Sure, there are tons of ways to help during Christmas and Thanksgiving seasons, but there are also some great ways to contribute on Halloween that you might not have thought of.
- Donate your old Halloween costumes. If you’re like me, you have been a zombie or a cat every year for Halloween. If you’re not like me (and you’re normal), you probably have a stash of Halloween costumes hidden away in a closet somewhere. Donating your Halloween costumes could allow someone to have a little bit more fun than they might have had this year.
- Offer to take a family member’s or neighbor’s* child trick-or-treating or pass out candy for them. Of course there will be a lot of parents who want to take their own child trick-or-treating or pass out their own candy, but there are many single-parent homes who would love for you to do one or the other.
- Take candy to a children’s hospital. If you live near a children’s hospital, bring them candy. They don’t get to go trick-or-treating, but you can bring it to them! You could even put on a costume to make it more fun for the kids. (Tip: don’t dress up as a nurse or doctor.)
- Volunteer at a haunted house. You have probably gone to a haunted house, but you probably had not thought to volunteer there (I never have). Think about how much help they need- setting up, decorations, people to dress up and scare customers, people to sell tickets, etc. It’s a lot of work and they would probably love your help.
- Offer to help at your child’s school Halloween party. This may not be the case anymore, but my local elementary school used to have a Halloween parade. Kids would dress up on this day and need people to help walk them to local businesses to gather candy. It takes a lot of help to herd a group of children!
- Serve a “Halloween Themed” meal at a local shelter. The shelter would appreciate your help and who wouldn’t love some festivity?
There are always a lot of ways to get involved and have a great time. Sometimes you just have to get creative!