Yes, I let my kids go trick-or-treating. Halloween happens to be our family's favourite holiday. We enjoy dressing up, going to Halloween parties, and carvings pumpkins. And I manage to keep the treats vegan (I don't worry too much about the excessive corn syrup since it's not a part of our regular diet).
Our neighborhood always seems to provide ample Dum-Dum lollipops, along with some Smarties and temporary tattoos. The kids go through their goodies and we give away the non-vegan items. But I also buy a stash of treats to sneakily distribute among their pumpkin bags while they are washing hands after the evening of tricks-or-treats.
So far this year's stash
includes: stickers, mini
puzzles, peanut bars,
pretzels, peanut butter
crackers, light-up self-
inking stamps, licorice,
cookies, Swedish Fish,
Lake Champlain dark
chocolates, pencils, fruit
leather, Fruitabu, nuts, Smarties...and a box of Annie's organic Bunny Fruit Snacks that was too big to photograph.
In years past I have included sugar-free vitamin C & zinc lollipops, Nutter Butter cookies, Gushers fruit snacks, spider/bat/skull rings, apples, clementines, popcorn, and various Halloween trinkets.
For parties, chocolate cupcakes with vanilla or orange frosting and sprinkles are a hit, or some frosted sugar cookies in the shapes of pumpkins and ghosts. Also any orange food is suitable: oranges, carrots, pumpkin muffins, etc. And don't forget roasted pumpkin seeds!
The mini candies handed out at Halloween don't usually contain ingredient lists. Here is a helpful list of vegan candy.
Do you have some favourite vegan treats that your kids enjoy?