Use these ways to give as you socially distance and remain in your bubble during this Halloween. Usually marked by kids in costumes and giving out candy, it is also a time of giving and fun. Halloween this year will give a new opportunity to give and to spread joy and kindness in a different way as we navigate Covid-19 around the world.
If we cant beat them join them, right? So many communities are asking that we dont trick or treat this year, but that does not mean we have to put Halloween on hold! These ways of giving during Halloween are perfect ways to spread the joy of Halloween without breaking your bubble or putting anyone at risk. Maybe these new rituals will stick next year as they are too much fun, and will make you feel super happy.
Can’t resist buying candy at your local store? Does it feel odd to walk by store shelves and not pick your favorite Halloween treats? Buy them anyway and donate the bags to local organizations. Many organizations will be more than happy to take it off your hands. Any prepackaged candy or gum is a great donation to organizations such as Operation Shoebox or Ronald McDonald houses. Certain neighbourhoods may not be able to participate in giving out candy this year so check with some nearby school districts to see you if you can donate some candy to kids who may be feeling left out this year.
Donating last years costume lets someone else get great pleasure out of dressing up. Kids can enjoy Halloween this year without the expense. Make sure to donate your costume after this year as well and keep your closets clear while helping out a child who will appreciate it.
Do a neighbourhood walk and ask for sponsors – instead of collecting candy this year, encourage your kids to keep track of laps around the neighbourhood for a cause. Ask neighbours and family members for pledges instead of candy and donate the proceeds to a charity of your child’s choosing.
Some neighbourhoods may opt to create a small alternate event so kids can dress up, enjoy the outdoors and respect social distancing. Volunteer to help out in your neighbourhood or one nearby to ensure that kids can enjoy the fun while remaining safe.
UNICEF has been a long time staple at Halloween and you can help support it, and many kids, by asking for donations instead of candy this year. If you can not visit neighbours, set up an online Halloween Fund and let your friends, family and neighbours know where they can donate.
Virtual gatherings have been the main way to stay in touch this year and Halloween can be another good reason to reach out to your friends and family. Have a costume contest with friends, show your costume favorites to your family, share spooky stories after dark or tell your favorite Halloween jokes.
However you choose to spend your Halloween this year, you can create new ways to give and start a new Halloween tradition that helps people around the world and continues to spread happiness and joy. Have a safe and SPOOKY Halloween!
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