No Treats But Tricks for Social Impact

Audrey HalloweenIf “orange is the new black“, Americans across the country have already gotten the memo, as Halloween festivities are in full swing. With one week away from this beloved holiday and Dia de los Muertos the day after, the traditional pumpkin carvings and sugar skulls are out. Whether or not you practice these traditions or simply use next weekend as an excuse to indulge in candy, consider these tricks – not treats – on having some Everyday Ambassador-style celebrations.

Make a change with Halloween change.

You might be familiar with the organization’s iconic orange boxes. In 1950, UNICEF started began fundraising on Halloween to help kids “in need of more than candy”. Children have traditionally gone door-to-door in this fundraiser and have asked their neighbors to give their spare change, in addition to the candy. While children across the nation continue to do so, UNICEF has invited companies, families, and schools to take part as well, and just $5 can provide five days worth of food for a malnourished child. To date, this fundraiser has generated over $175 million for the U.S. Fund in the decades since the initiative started. To learn how you can get involved, visit the website today.

Run a spirited- or spooky-5K for a good cause.

Don a costume, and a dash to the finish line next weekend. Depending on which city you’re located in, search for a Halloween-themed run that gives back!

Use next weekend as a reason to engage with your community.

Here at Everyday Ambassador, we’re all about the idea of human connection, and next weekend offers plenty of opportunities to re-connect with old friends and meet new neighbors. Throw a Halloween-themed block party, or strike up a conversation between houses as you trick-or-treat with an acquaintance you haven’t seen in a while. Better yet, print out the #YearofConnection Challenge checklist, and check off a few Action Items from your list as you meet new people.

Be a conscious consumer.

In 2014, The Atlantic cited that Americans spend on average $350 million dollars for Halloween -on their pets alone. More so, the National Retail Federation predicted last year that Halloween spending overall – among the decorations, sweets, and costumes – would come out to $7.4 billion. With such numbers, it’s important to note that there are ways to be a more conscious consumer this holiday season. For one, consider re-purposing items from your everyday wardrobe to use for your costume, or host a costume swap party to trade old costumes with friends.

Be present, and focus on the people you love on November 1st.

Across the United States, millions of people will be celebrating All Saints’ Day or Dia de los Muertos on November 1st. As this is a special time to honor your loved ones, don’t just capture the moments you experience on social media but use this time to reflect and remember as well.

“Bucket List” is a weekly series curated by Everyday Ambassador’s Brand Strategist Audrey del Rosario. Every Saturday, we will feature events, conferences, and happenings that spark conversation and ignite your inner activist. To stay current with our latest posts, follow #bucketlist or #EAinspired on our other platforms, and check back regularly for updates.

Image Credit: Audrey del Rosario

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