The only thing better than getting candy this Halloween would be getting money – money for your fundraising page, of course. We’ve listed 5 of our favorite Halloween-themed fundraisers that will give you a good excuse to go all-out for October 31st.
1) Make a Haunted House
-Trash bags (to cover the walls)
-Decorations (you can buy them from a party store or use household objects)
A) Haunt the house
Set up a clear path that your guests will take (through the house, in the garage, around the backyard, wherever). The more narrow and twisty the route, the creepier it will be. Cover your walls in trash bags, fake spider webs, streamers, or anything Halloween-y. Make sure the lighting is dark and the mood music is ominous.
B) Scare the ish of out of people
Enlist friends to be stationed throughout the maze to jump out and scare people. More tips & tricks.
Invite peeps from around the neighborhood and charge a small cover fee ($3-$5) to enter the Haunted House.
2) Sell Halloween treats
This is a perfect fundraiser for your school, office, or church. We’ve listed two of our favorite recipes below.
A) FRIGHTFUL FRUIT KEBABS
(For the prerson who has small motor skills, an ounce of patience, and appreciates health)
-Small wooden skewers
-Black candy melts
-Piping bag and #1 piping tip (or the smallest round piping tip available) OR make a small cut on the edge of a ziploc bag and squeeze #easypeasy
-Assemble the fruit kebabs onto small wooden skewers – cantaloupe, marshmallow, and kiwi. Put in the refrigerator for an hour to chill.
-Melt black candy melts in the microwave until smooth. Pour into piping bag with small, round piping tip.
-With a paper towel, dab off any moisture on the fronts of the fruit kebabs. Pipe black candy melt faces on the fronts of the cantaloupe pumpkins, marshmallow ghosts, and Frankenstein kiwis.
-Arrange kebabs on a tray or plate and chill for an hour before serving. These are best if served within 24 hours of preparation.
B) SPOOKY EYE CAKE POPS
(For the person who doesn’t have too much time and who likes cake)
Ingredients and supplies:
-Donut holes (yep, just from the bakery)
-Frosting (your choice of flavors but needs to be white)
-Red paste food coloring
-Sucker sticks or popsicle sticks
-Remove lid and foil wrap from canned icing. Microwave icing for 20 seconds and stir. Put stick inside of one donut hole and dip into the icing until covered. Add candy eyeball by pressing into icing. Use toothpick dipped in red paste food coloring to add “blood” around eye.
3) Pumpkin Smashing Contest
Because we all secretly really, really want to smash pumpkins.
-Pumpkins (lots of them!)
-Trash bags (to lay on the ground)
-Sledgehammer or baseball bat
A) Set up the smash
Lay out the trash bags on your driveway or lawn – somewhere you won’t care being littered with pumpkin guts.
B) Smash it (in sales, we mean)
Hand over the sledge hammer and charge $1 per smash or $5 to destroy your own pumpkin. Have a balcony? You can also charge to drop pumpkins to their gory death.
4) Throw a Monster Mash party
We all love a good Halloween party. You might as well charge a small cover fee ($5-$10) and make money off of one. Make sure everyone comes in costume #obvi.
-A killer Halloween playlist
-Halloween activities (bobbing for apples, guess the number of candies in the jar, mystery boxes of creepy-feeling food, gypsy fortune telling, etc.)
A) Set up and decorate
Decide what kind of vibe you want your party to have. More kid-friendly? Set up different carnival-like stations with Halloween-themed activities like bobbing for apples and mystery boxes full of cooked spaghetti or peeled grapes. Going for an older crowd? Skip the fluff and set up an epic dance floor, complete with strobe lights, fog machines, and/or a disco ball.
B) Stock up on Halloween treats
You know, fruit punch served out of a cauldron, themed snacks (see recipes above), and other Halloween recipes.
5) Costume bidding war
The instructions of this one are simple (and genius): tell your friends, family, coworkers, and/or classmates that they can choose your Halloween costume if they donate the highest amount of money to your fundraising page. Whatever costume they want – you will make it and wear it. Leave it to Buzzfeed to nail funny costume ideas.
Start fundraising this Halloween.
You made it to the end of the blog! Look at you go. Here’s an extra special Halloween fundraising treat for you. Right now, our Invisible Children San Diego office is hosting an office-wide Boo-gram fundraiser. If you want to spread a little IC cheer to your school or office (and let’s face it, who doesn’t want that), here’s what we’re doing and how you can replicate it:
-Halloween-themed note paper
Simply put, these are loving notes and pieces of candy that you can purchase for $2 for someone in your school/office. The notes can be personal or anonymous (hello office crush), and on Halloween day, you can distribute them to their recipients. Easy peasy Halloween-y.