When we think of Halloween, we typically picture costumes, candy, pumpkins, and a night of fun-filled horror. Yet there is a wholesomeness this holiday brings that you may not have noticed. It’s giving Halloween a little more meaning.
While the holiday has gone through quite the transformation over the course of history, the 1800’s led to its drift away from witchcraft and tomfoolery and closer to being a reason to come together and celebrate as a community. Here in North America, we use it as an excuse to celebrate the turning of the seasons with fun and laughter.
That’s why this year we’re pressing the idea of doing more than just dressing up, knocking on doors, and asking for candy. Whether you’re participating in a “spooktacular” raffle or simply doing a kind deed, we’re challenging you to put a little heart into Halloween.
5 Tips for Giving Halloween the Spirit of Goodwill
Below are a few ideas on how you can create ripples of goodwill this Hallow’s Eve.
Raffle Off an Item for a Good Cause
This holiday reaps an abundance of activities, from parties to festivals! Haunt your event with the spirit of giving and a twinge of excitement with a raffle that raises funds for a good cause.
All funds go toward bridging the accessibility gap for people struggling with blindness or low vision.
Donate to Something Worthwhile
Not every act of giving has to come with a potential prize. You can choose to simply donate funds to a cause you care about. Whether it’s sending a financial gift to a charity of your choosing or giving specifically to someone in need, you’re bound to feel good about this “treat”.
Aren’t sure where to start? Consider helping to raise funds for Kenny and Justin Jongsma so they can afford lifechanging eSight glasses.
Volunteer for an Organization You Care About
Many organizations put on events during the holiday season, including Halloween. If you’re interested in giving your time to a cause you care about, look into volunteer opportunities. Most organizations have a calendar available on their website or make announcements through social media platforms to spread the word about their events.
However, if you don’t see anything, don’t be shy! Reach out to the organization directly. Most nonprofits are always hungry for helping hands.
Give Your Old Costumes to Those Who Can Use Them
Are Halloween costumes of holidays passed hiding somewhere inside your home? Your old Hallow’s Eve aliases don’t have to retire forever in the recesses of your closet. Give them new life by donating them to a local thrift or secondhand store.
If you donate your costume a few weeks before Halloween hits, you’re likely to make someone’s day by giving them the chance to dress up on a dime.
Treat Someone to a Random Act of Kindness
But what about those who don’t have the time or the money to go the extra mile? We get it. Life gets busy and finances can be tight.
Yet that doesn’t mean you can’t be the reaper of good this holiday season. Chances are high that there is someone in your life who could use a pick-me-up right now. Think about your friends, family members, coworkers, and even acquaintances.
Is there someone out there you think could use a smile? If so, offer them a random act of kindness. It can be something as small as a coffee or a homemade treat to brighten their day.
You may be surprised by how big the little things can be in someone’s life.
Give More Than Just Frights This Hallow’s Eve
T’is the season to trick AND treat. Give something special that sparks someone else’s spirit—and not just the undead ones! We’ve given you several ideas on how to make this year a “Giving Halloween”.
Challenge yourself to make something more out of the spooky holiday, then share it with us on our Facebook page. We love to see what our community is doing!