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5 Awesome Halloween Acts of Kindness For Families

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Make Halloween more about GIVING and less about getting. Here’s five Halloween acts of kindness to help families turn Halloween around. My boys really loved #5.

Last week I was really struck by a post on Mommynificent that described Halloween and Christmas as the two huge “GIMME holidays in American culture.”

Every year when Halloween rolls around I find myself torn in two. On the one hand there are many aspects of Halloween that are really, really fun.

I LOVE this fun!

I enjoy the children’s excitement and delight. Who wouldn’t enjoy a celebration where you get to dress up and get candy? On the other hand I feel increasingly uncomfortable about how greed driven the event seems to be.

So is there a way to keep the fun and turn Halloween around? ABSOLUTELY!

5 Awesome Halloween acts of kindness to enjoy with your family

1. Reverse trick or treating

This is fun! Spend some time making Halloween treats with your kids. On Halloween night put on your costumes and go out together to GIVE your treats away. You might take them to

  • Seniors home
  • Food bank
  • People that work for the community, such as nurses, police, and fire-fighters.
  • Children’s hospital (check first).

Sheila at Pennies of Time  has a Pinterest board with some great ideas for easy  Halloween treats that are suitable for giving.  In fact the name of her board inspired the title of this post.

2. Carry a UNICEF box

If you live in the States. It’s not too late to order collection boxes from UNICEF.  Assemble your box and take it with you when you go out trick-or-treating with your children. Invite people to fill the box with their spare change. When the evening is over send the money to UNICEF.

3. Give out fairly traded chocolate

In recent years attention there has been a drive to raise awareness that children are being used as slaves or cheap labor in West African cocoa farms.

The International Labor Rights Forum has embarked on several campaigns to urge all chocolate manufactures to convert to 100% Fair Trade policies, but progress is slow. You can get more information about this issue here  and here.

As consumers we can choose where we spend our money. Buying fairly traded chocolate is a powerful way to tell the chocolate producers that child labor is not acceptable and we will not support it.

4. Give away some of the candy

My boys did this for the last few years they went out trick or treating. When they returned  we would go through their overflowing candy bags together. They would make up bags of candy to give to the food bank box.

Do not to compel your children to give away their candy. Most children are naturally generous when they understand that there is a need.

Still it is important for them to feel that they have a choice. Pressuring a child to give can sometimes lead to resentment.

5. Host a party

Gather your family and plan a party for neighbors with an emphasis on fun and friendship.

  • Carve Jack O Lanterns
  • Dance to cheesy songs like the Monster Mash  and Ghost Busters,
  • Play party games like bobbing for apples, or dim the lights and tell ghost stories.

Keep it simple and have fun. If you want to make it really easy team up with other families in the neighborhood and have a progressive Halloween party where families move from one house to the next enjoying an activity at each stop.

Halloween can be a wonderful celebration for families. It is a time to make memories and have fun together. Adding in some acts of kindness will turn this holiday into a time of giving.

And that is the best way to WARD off those dreaded gimme monsters.

What do you think?

Will you join our conspiracy of kindness?

Can we turn Halloween into a celebration of giving? Have you found other ways to make Halloween a time to practice kindness? Please share your ideas in the comments below.

22 thoughts on “5 Awesome Halloween Acts of Kindness For Families”

    1. Thanks Sandra! I love it when you come by for a visit. We are giving out fairly traded treats this year.

  1. i love your view about Halloween. I might apply this even for Christmas 🙂
    thank you for linking up with the Parenting pin it party

    1. Thanks for visiting! I think you could definitely apply these ideas to other holidays.Great idea!

  2. Wicked World of Lucas

    What a brilliant post – have never thought of this as an alternative to the usual activities at Halloween. I remember last year when we were going through Lucas’s goodies from Trick or Treating and he reserved certain sweets which he thought his little cousin would like. Will definitely be looking to try this out this year. Popping over form kids will be kids

    1. I am so glad you popped over for a visit. It sounds as if Lucas has a wonderfully generous heart, so I am sure he will be willing to share some of his goodies.It will be a wonderful thing to do together 🙂

  3. I must admit, I am not a fan of halloween, but really don’t want to be a spoil sport for my children, so I do like to do activities with them, like carving pumpkins etc. Luckily they are not old enough to go trick or treating yet, not sure how I will feel about that, so I am loving your ideas. I must try to remember them….will pin to my pinterest board.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids x

    1. I hear what you are saying about Halloween.I’m always torn in two when it rolls around every year. Thanks for pinning.

  4. I just love this post! I am glad I saw it on the Mom’s Library link up party! I never had that perspective about Halloween (Christmas and Hanukkah I did but not Halloween) and it really opened my eyes! I think we will try to do one of these things this year! Also, I am doing my first link party on Friday called Family Fridays. I want to feature this post! You can check it out Friday at http://livinthemomlife.com/category/link-up-party/ and I hope you will link up some more things then too!

    1. I’d love to hear which one you decide to try.I will definitely check out your link up party on Friday.

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  6. Thanks for including Pennies of Time! I have thoroughly enjoyed sharing this post and know that it will spark others to do some good on Halloween. A nursing home nearby was reversed trick or treated by kids in costume–they brought notes, flowers, and lotions. Love your site! Thanks for sharing on Magic Moments Monday! #sharingmagic

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  10. LOVE this post and what great ideas to offset the selfish attitudes that Halloween can create. I featured your post on Magic Moments, thanks so much for sharing.

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