I think handing out commercially-prepared (not homemade) packaged vegan snack items with the word "vegan" printed on the packaging
is the best way to go. All elementary school I was given those little red boxes of raisins, but I never heard the term "vegan" until I was in Grade 7. Those Sun Ripe or whatever brand it is boxes don't have the word "vegan" on them.
For the last two Hallowe'ens I have handed out items like this. Yes, it is expensive, which is why I am understanding of those of you on tight budgets. But for those of you who do have a lot of money, I think it is a good form of activism. I took a photo of the items I gave out last year, and these are what some
of them were (I was in a rush so I wasn't able to photograph all of them) (yes, these cost me a lot of money):
Tasty Eats soy jerky - original flavour
Tropical Source - Mint Crunch dark chocolate bar
Tropical Source - Rice Crisp dark chocolate bar
Tropical Source - Raspberry dark chocolate bar
ReBar - original
ReBar - seeds 'n greens
LaraBar - apple pie
Vega - berry flavour bar
Vega - chocolate flavour bar
ThinkOrganic! - cherry nut bar
ThinkOrganic! - chocolate coconut bar
Organic Food Bar - omega-3 flax
But it's possible that some of those companies have changed their packaging or have even gone out of business. So go to the health food store yourself and search for the "vegan" label yourself; don't just blindly follow what I say.
Unfortunately I can't do it this year because I'm unemployed and I don't have any money in the bank. Hopefully next year I will be able to purchase some Macadamia Nougat
's that are the size of a thimble ("wee bite")and individually wrapped with the UK Vegan Society symbol (a sunflower) on the front real big http://store.foodfightgrocery.com/nougatweebite.html
, as well as Betty Lou's
all-organic bars (Nutty Delight, Berry Berry, and http://store.foodfightgrocery.com/energybars.html
Chocolate Tangerine http://www.veganstore.com/index-stor...temsperpage=12
I think these are some of the best because the word "vegan" is in big letters relative to the size of the package. Other vegan snack items just had the word "vegan" printed in tiny letters on the back. Most kids wouldn't bother to read every single word on a package, they would just tear open the stuff in a frenzy. Big and noticeable. Maybe some of the smarter kids would think, "vegan, what's that?" and type it into the internet search engine or look it up in a dictionary to fulfill their curiosity. Some parents might see the word "vegan" on the stuff and do the same. So, even if the kids have no interest in converting to veganism, maybe you'll be successful at converting some parents (or anyone else at the home when the kids are emptying their pillow cases).
I understand that some people can only afford to buy small candies (like the wee bite nougats), but if you can afford it, I think there is a benefit activism-wise to handing out full-size bars that cost at least like $3 each. Kids gossip with each other, so they might tell other kids they see in their neighbourhood that night to go over to your house because they know you're handing out lots of stuff and not small disappointing stuff like one mint that restaurants often give out when they hand you the bill, or on hotel pillows. I remember when I was in elementary school, I ran into some of my classmates trick-or-treating and a few of them were talking about how this one house was handing out full-size Oh Henry! bars. They were like, "Go to that house, because you'll get a big Oh Henry! bar, and not those dinky little bite-sized/pocket-sized versions of the Oh Henry! bar".
The last two years I tried to give three items to each kid, because I was worried that if I just gave one item and that item tasted disgusting to the kid, then they'd think all vegan food tastes gross just based on that one item. But the more items I gave, the less of the chance that all the items taste disgusting. So they might think, "Well, the vegan bar tasted gross, but the vegan jerky was delicious! Not all vegan food is gross!"
Another alternative are Chimp Mints, which are about 1 inch by 1 inch. They are connected to Jane Goodall I think, and have a little photograph of a chimp inside. More of a preservation of endangered species (ie. environmentalist) promoter than an animal cruetly thing, but the kids might become more aware of chimps, and maybe feel a bit more sympathy towards them.