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Nonprofit Centers Celebrating Halloween

October 26, 2015 by Lara Jakubowski0

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, because it’s all about community engagement. There’s no other time of the year where you go out and knock on your neighbors doors – anyone with a porch light on is extending an open invitation. Halloween festivities in the workplace also invite people to reach out to people they don’t know very well and start a conversation, whether it’s an autumn happy hour, a lively costume contest, or simply gathering around the candy bowl in the first week of November.

Photo Credit: The Literacenter

A recent conversation on Ask-NCN showed that nonprofit centers are getting in the Halloween spirit. The Literacenter in Chicago, IL has dressed up their reception area as a giant jack-o-lantern, in preparation for the Grim Reader’s Revelry, a fundraiser and Halloween party featuring a lifesize statue of the headless horseman, a séance to channel the spirits of famous dead author, and an exclusive bite with Dracula (for VIP guests only).

Photo Credit: The Nonprofit Innovation Center Photo Credit: The Nonprofit Innovation Center

Other centers are planning cross-organizational costume parties. The Nonprofit Innovation Center in Sacramento, CA hosts a campus-wide NIC-or-Treat celebration for the staff and their families. A costume contest rounds out their events.

Photo Credit: Common Roof Photo Credit: Common Roof

The vision of the Common Roof in Barrie, ON, of a health growing community for children, youth, and families shines through in their Inclusive Halloween Extravaganza. Because their facility is highly accessible, they transform their space into a safe trick-or-treating environment for children with multiple special needs.  Last year, they had over 120 children dressed as ghosts, goblins, witches, superheroes and more, celebrating the holiday in a safe environment.

How does your center celebrate Halloween? Share pictures with us on our facebook page!

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About Our Blogger:

Lara Jakubowski

Lara is the Executive Director at the Nonprofit Centers Network and has worked with nonprofits and their real estate projects for 18 years. Most recently she was the principal in LWJ Consulting LLC, a consulting practice that focused on shared space, shared services, business planning, facility planning and fundraising. Since 2006 she has worked with over forty Metro Denver nonprofits to evaluate and grow their impact in the community.

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