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That’s me, my brother, and our tiny friends Tommy and Jenny at Sonny Acres in West Chicago, Illinois…probably 1984. You can’t see the kick-ass gold and white satin Jordache jacket I’m wearing. If you were alive then and knew someone as cool as me you’d know there was a horse head on the back with silky fringe for the mane.

You’re getting this vintage photo because I have yet to make any fun halloween treats. Last year I was way more on my game and made bloody cupcakes from space. This year there’s just so much going on and I have no functions to attend or even trick-or-treaters to expect. Seriously, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a kid in my 120-unit building.

But what if I did? I’d want to give out vegan candy that kids would actually want. You don’t want to be that lame neighbor that gives the off-brand candy. As kids, we always put the weird candy aside as our contribution to the classroom gingerbread house. (As an OCD kid, the weird candy was still fun to count and organize, but I would never eat it.) And of course handmade treats are scary and wrong. What’s a gal to do? Well, PETA put together a list of packaged vegan candy. Just be cool and stay away from Smarties. Oh, you like Smarties? Yeah, you’re alone on that one.

And if you send your vegan kids out trick-or-treating, what do you do with nonvegan candy? Veg Family has a bunch of ideas for you. Honestly, this list is good for everybody—we used to haul way more candy than anybody could possibly eat before it went stale.

I’m going to leave you with one of the darkest, spookiest men in rock and roll giving you a tour of his dark and spooky library. (Are you picking up on my dark and spooky sarcasm?)

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