i remember that when i was little (not veg or vegan), my parents would sit with me and we would sift through the candy. i would often 'keep' what i liked and 'give away' what i didn't like.
if we change or give a definition for 'like' as 'vegan and nonvegan' as in 'we like vegan candy, non-vegan candy doesn't taste good' then it's easy to get gets to forgo it.
my husband and i think about this in terms of our children eating candy in general. we do not eat a lot of candy, and my mother was joking with me the other day about how my halloween candy would still be hanging around by new years. quite frankly, i don't have that much of a sweet tooth. Neither does my husband. We eat chocolate occassionally, and that's it.
so, we also wonder what we are going to do for halloween, and i'm thinking that a party inside would be more fun than trick-or-treating. there are things about halloween that i've always loved, and those are the parts that i want to share with my kids:
1. carving pumpkins--i love to do this. i first love the scooping of the seeds part, then the planning of the design, and then the actual work of carving. we always saved and shelled the seeds and made sweet and spicy pumpkin seeds.
2. carmel/candied apples--i've really gotten back into this over the past few years. i found tiny 'pink lady' apples at the HFS and i love to dip them in dark chocolate. because you can't give this sort of thing out to trick-or-treaters, i gave them to my friends and clients. They enjoyed them because the apple is tiny (like 3-4 bites tops), and it has the granny smith sort of tanginess to it. i also like to make HUGE carmel apples and chocolate apples using big granny smith's. I like to cut them up with a knife.
3. celebrating various aspects of death--i really like the various esoteric elements related to the holiday, such as the contemplation of death, the celebration of death (and new life thereby) and so on. i love skeletons and the concept of 'the day of the dead' as celebrated in many latin cultures. this is, for me, more exciting than some of the more commerical stuff that is done. So, i think that celebrating these things would be fun.
4. enjoying harvest moons and nnite skies--my favorite part of trick-or-treating was being outside at nite. today, we do nite-time hikes with local naturalists who tell us about the nocturnal world in the woods around us. it's a real blast to be outside on a chilly nite. this year, we missed it, but we were hoping to do the one that also had a hay ride and bon fire--two of my favorite things during the halloween season.
so, i think i can successfully help my kids avoid most of the candy and such--and still dress up and do other fun things.