INSIDE: 6 ways to make Halloween less spooky and more happy with easy, fun, DIY Halloween kindness ideas.
Several years ago, I was nowhere near ready to list all the baby gear on Craigslist and hang up a “Closed” sign on all things baby. “I need one more pumpkin to add to our patch”, I cried to my only child of a husband. Bugged eyed but willing, I soon found myself one October needing a creative way to share the happy news with our families that another little goblin would be joining our BOO Crew.
So, while Halloween gets a spooky rap for being ghoulishly scary, it can also be a great holiday to be charitable, spread small doses of kindness and sprinkle happiness wherever your broomstick takes you. Like I did with a ghostly pregnancy announcement. Read on.
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6 Fun and Kind Ways to Spread Halloween Happiness
Halloween, like many holidays, can be indulgent, pricey and just way too sugar-coated. While we don’t often think of Halloween as a time of year to be charitable, it’s an eerily good excuse to practice giving back and being kind.
Here are six fun and kind ways to spread happiness this Halloween!
Make and Send Halloween Cards and Artwork
Charity can often be as simple as pulling out the construction paper, markers and glue! Make some monstrously kind cards for sick children in hospitals or home-bound senior citizens. Drop off your nail-biting creations at a local hospital or assisted living facility. Or mail to a national organization that accepts and distributes homemade cards and art, such as:
Donate Halloween Candy for the Troops
Do you seriously need all that teeth-rotting candy? Probably not! Consider participating in a Halloween candy buy-back program such as Operation Gratitude that ships candy to our troops serving overseas.
Many local dentist offices also participate in a candy buy-back, by either making a donation to your school or paying you up to $5 for your stash of candy. To find a participating dentist office, visit Halloween Candy Buy Back.
Trick-or-Feed Halloween Can Drive
Does your school, church or neighborhood host an early Halloween party? Ask the organizers if you can set up a Trick-or-Feed Halloween can drive with the non-perishable goods benefiting the local food bank. Don’t forget to advertise so folks can raid their pantries or pick up a few cans while shopping for their candy and costumes!
Collect for Unicef
Since 1950, children all over have been trick-or-treating for Unicef. With over $175 million raised, kids donations for Unicef help other kids throughout the world get immunized, become educated, have access to clean water and receive basic nutrition. Learn how to get a Trick-or-Treat for Unicef donation box this Halloween!
6 Ways to Spread Halloween Kindness
Spirit Halloween “Spirit of Children” Donation
This time of year, many Spirit Halloween stores pop up in our towns. While they are a great place for everything and anything Halloween, they also help raise money for Child Life Departments at hospitals throughout the USA and Canada. With over $55 million raised since 2007, they are on a mission to make hospitals less scary for kids receiving medical treatments. Learn more about the Spirit of Children program and how you can make a donation to help sick children and their families.
Do Fearless Halloween Acts of Kindness
Pick up a can of pumpkin puree at the grocery store and bake pumpkin bread for a friend. Rake the leaves or pull the weeds for an elderly neighbor. Find out if you can decorate mini pumpkins and distribute them at a local senior citizens home. Use the days leading up to the spookiest day of the year to spread random acts of Halloween goodness, like these 13 Random Acts of Halloween Kindness.
BONUS Idea! Share Happy and Uplighting News with Others
When my mom announced she wanted to have my in-laws over for an autumn feast, I knew this was our least petrifying opportunity to share our spooky good news! Before I knew it, in-laws scarily extended to a great grandma and her equally elderly boyfriend, an aunt and uncle and some random neighbors. One big happy brouhaha!
Now before you can scream “Franken-tastic, I have to get crafty?”, this is how I crafted our way to a scary announcement and made this particular Halloween a little less scary.
How to Make a Halloween Pregnancy Announcement
- I turned the paper bags inside out and crumpled them slightly.
- Trim the bottom of the bags in order to get various size representations for the members of your family. For example, the bag representing my daughter is taller than the bag representing my son. Don’t forget to make a baby – the smallest bag of them all!
- Decorate each individual ghost to represent each member of your family by cutting out and gluing on construction paper eyes, hair bows, baseball caps, etc.
- For the baby bag, make a small hole and poke the pacifier through. You may need to secure it with tape on the inside of the bag.
I then arranged all my (cute and happy) ghosts against a dark backdrop and took a photo. I then printed up the photo and added the caption: “Don’t mean to scare you, but we have one more BOO on the way!”
Shock and cheers later, we toasted the oncoming arrival of this mini goblin with lots of bugs and hisses.
So, sometimes the smallest drop of kindness can yield the biggest treat of them all! How does your family spread happiness at Halloween? Let me know in the comments.
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