’Tis the season to be spooky, and there are myriad ways of enjoying Halloween in style. I’m particularly excited as it’s finally an appropriate time to be dressed as Wonder Woman. Plus, everyone relishes the sight of a baby dressed as a pumpkin. If nothing else, Halloween is certainly a good reason to go out and have fun in autumn, and you can never have too many of these reasons. Making your Halloween vegan is also super easy as long as you know where to look, so here’s the lowdown on enjoying a spooktacular celebration this weekend.
Sweet Tooth Satisfiers
Of course Halloween isn’t just an opportunity to dress up, but it’s also a sugary sweet opportunity to eat vegan treats, and give them out to the miniature ghosts and werewolves that might come a-knocking on your door. There’s a bowlful of old classic sweets that are suitable vegans, like Parma Violets, Love Hearts and Flying Saucers to stock up on for your local trick or treaters. Find out more accidentally vegan sweets from PETA.
Even better, you can support a totally vegan sweet company, Goody Good Stuff. They’ve developed new plant-based bio-gum technology to replace gelatine in gummy sweets, and have natural ingredients. What’s more, they’re available in Superdrug and Waitrose, so you can pick up a few bags on the high street in time for the weekend.
Double Double, Toil and Bubble Baths
Now the clocks have gone back and you have an extra hour of darkness to kill, what better way to warm your bones in autumn than with a piping hot bubble bath. Lush have three fun vegan soap bars made with Halloween in mind, and the descriptions of each are almost mouth-watering, if they were edible. The Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar has an energising blend of juniperberry, lime and grapefruit, and it has a 4.9 star rating, no less. Lush’s Wiccy Magic Muscles Massage Bar has a warming blend of cinnamon and peppermint essential oils, blended with Fair Trade organic cocoa butter, shea butter, organic jojoba oil and extra virgin coconut oil. Sounds divine, doesn’t it? They also have a fruit pastille-scented Nightwing Shower Jelly, but be careful not to confuse this with any Halloween sweets you might have; it’s probably not as tasty as it smells.
[Image courtesy of Avocado Pesto]
Alright, you got me: soup can’t really be spooky, unless you accidentally spill it and it spells out ‘Look Behind You’. But soup can be Halloween-themed, and we’ve found a scarily quick and easy recipe for vegan soup for you to bubble up in your cauldron (or any substantially sized pot). This potion won’t require a vegan eye of newt or tofu toe of frog, but just a good old fashioned pumpkin. This recipe is courtesy of Avocado Pesto, and takes just 30 minutes to whip up.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ onion, diced
- ½ pumpkin, peeled and cubed
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, diced
- 4-5 cups vegetable broth
- ½-1 cup coconut milk
Heat up the oil over medium heat and add the onion, cooking until translucent. Add the pumpkin and garlic and continue to cook for a little while longer. Next, add the rosemary and broth, bring to a boil and reduce the heat to low, simmering until pumpkin is soft. Add salt to taste. Then put the whole lot in a blender until smooth. Add the coconut milk, and you’re golden! Sprinkle toasted almonds and rosemary on top to garnish.
It wouldn’t be Halloween unless you ruined a flannel with brightly coloured face paint. Vegan Faces’ cruelty-free face paint range can help you nail the washed-out undead zombie look in no time. For all your other make-up needs, Barry M has a whole range of nail polishes, lipsticks and eyeshadows dedicated to this scary celebration, and you can buy Barry M online or on the high street at Boots or Superdrug.
Feet for Trick or Treating
If you’ve been scouring local charity shops for the past few weeks trying to assemble the perfect outfit but couldn’t find the right shoes, then you can relax; we’ve got it covered! Dressing as a well-to-do Victorian detective? Brogues would work a treat. Fancy a stint as Catwoman? Our pointy-toed stilettos would work. Dressing as Cluedo’s Miss Scarlett? Our big bowed red beauties would be the right choice. Perhaps you like deciding on your outfit last minute, and are looking for versatile comfy slip-ons? Our plimsolls are the way to go. And if you’re going gothic, then we have plenty of black boots and shoes, and even some pewter shoes if you’re feeling adventurous. The best thing about these shoes is that they won’t be worn once: they can easily take the lead role in your everyday wardrobe long after the last pumpkin has been eaten.