It’s easy to have a vegan Halloween, but sometimes people don’t realize all of the things they need to watch out for in order to make this a fun night for animals as well. Below are a few things to keep in mind as you enjoy your fun and vegan Halloween!
Pet safety is always important, but it becomes more so during the holidays. For this holiday in particular, black cats are often at an increased risk. They are often adopted right before Halloween and then dropped off at the shelter a few days following. The conclusion is that some people like to have them around to add to their themes or spirit. This is traumatizing to the cat and shows little respect toward our furry friends. It happens so often that many shelters now refuse to let people adopt black cats around Halloween. If you have a black cat, it is important to keep it in doors on Halloween night. They are often the victim of violence, pranks and abuse during this holiday.
Watch out for other pets as well. Sometimes, they will get into the candy and accidently ingest foods that are toxic to them. Chocolate and Xylitol (which is found in some gums and candies) are toxic to dogs, and eating candy wrappers can cause major issues as well. On top of that, make sure your Halloween decorations are safe for any pets you may have and if you are planning on having trick-or-treaters, consider keeping your pets in a room away from the front door so they run out or get scared.
Not all candy is vegan, but a lot of it is! Here is an extensive list of all candies that are vegan if you are worried that some of yours might not be! http://vegnews.com/articles/page.do?pageId=4487&catId=2
Here is a shorter list that includes some common Halloween candies that are vegan:
- Sour Patch Kids
- Blow pops
- Dum dums
- Jolly Ranchers
- Now and Later
- Mamba Fruit Chews
- Swedish Fish
- Fruit by the Foot
- Fun Dip
- Hubba Bubba bubble gum
- Pixy Stix
- Sweet tarts
Remember, candies that have caramel, gelatin, and milk chocolate (even dark chocolate too sometimes; be sure to read labels!) are most likely not vegan.
Vegan Halloween Treats
On the subject of candy, there are also some great vegan goodies and treats out there that are in the spirit of Halloween. Here is a great recipe for a Halloween treat from ohsheglows.com! https://powerofthevegan.wordpress.com/recipes/
And here are some more recipes: http://www.theveganwoman.com/top-10-vegan-halloween-recipes-and-treats/
And on a side note…
Vegan Pumpkin Carving!
My friend, Chloe Hull (http://onethousandsunsblog.wordpress.com/), and I participated in our school’s festive pumpkin carving tonight and here is our finished product!
Have a fun and safe Halloween, and help spread the word about how to make this an enjoyable night for all creatures!