Giving on Halloween seems odd as it is a holiday where kids love to get. but what if we decided to give and not get on Halloween. The world just might start being a kinder and happier place.
Halloween is celebrated in different ways around the world. It was brought to North America as “All Hallows Eve”– based on Samhain, a Celtic festival that came with immigrants from Scotland, Ireland, England and Wales. On Samhain the veil separating the world of the living from the world of the dead was said to be thin and become penetrable by spirits of those that had passed. It was believed their spirits would come back to visit their homes on this night. People would go from house to house dressed in “costumes” sing songs in exchange for feasts prepared at each home.
The remembrance of dead ancestors has all but disappeared from North America but the celebrations and fun of visiting homes in costumes getting as much candy as you can, has been passed down from generation to generation.
This year we want to turn Halloween on its head. Instead of how much can we get to how much can we give.
1. Be the First to Give a Treat
Every time your kids go to a door to “get” a treat, surprise the giver with a give! Arm your kids with a treat to give to every door the knock on.
2. Give it Away
If your kids are anything like mine they come home with more candy than any one person should every eat. Plan a day that you will go to an area of your city that you can give the candy away to those in need. It could be a homeless center, a soup kitchen or in the case of most larger cities you could go hand them out yourselves to those living on the street along with a big smile.
3. Halloween Makes Christmas Special
The school my children attend have come up with a great way to give with Halloween candy. The schools asks every child to donate some of their Halloween candy ( a great way for your kids to learn to give) and turns them into Christmas crackers for families in need. All the children participate in making the holiday crackers (super easy using toilet paper roles and wrapping paper) which are then delivered to families ready for Christmas Day.
Here at 365give we see the opportunity to give every day. Halloween is no exception! Giving on Halloween does create a kinder, happier world. In fact we hope this will inspire you to teach your kids to give. It doesn’t cost you a dime only a little time.
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