It’s October, and just like the trees, porches in my neighborhood are sporting colorful decorations in honor of the Halloween season.
If you celebrate this spooky holiday or like to host harvest parties, it’s customary to have lots of sweet treats on hand. Unfortunately, the orange and black candy and baked goods you’ll find at the store are jam-packed with horrifying ingredients: high-fructose corn syrup, preservatives, nasty food coloring, genetically-modified grains and, if you’re vegan, a lot of dairy and eggs.
No one wants be that neighbor who gives out raisins or pencils for Halloween, so what’s a health-conscious vegan to do?
As meatless diets continue to grow in popularity, vegan-friendly recipes have exploded. There are a plethora of flavorful vegan treats that you can give Halloween trick-or-treaters without the guilty conscience. In fact, I’ll bet most of the little ghosts and goblins won’t even realize that they’re eating something healthy! (Note: Because some parents are wary of allowing their kids to accept unwrapped, homemade treats, we’ve included some store bought options that are also vegan.)
DIY Vegan Treats for Halloween
1. Vegan Marshmallow Ghosts
A healthier twist on Peeps, this vegan treat from Fork and Beans takes on a ghostly form for Halloween.
2. Chocolate-Almond Nuggets of Joy
If you miss being able to enjoy an Almond Joy bar once in a while, this vegan replacement from Fat Free Vegan will have your mouth watering.
3. Vegan Candy Corn
Forget those nasty, waxy lumps they sell in huge bags at the store. This easy to customize vegan candy corn recipe from Pursuit of Hippiness is a much healthier replacement.
4. Halloween Apple Bites
Although sugar is vegan, you don’t need it to make a scrumptious Halloween treat. These 3-Ingredient Halloween Apple Bites from Oh She Glows look far more frightening than they really are and are perfect for the under-10 crowd.
5. Carrot Rice Ball Mini-Jack o‘ Lanterns
Yet another sugar-free treat, these cute little pumpkins from Apron Strings Blog are actually made from nutrient-dense raw carrot juice and rice.
Store-Bought Vegan Halloween Treats
The following candies can be found easily in any grocery or corner store. While they’re not quite as healthy as the DIY options above, they’re approved by PETA and don’t contain any eggs, dairy or animal by-products.
6. Sour Patch Kids
This well-known soft candy starts out sour and ends up sweet.
Artificially fruit-flavored taffy squares are a classic favorite.
This round, lemon-flavored candy consists of a sweet coating, soft sour shell and a hard candy core.
9. Swedish Fish
This soft and chewy fish-shaped candy does have a lot of sugar, but it doesn’t contain any high fructose corn syrup!
Kids love to pull, squish and mold this chewy taffy-like confection into crazy shapes before they bite into it.
Watch out. This is one super intense cinnamon candy.