I know Halloween is mostly about putting on costumes, trick or treating so you can get candy and all sorts of treats, but I want to tell you about 5 simple ways to give back at Halloween.
My family and I are constantly trying to find creative ways of giving back and paying it forward no matter what the season, and Halloween is no different.
This year instead of letting the Halloween costumes sit around and collect dust, or the buckets full of uneaten candy go to waste, I have ideas for 5 simple ways to give back at Halloween.
After Halloween is over you can donate your costumes and accessories to your local Goodwill.
Did you know Goodwill gives 88 cents from every dollar back to the community for job training programs in order to help people find employment? When you donate to Goodwill you are helping people go to work.
2. Women and Children’s Shelter or Children’s Hospitals
Halloween costumes, themed clothes, accessories and sometimes even candy and treats can be donated to women and children shelters or children’s hospitals (click the links to find locations closest to you).
This is such an incredible and heartwarming experience because oftentimes you will get to see and interact with the kids you are donating to.
3. Operation Gratitude
Donate your leftover Halloween candy to the troops.
4. Spirit of Children Program
Spirit of Children is a program that brings fun and funding to hospitals at Halloween and all year-long through the support of Child Life at hospitals in local communities.
Their mission, which is pretty awesome, is to make hospital stays less scary for kids and their families. Every dollar collected goes directly to the hospitals and local donations stay local.
5. Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
Instead of giving out candy, hand out coupons for a delicious frosty at Wendy’s and all the proceeds will benefit the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. This incredible foundation helps kids in foster care find permanent homes.
I hope these 5 simple ways to give back at Halloween encourage you to participate in the spirit of giving not only during the holidays but all year-long.
Let me know if you have participated in giving back post-Halloween in one of these ways, or if you have any ideas to add.