Charity Events

7 Spook-tacular Halloween Fundraising Ideas for Nonprofits

September 16, 2022

Fun ways for your organization to BOOst donations

You know what they say, scaring is caring! Well, that’s not exactly how the saying goes, but there are plenty of ways to show you care for your cause while keeping the spirit of Halloween.

Give your donors of all ages a Halloween fundraising event to remember. Check out some of our favorite spook-tacular ideas!

#1. Halloween bake sale and contest

No tricks, just treats! Host a Halloween-themed bake sale, or turn it into a friendly competition by hosting a contest. Invite volunteers to create homemade Halloween treats to sell at your bake sale. Donors will love to enjoy something sweet while donating to your cause. 

Woman holding a tray of Halloween-themed cupcakes

#2. Haunted house

Round up your network of volunteers and create your very own haunted house! Choose your location, make it “haunted” with spooky decor, and get your volunteers to dress up to “scare” guests for the day. For the cost of an admission ticket, guests can enjoy one of their favorite activities of the Halloween season while supporting your nonprofit!

#3. Costume contest

Almost everyone likes to dress up for Halloween. Why not turn it into a way to raise money for your cause? You can even host your own unique spin on the usual costume contest by asking participants to make their costumes at home, or follow a theme of your choice. It’s the perfect opportunity for donors in your network to come out and show off their costume creations, while money raised from ticket and voting ballot sales goes to your nonprofit’s mission. 

For some extra inspiration, check out ‘WEEN DREAM’s costume fundraising campaign! ‘WEEN DREAM helps provide free Halloween costumes to children in need.

A group of children dressed in Halloween costumes

#4. Mystery night dinner party

Instead of hosting a typical charity gala event to raise funds for your cause, try shaking it up for Halloween. Since this spooky holiday only comes once a year, make the most of it by hosting a mystery night dinner party. Along with providing the dinner for the event, prepare your scripts, clues, and biographies. Then, have volunteers from your organization get into character for the night. For the cost of a ticket, guests will be able to enjoy a meal and solve a mystery while supporting your cause. 

#5. Jack-o’-lantern contest

We can’t think of a better fundraiser than carving for a cause! Invite donors to bring the whole family to come carve pumpkins at your event. Make the event be just for fun, or turn into a friendly competition. Whatever you decide, donors of all ages will love to come out and express their creativity while contributing to your nonprofit’s mission. 

Carved pumpkins sitting in a bed of straw

#6. Halloween movie night 

The list of great Halloween movies is seemingly endless. Get in the spirit of the season by hosting your own movie night or series of movie screenings! You’re sure to find enough different movie options for everyone to enjoy – and they don’t even have to be scary! At the screening, you can provide popcorn, drinks, and other treats for participants to purchase for additional donation opportunities.

#7. Zombie run

The typical 5K walk/run fundraising event has met its match! In the spirit of Halloween, mix things up with a zombie run! Recruit some avid runners within your organization to dress up as zombies and run with your participants on race day. Your guests will love the thrill of taking part in a real-life zombie chase while supporting a good cause!

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