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A Cruelty-free Spooky Season

It’s dropped below 90 degrees here in Texas which means it’s officially spooky season! As Halloween approaches, the air becomes crisp, and the excitement of costumes, candies, and spooky decorations fills the atmosphere. While many associate this holiday with traditional treats that often contain animal products, there's a growing trend towards a more eco-friendly and compassionate celebration. In this blog post we’ll explore how you can have a ghoulishly delightful Halloween whether you’re vegan or just want to try out some more plant-based and eco-friendly ways to celebrate.

Vegan Halloween Treats

  • Candy: Vegan-friendly candies are widely available today. Look for candies labeled as "gelatin-free" or "plant-based" to ensure they don't contain animal-derived ingredients. Some of my personal favorites that can easily be passed out to trick or treaters are skittles, twizzlers, sour patch kits and Go Max Go chocolate bars!

  • Homemade Treats: Get creative in the kitchen and whip up some vegan Halloween-themed treats like pumpkin-shaped cookies, dairy-free caramel apples, or spooky chocolate truffles. There are a ton of vegan baking blogs these days but one place to start is The Green Loot who posted fun vegan halloween-themed treats.

  • Fruit and Veggie Platters: Serve a colorful platter of fresh fruits and vegetables as a healthy and cruelty-free alternative to candy.

Costume Ideas

  • Animal Costumes: Celebrate your love for animals by dressing up as your favorite animal (or resident), whether it's a black cat, cow, pig or a butterfly.

  • DIY Costumes: Creating your own costume allows you to know the materials used, ensuring they are vegan-friendly.


  • Natural Elements: Use autumn leaves, pumpkins, and gourds as natural decorations to capture the essence of the season. Pumpkins are our residents' personal favorites.

  • Reusable Decor: Opt for reusable decorations like fabric banners and LED lights to minimize waste and environmental impact.

Vegan-Friendly Party Ideas

  • Pumpkin Carving: Pumpkin is one of the residents favorite treats! Organize a pumpkin carving party, and use the insides of the pumpkins for making delicious vegan pumpkin soup or pie.

  • Horror Movie Marathon: Host a horror movie night with vegan popcorn, nachos, and cruelty-free snacks. There are a ton of vegan popcorn recipes online but here is one that is simple and delicious.

Halloween at the Farm

Of course we couldn’t have a Halloween blog without a plug for Austin Farm Sanctuary’s very own Halloween festivity, Boo at the Farm taking place October 28th, 4-9 pm! If you’re in the area stop by and celebrate with our residents and some holiday fun!

Whether you have a Vegan Halloween or integrate vegan elements into your celebration, by choosing vegan treats, cruelty-free costumes, or eco-friendly decorations (or all of the above), you can have a Halloween that's not only fun but also kind to animals and the environment. Plus, it can be a fantastic opportunity to introduce friends and family to vegan-friendly treats and lifestyle choices.



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