October is upon us and Halloween is coming! It’s time for spooky stories, dressing up, trick or treating, and having fun with friends.
Halloween is such a fun time of year, so why not combine it with your fundraising campaign to make things even more exciting? Let’s take a look at 10 Halloween fundraising event ideas.
1. Pumpkin Carving Party
Pumpkin carving is probably one of the most well known Halloween traditions. It’s simple, low cost, and tons of fun. Why not throw a pumpkin carving party? Provide your guests with pumpkins and carving tools, and you’re ready to go!
Charge a fee to take part or ask for donations to get those funds rolling in. You could even offer a prize for the best carved pumpkin.
2. Halloween Fancy Dress Competition
One of the best parts of Halloween is getting dressed up in fancy dress (for both adults and kids). You could run a Halloween fancy dress competition, with prizes for the winner and runner up. You could even have different categories, such as ‘most inventive costume’, ‘scariest costume’ and ‘funniest costume’.
You could run the competition online, make it a fancy dress parade, or even provide refreshments and combine it with a Halloween party! Don’t forget to ask for a participation fee and encourage extra donations.
3. Horror Video Competition
Get your loved one’s creative juices flowing and encourage them to film a short horror video. They can choose any theme and make it as simple or detailed as they like. They don’t need any special equipment, just a phone with a camera.
Ask them to submit their videos to you online (along with a donation of course) and you can be the judge of the best horror video! This is a fun one to do remotely, so people can join in online from anywhere. Making it a virtual competition reduces outgoing costs, as all you need to pay for is a prize.
4. Horror Film Night
If making horror videos isn’t your thing, how about a horror film night instead? Gather your loved ones, provide some refreshments, and put on some of your favourite horror films. Don’t forget to ask for donations from those attending.
If you want to spice things up, you could combine the film night with some of our other fundraising ideas to make a Halloween party.
5. Halloween Bake Off
Bake offs and bake sales are common fundraising events, so why not add the Halloween theme to the mix? Ask people to pay a fee and take part in the great Halloween bake off!
They could make any Halloween-themed sweet treats, and you can offer a prize for the best tasty treat. It’s fun for all the family and it can be done in person or online, making it a great flexible option.
6. Spooky Face Painting
A face painting day is such good fun for kids (and adults who are young at heart). If you’re skilled artistically, you could charge people and paint their faces yourself.
Alternatively, you could hire a face painter, or encourage participants to have a go and paint each other’s faces. Provide some refreshments and you’re ready to have some fun!
7. Best Scary Story
A good old scary story is always a hit. The best part of this event is that it’s so flexible: you could do it online remotely or gather your loved ones together. You can all take turns telling (or writing and submitting) a scary story, and you can vote on the scariest story.
If you’re in person, offer some refreshments and either way, don’t forget the donations and a prize for the scariest story.
8. Halloween Game Night
Gather your friends and family together for an epic Halloween game night! With plenty of games on offer and donations encouraged, you’re bound to see the pennies rolling in.
You can offer refreshments and make the night as big or small as you like. There are so many Halloween games you can play, like the traditional bobbing for apples or pin the bones on the skeleton. There are lots of game ideas online so get creative and have fun.
9. Spooky Fun Run
A fun run is always a good option for fundraising, so why not make it even more fun by adding in a Halloween element? Ask participants to dress up in fancy dress and encourage them to fundraise for your cause by asking loved ones to sponsor them.
All you need is a route and some refreshments for participants. You could even make it a walk or a cycle depending on your preference.
10. Best Trick or Treat
Going trick or treating is such a staple of Halloween for kids, but what about a trick or treat competition to really spice things up? Ask participants to make a Halloween themed treat, like a sweet or cake, or to come up with a scary trick.
Gather everyone together to take turns showing off their trick or treat, and judge which one is the best. Offer prizes for the winner and runner up, and ask for donations to take part. It’s simple, fun, and great for both adults and kids.
Themed fundraisers can be a great way to bring in more donations for your campaign and they’re just plain fun for everyone involved. Don’t forget to ask everyone to spread the word about your campaign afterwards!
Ann-Marie D'arcy-SharpeGoGetFunding Author
I'm Ann-Marie, I'm 32 and a passionate freelance blogger and writer. I live in Scotland with my husband and lots of pets. My favourite things are bright coloured hair, animals, hiking, writing and anything creative!