School Fundraising Ideas for Halloween

Halloween provides a perfect opportunity to plan a school fundraiser since many young people embrace all the fun, scary activities that come with Halloween. Yet, every year Halloween seems to sneak up on us, and we only have a couple weeks for planning.  With that in mind, there may be some interesting school fundraisers you could plan to raise money for your school while making Halloween planning easier and less expensive for your community.

Halloween party with children having fun in fancy costumes

Here are a few fun Halloween fundraising ideas…

Pumpkin Patch Fundraiser

While pumpkins seem to become readily available late September at local grocery stores, why not offer people a fun experience along with selecting their Halloween pumpkins?  Plan a Pumpkin Patch Fundraiser where you invite community members to a fun event where they can select their Halloween pumpkins but also participate in other scary activities?  Purchase bales of hay and pumpkins from a local farm at wholesale and then decorate your school parking lot.  Build scarecrows using pumpkin heads, a maze with bales of hay where children run through to select their pumpkin.  Include a scare-crow building contest as part of the event.  Secure donations from local businesses and award the winners with prizes.  Charge a small admission fee for the event, and charge a small fee for purchased pumpkins.  Transform a trailer into a ride by adding bay hales and raise additional revenue by offering hay rides.  You can also sell hot chocolate and apple cider, caramel apples, popcorn, trick or treat bags, pumpkin-carving kits, etc.  This is a really fun idea for an elementary school fundraiser, as children really seem to enjoy pumpkin patches and hay rides.


Halloween Party

Plan a Halloween party at your school. Invite students, parents, and members from the local community.  Raise money by selling tickets in advance or at the door.   Arrange for your school’s food service to supply dinner, or work with a local pizzeria to donate pizzas.  Offer a “witches’ brew” using dry ice to make it look like it’s smoking (or use the dry ice for scary fog effects)  Make sure the room is decorated with festive Halloween decorations. Hire a DJ to provide spooky music.  Encourage attendees to dress in costume and host a costume contest. Get prizes donated from local business and reward attendees with the best costumes.  This is a great way for students, families and communities together in a fun, social environment while raising funds for your school.

Halloween Costume Sales

Turn your school into a costume shop.  Prior to Halloween, send out an announcement requesting people to donate old Halloween costumes.  (You may even want to do this immediately following Halloween the previous year when people have costumes easily accessible, and then store these for your costume sale during the upcoming year).  Plan a weekend where members of the community can come to your costume sale, browse costumes and purchase them.  This makes costume shopping easy and affordable for community members.  You can also offer pumpkins and carving kits for sale, or sell hot apple cider, trick-or-treat bags, bags of candy, Halloween decorations, etc.

Haunted School

Turn your school gymnasium into a haunted house the weeks preceding Halloween.  Charge an admission fee and promote the Haunted House throughout the community.  Decorate the school with spider webs, ghosts, strobe lights, and other creepy creations. Have students volunteer to help create scary scenes like a ghost in a graveyard, a vampire cave with creepy coffins, and a witch stirring her pot.  Include a fundraising raffle as part of the event.  Reach out to local businesses to donate prizes (such as gift certificates, sporting event tickets, a free bike, etc.) Display the prizes at the ticket counter and invite people to purchase raffle tickets as they buy their admission to the haunted house.  Announce raffle winners at the close of the event.

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