Sunday, 28 October 2012

Ghosts, Goblins and Willy Wonka, Oh My!

One of my biggest struggles as a vegan is deciding how to participate in Halloween with my children. Do we go trick or treating and trade the candy for vegan goods or toys? Should we stay in and pretend that Halloween doesn't even exist? Do we go out and visit family? Would the kids be happy with a Halloween party? There are other events in town, should we try that? It is a never ending pool of options and questions and pros vs cons.

So this year, after Ape Boy's new fascination with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory we decided to have a small (very small) Willy Wonka Halloween party. You see, he loves the spooky stuff like skeletons and goblins and zombies.. just as long as they don't actually DO anything. And, Tiny Twirler has a hard time watching any movie that has any sad parts at all. In fact, she'll refuse.

What did we decide to do? We told the kids we could have a Willy Wonka Halloween party! Rock on, right? It turned out to be very small, and a little under prepared with everything that's been going on in the world of our vegan family. Infact, each child was asked to invite just one friend, and only one of them showed up. On top of that, they want to have their cake and eat it too. We're going trick or treating on Wednesday and exchanging their candy for something vegan acceptable. In a world of junk food and obesity, disease and slaughter - I have no idea why we will be supporting this. But we are. And that's okay with us, because we know that our children are health concious, vegan-loving kids.

Camino bite sized bars turned Willy Wonka, complete with golden tickets.

Some goodies in the goodie bags.

They included candy, glow in the dark stickers, bats, and animal noses.

Veruca Salt fell down the garbage chute.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing. I don't yet have kids, but that is one of the things I worry about when we do have kids. What will we do about Halloween!