What to do for trick-or-treaters???
??? It's almost Halloween time and I was wondering if any other vegans pass out candy or treats. Hubby and I don't want to be party poopers, but also don't want to give children gross, horrible things like bone-char processed sugar, dairy, and gelatin. We thought about organic fresh fruit, but it seems like many parents want items that are individually packaged and sealed so homemade baked goods are out. Here are a couple of ideas we've considered...Any suggestions would be wonderful.
1. Packaged individual-sized vegan cookies or crackers
2. Organic Juice boxes
3. Sample sized packages of vegan gummy bear multivitamins (this would probably get our house paint-balled, though)
Love the popcorn idea. Thanks!
This is the candy I bought for trick-or-treaters. It's all vegan, and all "normal:"
1) Fun-size packs of mini-oreos.
3) Fun-sized packs of Swedish Fish.
4) Fun-sized packs of Sour Patch Kids.
5) Fun-sized packs of Skittles (sanz Gelatin--I checked).
6) Mini-Laffy Taffy.
Voila! Happy trick-or-treaters.
Here's a link to VegNews' Official Guide to Vegan Halloween Candy. The guide lists some candies that are different from the candies on the Peta list, and for each candy a website.
We gave out fun-sized boxes of Nerds last year. Cheap for a lot, kids actually like it, and vegan. Not healthy, but hey, it's Halloween.
Don't some nerds have carmine in them? If they changed it, good! I love nerds!
I checked Nerds this Halloween and they had carmine in them.
I think some colors are vegan. You just have to get a box w/ those. Maybe purple?
Sorry for not explaining better - I'm aware that red nerds contain bugs, but these are Halloween-specific "spooky" Nerds that are orange and fruit punch flavors. I can't find a link to the nutrition facts for these specific flavors, but the package says: dextrose, sugar, malic acid, and less than 2% of corn syrup, artificial flavors, carnauba wax, color added yellow 6.
Oooo, thank you for this. Now i'll know not to give away my halloween nerds if i get any.
We just found a huge bag of Sour Patch Kids and Swedish Fish.
Well, it was fun, seeing the kiddies in their costumes. My cats hang out by the door in the corner of the porch in little baskets with heating pads in them. Usually they will see or hear people coming. But they must have been asleep. When 4 little kids in capes and masks tromped up to the door, my cats freaked out and flew in front of them to get away, They totally flew, at child eye level, they had to get up out of their boxes. The children were all like what the heck?!
After halloween, we had some candy left, and, now I feel guilty, because if a 44 year old man who knows what that does to his teeth, can't resist chewing the hard candy, how can children, who have soft, fragile teeth? The second time I caught him doing it, I put all the candy in a bag and gave it to our twenty-something neighbors.
Next year I'm not going to give any hard candy.
people of vegweb:
trader joe's appears to have mini-dark chocolate bars that are vegan and individually wrapped.
at the whole foods that i went to on saturday they had a halloween section with candy!! i didn't look at all of them, but the ones i did look at were vegan. we're movin' on up!
oh cool. hopefully we'll get something consistent that's sold every year.
I'm giving away halloween pencils this year to Trick or Treaters. I know, it always seems lame on Halloween night when you're getting all sorts of candy, but then the candy is gone and you still have a cool pencil. The fun lasts longer.
For my students at school (I'm a librarian) I got Creature Feature bookmarks with cool scary animals. Although, really, I think only a librarian can get away with giving out bookmarks.
Chic-o-Sticks..... they were always my fave.
teeheehee =) although i may be "too old" for trick or treating AND i anounce with proudness i still get into the spirit and take around my nephews (with my own pillow case for aunties sugary sweets ;)b ) i can understand in where your coming from, but coming from my child-at-heart mind Juice boxes are amazing!! walking around all over the neighborhood, who honestly in all the commoshion thinks to bring a cold water? The kids always want to get out there, and its the one time of the year they can get loads of candy and have tons of fun, dress up and eat junk. I wish they made a healthier cheap candy option but so far id say nope. I'd make sure the juices are cold though not something you leave sitting in the warmth, although appreciated some kids may get annoyed..
also you could hand out little trinkets and toys, like wind up lady bugs, or pumpkin stickers, or make little ghosts out of tissues, sharpies, ribbon, and put in like popcorn. Popcorn here is still a very appropriate, safe, much beloved goodie, and i see tonsa people hand them out
hope i helped :)
According to PETA, these are ALL VEGAN!!! YAY!!!!
Brach's Cinnamon Hard Candy
Brach's Root Beer Barrels
Brach's Star Brites
Chocolove Dark Chocolate bar
Chocolove Cherries and Almonds Dark Chocolate Bar
Chocolove Crystallized Ginger Dark Chocolate Bar
Chocolove Orange Peel Dark Chocolate Bar
Chocolove Raspberry Dark Chocolate bar
Hubba Bubba bubblegum
Jolly Ranchers (lollipops and hard candy)
Mary Janes (regular and peanut butter kisses)
Mike and Ike
Now and Later
Smarties (U.S. Brand)
Sour Patch Kids