Americans will spend $6.9 billion on holiday costumes, decorations, candy and other Halloween-inspired fun in 2015, according to the National Retail Federation. But how can you throw a spectacularly spooky vegan Halloween party without worrying about animal by-products and foods sneaking into your festivities? It’s not as hard as it seems if you carefully plan and have resources to keep your Halloween party vegan and fun at the same time.
Make Ghoulish Treats
Google the term “vegan Halloween recipes” and you’ll find over two million options for inspired dishes, treats and drinks. Make your party a hit with a popular pumpkin-flavored treat. Our site features a healthy pumpkin muffin that doesn’t have any oil and only a small amount of maple syrup for sweetness. For this recipe, all you need is:
- 1 cup white whole wheat flour
- 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 2 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1 cup canned organic pumpkin
- 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/3 cup and 2 Tbsp unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ginger powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp allspice
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- chopped walnuts and pumpkin seeds
Because this recipe doesn’t have any oil, the muffin won’t sit heavy in your stomach, so you and your guests will be ready to go trick-or-treating or have a best costume contest.
Another great recipe from Vegan Woman is an idea for a cup of Murderous Mulled Wine complete with spooky, floating apple heads. This recipe is simple with the following ingredients:
- 2 bottles of vegan red wine
- 2 small apples
- 1 orange
- 1 pear
- 5 cinnamon sticks
- 1 1/2 Tbsp cloves
- 1/4 cup star anise
If you’re still feeling lost on where to start, grab your iPhone to download cooking apps to stay organized. And if you have an iPad lying around, use it as a cutting board while you watch a video on what to do next. Slicing up apples directly on top of your iPad may give you a fright, but the Huffington Post reports it won’t damage it. And with a screen protector from Body Guardz, your iPad won’t even have a scratch.
Pass out Vegan Candy
The National Retail Federation reports that nearly 80 percent of Americans planned to pass out candy in 2014. Stand out from the crowd and gather up vegan candy for the neighborhood kids. If you’re new to the vegan Halloween game, Peta has a thorough list of 25 vegan Halloween candies you can find at just about any grocery store, including Airheads and Pixie Stix.
Support vegan retailers, like Sweet and Sara, that feature fun, non-GMO, all natural and handmade vegan treats. Try the chocolate-dipped marshmallow hearts, or get in touch about the company’s other Halloween treats. In addition, The Natural Candy Store sells a host of tasty vegan options, like jack-o’-lantern lollipops, milk chocolate coins, Halloween popcorn balls and trick-or-treat mixes.
Decorate Without Cruelty
Unfortunately, it’s nearly impossible to figure out what home decor and plastics are vegan and cruelty-free. According to Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News, plastics manufacturers often use additives of animal origin to aid in the processing or improvement of their materials. Companies like Tyson test keratin proteins from chicken feathers to help produce plastics and other materials.
To avoid this, skip the plastic decorations and stick to natural, vegan options. Carve up some frightful jack-o’-lanterns, and light vegan candles to illuminate your party. Gather some colorful autumn leaves, twigs and berries to create an inspired centerpiece or wreath. Setting the mood with ambient lighting or orange-colored light bulbs can add a special touch to your festivities.
Start a New Spooky Tradition
Just because candy manufacturers and costume shops have taken over Halloween doesn’t mean you have to jump on the bandwagon. Start a new tradition by hosting a fright-fest Halloween party with your favorite gory films. Or host a vegan jack-o’-lantern carving contest complete with live entertainment and music to raise money for a good cause, like PETA.