Fundraising Ideas

There are so many ways to rally your club members and raise money for The Eliminate Project. If you or your club needs ideas for a fundraising project, try one from the list below — or come up with your own. Expand your service power through Kiwanis Gives Online, a free fundraising platform that is easy to use to fundraise for Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF.

A "hole" lotta fun. Start a Halloween-themed cornhole tournament. Build and decorate cornhole boards to look like jack-o'-lanterns. Cut out holes for the eyes and mouth and make or buy bean bags. Ask teams to donate to compete in the tournament.

Appeal to their tastes. Sponsor a pumpkin pie bake-off. If you attract professional bakers, divide entries into two categories: one for the pros and one for amateurs. Ask for a small donation for each slice of pie. Include a buffet with whipped cream, ice cream and toppings for an additional fee.

A place to play. Set up a fall play day for parents with young children. Have club members sign up to staff booths for face-painting, games, sock-puppet theater and more. Charge for a small admission fee and see if nearby businesses would like to sponsor an activity. It's also a great opportunity to educate parents about The Eliminate Project. See if you can partner with the parent-teacher group at your high school to gain their support for your initiative.

Cast your vote. Ask area farmers and pumpkin patch owners to donate pumpkins for a decorating event. Set aside time during a club meeting for each member to decorate a pumpkin. Ask if you can set up a display at the pumpkin patch, a library or business. For built-in crowds and publicity, partner with an apple orchard that hosts pumpkin patch activities. Have people vote for their favorite design by putting money in a Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF collection box. The pumpkin with the most donations wins!

Collect donations while trick or treating. While going house-to-house in your quest for sweets, collect money for The Eliminate Project.

Collect spare change. If your school has vending machines, tape Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF boxes near the change dispenser. Encourage anyone buying snacks to drop in some spare change.

Create a game night. Ask club members to bring board and card games. Charge an entry fee for each game and award each game's winner with half of the money raised. For example: If four people pay US$2 each to play Candyland, the winner of the game gets US$4. The rest of the funds go to your club's Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF fund. Hours of games could add up to huge donations.

Create Frankenstein's laboratory. Decorate a "mad lab" table for your school lobby or outside the cafeteria. Have volunteers wear white lab coats and sell "concoctions" before school and between classes. Sell candy-filled test tubes as well as other such fiendish confections.

Dine to donate. Ask a restaurant to donate part of an evening's earnings to Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. Make sure to publicize the event ahead of time to friends, family, neighbors and school staff.

Guess the number. Fill a large jar with candy corn. Set up a booth outside your cafeteria, and invite students to guess how many pieces of candy corn the jar contains. Charge a small fee per guess. The winner gets the jar of candy.

Help others stay warm. Make sure the cold doesn't bother anyone in your community by helping neighbors prep for winter weather. Set up appointments to paint decks, move outdoor furniture into storage, clean gutters or rake leaves. Members of your sponsoring Kiwanis club could be your first customers. Ask for donations in return.

Hold a "Seriously Spooky Bake Sale." Whip up some creepy treats for a bake sale at your school.

Hold a "Creepy Crawly Car Wash." Who wouldn't want to get their car washed by a prince or princess? Your club will have a blast seeing each other in costumes while washing cars and helping raise money to save moms and babies.

Host "Cookies for Coins." Bake Halloween cookies and sell each one for spare change. Coins can go a long way!

Host a horrorfest. Obtain the rights to show a scary or wickedly funny Halloween film at your high school through www.swank.com. Ask area grocers and restaurants to donate concession foods and supplies. Recruit parents and teachers to chaperone and assist with running the event. Then publicize your movie night well in advance at school, in the community and on social media outlets.

Host a murder mystery. Host an "Eliminate the Suspects" murder mystery.

Host a "pound sale" auction. Before your next club meeting, ask each member to bring something to auction off. The only rules: Your item should weigh about one pound, and it must be wrapped. Choose a club member to be the auctioneer. The highest bid wins. Once everything's been bought, unwrap your items in front of the group. Make the auction more festive by giving it a Halloween theme and adding another rule that all wrapped items must be either orange or black.

Host a spooky scavenger hunt. Host it near your school and put together an awesome prize package for the winning team.

Host a "spooktacular" festival. Put on a Halloween-themed carnival. Charge small fees for tickets to play games, make crafts and eat spooky snacks. Include family-friendly activities for younger children as well as traditional scary activities for older kids and teens.

Host a trunk-or-treat. Partner with Kiwanis-family clubs from your district to host a Halloween tailgate. Find an appropriate parking lot with good lighting and determine activities. Decorate the cars with dangling spiders, cobwebs and other festive materials. Invite community members to visit each vehicle or booth for fun treats and concoctions in exchange for a donation to help save moms and babies.

Leave boxes behind. Ask teachers if they'll keep one of the orange boxes in their classrooms and spread the word to their students. You could even make it a competition between homeroom classes to see which class can raise the most money!

Make your event a "hit." Construct large pumpkins, ghosts and candy corn piñatas out of paper maché. Leave one hole open, fill it with candy, then close the piñata. Charge a fee to hit a piñata, and allow the person who breaks it to get the first pick of the candy.

Monster smash. Get an old car or broken electronics from a junkyard and charge a fee for people to take a swing at it with a large hammer.

Pet parade. Host a community-wide Halloween pet parade. Encourage people to dress their pets in costumes and have the community vote for their favorite with a donation of spare change.

Rethink costume contests. Host a Halloween costume contest — with a twist. The "costume" is a white T-shirt that members and friends can decorate as they please. Hand out prizes for the most creative designs. Charge a US$2 entry fee.

Run for the cause. Host a 1-, 3- or 5K Zombie Run the weekend before Halloween. Encourage the "undead" to wear ghoulish get-ups, and honor those with the most disgusting, most horrifying or most hilarious costumes. Ask local shops and eateries for prize donations in exchange for sponsorship promotion. And require runners to raise at least US$25 in pledges for The Eliminate Project to be eligible for prizes.

Send Hallo-grams. Set up a booth during lunch where students and faculty can pay US$2 to send a small bag of candy and a note or message to someone in your school. Club members deliver the candy and notes to recipients on Halloween. In addition to the sender's message, include information about The Eliminate Project.

Scare up some fun. If you live in an area known for ghost tours, ask tour companies if they would donate part of one night's proceeds to your Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF fund. In return, offer to greet their guests that night or prepare their pamphlets and promotional items.

Sponsor a haunted gingerbread house competition. Charge participants to display their sweet spooky houses outside your school cafeteria or in the lobby. Or make it a ghoulish gingerbread graveyard competition. Classmates and school staff can buy tickets to use as ballots and vote for their favorites. See if businesses will donate prizes, such as spirit wear, fast food gift certificates and movie coupons.

Start a pumpkin smash. Ask area farmers and pumpkin patch proprietors to donate unsellable pumpkins for a punkin-chunkin' event. For built-in crowds and publicity, partner with an apple orchard that hosts pumpkin patch activities. Seek a salvage yard to donate a car to serve as the target, and then find a hardware retailer to donate materials (and expertise) to build your catapult. Stage your event at the pumpkin patch and charge US$5 per pumpkin hurl.

Throw a superhero party. Charge a small fee for admission and invite guests to come as their favorite superhero. Have a photo booth where participants can pose like their characters.

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