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Even The Monsters At Halloween Horror Nights Understand The Necessity Of Vegan Food

If you’re vegan or just a general foodie, you’re probably already thinking and obsessing about what you’re going to eat for dinner ten days from now. No question, if you’re going to Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights, you’re stressin‘, like your mami taught you. Like, will there be frijoles? Will they be vegan?

Hunnies, we got you covered. Here’s what we know about the “Stranger Things” themed throw down and all the vegan food and drinks at your bruja finger tips.

Let’s start with the alcohol:

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You grew up Latino so you’re already anxious at a baseline thanks to life being like a trip to Halloween Horror Nights. You never know when a chancla is about to be thrown your way.

Have a “Wicked Rad Punch” to take the edge off. It’s made of blueberry vodka, raspberry vodka, triple sec, lemonade and grenadine.

Totally L.I.T.

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HHN is rebranding the Long Island Iced Tea as “Totally L.I.T.” and it’s modern-day accurate. A combo of vodka, tequila, gin, rum with triple sec, lime, sour and Coca-Cola will have you laughing in ghouls’ faces.

Or have a “Gnarly Twist”

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Did you notice the plastic divider down the middle of the cup? That’s so that you can get half “L.I.T.” and half Wicked Rad and have a sweet and sour combo of the two. Don’t worry, it comes with a straw that let’s you dip into both flavors.

Need café?

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Well, I’m not sure if Starbucks truly counts as café, but it’s nearby and you can get the Midnight Mint Mocha Frappuccino vegan if you ask for it with nondairy milk and no whip. You can look spooky with your black ice cream milkshake.

Get yourself a Duff beer.

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You freakin’ deserve it. When you’re starting to feel a little too stressed, a trip to Springfield (a.k.a. Simpson Land) will help you wind down. Especially with a dry ice accented Duff beer.

Get more spooky at Hogsmeade!

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That’s right. The pumpkin juice is vegan (and it should be). The only thing to be wary of is butterbeer, which is loaded up with dairy. The pumpkin juice though is a close second.

While you’re at the Three Broomsticks…

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Rumor has it that the asparagus plate (requested vegan) is the best thing on the menu, especially with a cup of pumpkin juice on ice.

 If you’re still hungry (no judgement)…

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You can also get the baked breakfast beans, potatoes and corn on the cub (sans mantequilla). Thank you, J.K. Rowling.

Snow Monster for your sweet thirst needs.

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City Walk is the greatest gift to vegans. Find Snow Monster on City Walk Hollywood and get the Vegan Thai Iced Tea. Yes, it comes with cotton candy.

 Demogorgon’s Totcho tater tot bliss is everything.

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We’re not going to lie to you. Universal’s HHN offerings are largely chicken and waffles, an ode to Eleven. That said, Demogorgon’s Totcho seems promising. It’s a twist on the classic nacho with piles of tater tots covered in spicy queso, chili, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, sour cream and scallions. Try asking for it with no queso or sour cream and we bet it’s veganized!

Pizza Fries

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Apparently, this is a KidZone offering, but we bet if you ask for it without the cheese and pepperoni, you’ll have your hands on a hot plate of crispy fries.

Pink’s Hot Dog has a secret vegan dog off-menu.

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This has only been confirmed at the Hollywood CityWalk. Orlando people, can you confirm? Remember, you won’t see it on the menu so don’t get discouraged.

Blaze Pizzas everywhere will save you.

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This isn’t just at HHN. Well, it actually isn’t at all. You’ll find this on CityWalk, but every Blaze Pizza in the country now offers Daiya cheese, so you can get fast food vegan pizza. It’s 2018 and some things have to work in our favor.

Don’t pass on Johnny Rockets.

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I know. When your crew wants to go somewhere that you know isn’t going to be vegan friendly, you’re a kill joy. Johnny Rockets is changing the narrative for ya. Get yourself the Streamliner Burger and fries.

Speaking of fries…

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You can get vegan fries at Cletus’ Chicken Shack, Gru’s Lab Café, Hollywood & Dine, Krusty Burger, Mel’s Diner, Jurassic Café, Camacho’s Cantina and so much more.

While you’re at Camacho’s, get yourself some vegetable fajitas (no cheese) and tostadas de nopales.

Fusion Bistro Sushi Sake

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Orlando folks, you’ve got yourself what looks like a delish Japanese option on CityWalk. There’s nothing better than getting out of the park, slumping in a seat and enjoying some lite fare.

Life hack: some Dippin’ Dots are vegan

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The Halloween one (which looks like this, plus Oreos) is not vegan. The most popular vegan flavor is the rainbow option. Other vegan flavors are: Rainbow Ice, Liberty Ice, Black Ice, Sour Blue Razz, Orange Ice, Blue Raspberry Ice, Lemon Ice, Lime Ice, Strawberry Ice, Mango-Pineapple Sorbet, and Strawberry Sorbet.

Dear God, then there’s Voodoo Doughnuts.

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If you’re vegan and you don’t already know about VooDoo, I’m shooketh. They offer both vegan and non-vegan options in all kinds of cute shapes. This HHN, their vegan offering is a gravestone. I’m about to eat my way to death on these.

Ben & Jerry’s: America’s New Vegan Safe Haven.

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Ben & Jerry’s is available at both CityWalk locations and they are stocking all the vegan flavors. You can go get yourself an Oreo fudge banana split and be as sugar-addicted as non-vegans. #Equality

These blood pops are vegan.

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If you’re a rarity and didn’t sleuth a bunch of Mexican candy and De la Rosa into the park with you, then HoneyDukes has you covered on the candy front with vegan Blood Pops!


READ: These 20 Coveted Candies Only Latinos Give Out Are Always Halloween Gold

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Kat Von D Beauty No Longer Belongs To The Famous Tattoo Artist, ‘I Just Can’t Do Everything,’ She Said

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Kat Von D Beauty No Longer Belongs To The Famous Tattoo Artist, ‘I Just Can’t Do Everything,’ She Said

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After 12 years of bold colors, vegan products, and cruelty-free beauty innovation, Kat Von D announced that she’s stepping down from her eponymous beauty line. The queen of vegan makeup sold her stakes in the company and the cosmetics line will be rebranding to reflect her departure from the makeup line. 

Kat Von D announced that she has sold all of her remaining shares in Kat Von D Beauty to partner Kendo.

The makeup line’s existing parent company will now take ownership completely now that Von D has formally resigned from her role. In a company press release, the brand stated that while Von D pursues her artistic endeavors, she will no longer be involved with the brand “in any capacity.”

Kat Von D announced she’s parting ways with her eponymous beauty brand after 12 years to allow the brand to continue to grow. 

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This past year has been one of great change for me. As many of you know, I gave birth to my beautiful baby boy, launched my vegan shoe line, and am now busy prepping to release my long awaited album in the Spring, followed by an international tour! As much as I wish I could balance all of this, on top of continuing my makeup line, it has become clear to me that I just can’t do everything at the maximum capacity. It's hard to admit this, since I’ve always said “You can do everything and anything.” But I don’t think admitting one's limits is a bad thing. With that said, I’ve decided to sell my shares of the brand, turning it over to Kendo, my partners for the past 11 years. This was not an easy decision, but after careful consideration, I decided I wanted the makeup line to continue to thrive and grow, and I believe Kendo is primed to do just that. The transition for you, my loyal customers, will be seamless. In order to avoid any confusion with such a big change, Kat Von D Beauty will take a moment to rebrand itself, so you will start noticing the change from KatVonD Beauty to KvD Vegan Beauty. I'd like to thank my beloved fans+followers who supported my vision to create a brand that stood for compassion, true artistry, and challenged modern ideals of beauty — most of which I never could relate to. I was able to create a makeup line that made outsiders like me feel like we have a place in this “beauty” world, and gave myself and others the tools to express ourselves in our own unique way, whether it was embraced by the majority or not. And I just couldn’t have done any of this without you! Lastly, thank you for understanding+respecting my choice, as it was a difficult one to make, but one I am proud of regardless, and am confident that the team will continue the KvD legacy! Here’s to many, many more years of KvD Vegan Beauty!

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The tattoo and makeup artist shared the news on Instagram, revealing that it wasn’t an easy decision. On top of being a new mom, launching a vegan shoe line, and preparing to release an album and tour in the spring, Von D admits she is no longer able to dedicate enough attention to the cosmetics brand. 

“This past year has been one of great change for me. As many of you know, I gave birth to my beautiful baby boy, launched my vegan shoe line, and am now busy prepping to release my long-awaited album in the Spring, followed by an international tour,” she wrote in the post’s caption. “As much as I wish I could balance all of this, on top of continuing my makeup line, it has become clear to me that I just can’t do everything at the maximum capacity.”

Kat Von D dedicated more than 2 years to her vegan shoe line.

Von D worked to create her own shoe collection, making careful decisions about everything from a price point ranging from $90 to $350 to where, exactly, the pieces would be made.

“I became vegan in 2013 and, to be honest, I thought it was just a dietary thing,” she told InStyle “Then I was looking at my shoe collection and everything was either made out of leather or snakeskin, or the adhesive used was derived from horses.”

The silver lining for fans of Kat Von D’s cult-favorite products is that they’re not going anywhere.

Kat Von D Beauty’s iconic products like the cult-favorite Ink Liner and Lock-It Foundation aren’t going anywhere. Under Kendo’s complete ownership, the brand’s current product lineup will still be available, and there will be future launches. All products will still be 100 percent vegan and cruelty-free. 

She continued  “…With that said, I’ve decided to sell my shares of the brand, turning it over to Kendo, my partners for the past 11 years. This was not an easy decision, but after careful consideration, I decided I wanted the makeup line to continue to thrive and grow, and I believe Kendo is primed to do just that.” 

As of Jan 16. Kat Von D Beauty is slowly rebranding as KVD Beauty. The announcement of the new name was made on the brand’s Instagram

“Today, our founder Kat Von D has parted ways with us, as she leaves to pursue other artistic endeavors (vegan shoe line and music). We wish her the best of luck and thank her for 12 years of partnership,” reads the post’s caption. “We are NOW renamed and re-branded KVD Vegan Beauty – and fully owned and operated by Kendo. The same team that created our iconic and beloved products for the past 12 years (and built the empire with Kat) is ready to make history again. We still value self-expression, compassion, and empowerment.” 

Von D launched her vegan cosmetic brand in 2008 with four red lipsticks.

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Now, there are over 250 products in the collection, which are sold globally in 36 countries at Katvondbeauty.com, Sephora.com, and Sephora stores. Products like the Ink Liner and Everlasting Liquid Lipstick are both fan and industry favorites. 

With Von D out, KVD Vegan Beauty will continue to offer its existing product range, and will now release new innovations under Kendo.

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“We are fully positioned to continue the brand’s growth and development in both product and marketing,” David Suliteanu, Kendo CEO says. “We have developed a very strong product pipeline for 2020 and beyond. The same Kendo team that made history with KVD Vegan Beauty is ready to do it again.” 

Von D added that during her tenure, she felt she was able to create a line that made outsiders feel like they had a “place in the beauty world.” She also expressed confidence in Kendo for carrying the KVD legacy.

READ: After Saying She Won’t Vaccinate Her Kid, Kat Von D Wants You To Know She’s Not An Anti-Vaxxer

Would You Like A Piece Of Tomato On Your Bread? Or A Plain Bowl Of Rice?—These Have To Be The Saddest Vegetarian Meals To Ever Happen

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Would You Like A Piece Of Tomato On Your Bread? Or A Plain Bowl Of Rice?—These Have To Be The Saddest Vegetarian Meals To Ever Happen

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Myth: All Vegetarians Eat Is Sad Salads And Carrots—Check Out 12 Of The Saddest Vegetarian Meals To Ever Happen

Would You Like A Piece Of Tomato On Your Bread? Or A Plain Bowl Of Rice?—These Have To Be The Saddest Vegetarian Meals To Ever Happen

Depending On Where You Live, It Might Not Be So Hard Eating Vegetarian, But You’ll Still Probably Run Into Meals Like These: The Saddest Veggie Meals To Ever Happen

The biggest misconception about being a vegetarian? That all we eat is sad salads and plates filled with carrots. It’s not true. There’s LOTS of stuff we eat. Most vegetarians are always stuffing their face with varied deliciousness. Because there are SO MANY things that we can eat. Hummus, pizza, fancy pasta. All the stuff regular omnivores eat, just without the bacon on top. So can someone please explain why when we tell people we’re vegetarian, they immediately prepare us something along the lines of these 12 sad meals? Stop the madness. Stop the carb load. Check out these 12 photos to witness some of the saddest vegetarian meals to ever happen.

Airplane Carbs 

Plane meals are always a bit disappointing — even for meat eaters. On this occasion, even the flight crew felt bad for the poor man.  If this isn’t a serious carb load, then what is?  

Broccoli and fries

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My share #sadVegetarian #stillYummy

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Many vegetarians have settled for a side order of fries as their main, but with this sad piece of broccoli to boot? Do better.

When the menu says “Toast with Mushrooms” 

You must always remember to BYOVB (bring your own vegan burger) to barbecues, otherwise you might get stuck with a piece of toast and literal mushrooms –no seasoning in sight. No thank you.

When the family forgets you’re vegetarian at Christmas dinner 

Another case of BYOVB* because there’s a near 100% chance that you’ll be stuck with 2 vegetarian sides at the family dinner.

A sad vegetarian breakfast

When your only viable option for breakfast is a hashbrown, you load up —and add lots of coffee. 

An epically sad vegetarian lunch option at school

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Ahh, nothing like an apple, a banana and an empty hotdog bun to fuel you up after a morning of studies. NOT.

When there are no vegetarian options at the restaurant so rice is all you can have 

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A world without rice is no world at all

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Depending on where you live, it might not be so hard eating vegetarian. But you’ll still probably run into situations where your only option is a sad plate of plain rice. Sigh.

Soggy tofu and tomato sauce as the only vegetarian option when eating out

Isn’t eating out fun? The answer is, no, not always. I don’t really know what I would do if I was handed a sliced piece of bland tofu and some tomato sauce. Like, what am I supposed to do with this? 

When the only vegetarian options at Thanksgiving dinner are green beans and potatoes

Personally, this is the most tragic one. There you are, eating your green beans while the rest of the family stuffs their face with all the options. Cries internally.

When sweet potatoes are your only safe option

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Only sad vegans don't use seasoning #filetmignon

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Always carry a sweet potato, you never know when it might save you from starving. 

We’ve all had to settle for a side salad but COME ON

When grandma has her birthday party and everyone brings food to the barbecue —dang, not even a pasta dish?

Is this a sandwich or a hotdog or both?

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Is this a hotdog or a sandwich or both or neither

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This sad excuse for a sandwich –but at least this vegetarian learned his lesson and brought his own damn veggie dog to the cookout.