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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!


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There’s A ‘Haunted Drive-Thru’ Experience Coming To Save Halloween And It Looks Terrifying

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There’s A ‘Haunted Drive-Thru’ Experience Coming To Save Halloween And It Looks Terrifying

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I don’t care if it’s barely August. It’s never too soon to start talking about Halloween.

The year 2020 has already taken so much from us, I won’t let it take Halloween too. And thanks to come very creative, socially-distanced supporting Halloween fans, it looks like we won’t have to say goodbye to the best holiday of the year after all.

Orlando is getting a drive-thru haunted experience and I really want to go.

If you were worried that COVID-19 would spell the end of haunted attractions in 2020, you’d best buckle up. The brave and the squeamish alike are invited to travel The Haunted Road this fall, a drive-thru Halloween experience in Central Florida that offers a socially distant alternative to the traditional haunted house.

The Haunted Road promises a fully immersive horror experience replete with monsters and gore galore — which should ring like music to your ears if going to haunts is your Halloween tradition of choice. The difference here is that you’ll experience the world of nightmarish scenery and gruesome creatures entirely from the comfort of your vehicle. So, kind of like a haunted hayride, but Coronavirus safe.

At the heart of the experience is an original take on the story of Rapunzel. On The Haunted Road, Rapunzel “journeys into a world of disarray, faces bloodcurdling creatures — and hundreds of shocking scares.” There will also be a more family-friendly daytime version of the event on weekdays.

OK, a huge thank you to whomever thought up this genius idea.

The idea for The Haunted Road was borne from the idea of creating an original haunted attraction that adheres to safe social distancing measures.

Most haunted attractions place visitors into smaller spaces and encourage performers to get up close and personal to secure the scare. But with the coronavirus pandemic raging on, that in-your-face approach is largely unfeasible and could lead most haunts to remain closed for the 2020 season. And that’s where The Haunted Road comes riding in like a headless horseman poised to save Halloween.

“With the arts and entertainment industry at a standstill, and an increasing need to find new, safe outdoor entertainment, we knew it was the perfect time to develop a unique Halloween experience so everyone can enjoy a dose of horror this upcoming Halloween season, from the comfort of their car,” said Jessica Mariko, executive producer and creative principal, The Haunted Road.

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Halloween Horror Nights Canceled For The First Time In 30 Years Thanks To Covid

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Halloween Horror Nights Canceled For The First Time In 30 Years Thanks To Covid

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Halloween Horror Nights, a Universal Studios staple, is not happening this year and there is only one thing to blame: Covid. The virus, which is still spread wildly in the U.S., has forced so many things to be canceled. People are not happy with the decision.

For the first time in 30 years, Halloween Horror Nights is not happening.

Halloween Horror Nights is one of the biggest events of the year at Universal Studios in Florida and California. The sudden (and not surprising) cancelation is a devastating announcement for the fans of spooky culture.

Honestly, people are ready to throw their tantrums over this.

Florida and California, home to both Universal Studios, are dealing with major Covid outbreaks. California had an explosion of Covid cases that forced the state to reverse some of its rapid reopenings. Florida is another state dealing with a major Covid outbreak that has forced some places to reclose as Disney pushes forward with the reopening.

There’s a lot of pain out there right now.

It really is another blow in a very devastating year. So many people hoped that Halloween would still happen yet the patchwork response we’ve had against the virus isn’t helping. The loss of a Halloween tradition is just too painful right now but we will be alright.

All we can do now is wait “patiently” for Halloween 2021…

All it took was wearing masks and social distancing to avoid this yet, here we are. Remember to take care of yourself, your health, and your community. This means wearing masks and social distancing to protect each other.

READ: Republican Senator Blames Latino Community For Disproportionate COVID Case Numbers

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