Three Spooktacular Halloween Themed Fundraising Ideas
WRITTEN BY Denise Dunbar
Werewolves howl. Phantoms prowl. Halloween’s upon us now.
Fall fundraising season is here and Halloween is a time to have some fun, be creative, and raise some money. In addition to generating revenue, it’s also a chance to connect with your constituents before your year-end campaign begins.
Here are three Halloween fundraising ideas to engage with your community.
Hosting a Halloween Party
Story Tapestries received a generous sponsorship from a funder to host a Halloween party, with all proceeds benefitting Story Tapestries art programs for children. They created an event page and directed partygoers to buy tickets to the event, support through sponsorship, buy raffle tickets, and donate. They pivoted their organization branding colors to warm, fall tones, added Halloween themed ticket names, and included pictures from last year’s event to get everyone excited for the party. They continued with the Halloween theme by offering delectable bites, hocus pocus drinks, and a costume party to top off the night. By having a corporate sponsor for the event, you have the opportunity to add to your guest list, you can market your organization, its programs, and volunteer opportunities to a larger network, and there’s potential for new donors and stewardship.
Outdoor Fall Festival
Meals on Wheels of Salem County organizes an annual fall festival in October at the local fairgrounds. All proceeds of the festival support the elderly and disabled homebound seniors that Meals on Wheels of Salem County serves each year. While they made the difficult decision to cancel the festival last year, nothing was going to stop them from hosting the popular community event this year! With Covid-19 protocols in place they moved forward with showcasing prized-sized pumpkins transformed into works of art by local artisans. In addition to the pumpkin carving contest, the festival includes a costume contest, pie eating contest, Monster Mash dance contest, a scarecrow decorating contest, and much more. They utilized the MobileCause event page as a one-stop-shop where guests can register for the contests, purchase event tickets, sponsor various festival activities, sign up to volunteer for the event, and donate to support Meals on Wheels. Meals on Wheels also created a pumpkin voting form for guests to vote on their favorite carved pumpkins in a variety of categories. They wanted a touchless, paperless voting experience so they downloaded a QR code for the form and put it on fliers outside of the Pumpkin barn for guests to access the form on their mobile phones and submit their votes.
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Event Registration for a Community event
The quickest path to collecting RSVPs or donations is by simply creating a form to collect all of the pertinent information to suit your needs and sharing the form with your constituents. Each form has a public link that can be shared on social media, and the form includes an embed code to easily include the form on your website. State of Michigan created a registration form to capture participant information, and the date they wanted to take part in a real paranormal investigation. The Michigan Advanced Paranormal Society (MAPS) is hosting this event at Fayette State Park and adding to the intrigue is the investigation will take place in the evening and apparitions may appear!
While not everyone has the expertise or resources to host a paranormal investigation, you can get creative and host a community haunted house or corn maze. You have the opportunity to add elements to the form to collect additional details you may need such as t-shirt size, date of birth, or dietary restrictions. You can also ask registrants to consider adding a donation to support your cause with suggested amounts included on the form.
We hope these ideas will spark some creativity and encourage you to get creative this Halloween season.
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