Just because Halloween is all about candy and sugary treats, it doesn’t have to be a holiday that excludes vegans. There are plenty of ways to include vegan treats into your tricks and Halloween plans. Many of the recipes below are perfect for parties, whether you’re a vegan or just happen to have a few coming over (we like sweets just as much as the next person). No plans yet? Make them for your party of one and enjoy them while walking the streets in your spooky costume.
- Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Dip: Perfect for any party, this dip is creamy without using real cream. It’s like taking the filing, a.k.a. the best part of the pumpkin pie, and eating just that. What could be better? (Recipe and photo: Chocolate-Covered Katie)
- The Best Pumpkin Muffins: Have an extra pumpkin lying around? What better way to start a day of ghouls, goblins, and jack o’ lanterns than with pumpkin muffins. The spices mixed with the soft pumpkin flavoring make them the perfect wake-up call on a Halloween morning (or even the morning after—best solution to a Halloween hangover ever). (Recipe and photo: Post Punk Kitchen)
- Ghastly Tortilla Chips & Ghoul-camole: Oh no! There’s something in the guac! Oh, wait. It’s okay. It’s just a ghost. Guacamole is always a welcome treat and the trick comes when the guests realize there are ghosts in the dip. Can someone say, “Boo?” (Recipe and photo: Manifest Vegan)
- Ben’s Monster Mash: There is no Halloween without the Monster Mash, and this drink brings just that. Frozen raspberries play the perfect part of the monster brains and the V-8 is an ideal blood bath. Add a ghoulish chalice and you’re ready for a real monster bash. (Recipe and photo: Paleo Spirit)
- Vegan Double Chocolate Pudding Cups and Mini Green Monster Shots: Who needs jello when you can have pudding shots? And not even plain pudding shots, Halloween pudding shots! Get in the Boston spirit with Mini Green Monster Shots or stick with classic chocolate. Avocado is a common substitute in creamy vegan desserts and a great way to get the texture of pudding without adding milk. Enjoy the haunting hour with this traditional veg treat. (Recipe & photo: Oh She Glows)
- Witches’ Fingers: This recipe may look so real you won’t want to eat these. But you don’t have to worry about feeling like a character in Silence of the Lambs. They are completely vegan, which means no humans or animals were harmed in the making of these cookies. (Recipe and photo: Novel Eats)
- Pumpkin Krispie Treats: This is one of the cutest Halloween recipes I have encountered thus far. Just add some chocolate chips and you have the perfect little (and edible) jack o’ lantern patch. (Recipe and photo: Fresh4Five)
- Raw Peppermint Patties: Growing up, York peppermint patties were my favorite candy. To this day, I cannot put into words how much I love the combination of chocolate and peppermint, but I can no longer rely on York to hand me a wrapped package of minty deliciousness. With these Raw Peppermint Patties, I can satisfy my Halloween craving on my own. Impress vegan and non-vegan friends alike with this DIY treat. (Recipe and photo: Fork and Beans)
- Banana Mummies: These mummies are not the kind to be afraid of. Instead, they are the perfect Halloween treat if you’re looking for something a little healthier than the average Halloween mouthful of sugar. The recipe is tailored to kids, but for those of us who are still kids at heart, as we should be on Halloween, this is the ideal treat. (Recipe and photo: Lexie’s Kitchen)
- Perfect Pumpkins: Tiny, but powerful, these little pumpkins are packed with flavor and the perfect size for appetizers or desserts at Halloween parties. If you want to get really creative, make them to pass out for the little trick-or-treaters that come knocking. They’ll never know what hit them. (Recipe and photo: Bitter Sweet)
- Lemon Flavored Candy Corn: Though I was never a huge fan of candy corn, nothing shouts Halloween quite like the yellow, orange and white striped triangles that appear at this time every year. The vegan version incorporates a lemon flavor into the mix, which makes me think I would like them better than the original candy corn recipe. Puckering up isn’t just for the miseltoe anymore. This lemony twist on a classic will have you pursing your lips with Halloween joy. (Recipe and photo: VegSpinz)
- Happy Vegan (Peanut Butter) Ghosts: These little ghosts are so cute you won’t want to eat them when they’re finished. They are relatively easy to make and incorporate coconut to establish a white ghostliness, which complements the chocolate and peanut butter found on the inside. (Recipe and photo: Wing It Vegan)
Do you have something better boiling in your cauldron? Did we leave off a favorite vegan Halloween concoction? Spread some Halloween magic and share it in the comments below.