A Humane Halloween And An Ethical Witching
Published on October 27, 2013 by GirlieGirlArmy · 3 Comments
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Marla Rose, also known as the Vegan Feminist Agitator, is a writer, activist, event organizer and mother living in the Chicago area; she and her husband are excited to have recently re-launched Veganstreet.com after a long hiatus and their maiden Halloween post inspired us to share!
The idea behind Humane Halloween is this: To share graphics people could download and print out with a compassionate message for Halloween where a vegan candy can be attached, and also posters people can put on their doors or windows to designate their house as being one that gives out cruelty-free treats.
“I was inspired years ago by Global Exchange, which had a program called Reverse Trick-or-Treat, where kids could go door-to-door on Halloween and give a Fair Trade chocolate candy to the neighbors who give them treats. The candy was attached to an informational card that described the importance of supporting Fair Trade (as opposed to child slave trade) cocoa. My son and I have done Reverse Trick-or-Treat for years but last year, we decided to modify it to include a message of compassion to all animals so I had my handy-dandy in-house designer (a.k.a., my husband) come up with some images.
To me, I love the idea of Humane Halloween because not only are we spreading the message of compassionate living, but children can be the messengers, which is very moving and empowering. So often with vegan advocacy, we’re asking people to do something they don’t want to do: give up eating animals, stop going to the circus, wearing animal skins, etc. This is all very important, of course, but with Humane Halloween, we can spread the message in a fun and welcoming way that people enjoy. Who doesn’t like a free treat? The idea, too, is that this has lots of room to grow into a movement. Participating families will also have their Humane Halloween signs, and in the future, I hope we’ll have the technology so people can look for cruelty-free treats for Halloween in their neighborhoods. If we can encourage participation, this has real potential for reaching the masses. Also, keep in mind that you can leave these print out cards in cafés, bookstores and so on in the time before Halloween. Restaurants with vegan treats can also promote them with the Humane Halloween sign on a window. It’s friendly, positive, fun outreach with a gentle message.”
What could be an easier way to say “A Kind Family Lives Here” and inspire open, young, and compassionate minds?
You can download all these images (and more) on the Humane Halloween Page.
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Consult the VegNews Official Guide to Halloween Candy. This is a trust-worthy and very vegan comprehensive list of commercial candies. Remember that ingredients can sometimes differ from what is advertised so double check labels before you buy. Let your kids know in advance what candies to pick if they have a choice. Otherwise, trade these for the non-vegan candies they have collected when they get home. NaturalCandyStore.com is a treasure trove of a site where you can purchase healthier options - from organic to Kosher to fully vegan - that are as fun to look at and to eat as the mainstream brands! We are all big fans of NoTrickTreats.com which offers fantastic lists of candy for kids (grown up or wee) who are kosher/ vegan/ raw/ no-sugar/ gluten-free/ etc.
Host a Halloween party at home (be green, and make your invites online) and teach your guests how to make a few veganized favorites like caramel apples, rice crispy treats, and a decadent and delicious version of the peanut butter cup (see below). Serve with hot apple cider and pumpkin spice soy milk.
Peanut Butter Cups
2 cups non-dairy, grain sweetened chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups creamy, unsweetened peanut butter
3-4 tablespoons brown rice syrup
Pinch sea salt
Lightly oil a standard mini muffin tin or line the cups with foil candy papers. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler (place the chocolate chips in a glass bowl over a pan of boiling water and stir until chocolate melts.
Spoon melted chocolate to fill to one-third into each cup. Place tray in freezer while preparing peanut butter. Combine peanut butter, sweetener and salt in a sauce pan and cook over low heat until the mixture is soft and smooth.
Spoon peanut butter on top of each chocolate cup, filling nearly to the top. Top each cup with chocolate, filling the remainder of the cups. Place tray in the freezer until set.
Makes about 24 peanut butter cups.
recipe via award winning author and chef Christina Pirello
Create a new holiday tradition by making it about something other than the candy. Host a doggie Halloween show with the neighbors and collect donations for your local shelter or rescue organization.
Whatever you decide to do, be safe and have fun! And if you can't be good, be careful!
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- Trick or Treat? Cruelty-Free Candy!Vegan Candy Is Dandy! Would you believe that some candies contain animal ingredients? Some candies are made from gelatin, which is mashed up cow skin, cartilage, and bones, and carmine, the red coloring used in some candies, is made from ground-up bugs. Wondering if some of your favorite sweets are animal-friendly? No worries-check out the list below and satisfy your sweet tooth with these vegan treats. But remember, just because the list above mentions tons of vegan candy options, that does NOT mean they are healthy options for regular consumption! My health food store has a PLETHORA of truly healthy treats that you can feel zero guilt sharing with your little ones. A visit to your local health food store or whole foods will fix you up with some guiltless treaters quick as a pram. But if you want to kick it old school and let the littles go sugar high nutso, check out this list of safe-to-nosh vegan treats:
Atkins peanut butter bars
Brach's Cinnamon Hard Candy
Goldenberg's Peanut Chews
Hubba Bubba bubblegum
Jolly Ranchers (lollipops and hard candy)
Mary Janes (regular and peanut butter kisses)
Now and Later
Ring Pop lollipops
Smarties (U.S. Brand)
Sour Patch Kids
Tropical Source mini chocolate bags
Bean dip (make sure it's lard-free)
Lance's Toasty Crackers
Lay's WOW! potato chips
Microwave popcorn (minus the real butter flavor)
Peanuts, sunflower seeds, almonds, cashews, and Pistachios
HEALTHY KIDS OPTIONS:
Clif Kid Organic Twisted Fruit: Fruit sticks sweetened with natural fruit are delish and cutely packaged.
Endangered Species Bug Bites: Bite-size organic chocolate treats made with ethical chocolate. And 10% of net profits from E. Species chocolates are donated to help support species, habitat and humanity.
Organic Gummy Bears: Gelatin-free gummy bears made organic spinach powder, apple pectin, and natural fruit flavors.
Yummy Earth Lollipops: Entirely organic lollipops made with actual organic fruit.
Want more adult healthy sweets options? Try sending someone you love:
Brownies, fudge, and cookies from Allison's Gourmet.
Delectable and uber gourmet truffles from Lagusta's Luscious.
The One Chocolate Bar, raw, guilt-free perfection from Gabrielle Brick.
Super gourmet, elegant, raw, gluten-free, sugar-free delicacies from One Lucky Duck.
BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY: You won't want to give these disgusting hidden animal ingredients the time of day. Take a good look at the ingredient list below so you know what to avoid in all your food stuffs, particularly your sweets.
Casein-Whey's cousin, casein is made from curdled milk. Yuck!
Gelatin-Rhymes with "skeleton." Coincidence? I think not. Gelatin is a protein made by boiling cows' and pigs' skin, tendons, ligaments, and bones. Jell-O? Heck, no!
Honey-Sure, honey tastes sweet, but you'll get a bad taste in your mouth when you learn how it's "harvested." From a former beekeeper: "[T]ypically, beekeepers are gloved and netted to avoid stings (nearly every bee who stings will die due to her entrails being pulled from her body attached to her stinger.) Then the hives are opened as quickly as possible and the bees are 'smoked.' Smoke from a smoldering fire carried in a 'smoker' is pumped into the hive and the bees are 'calmed.' In spite of this, the combs are pulled quickly and many bees are crushed in the process. When a bee is hurt, she releases a chemical message that alerts and activates the hive members who proceed to attack the intruder-giving their lives in the process."
Lard-Lard is such a gross word, it almost makes you wonder why they just don't call it what it is: "Fat from hog abdomens."
Pepsin-If the thought of eating lard turns your stomach, stay away from pepsin, a clotting agent from pigs' stomachs, used in some cheeses and vitamins.
Rennet-Certain words just make you cringe, like coagulate, congeal, clot-which is what rennet, an enzyme taken from baby calves' stomachs, is used for in cheese production.
Stearic Acid-It may sound less gross than "lard," but stearic acid, which often rears its ugly head in chocolate and vitamins, comes from a fatty substance taken from slaughtered pigs' stomachs-or from cows, sheep, or dogs and cats euthanized in animal shelters. Still want to chew on that piece of Fido?
Cetyl Palmitate-Check your head if you're using margarine that contains cetyl palmitate, the fancy term for the waxy oil derived from sperm whales' heads or from dolphins. "I can't believe it's not " oh, wait. It is" Whale head wax"?
Urea-Urea comes from urine and other "bodily fluids." It's used to "brown" baked goods, like pretzels. Um, yeah. And the oven is for ??
- Gourmet Easter ^Bunnies^, Caramel Truffle Eggs, & Chocolate Matzo ToffeeSo excited to stuff these in our faces. Hey, we'll even pretend to celebrate Passover and Ash Wednesday if the gettings are this good!
Bluestocking Bonbons are making these adorable bunnies and divine matzot for the hoildays. Lagusta (the lass behind Bluestockings) tells us; "People who like the matzo toffee go *insane* over it and are subject to fits of being unable to write in anything but caps when it's mentioned." YUM.
It goes without saying that both items (like everything else Lagusta makes) are made from organic, vegan, and fair-trade ingredients. Score.
If you are going the elegant route, Allison's can't be beat.
This adorable egg comes filled with vegan and all-natural candy. Natural Candy Store (online) is a great place to come back regularly for "supplies."
Vegan peeps exist! And they are better than the originals, especially when made (with love) by Sara Sohn. They are 100% gelatin-free, as if you'd want to actually eat a "colorless water-soluble glutinous protein obtained from animal tissues such as bone and skin." Barfing.
Seriously, why would you eat "mainstream" candy made from boob milk, unethically obtained ingredients, animal tissue, and gag-alicious crud when you could eat this stuff? Okay, maybe not everyone can afford the slightly higher price points on these more gourmet options featured above, but you can buy plenty of accidentally vegan candy (albeit not organic or fair-trade) at your local market. See this list for ideas. And always check out the Kosher-for-Passover section of your local supermarket, it's a treasure trove of veganism (without meaning to be!) Just check ingredients. Our last foray to that section hooked us up with a yummy carrot cake mix, dark chocolate covered matzah, and chocolate covered jelly rings.
Or make your own candy!
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* 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
* Decorations - chopped nuts, unsweetened cocoa, toasted flaked coconut, etc.
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