like nuts and wheat.
Keep Halloween Sustainable
As a vegan, you also have a responsibility to keep the celebration green and sustainable as well.
So, whether you are looking for Halloween costumes, decorations, or more, focus on making sure that it is sustainable.
Rather than buying premade costumes, get your kids together, and make costumes from clothes and items that you already own.
If you shop at thrift stores for supplies, you can keep the waste to a minimum even more.
Also, try and skip plastic or rubber masks if possible. Instead, opt for face paint to create the effect that you want.
The same can be said for your decorations as well. You can make fun and exciting features out of fabric or items that can be reused.
Not only will you be saving money, but you can also ensure that these decorations will not be thrown in the garbage by the end of the night.
In case you are planning on throwing a party, make it a point to only buy compostable or recyclable cups, plates, and utensils.
Even if you only have a few people over, you will be surprised at just how much of a difference it makes. So, try to go green whenever it is possible.
These are the top guidelines that you can follow to have a Halloween that is fun, conscientious, and eco-friendly to boot.
Sure, some of these suggestions may take effort, but it will certainly be worth all of the work.
Your kids can have a blast, and you will be able to have peace of mind knowing that you did the right thing!
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