Thanks for your interest in the “Healthier Halloween” project. Last year was our first year, and we are doing things a bit different this year.  This year, Daytona Beach Macaroni Kid and I are partnering up with the City of Port Orange. We will be at the Port Orange Halloween Fest!   We will have an area separate from the trunk or treat, that will offer and follow these FARE guidelines:

  1. Provide kids with food allergies, a fun alternative to the standard trick or treating, offering fun, non-candy handouts, coloring, & more.  We will be following the Teal Pumpkin Project guidelines (but also offering #2 below as an alternative for “healthier” candy.  See below for more info about this project.
  2. Provide “healthier” treat alternatives to kids (who still would like the candy/treats but have restrictions).  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 fun 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.


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 official FARE and 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: Wednesday, October 31st, 5:30-8pm.  Port Orange City Center,  FREE, open to the public (look for our area tent/table with the FARE and Teal Pumpkin Project Signs). 


How Can You Help Us? 

  • Donate/Provide items from the approved lists above (for us to hand out at the event)
  • 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 individuals or companies who donate items or money will also have their name and logo listed on a sign at our area of the event, and shout-outs given on social media platforms.

As a mom of a 7 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!

Last year this event was a great hit, and we had many families attend. The space was small, and we were rushed for time. I am hoping the same families will come see our area at this event.

Here’s more about the Teal Pumpkin Project:


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