fundraising ideas

There are so many ways to rally your club members and raise funds for The Eliminate Project. Need ideas for a fundraising project you and your club can do? Try one from the list below—or come up with your own! If you have new ideas, please share them with us. Send them to Campaign@TheEliminateProject.org.

A “hole” lotta fun. Start a Halloween-themed cornhole tournament. Build and decorate cornhole boards to look like jack-o’-lanterns. Cut out holes where the eyes and mouth are and make or buy bean bags. Ask teams to pay US$5 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. Charge US$1.80 for each small slice of pie. Include a whipped cream, ice cream and topping buffet for an additional fee.

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

Cast your vote. Ask area farmers and pumpkin patch proprietors to donate pumpkins for a decorating event. Set aside time during a club meeting for each member to decorate one of the pumpkins. Ask if you can set up a display at the pumpkin patch or at a local 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 funds 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 from the vending machines to drop in some of their 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. Schedule white lab coat-clad volunteers to run the sale of “concoctions” before and between classes. Sell candy-filled test tubes or syringes as well as other such fiendish confections. Go to www.myrainbowdust.com for bulk test tubes and candy. Or visit http://www.orientaltrading.com for countless bulk Halloween candies and novelties.

Get in the game. Sponsor a powderpuff football tournament like the Myers High School Key Club did. Charge for admission and refreshments.

Guess the Number. Fill a large jar with candy corn. Set up a booth outside your cafeteria and let students guess how many pieces of candy corn the jar contains. Charge US$1 per guess. The winner gets the jar of candy.

Help others stay warm. Make sure the cold won’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. 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 helping raise funds to save moms and babies.

Host “Cookies for Coins.” Bake Halloween cookies and sell each for 60 cents (the cost of one tetanus vaccination).

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 like the Key Club at Pinnacle High School did. 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 your rides 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.

Host a “Twilight” dance. Charge US$5 admission and invite guests to come as their favorite blood-sucking characters. Enlist chaperones so you can party until “breaking dawn”—but not a minute after—similar to a post-prom lock-in at the gym. Publicize and sell tickets early (with a cut-off deadline) to determine attendance and food requirements.

Leave Boxes Behind. Ask teachers if they’ll keep one of the orange boxes in their classrooms and spread the word to their students.

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 up 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 from a junkyard and charge US$2 for people to take a swing at it with a large
hammer.

Pet Parade. Host a community-wide Halloween pet parade.

Rethink costume contests. Host a Halloween costume contest—with a twist. The “costume” is actually 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 getups, 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 mentions. 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 else in your school. Club members then deliver the bags of 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 house competition—a haunted gingerbread house competition, that is! Charge participants US$5 to display their haunted houses or ghoulish graveyards outside your school cafeteria or in the lobby. Classmates and school staff can then buy 50-cent 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. Check out the video of White Oaks Secondary School Key Club’s pumpkin smash at www.keyclub.org/pumpkinsmash.

Team up for good. Ask a local restaurant to donate part of an evening’s earnings to Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF like the Key Club of Cypress Falls did. Make sure to publicize the event ahead of time to friends, family, neighbors and school staff.

"Pick from the bonepile." Feeling creative? Here are more fun ideas to inspire you. Make them your own!

  • Host a penny drive.
  • Organize a benefit concert.
  • Have a poetry slam.
  • Organize an art show.
  • Rake leaves for donations.
  • Host a haunted house, hayride or trail.
  • Hold an apple-bobbing contest and charge admission.
  • Organize a spooky trivia night.