There was a time when Halloween was a holiday of deprivation for vegans. A time when we turned off the porch lights, closed the drapes, and pretended we weren’t home. We had nothing to offer the kids that would rival the treats from our neighbors and we certainly did not want the tricks. So we hid in the quietly in the back of the house, waiting for them to go away. We learned to do this the hard way.
The year after we got married, Nathan began working as a prosecutor in the Riverside D.A.’s office. We relocated to Southern California, to a part of Riverside called the “Wood Streets” – a nice, quiet, safe area with big houses and roomy sidewalks. Parents from all over the county brought their kids there for trick or treating. Unfortunately, this was in the dark days Before the Vegan Candy Era (BVCE). Back in BVCE, the only thing we could find for trick or treaters were vegan Vitamin C lollipops. And from the start, they were a disaster. The first kids who came to the door were each given one. As one of the kids turned around to walk away, we noticed he had opened it and was going to eat it. A few seconds later, we heard a “wump” at the door.
When we opened it, there was the lollipop stuck to our screen door. Apparently, the boy had tasted it, thought it was disgusting, and threw it right back at us. Message heeded, lesson learned: kids want candy, not vitamins, on Halloween. But back then, vitamin lollipops were the closest thing to candy the vegan food world had to offer. And that is how our annual BVCE Halloween ritual was born. We turned off the lights, shut the drapes, and hid, earning ourselves a reputation as Halloween scrooges.
Thankfully, we don’t have to hide anymore. The Vegan Candy Era has arrived. Here’s a look at the VCE bounty, including delicious, vitamin-free vegan lollipops in the shape of bats and brains, chocolate skulls, hazelnut filled mini-pumpkins, ginger cookies, marshmallow ghosts, gift baskets, and bags of vegan candy to give to the little ghouls and goblins who come knocking on your door October 31.
Where to get these ghoulish delights:
- Natural Candy Store Vegan Halloween Aisle
- Vegan Store Halloween Goodies
- Rose City Vegan Halloween Chocolates
- Cakewalk Baking Company Halloween Basket
- Sjaak’s Halloween Treats
- Endangered Species Halloween Bites
- Annie’s Bunny Fruit Snacks
- Liz Lovely Cookies
- EatPastry Cookie Dough
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