5 Great Ways to Give Back this Halloween

Most kids look forward to dressing up and enjoying candy on Halloween every year, but many adults wish there was something more to it than the costly costumes and indulgent treat consumption. And even though most don’t associate October as a season for giving, it turns out this holiday is the perfect time to make charitable efforts. Here are 5 great ways to give back this Halloween and teach children that even in times of great indulgence, they can always find ways to give back.

1.) Carve pumpkins for senior citizens at your local senior center.

2.) Take the children to trick-or-treat at a nearby children's hospital where they can give some company and sugary goodness to kids unable to get outdoors.

3.) Host your own haunted house where admission is a can of food and donate to a food drive or distribute flyers around your neighborhood letting others know you will be collecting canned food during trick or treating. Then donate the food to a local food bank.

4.) Send candy to the troops. Many dental offices in the Valley participate in post-Halloween candy buybacks. Donated sweets are sent to organizations such as Operation Gratitude or Operation Shoebox and the candy is sent in care packages for U.S. soldiers in harm's way.

5.) Purchase or donate your gently-used Halloween costumes to a local to Goodwill or Salvation Army. A portion of their costume sales help fund job training programs and other community-based programs.

Why should Thanksgiving and Christmas get all the attention as the holidays of giving back? There are lots of creative ways to give back this Halloween so get into the “spirit” of the season and look for fun ways you can give back to your community and local charities. Here’s hoping you have a safe and Happy Halloween!

Frank Russo

Russo Team

RE/MAX Professionals


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