With just a few days left until Halloween, holiday preparations are kicking into high gear. Costumes and party plans are being finalized, trick-or-treating routes are being set and, if you’re like me, significant time is being spent deciding what kind of Halloween candy to hand out to trick-or-treaters on the big day. As I will likely (definitely) be eating a fair amount of whatever candy I buy, I consider it a very important decision.
But if you’re vegan or veg-friendly, you may be less than excited about Halloween, assuming that there are no vegan Halloween options for you to hand out and enjoy. But that is far from true! There are several vegan candies and treats that would be perfect to give to trick-or-treaters or to serve at your Halloween party.
Candy: Did you know that chocolate is naturally vegan? This is because it originates from a plant – cacao seeds – and with no other additives, it is vegan. Of course, milk chocolate will contain dairy, and some dark chocolate brands sneakily contain animal-based products as well. As always, read the label before purchasing to ensure that you are buying a product that is truly vegan.
Many non-chocolate candies are also veg-friendly. They may not be entirely healthy, but products such as Airheads, Dots, Fireballs, Jolly Ranchers, Laffy Taffy, Mambas, Swedish Fish, Skittles, Starburst and Sour Patch Kids are all vegan! All of those are good options to hand out to trick-or-treaters – or to enjoy yourself, on Halloween or at any time of year.
Snack Food: If candy isn’t your bag, there are plenty of other vegan snacks that you can give out on Halloween. Oreos and several varieties of Famous Amos sandwich cookies are vegan, as are many Nature Valley granola bars and select Clif bars and Back to Nature cookies. You could also hand out single-serving bags of chips or crackers from brands such as Fritos, Doritos, Kettle, Lay’s, Ritz, Ruffles and Triscuit. Not all varieties are vegan, so again, make sure to check the label.
Party Food: As with any gathering, there are many vegan options for Halloween party snacks. A quick search of “healthy Halloween” on Pinterest will show you clementine pumpkins, banana ghosts, goblin apples and candy corn fruit parfaits. Pumpkin hummus, guacamole garnished with pumpkin seeds and a butternut bruschetta are also tasty options.
I’d love to hear your favorite vegan party food recipes and Halloween tricks and treats – please share them in the comments below. And have a Happy Halloween!
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