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Trick or Treating and Collecting for Charity

Updated on February 16, 2017

Halloween Fundraising - Collecting for Charities at Halloween

Okay, this photo is NOT scary, but going to bed hungry or battling breast cancer or seeing a homeless animal begging for its life IS scary. That's all the more reason why trick or treating on Halloween is a wonderful opportunity to go out collecting for charity.

Many organizations like UNICEF are long established for donation drives during Halloween. There are also many local grassroots groups who can benefit greatly with a donation drive during Halloween.

Why not make an effort this year to see that life is made a little sweeter for everyone and every animal? Working together collecting for charities while trick or treating for Halloween......well, that's a BOO-tiful thing! Happy Halloween to All!

Collecting for Animal Charities
Collecting for Animal Charities

Trick or Treating - Collecting for Animal Charities

Animal shelters and rescues are always in need of donations. Why not collect for animal rescue charities while out trick or treating?

Sew this easy dog vest with donation pockets using this original PDF pattern available on Etsy for your dog to carry monies collected for the homeless animals. The pattern was designed as an ADOPT ME vest for dogs, but can also easily be used to help collect monies for many worthy causes.

Use a Halloween print fabric of your choice for the side fabric panels to be worn during charity collections at Halloween. (See sample Halloween fabric inset in picture). And if you find yourself really short on time and want to outfit your animal for Halloween, sew this quick and easy SAFE bandana for dogs.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Trick or Treating - Collecting for Charity
Trick or Treating - Collecting for Charity

Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat

Food Drive at Halloween

High school students belonging to an active Thespian group can participate in this program to collect canned food donations for their local or area food banks while they are out trick or treating. It's a great way to support a community by working together for others less fortunate. And it's also great for public relations when teenagers show they are willing to give their time to charity instead of spending Halloween getting into a lot of mischief. :) Info and registration here at International Thespian Society.

(Photo credit Hawaii Food Bank)

Pause for a Poll

Food Allergy Halloween Charity
Food Allergy Halloween Charity

(Graphic credit Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network)

If someone was collecting for charity while trick or treating and came up to your door, would you donate?

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Adopt A Shelter Pet (Square w Paws) Sticker
Adopt A Shelter Pet (Square w Paws) Sticker

Collecting for homeless animals? Buy two pumpkin buckets for Halloween, one to hold candy collected and the other specifically for donations. Adhere sticker to one bucket OR order a donation container like the one shown below.


Charity Etiquette

Identify the Charity You're Collecting For....

A bit of Charity Etiquette

Whatever group you are collecting for, ensure you are dressed appropriately or carrying a thank you coupon or literature of some kind identifying the charitable organization.

Always remember to THANK anyone who donates to the matter how small or large the contribution. It all contributes to the goal of helping those people or animals in need.

Turn in monies and/or items/goods collected as soon as possible to the designated collection point for that specific charity.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Not Responsible for Axe-Idents - Would you go to this house to collect for charities?

Trick or Treating - Collecting for Charity
Trick or Treating - Collecting for Charity

Always be safe while out trick or treating and collecting for charities. Find Trick or Treat Safety Tips here.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Trick or Treating for UNICEF

In 1950, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF began. You can carry on the tradition with your own children and grandchildren for Halloween this year. Read all about it here.

Collecting for Charities at Halloween - Have you ever considered collecting for a charity while trick or treating?

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      I absolutely love this idea. What a great way to treat a worthy cause. Thanks for spotlighting such a spooktacular mission. I'm going to follow up on this.

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      Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I think combining the two is a good thing especially in neighborhoods or communities where you know the majority of people.

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      Happy Halloween!

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      Donnette Davis 5 years ago from South Africa

      Liked, shared and blessed by a Squid Angel x

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      Cynthia Davis 5 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Wonderful charities at Halloween. Boo-Blessed**

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      bossypants 5 years ago

      I like this inspirational lens, encouraging us to collect for charities at Halloween. I'd love to see a dog come to my door in that cute vest! :)

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      ikepius 5 years ago

      Yes. I think this is a worthy cause. We all should do something to make anothers life a little sweeter, not only on certain seasons but everyday. This has been a great lens, deserving of even more accolades and exposure!

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      KandH 5 years ago

      Terrific idea!

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      nhannguyen686 5 years ago

      great len

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      makemoneyonline5 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing..:)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great idea. Our local schools give the kids UNICEF collection containers to bring while trick or treating. Have a Happy Halloween. ^^..^^

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      lbuben 5 years ago

      hadn't thought about it for Halloween, great idea!

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      ALLNEWFACELIFT 5 years ago

      Helloween Fancy Dress Charity Rock Night. yesss

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i will surely do it on next season thanks for sharing

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      This is a great lens! I have done it for UNICEF before when I was a kid. Blessed!

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      shauna1934 5 years ago

      Never thought about that, but it's a good idea since you're going door to door anyway to ask for donations.

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      Ruthi 5 years ago

      Yes, I have been trick-or-treating for charity, as a teenager accompanying my younger siblings on Halloween night. And yes, I carried a UNICEF collection container.

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      VspaBotanicals 5 years ago

      Great lens for giving.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      No, I guess I'd never thought about it. Great idea!