Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Siren Call for a Vegan Halloween in DC

...In Takoma Park. Where else?  Yes, Virginia, there is such a thing as a Vegan Halloween.

Here's the plea from the Takoma Park listserv:

Compassion Over Killing would like to help make it easy for trick-or-treaters in the DC-area to get their fair share of cruelty-free treats this Halloween, so we're putting together a map of local houses that are handing out vegan candy-and we need your help!

The vegan Halloween map is here,and you can read more about VeganDC here.

I read this message about vegan Halloween candy on the Takoma Park DC listserv before having my morning coffee, so I wasn't entirely sure, in my pre-caffeinated state, what vegan Halloween candy is. But apparently, it wasn't the lack of caffeine that caused me to have to reread that message several times. Somebody else on the listserv asked:

I'm totally at a loss. What is vegan candy? I think this is a bit much. What's being killed by candy? Our teeth from the sugar maybe. I know that sounds flippant, but I truly don't understand.

And the answer, because we simply have to know:

Since you asked, vegan candy is candy free of animal ingredients like gellatin (which is cow cartillage) and milk. (I once thought no-one got killed or suffered for milk, but found how naive I was when I started researching and visiting modern farms). Not to mention yuchy things like acetyl palmitate (it's a waxy oil made from sperm whale and dolphin's heads).

There's a tradition (if you can call it that) of giving out healthy snacks for Halloween: things like carrots, raisins, and Cheerios. I don't know. Pity all the disappointed parents who want to steal their kids' Halloween booty, only to grab a granola bar.


  1. Vegan doesn't mean granola bar! Here is a list of vegan candies:

    Airheads taffy
    Blow Pops
    Brach's Cinnamon Hard Candy
    Brach's Root Beer Barrels
    Brach's Star Brites
    Chocolove Dark Chocolate bar
    Chocolove Cherries and Almonds Dark Chocolate Bar
    Chocolove Crystallized Ginger Dark Chocolate Bar
    Chocolove Orange Peel Dark Chocolate Bar
    Chocolove Raspberry Dark Chocolate bar
    Cry Babies
    Hubba Bubba bubblegum
    Jolly Ranchers (lollipops and hard candy)
    Laffy Taffy
    Mary Janes (regular and peanut butter kisses)
    Mike and Ike
    Now and Later
    Panda Licorice
    Smarties (U.S. Brand)
    Skittles (U.S. only)
    Sour Patch Kids
    Super Bubble
    Swedish Fish
    Sweet Tarts

  2. Go to http://notricktreats.com to find where kids can get vegan candy on Halloween.