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PowerUp Pumpkin Project

The PowerUp Pumpkin Project is about encouraging our community to give all kids an opportunity to choose a fun, non-food treat on Halloween.

Why Participate?

 By participating, you are helping ALL kids (including those with food allergies):
  • Celebrate in a fun and safe way
  • Protect their healthy, bright smiles
  • PowerUp with a cool prize!

 Get Involved!


1. COMMIT to giving kids an opportunity to choose a non-food treat when they come to your door.

​​2. GET STARTED by picking up non-food items to fill your Halloween bowl. Suggestions include low-cost bracelets, pens, tattoos, festive rings, bubbles, bouncy balls, and more!
the PowerUp Pumpkin Project and encourage others to participate, too! Tag us on our Facebook and Instagram.


No Tricks, Just Fun PowerUp Treats!

Lots of fun, festive, and low-cost items are available at dollar stores, party supply stores, and online. Some ideas include:

  • Beaded bracelets or necklaces
  • Bubbles
  • Whistles or noisemakers
  • Bouncy balls
  • Finger puppets
  • Halloween rings
  • Bookmarks
  • Stickers
  • Stencils
  • Pencils, pens, crayons,

The Scoop on Sugary Treats

We're sure you are wondering, “Can I still hand out candy?” The answer: Sure! But, remember to do it safely by keeping the food treats in a separate bowl from the non-food treats. The purpose of participating in the PowerUp Pumpkin Project is to make trick-or-treating as inclusive as possible, so we suggest giving all kids a choice when they come to your door by asking, “Candy or prize?”

Do Something Sweet this Halloween

Each Halloween, kids come home from trick-or-treating with sacks of candy that weigh almost more than they do. And often it seems like the candy bowl at your front door will never run out, either. Rather than packing Halloween sweets in your child’s lunch for the next several months, do something sweet and donate a treat to our troops! Some places collecting candy include:


  • Operation Gratitude
    • ​Operation Gratitude includes a handful of candy in each care package they send out. Find a candy give-back program near you!