Color Dust Information

Color Powder: A Fun & Safe Way to Celebrate

Color-A-Thon Factoids

  • Over 2,000 Color-A-Thon Events Nationwide
  • Over 2 Million Participants
  • Over $10 Million Raised

“At School-A-Thon, we will rock your world with color but never take your health for granted. That’s why we’ve made our color powder safe, non-toxic, and completely washable!”

Holi History: The Origin of Color Runs

Holi, the ancient Indian Festival of Color, celebrates the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, and the harvests to come. It’s the festival of colors, emotions, and happiness. The thousand-year-old central ritual of Holi involves the throwing and applying of colored dust and water on friends and family, which is why it’s often referred to as the “Festival of Colors.” School-A-Thon® presents Color-A-Thon™ in this same spirit of goodwill and celebration, offering a fun and invigorating way to raise money for schools or groups.

Color Run Powder Safety

At School-A-Thon, our corn starch color powder has been tested for health and flammability purposes, ensuring a safe and fun way to celebrate a successful school fundraiser.

How to Stay Safe With Our Colored Dust

While our color dust is safe, those with allergies or asthma may want to take extra precautions. We suggest wearing protective masks or keeping a distance from the Color Blast Party and Stations. Sunglasses are provided as part of the Color-A-Thon Prizes and Rewards Program to protect eyes, and masks can be provided at a low cost.

Dust Color Ingredients

Our Color Dust is non-toxic, 100% safe, and biodegradable, consisting of corn starch and FD&C and/or D&C colors. These colors are approved for use in foods, cosmetics, and drugs, and are not considered hazardous.

Color Powder Throwing Instructions

To keep the authentic Holi tradition alive, ensure participants toss the color powder into the air and not into faces. Do not use electrical devices for distribution, set up a gap between the stage and participants, and prohibit smoking in the event area.

How to Get Chalk Out of Clothes, Hair, Skin, and More

Our color dust is easy to clean up, with tips and precautions provided for a quick and easy cleanup. Clothing and shoes can usually be washed out, but outcomes may vary. To preserve the color in T-shirts, spray them with vinegar and iron them.

Environment and Surrounding Buildings

The colored dust is not harmful to wildlife or vegetation, but leaf blowers should be used to clear walkways, and large amounts may require street sweepers or storm drainage containment services.

Hair and Skin

Color dust washes out after a few shampoos, but to minimize exposure, participants are advised to wear protective clothing and cover electronics to prevent damage.