For all those kids (and grownups!) out there who love Halloween, here are some tips to make it a fun-filled, cruelty-free celebration.
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Several traditional games associated with Halloween are animal-friendly, including bobbing for apples (in which you must retrieve an apple from a tub of water using only your teeth) and hanging up syrup-coated buns with pieces of string (again to be eaten with no hands—it’s not that easy, and you will get sticky!).
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If you really want to get into the spirit of the holiday, you will need to carve a jack-o’-lantern out of a large pumpkin.
- Use a large metal scoop to remove the insides of the pumpkin, draw or stencil a design on the outside.
(Top tip! Save the insides of the pumpkin and use it in this homemade dog treat recipe so that your dog can also enjoy the holiday).
- Carve out the design with a sawing motion using a long serrated blade (this isn’t a job for kids!).
- Removing both the top and bottom of the pumpkin will make the process easier, and then you can simply place the pumpkin over your candle as well.
- One more pumpkin tip is to save the seeds when you scoop out the insides. Toasted pumpkin seeds can make a healthy snack for your Halloween party.
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Make Your Party Cruelty-Free
It’s easy to make your party cruelty-free with vegan caramel apples, Oreo crumble cupcake, shredded-wheat peanut butter bars, or go all out and make your friends a Halloween-themed dinner with this incredible pumpkin risotto.
Make it a Cruelty-Free–Themed Costume Party
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You can even make it a cruelty-free–themed costume party and encourage people to show up dressed as carrots or chickens—or, if they want to go the scary route, maybe a bloody version of Ronald McDonald or KFC’s Colonel Sanders. What you put on your face is as important as what you put in your mouth if you don’t want to terrorize animals this Halloween. Not only is theatrical make-up that is tested on animals cruel, it is also guaranteed to horrify compassionate partygoers. Check out some cruelty-free make-up instead.
And lastly, how do you satisfy those trick-or-treat visitors without compromising your vegan standards? There are plenty of vegan candy options to satisfy a sweets craving, including Skittles.