Looking for vegan friendly Halloween ideas? Our quick guide to a vegan-friendly Halloween has got you covered with the lowdown and tips covering everything from vegan Halloween costumes and face paint to sustainable Halloween decorations, festive vegan-friendly candles and vegan Halloween sweets and treats.
Use Cruelty-Free Make Up or Face Paint
Many cosmetic products, such as makeup and face paints, are not vegan friendly. This is because they either contain animal-derived ingredients or are tested on animals. But don’t let that stop you from creating a showstopping look this Halloween. Just be sure to opt for vegan-friendly halloween makeup or face paint brands.
Check out our guide to creating vegan-friendly Halloween looks for more info on the best brands and products currently available.
If you’re simply after a good set of vegan-friendly face paints, this Craft Pro 54 piece set is vegan and cruelty-free.
Stock Up on Vegan Sweets & Treats
Whether you’re throwing a Halloween party or simply don’t want to disappoint the trick or treaters this year, you’ll want to stock up on vegan sweets and treats. You may be surprised to know that some classic favourite sweets are, in fact, vegan. This includes:
- Jelly Tots
- Fruit pastilles
- Love hearts
- Fox’s Glacier Fruits
- Parma violets
There are also plenty of newer vegan sweet brands to try, such as candy kittens which are available in some stores or on Amazon. If you’re after vegan pic n mix, why not try the Conscious Candy Co, where you can order online for delivery.
Of all the supermarkets, Asda seems to have the best vegan Halloween themed treat range (although it’s still somewhat lacking). You can buy a Free From vegan-friendly trick or treat goody bag from Asda, as well as Creepy Coins.
If you’re looking for vegan treats, it seems like the best bet is to go homemade. There are plenty of great recipes and ideas online, such as these vegan Halloween cupcakes, these vegan Halloween cookies, and these healthy vegan Halloween stuffed peppers.
Amazon has a great selection of vegan-friendly sweets, perfect for parties or trick or treaters. We love these below. You can click the image to view them on Amazon.
Use Vegan Candles
Not all candles are vegan-friendly. This is because they often contain beeswax or stearic acid, which is derived from animal fat. Vegan candles are usually made from soy, coconut or rapeseed wax.
This Cozy Glow Halloween scented candles are perfect for setting the autumnal mood this spooky season. Click here to find out more about them.
Vegan-friendly Halloween costumes
When it comes to dressing up, there are a few things to consider. You will want to make sure that the materials used in your costume are vegan-friendly. Vegan-friendly, ready-made Halloween costumes are not widely available – you would need to check the materials used in each individual costume you look to purchase. Materials to avoid include:
The following commonly used fabrics are technically vegan in that they don’t contain animal-derived ingredients. It’s worth noting, however, that not all of these fabrics are environmentally friendly, and so, in this sense, you may not consider them to be 100% vegan by personal perception:
- Organic cotton
- Faux-Leather (Leatherette, Vinyl, or Polyurethane) – unless coated with leather-derived finishing spray
One thing you could consider is buying used Halloween costumes, whether for yourself or your children. These can be found in charity shops or online marketplaces. This is a good option for the environment, although not all materials may be vegan-friendly. This is down to personal choice and something you will have to weigh up for yourself.
Homemade costumes are an excellent option for recycling materials that you no longer use, such as old bedsheets or items of clothing. Why not consider making a vegan-themed costume? You can find some great inspiration for this on these sites:
Vegan & eco-friendly Halloween decorations
Single-use Halloween decorations are terrible for the environment. Instead, get creative when decoration for the spooky season this year. Perhaps create a seasonal vibe by bringing the outdoors in. Go on an autumnal walk and collect fallen leaves, twigs and branches to complement your pumpkins.
Alternatively, consider making homemade Halloween decorations from recycled materials or by using your kid’s arts and crafts supplies. Check out these links for some creative inspiration:
Wishing you a happy vegan Halloween! Got any tips of your own? Let us know in the comments below.
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