5 Creative Ways to Build Community During Halloween
What does Halloween mean to you? Some people love it. Some people despise it.
But what if there was a way to make the best out of it and build community during Halloween?
These are five creative ways how you can build community during Halloween.
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1. Set up a photo booth in your garage
This is a very creative and unique way to build community during Halloween!
Create your very own photo booth.
You can either set this up in your garage or somewhere in your driveway or the front of your house.
If you are not sure how to make your own photo booth, follow these seven simple steps. You can also purchase polaroid cameras that will allow people to print pictures on the spot and take home with them!
It’s a fun way to capture the evening and your house will be the talk of the town. I guarantee you won’t see many photo booths set up!
2. Make Halloween cookies to hand out to neighbors
I have said it before and I will say it again…making cookies is a great way to build community and meet new people in your neighborhood! We have formed so many relationships in our neighborhood by simply handing out cookies.
Spend time with your kids baking different kinds of cookies. Decorate them for Halloween and then have fun watching your neighbors reactions when they receive their hand made cookies.
If you hand them out on Halloween, it’s a fun surprise for your neighbors as they are not expecting to receive anything in return!
3. Invite friends over to trick-or-treat with your children
One of the neat things about trick-or-treating is the camaraderie you build by going in groups. My wife and I invite our children’s friends over to go trick-or-treating in our development. It helps that we live in a large development because there are so many houses that we can simply walk to.
The friends park at our house, have dinner with us (if they arrived early enough) and then we take a few pictures and off we go!
If you go early enough, it allows you time to get back to your house and still be present to hand out candy and cookies to visiting parties. It’s a great chance to spend time with friends and bond over silly costumes.
4. Build community during Halloween by roasting s’mores out in your driveway
The fall season is the perfect time to break out your fire pit and roast s’mores as a family. And one of my favorite nights to roast s’mores is on Halloween night.
We bring our fire pit out to our driveway and keep it a safe distance away from visiting families. It’s a fun way to stay warm, visit with other trick-or-treating guests and share treats with any friends that you have over.
Your fire pit will become an instant conversation starter as most people will gravitate towards the warmth it provides.
If you’re feeling really brave, you can roast hot dogs with your fire pit and pass them out to neighbors as they come visit you for candy!
5. Go door to door asking for canned goods to donate
When I was in college, one of my class assignments was to go door to door during Halloween and ask for canned goods instead of candy. We collected these canned goods and donated them to our local pantry for Thanksgiving.
Wow. What a great way to build community during Halloween!
I found that it brought me great joy to turn Halloween into a time to reflect on all I have to be thankful for. It’s a great way to get prepared for Thanksgiving only a few weeks away!