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4 Ways to Do Good this Halloween

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Halloween is one of those holidays that, in its contemporary application, doesn’t have a lot of meaning. Kids (and kids at heart) dress up, they trick-or-treat, and then they go home. It’s a little spooky, a lot of fun, and over before you know it.

What if this year, we all put a bit more thought into making Halloween a more charitable holiday? This would make it just as much an opportunity to have some fun as it would be to do good for your community. Here are 4 ways to do good this Halloween:

Host a Charitable Monster Mash. Halloween parties are aplenty this time of year, and it’s really easy to turn a holiday bash into a charitable event. Whether you’re organizing a small get together for your young children, or you’re throwing an adult bash, ask guests to bring a canned food item to donate to the local food bank.

Visit hospitalized children. This is something that anyone can do on Halloween to brighten someone’s day. Some hospitals organize internal trick-or-treating events, but the hospitalized children will feel extra special when families, college groups, and other kids come to see them all dressed in costume.

Purchase fair trade candy. Halloween candy starts making an appearance on store shelves as early as August these days; it’s another component of the holiday that a lot of people just don’t put much thought into. This year, educate yourself about where that candy comes from, and if possible, purchase fair trade candy or take part in campaigns like the Fair Trade Your Halloween program.

Organize a costume drive. Whether you’re making a Halloween costume or purchasing one from a store, it’s important to remember that not everyone in your community has access to craft supplies or the funds to obtain a costume. Organize a costume drive at your local school, church, place of work, or even your home! Simply ask families and volunteers to donate old costumes and craft supplies, and invite the community to come and find a new costume or make one on-sight!

How do you plan on doing good this Halloween?

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Spooky Nonprofit Profile: Random Acts of Halloween

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Holidays are a great time to take part in charitable initiatives; there are countless food drives at Thanksgiving, and tons of volunteer opportunities around Christmastime and New Year’s. But what about Halloween? This spooky and fun holiday often gets overlooked in terms of how to give it a philanthropic edge.

New York-based nonprofit Random Acts of Halloween is one organization that decided to make Halloween a much more charitable holiday. Since 2011, Random Acts of Halloween has been raising funds for underserved NYC charities and organizations by throwing an awesome Halloween party called the Hallows Eve Charity Costume Ball. Costumes, dancing, drinks, and charity? This budding nonprofit might have created the most enjoyable way to raise funds for worthy causes in the name of Halloween!

According to the organization’s mission, “We throw an awesome party once a year and donate all of the money we raise to otherwise unsuspecting and underserved New York City based charities and foundations. Our mission is to perform this random acts of kindness every year,” of its annual donations and work to spread kindness. Random Acts of Halloween uses the phrase “Party For Good” as a way to guide its annual event and to get New Yorkers excited about celebrating Halloween for a good cause.

In 2011, Random Acts of Halloween raised $2000 for a single charity, and since then, its fundraising efforts have improved significantly. Last year, the nonprofit raised $10,000 and was able to donate funds to five NYC-based charities. Random Acts of Halloween has supported causes that focus on LGBT issues, domestic violence, youth advocacy, homelessness, and people with disabilities. Tickets are still available for the organization’s 4th annual charity party, which is being held at a secret location in Chelsea. “The Witch’s Ball” might just be its most successful event to date.

For more information about Random Acts of Halloween, visit randomactsofhalloween.org.