Rhiannon’s Guide to A Delicious Cruelty-Free Halloween

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Having been a Vegan for the past 14 years, I have become quite crafty and knowledgable in all the tasty holiday treats. I can recall certain instances where I have felt left out or a little envious of everyone around me enjoying their non-vegan delights, so I decided to take charge and come up with new traditions for me and my family! Halloween being my ultimate favourite holiday of all time, I am thrilled to share these goodies with you!

Homemade Traditional Treats

Vegan Lemon Candy Corn


Okay, so this is amazing! I found this recipe on VegSpinz website and got so excited. Other than my moms homemade ginger bread cookies she made every Halloween, this is the next best thing! Without corn syrup, gelatin, eggs, beeswax, or artificial colour, you just can’t go wrong!

1/4 C. Earth Balance Margarine*
1 C. sugar
3/4 C. brown rice syrup
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. lemon extract
1 tsp. lemon juice
2 1/2 C. powdered sugar
1/3 C. soymilk powder
1/4 tsp. salt
Go to “VegSpinz” website for the rest of the instructions!
Vegan Caramels

These are a classic, but are traditionally concocted with dairy and corn syrup. Here is a delicious healthier version I have come across for Vegan Caramels.

1 c. coconut milk (full or low fat)
½ c. brown sugar
⅓ c. Earth Balance vegan butter
¼ c. pure maple syrup (or corn syrup if you like)
½ tsp vanilla extract
juice of 1 lemon wedge
2 pinches of ground Himalayan salt (omit if you don’t like the sweet/salty taste)
Go to “Fork & Beans” website for the rest of the instructions!

The Baked Goods

Gluten-Free Vegan Gingerbread Skeleton Cookies


2 3/4 cups gluten free flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups organic powdered sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1/3 cup coconut oil, soft
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut or almond milk, room temperature
1 teaspoons vanilla extract

Simple Icing
2 1/2 cups organic powdered sugar
2-3 tablespoons unsweetened coconut or almond milk
Go to “Sarah Bakes Gluten Free” for the rest of the instructions!

Traditional Trick-or-Treats


If you’re anything like me, you want the whole world to enjoy Vegan delights! This is why I buy only Vegan sweets for the lil Trick-or-Treaters. Here is a handy list thanks to “Mercy for Animals”.
Chewy candies such as Airheads Taffy, Dots, Mike & Ikes, Skittles, Swedish Fish, and Sour Patch Kids have all forgone gelatin in their ingredients lists. Almost all lollipops are included in a cruelty-free diet, including the ever-popular Dum-Dum Pops and Blow Pops. For a more tart treat, grab some Pez, Sweet Tarts, or Smarties.

Here is another amazing compilation of 25 Vegan Treats by “PETA”
And another extensive list by “VegNews”.

For The Grownups


Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix from “Oh She Glows”

Experiment with adding this Pumpkin Spice Mix in cakes, cookies, bars, oatmeal, smoothies, lattes, chia seed pudding; The possibilities are endless!

4 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg (I pack it in the teaspoon)
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground clove
Go to “Oh She Glows” website for the rest of the instructions.

Party Time!
Halloween Cupcakes

Vegan Cupcakes
Here is a recipe you can use anytime of year, however it is really fun to get creative with the icing!

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
/2 cup coconut oil, warmed until liquid
1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
Go to “All Recipes” website for the rest of the instructions.

Vegan Fluffy Buttercream Icing
1/2 cup nonhydrogenated shortening
1/2 cup nonhydrogenated margarine
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted if clumpy
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup plain soy milk or soy creamer
Go to “Chow Hound” website for the rest of the instructions.


Courtesy of Rhiannon //@rhiannonthevegan


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