Thanks for your interest in my “Healthier Halloween” project. I am excited to bring this FREE community event in Volusia County, mainly for toddlers, up to 5th grade, for 3 reasons:

  1. A non-scary alternative to Halloween (no scary costumes/characters/themes)
  2. To provide kids with food allergies, a fun alternative to the standard trick or treating. We will be following the Teal Pumpkin Project guidelines (but also offering #3 below as an alternative for the other kids). See below for more info about this project.
  3. A “healthier” treats alternative to kids (who still would like the candy/treats alternative): All candy/treats (packaged) will be Non-Dairy (think Vegan chocolates, etc); egg-free, dye-free, organic or natural, GF (gluten free), nut-free.

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Many of these treats are available through some of our local health food stores, and also through online retailers, such as:


  • Love Whole Foods
  • Debbie’s Health Food
  • Super-Target (at-times)



Non-Food Treats List/Info:

Available at dollar stores, party supply stores, or online shops, these low-cost items also can be found in a Halloween theme or festive colors.



  • Glow sticks, bracelets, or necklaces
  • Pencils, pens, crayons or markers
  • Bubbles
  • Halloween erasers or pencil toppers
  • Mini Slinkies
  • Whistles, kazoos, or noisemakers
  • Bouncy balls
  • Finger puppets or novelty toys
  • Coins
  • Spider rings
  • Vampire fangs
  • Mini notepads
  • Playing cards
  • Bookmarks
  • Stickers
  • Stencils

Are there any non-food treats that you should avoid?
There are a few considerations when choosing which non-food items to hand out. First, some non-food items still contain food allergens, such as some brands of moldable clay, which may contain wheat. Additionally, try to choose latex-free items, as there are children who have latex allergies.

View event flyer here (for Ormond Beach even): Healthier Halloween Party

Visit facebook event and RSVP (not required, but appreciated) RSVP Facebook Event


Every child should be able to experience the joy and tradition of trick-or-treating on Halloween. But kids with food allergies are often left out of the fun, since most candy is off limits.

FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project helps make sure all children will come home on Halloween night with something they can enjoy. It just takes one simple act: offering non-food treats, such as glow sticks or small toys, as an alternative to candy. But, for you can also have a candy option available as well, just have the items separated.

FYI: Last year, households from all 50 states and 14 countries participated. This is a worldwide movement to create a safer, happier Halloween for all trick-or-treaters.

Visit the Teal Pumpkin Project site here to learn more.

I hope you will help me make this happen for our local kids in the community.

When/Where/Cost: Monday, October 30th, 5:30-6:30pm (so families can still have time for dinner after), Children’s Room at the Ormond Beach Library, FREE, open to the public.

How Can You Help?

  • Donate/Provide items from the lists above (for us to hand out at the event in the indoor trick or treating area for about 25-30 kids)
  • Donate money or a gift card for us to purchase the above items for the event (and we will also be providing a fun craft)
  • Please fill out the form below, and I will be in contact soon (all people or companies who donate the items or $ will also have their name and logo listed on sign at the event.

As a mom of a 6 year old with “some” food allergies/sensitivities, our treats/snacks at home are already non-dairy (most of the time), and dye-free (so either organic or natural). In the past, we have participated in local trunk or treats and other community events, but we end up donating our candy to our local dentist, who pays the kids cash (shiny, new dollar coins) per pound of candy AND gives them an apple, a non-candy treat, a dentist approved lollipop, and a new toothbrush too!

Recently (over the past year, since last Halloween), she has for some reason, developed a HUGE fear of tall adults in certain costumes, certain mascot type characters, and scary decorations. To the point where we have had to leave otherwise fun events due to this. I am talking hysterics, crying, shaking, it’s bad. I am about 75% sure it’s from a certain asthma/allergy medication she was taking last year (we stopped, but there are still side effects at times).

Here’s more about the Teal Pumpkin Project:


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"Healthier Halloween" Project