It’s almost Halloween, a time for costume contests and decorations to spice up offices everywhere. But Halloween isn’t just an occasion to inject some fun into your business. Halloween is the perfect time to begin giving back to the community in unconventional but important ways that most companies wait until Thanksgiving to start.
Here are five ways for your business to have fun and make a difference this Halloween season.
1. Host a Trick-or-Treating Event
Parents are always looking for a safe place to go trick-or-treating with their children. By opening up your business for your workers’ families, and even your community, to come and have fun, you can keep kids safe and put parents’ minds at ease this Halloween. Consider decorating cubicles, desks, and offices, turning them into individual stations for employees to pass out candy for visiting trick-or-treaters.
2. Hold a Costume Contest Food Drive
Having a costume contest at your office is an easy way to get your employees into the holiday spirit while also collecting pre-holiday donations. Have each participating employee donate canned goods as part of their entry into the contest to quickly and easily build up a sizable donation to your local food bank. Consider further incentivizing your employees by providing prizes for not just the best costume, but the largest food donation, to help increase the size of your food drive.
3. Volunteer at a Local Shelter
Many people volunteer at soup kitchens around Thanksgiving and Christmas, but Halloween is also a great time to give back. Encourage your employees to sign up for various meals leading up to or on Halloween and give your local soup kitchen a much needed volunteer boost at a time when the nights grow longer and the days get colder. No matter the size of your business, volunteering can have a positive impact on your community and also promote team bonding.
4. Support Children’s Hospitals
Children’s hospitals are always looking for volunteers to help cheer up their young patients, especially around the holidays. Whether it’s by serving food, decorating, or helping out with trick-or-treating events, your company can brighten up the lives of children who would otherwise miss out on Halloween fun. Contact your local hospital and coordinate volunteers from your company to bring a smile to a child’s face.
5. Donate to Unicef
Trick-or-Treat for Unicef is collecting donations to support the needs of kids around the world. Check to see if a school near you is participating so that you can give directly to them, or download your own trick-or-treat box and use the holiday festivities to collect donations. The money collected this Halloween will support nutritional, hygienic, and educational needs to make a difference in children’s lives long after Halloween comes to a close.
Each of these activities can help bring your company and community closer together, and hopefully inspire further acts of giving all year round. However you choose to give back this Halloween, the Mavenlink team wishes you a great holiday season!