One of my favorite Halloween memories is the parties that we used to attend. Sometimes we’d go to a kid’s party while the adults went to another party, and sometimes it would be an all ages event. It all depended. When Halloween rolls around, many people really enjoy throwing spooky parties.
Making sure our vegan friends are included in the party, however, requires a bit more planning. Since animal by-products aren’t allowed, you need to be a little more creative. Never fear – unless you want to! There are so many different kinds of “spooky” vegan foods that you can create to make your guests feel included and intrigued.
Since vegans don’t consume meat or animal by-products like butter or honey, a vegan Halloween party takes a little more creative planning. You might have to search diligently for unique and inventive recipes and ideas. We’ve gathered a few of these below to spark your creative juices!
Vegan Halloween Party Ideas
Gingerbread men –
Yep, you read that right! Use these gingerbread men and dress them up as skeletons instead of traditional Christmas characters. The unexpected twist on this holiday treat will entertain your guests as they bite the skeleton’s head or legs off.
Jack o lanterns
Are you going to carve Jack o Lanterns? If so, save the seeds when you’re carving your pumpkins. With the seeds you can create Dracula’s Teeth. Simply clean the seeds, dry them out, then salt and roast them. You may need a little oil, too. Several hundred of Dracula’s teeth coming right up! Bonus – the carved pumpkins can create great ambiance as spooky decorations. Place a tea light candle inside the pumpkin and you have instant atmosphere.
Eyes and blood drops
This one is easy, and extra gruesome. Peel some grapes. This will give them a little bit of a “gooey” texture, sort of like eyeballs. Place the peeled grapes in a bowl, then add some pomegranate seeds. and add them to the bowl. Mix the two together, and voila! A really spooky fruit dish that’s a great vegan Halloween party idea.
Red Velvet cake
How about Red Velvet Cake for a creative dessert? Make a vegan red velvet cake and frost it with black frosting. We all remember the groom’s cake from Steel Magnolias, right? Say the red cake is symbolic of blood and you can call it a witch’s cake. For no fuss individual servings, try these Red Velvet Cupcake Cones.
Want to really gross out your partygoers? Put some dried cranberries in a bowl and label them dried scabs. *shudders*
Creepy Halloween drinks
Virtually all fruit punch cocktails are vegan friendly. Make a great party punch by mixing a bunch of fruit juices in a bowl and give it a spooky name such as Creepy Spider’s Punch. To pump up the creep factor, place rubber spiders in to float around. To add another element to the punch, freeze colored water in an inflatable glove and cut the fingers off – voila! Finger ice cubes in your punch.
If you’re looking for another beverage, try these Bloodshot Halloween Mocktails. The syringe really adds to the ambiance, and people will love injecting their beverages. So clever and fun!
Vegan Halloween parties don’t have to lack fun or creativity because of the menu. There are many items that can be modified to become vegan friendly with a few substitutions. Like tofu when a recipe calls for meat, or soy or almond milk instead of using cow’s milk. If you’re using tofu, remember that you probably want to use a tofu press to get the excess moisture out first. The above Halloween party ideas are all vegan friendly and dare we say it – spooky!