If you are raising vegan kids Halloween can seem like a bit of a challenge. What is worse than everyone handing your kid a bunch of brightly colored, perfectly marketed candy that you need to take away since it is filled with animal ingredients?? I think you have a few options when it comes to Halloween that will allow your children to participate, but keep your ethics in tact. I have used each of these vegan Halloween tips over the years and now that my son is 8 we will use a combination of these ideas. This is my all time favorite post to put together…I love looking at all of Trey’s costumes over the years!
This has been my go to since Trey was 2 years old. Trey goes out and trick-or-treats and I trade him all of his candy for a bag or box of toys. It is really important that these be good toys, remember they are giving you ALL of their candy in exchange. If you are not trick-or-treating at home be sure to bring your Switch Witch bag with you so you can swap out immediately. Several of Trey’s friends have started asking to swap out their candy for a Switch Witch bag which has been awesome.
When Trey was really young I would just give him toys. Now that he is older and sees everyone eating candy I give him candy that I know he will like, but that is vegan and not full of dye etc.
VEGAN CANDY LIST
Here is a handy list of vegan candy from VegNews. I know some vegan families who let their kids keep all of the vegan candy they collect when they trick-or-treat. They take out what’s not vegan and might give their kids some of the extras that they were passing out to trick-or-treaters. Popular candies that are vegan include Smarties, Skittles, Now & Laters, Red Vines, Jolly Ranchers, Twizzlers and Dum-Dums (refer to list for specific flavors).
I haven’t done this before for Trey because I really hate all of the dye and chemicals in most candies. As he gets older I don’t want him to see veganism as one big boring limitation so I was planning on letting him have some of these candies this year. Last week Trey’s friend gave him a pack of Skittles and since I just read they are vegan I decided to let him have the small “fun size” pack. It did not go well…his body gave them a full rejection! I’ll spare you the details but needless to say he won’t be eating anymore heavily processed candies. The good news is he was able to see how his body reacted to that type of food and he is not looking to repeat that experience.
HEALTHIER VEGAN CANDIES
There are some candies that are less processed than others. If you look at Whole Foods they have quite a few candies that are vegan and also free of dyes and many of the less desirable chemicals. A few of my favorites:
- TruJoy Fruit Chews – these are an awesome alternative to Starburst. These are my current favorite candy.
- YummyEarth Lollipops
- Surf Sweets Fruity Bears – this is what I’m passing out this year. I was able to purchase them at Target. Check the label on Surf Sweets – they clearly label their vegan candies as Vegan.
- Go Max Go – 100% vegan candy bars that replicate popular chocolate candy bars.
- Cocomels – Delicious, rich caramel with multiple flavor options
This year I am going to use a combination of these healthier candies and the Switch Witch bag for Trey. He will get some candy, but he will also get a new Lego set he has been eyeing.