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A Very Vegan Halloween

Dog pirate

Okay, what is with all the pet costumes?

Halloween is coming, and we’ve got plenty of spooky (and vegan-friendly) events to look forward to.

The Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition is holding a Dog Show and Parade this Sunday, October 14, from noon-5pm. Their “Super Pup” themed parade will have cash prizes for the best superhero costumes, followed by a dog show, all to benefit BARC‘s shelter animals.

Next Sunday, October 21, the Mayor’s Alliance/Maddie’s Spooktacular Pet Adoption Festival takes place in Union Square from noon-5pm. Over 200 dogs, cats, puppies, kittens, and rabbits will be available for adoption. Oh, and there will be adorable costumes here, too.

If you still haven’t gotten your fill of adorable pet costumes, check out the Canine Comedy Halloween Pet Costume Party on Monday, October 29, from 7-9pm. They’ve got celebrity judges including Richard Belzer and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, and ticket fees benefit the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC Animals.

Finally, Farm Sanctuary’s Halloween Bash takes place Tuesday, October 30, from 8-11pm. They’ll have complimentary vegan food, a brief open bar, a costume contest for humans, and Joan Jett. Can’t really go wrong there.

Are we missing anything fun? Let us know in the comments.


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    How does being Vegan have anything to do with all these animal events? I have no interest in pets, don’t think it’s even ethical to keep animals of any kind as pets, and one might say I don’t even “like” animals, but I’ve been Vegan for years. Just because I don’t “like” animals doesn’t mean I think it’s OK to eat them…I also don’t like my mother in law.

    I just get tired of the automatically presumed equation of “Vegan/Vegetarian” with “animal lover” and sometimes think it detracts from the more fundamental/important issues…like ethics, and sustainable living (including food production).

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    Laura Leslie

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    Um, because they all benefit animal advocacy organizations. The Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition, the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC Animals, and Farm Sanctuary.

  3. Comment by

    Jason Das

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    There was some excitement a few weeks ago about making your own vegan candy corn. It’s probably bad for pets, but is hardly an example of sustainable food production, so Romac will be disappointed again.

    I agree that these aren’t inherently vegan events, but they are all helping improve humans’ relationships with our fellow species, which is a very vegan thing to do.

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    I don’t see how a dog show is a “vegan event,” either. Those of us who work in animal advocacy are working towards ending animal exploitation, not perpetuating it by dressing dogs up in costumes (anthropomorphisizing) and parading them around in the name of advocacy; our culture already views pets as toys. Give me a break.

  5. Comment by

    Laura Leslie

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    Yes, it’s much better for those shelter animals to die neglected than for them to get publicity via a goofy costume contest that both pets and people will enjoy.

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    no wonder people think vegans are fun-hating self-righteous jerks. even homeless dogs in costumes make us angry!

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    well for me it’s kind of a straw that broke this camel’s back thing…my google “vegan” category points me to an article about vegan halloween stuff, and it turns out to be something about dog shows, and pet lovers clubs, and nothing at all to do with being vegan.

    vegetarian/vegan = someone who so emotional about cute and cuddly animals that they don’t eat them or their products…this is a stereotype that seems to never go away and alienates a whole population of intellectuals who might be more compelled to abstain from animal exploitation for higher ethical or environmental or health reasons rather than tag themselves as a bleeding heart pet lover…like pretty much everyone i know.

  8. Comment by

    Laura Leslie

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    Remind me again how a Farm Sanctuary event with vegan Halloween treats has “nothing at all to do with being vegan”?

    Not to mention that beyond the cute cuddly animals, all of these events benefit organizations that do actual work to reduce animal suffering. If that’s not of interest to vegans, I don’t know what is.

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    Thanks for listing all of these events. It’s just what I was wondering about. And yes, I’m vegan and I may go to a show with dogs in costumes. Sue me.

  10. Comment by

    bunk existence

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    That dog looks depressed as hell.

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    If anyone is interested in baking or cooking some halloween or autumn-themed food for the Farm Sanctuary Halloween bash, please email me at

    do it!

  12. Comment by

    Olivia Lane

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    I just baked these Zombie Cupcakes following a recipe from VegWeb. They are so delicious. My plan is to bring them to the Farm Sanctuary event tonight. We’ll see if they make it there. (JK, I hope!) Click links for photos:
    Zombies will eat your soul
    These cupcakes don’t look as dangerous as they are.

  13. Comment by

    Laura Leslie

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    Livi, your cupcakes are gorgeous! (In a scary zombie way!) And they were delicious, too. :)

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    olivia, can you become a zombie by eating a zombie cupcake? way to create an apocalypse!
    i’m just jealous i didn’t make them.
    you’re awesome.

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    I’m having trouble figuring out what costumes to get for my two Chihuahuas! Anyone have any ideas? Thank you for supporting our pets!