Halloween is a hugely popular holiday. So if you’re planning to do some fundraising in October, giving your fundraiser a Halloween theme is a great idea!
Whether you’re planning a whole Halloween event or just want to add some trick-or-treaty flavour to your classic fundraiser, here are some ideas for the scary season.
Costumes, pumpkins, cobwebs and sweets – Halloween is practically screaming for special fundraising events. Depending on your ambitions and resources, why not go for a…
- Masked Ball – Much like your ordinary charity ball, this can be a glamorous night of dancing, socialising and enjoying a great dinner. Find a suitable location and ask local businesses and restaurants to sponsor your ball and provide food and drink – preferrably Halloween-themed, of course – or music. Flickering candles, cobwebs and pumpkin lanterns set the scene. Next to selling tickets, you can also use the occasion for a charity raffle. The dress code is “spooky”!
- Horror Movie Night – Cooperate with your local cinema to organize a night of scary movies, with a percentage of the ticket money going to charity. Help decorating the place and ask permission to sell Halloween snacks to cinema-goers.
- Costume Contest – Isn’t it a waste to wear that Halloween costume just once? Offer another chance for strutting one’s scary stuff by inviting to a Halloween costume contest in a suitable venue! You can give away prizes – as it’s Halloween, sweet treats will do nicely! – for best single costume, best group, best performance etc. In return, ask participants for a small fee, and sell tickets for seats in the audience. This one is great for kids or teenagers, too!
- Ghost Walk – This won’t work everywhere, but if your town has a bit of history and a local ghost story or two, you can offer a guided tour with a focus on the uncanny. Advertise well in advance, and make sure there is no exciting event you’re competing against! Do your research on local sights and spook stories. Meet your group just before sundown, and guide them through the dark side of town! Costumed volunteers and creepy sounds are great for effect. Afterwards, your customers will probably be grateful for a heartening drink, so be prepared for that!
- Pumpkin Carving Contest – Another competitive event, a pumpkin carving contest allows participants to create their own jack-o-lantern and maybe win a prize with it! Ask a local green grocer or farmer to provide you with pumpkins and get other local businesses to donate prizes. You’ll also need someone to provide the tools unless you want to ask participants to bring their own. You can hand out prizes for best traditional design, most elaborate design etc. Charge a fee for participation, and sell drinks and snacks while everyone is busy working.
A Little Halloween Flavour
If you don’t want to organise an entire event, you can still use the staples of Halloween icons and customs for your fundraising purpose. Dress up in your scary garb, offer a jack-o-lantern carving service or sell seasonal foodstuffs.
Good recipes for Halloween snacks are all that feature pumpkin, everything that can be iced or otherwise decorated spookily, and everything that can be given a scary name, like “Witches Brew” or “Eyeball Pudding”. Spread some Halloween cheer and collect treats for your good cause!