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Creative Halloween Fundraising Ideas for Nonprofits

By: Brittany Engelmann-- 2016-10-10 7:00 am --

Halloween is just a couple of weeks away, stirring excitement in children and teens. Every year, Halloween nets about $2 billion in candy sales and another $7 billion in costume sales. However, it isn’t just for-profit businesses that can cash-in on the Halloween fun. Halloween presents a lot of unique fundraising ideas for nonprofit organizations as well. Here are some creative fundraising ideas for your nonprofit that will enable you to raise money, while cultivating community and togetherness.

  1. Host a Costume Contest

Costume contests are an easy and fun way to raise money, while requiring little planning or investment. Simply offer a signup sheet with an established signup fee, and market your event to the local community. For animal shelters, create a dog costume contest, encouraging all the loving pet owners to dress up their furry friends in support of a good cause. Choose a prize for the winning costume that relates to your nonprofit’s niche, such as a free bag of pet food or a coupon to a doggy spa.

  1. Create a Spooky Haunted House

Haunted houses are a fantastic way to raise money, while drawing a crowd. Use your own building as the set, and create a theme that’s based around your nonprofit. For instance, if your nonprofit is related to healthcare, you can create a haunted hospital. For an animal shelter, you can create zombie animals to scare the visitors. Not only will this be a great way to raise money, but it will provide you with an excellent marketing and branding opportunity as well.

  1. Host a Halloween Party

A Halloween party is a great way to gather the community together in support of a great cause, while convening and having fun in the process. With a $15 cover charge, and extra money for drinks, food, and games, you can raise a lot of money, while engaging and enriching your community. Create a theme, and plan all décor, food, and snacks around that theme, so you can immerse your guests in a memorable Halloween experience.

  1. Create a Halloween-Themed Game Day for Children
There are so many great game opportunities for Halloween, it offers a fundraising goldmine, while offering children an engaging and enjoyable day with their friends. Offer bobbing for apples, costume contests, potato sack races, face painting, doughnuts on a string, and more, converting your nonprofit into an all-out Halloween Olympics.


  1. Host a Halloween-Themed Race

Races are a classic fundraising idea for nonprofits. They allow you to raise money, while simultaneously encouraging the health and welfare of your community. Around Halloween, the potential for creative race ideas is endless. Host a Zombie Crawl 5k or a 10k Trick or Trot. With countless Halloween puns to be had, the inspiration is never-ending.

Halloween offers major profit potential to businesses, but nonprofits also have the opportunity to cash-in. With a Halloween-themed fundraiser, you can provide your community with an engaging event, while raising money for your organization. Every great Halloween event starts with the right supplies and costumes. To find all of the candy, costumes, and decorations you need for an epic Halloween fundraiser, click here and start browsing.