Name: Sarah Jahier aka The Spooky Vegan
From: Southern California
Sarah is the amazing Ghoul behind the blog and Instagram: The Spooky Vegan!
What made you love Halloween so strongly?
I’ve always loved scary things, and I love how Halloween has developed into a holiday that celebrates all things spooky!
How did you get into Halloween?
I think it has always been in my bones, especially since I started reading horror novels and watching horror movies at a young age. Halloween is an extension of that, a time when I can share my love of spooky things with others.
What are your favorite things to do on/around Halloween?
I love visiting pumpkin patches, shopping for Halloween décor (which basically becomes my house décor year-round), going to haunts like Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios and checking out other haunted attractions, carving pumpkins, watching Halloween-themed horror movies, and eating pumpkin spice everything!
Can you remember which Halloween costume was your favorite one?
Yes! When I was around 6 or 7 my mom made me a witch costume and bought me a little broom to go with it. I loved that costume so much! My mom put so much time and love into it too, so it made it all the more special.
What does Halloween mean to you?
Halloween is a lifestyle and I embody it every day! I love that Halloween means celebrating everything that is spooky and embracing it all with childhood glee! It is a fun, joyful celebration of everything I love. To me, Halloween is a comforting time of year – it feels like being wrapped up in a cozy blanket while telling ghost stories in front of a roaring fire while the darkness presses in around you. Halloween feels like home and a time I can completely be my spooky self.
Of all the amazing Halloween candy you can get nowadays, what is your favorite? (Old Classics/New style candy etc.)
There are lots of vegan candy options out there, but I love the Sour Patch Zombie Kids!
What Halloween food and drinks are you most excited about?
Pretty much everything and anything pumpkin flavored! I love the non-dairy pumpkin spice lattes (made with coconut milk) from Peet’s Coffee. I also love baking up pumpkin bread and treats! I especially adore my recipe for Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies (check it out here: https://www.thespookyvegan.com/2013/10/31-days-of-halloween-vegan-pumpkin.html)!
When do you start shopping for Halloween?
When do I stop?! I keep searching for Halloween items all year-round, but generally try to curb my spending so I can go crazy when Halloween items start hitting shelves in July, August, September and October! In July and August you can find me stalking the shelves of my local Michael’s, TJ Maxx, Homegoods, and Target stores for Halloween goodies.
What about Halloween makes it your favorite holiday?
It encompasses everything I love. I love the cozy feel of autumn (though here in Southern California it is usually still hot this time of year), and the general atmosphere of the veil getting thinner around Halloween, allowing imaginations to run wild and honoring the dark side of life.
Do you think it has any negative sides to it?
Yes, that it doesn’t last longer!
What is the Favorite Halloween item you have?
Hmmmm, I’m not sure I have just one but I am fond of the Halloween-themed artwork I’ve started collecting the last few years. I’m not one for sprawling collections of Halloween items that will just sit in boxes or collect dust, so I’ve tried to minimize my spending on Halloween things (though I do love shopping for home décor during Halloween season and always pick up a lot of lovely items) and instead focus on the special feeling Halloween brings.
Do you still go trick or treating?
No, but I do hand out candy to trick or treaters. Halloween is about the only time of year I can actually stand kids!
Can you remember your first Halloween memory?
My earliest Halloween memory is probably when my parents took me to a pumpkin patch. I remember running around and hiding in a teepee that was set up in the pumpkin patch. I also remember having Halloween parades at school, where everyone was dressed up and each class paraded around the schoolyard.
Do you keep all your Halloween decorations out all year or do you start decorating at a certain time?
I do keep most of my Halloween décor up year-round, but in late August or early September I pull out the rest of my Halloween decorations and put them up.
Where do you buy your Halloween items?
Online, at conventions or Halloween festivals, or at stores like Michael’s, Homegoods, Target, and so on.
What is your favorite Halloween movie/series?
Trick ‘r Treat followed closely by Hocus Pocus!
How is Halloween celebrated in the US?
Halloween is usually celebrated in the United States with dressing up in costumes and attending costume parties, going to pumpkin patches, trick or treating for kids or handing out candy if you’re an adult, attending haunt attractions, and celebrating everything spooky with scary stories, movies, music, and food!
Is it difficult finding Halloween decorations in your town/city?
Not at all! We have multiple year-round Halloween stores in addition to seasonal Halloween stores, not to mention that all stores here have some Halloween-themed products when September and October roll around.
What made you want to start a Halloween blog?
I used to run a horror movie site, and when that was finished I wanted my own space to write about everything and anything I wanted, including Halloween! I adore Halloween so much and I wanted to share that love with others.
What is important themes to you when you write posts?
I only write what I want, and that basically boils down to anything Halloween, horror, or vegan-related!
How much time do you spend of your day/week writing posts?
It varies depending on the time of year, but usually I try to spend one day a week planning or writing posts. I’ve been a bit lax with this schedule this year, though, but with new Halloween events on the horizon (there is always something Halloween-related happening here in SoCal!), I’m looking forward to focusing more on writing new posts.
Can it sometimes be difficult for you to handle the fame by being a known Halloween blogger?
I don’t consider myself famous by any means, so it is always unexpectedly delightful when someone recognizes me in real life! I love meeting fellow spookies!
Where do you usually buy your clothes?
I’m not much of a clothes shopper, so I usually get my clothes from online shops as well as in-stores.
What style of clothing do you like to buy?
Anything and everything black, bonus points if it is gothic or witchy style. I love everything with bats!
Do you have any tips on where to find awesome Halloween clothing for the rest of us Halloween addicts?
I love the horror movie tees that Cavity Colors (https://cavitycolors.com/) has been putting out, and there are lots of other great indie companies making fun Halloween tees. I also love perusing Sourpuss Clothing, as well as indie companies like Drklght Clothing (http://www.drklght.com/), SophiReaptress (http://www.sophireaptress.com/), and so many more I usually discover at Halloween and horror conventions.
Do you wear Halloween/Horror styled clothes all year?
Yes, though my style is more minimalist goth than anything else – I’m my go-to outfit is black skinny jeans, black canvas shoes, a black top, and a witchy, flowy wrap accessorized with a Halloween necklace and a skull-covered purse.
What are your favorite Halloween clothing /accessories/bags/shoes etc.?
I love accessorizing with Halloween and horror jewelry – I have lots of spooky pendants and Halloween necklaces I’ve picked up at Halloween conventions and events. I also adore Halloween bags – I have ones shaped like bats, pumpkins, and decorated with skulls, coffins, and haunted houses! Since I wear a lot of black, I like wearing jewelry and using handbags that standout! When temperatures are cooler, I also love wearing Halloween scarves; my favorite is a pumpkin orange one with black bats.
Have you worked hard on your style?
I’ve gotten lazier as I’ve gotten older, and now ease and comfort is more important to me than style! Again, I do love incorporating little Halloween and horror flourishes into my outfits, though. Even my workout gear has a touch of spookiness to it!
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