Halloween shouldn’t be scary for vegans….10 costume ideas and a candy guide
Halloween shouldn’t be scary for vegans! Most holidays revolve around grand sit down dinners where everyone gets together and eats with the fanciest of plates and way too many pieces of silverware. This scenario sometimes feels like an intervention for most of us vegans. We have to explain our eating habits and endure nutrition advice from everyone in our family. This is far from an ideal situation! Halloween, on the other hand, is a fantastic holiday that is not centered around food. To experience Halloween in all of its glory, all you need is a great costume and some candy.
10 Vegan Costume Ideas
Head out as your favorite fruit or vegetable!
I owned this costume for several years and wore it out on a few occasions. It was always a big hit!
Carrots are great. If you have a significant other, they roll with you as a pea pod for a classic couple costume.
An apple a day keeps a doctor away. I guess that makes it worth honoring apples on Halloween.
You can also DIY this for cheap. Grab a green shirt, affix a few balloons on it, and you become grapes for almost nothing. Just beware if you’re not careful you’ll pop them all and end up just a guy in a green shirt.
Be your spirit animal!
Learn more about gorillas here and you’ll see why I love them so much. You can also have your best vegan friend be a banana and spend the night chasing them around.
Halloween could be an opportunity to make a statement with your costume or to raise awareness on important issues.
Chickens lead terrible lives and maybe with your costume you could help someone make the connection between their breakfast and the poor chicks that suffer to make their eggs.
Hens used for egg production come from hatcheries, where male chicks (none of which can lay eggs) are killed immediately after hatching. Each year, hundreds of millions of these vulnerable beings are suffocated or ground up alive to produce fertilizer or feed.
Milk does not do a body good. In fact, milk does no good at all unless of course you are a baby cow.
In order to maintain uninterrupted milk production, cows are forced year after year to go through an endless cycle of pregnancy and birth, only to have their calves immediately taken from them. Cows and calves cry out for each other as they are separated.
I love pigs. I could watch videos of baby pigs all day long, and I have spent time with these amazing creatures at CJ Acres animal rescue farm.
Many people who know pigs compare them to dogs because they are friendly, loyal, and intelligent. Pigs are naturally very clean and avoid soiling their living areas. When they are not confined on factory farms, pigs spend hours playing, lying in the sun, and exploring their surroundings with their powerful sense of smell. Considered by animal behaviorists to be smarter than 3-year-old children, pigs are very clever animals.
Take a stand against animals in captivity by being an orca for Halloween.
SeaWorld, which owns all but one of the orcas held captive in the U.S., has a long history of mistreating animals. In the wild, orcas are intelligent predators who work cooperatively in search of food. They share intricate relationships in a matrilineal society. In some populations, orcas rarely leave their mother’s pod, but at SeaWorld, they are often separated. These attributes, along with wild orca pods’ unique dialects, are considered a form of culture that is unrivaled by any species other than humans. Free orcas are among the fastest animals in the sea, and they swim as far as 100 miles every day. But at SeaWorld, they swim in endless circles in small barren concrete tanks.
1. Create a unique costume from recycled materials!
Take whatever you have in your recycling bin and make something out of it! Become a vegan superhero who saves countless animals worldwide with his magical fork. Be a famous vegan like Miley Cyrus. Just walk around with your tongue hanging out twerking all over the place and people will get the message. People everywhere buy costumes that they will use for one day and throw out, instead of contributing to the waste create something awesome with the waste you already have.
Vegan Halloween candy guide
If you are like me, you don’t want to spend a bunch of money on candy that is laced with animal products to hand out to the youngsters in the neighborhood. You have two good options when you are considering filing your candy bucket.
(Option 1) Accidentally vegan candy that you can find anywhere
Most candy is nothing more than sugar and corn syrup and ends up being vegan on accident, but you have to be on the lookout for milk or gelatin. Some of my favorite accidentally vegan candies are Oreos, Sour Patch Kids, Sweetish Fish, Twizzlers, Smarties, and Skittles. You can find these just about anywhere, but they aren’t made up of the healthiest ingredients.
(Option 2) Intentionally vegan
These candies are a little bit harder to find and slightly more expensive but well worth it! The ingredient list is much shorter, and you can feel better about sampling these candies in between trick-or-treaters. I rated all of the candies on a scale of 1-5 based on how much I liked them.
***all of these candies were sampled on a rare cheat day…don’t judge me***
We got a big bag filled with a variety of flavors, and each one was more delicious than the next. The flavors included Pomegranate Pucker, Wet-Face Watermelon, Strawberry Smash, Googly Grape, Very Very Cherry, Perfectly Peach, Razzmatazz Berry, Mango Tango. The ingredient list on these lollipops is surprisingly simple with no corn syrup, artificial colors or flavors. I gave these a 3/5 because even though they were good I guess I am not a huge lollipop fan.
Panda Raspberry LicoriceI was never a huge fan of twizzlers because they tasted to me like a mix between sugar, cough syrup and rubber. I give these a 4/5 because this raspberry licorice is amazing, the taste and texture are perfect and I felt great about the fact that they are made with only 6 ingredients and no artificial colors or flavors.