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Have a frighteningly good time with a Halloween basket social

Halloween BasketLooking for a fun way to bring members of your community together while raising money for your organization? Consider holding a Halloween basket social – good for adults as well as little ones.

For a successful basket social (a takeoff on the popular Chinese auction), you’ll want to make up about 2 dozen baskets (more or less, depending on the size of your organization and how many people you expect to come) prior to the date of your event. While you’ll certainly want baskets full of candy and goodies for the kiddos, you might also add items like small puzzles, coloring books and crayons, small stuffed animals or toys, or school supplies. For grownups, add a scary movie DVD or a free rental from a local rental shop, microwave popcorn, pumpkin cake mixes, gift certificates, etc. You might even hold a costume contest! In exchange for publicity, local businesses may be willing to donate the gift certificates and supplies.

Keep a few smaller items to have for door prizes that you can give away during your event. You might also reserve a large item as a lottery prize, or put together a consolation prize or two for those whose tickets didn’t win.

When people arrive on the day of your basket social, be sure to have plenty of raffle tickets on hand to sell at the door. You’ll want different colors of tickets for the door prizes, the baskets and the raffle prize so guests can purchase different types of tickets if they wish.

Place a large can, bowl or bucket in front of each basket for people to put their ticket stubs in, being careful to remind guests to retain their ticket to match numbers with the stub in case they win. During your event, pause every so often to draw a door prize winner. Designate a person from your group to draw for one item at a time from each of the containers of tickets, and then draw for the large lottery prize. After that, hold a consolation prize drawing and/or the costume contest drawing if you are offering them.

With a bit of planning, you can hold a Halloween event that offers fun for everyone while raising money for your group. Good luck and have a great time!


Great prize ideas to make your next raffle a huge hit

When you’re planning a raffle, deciding on the type of prize can quickly become a headache. Your organization may be providing lots of fun and entertainment and offering an opportunity for the community to support a great cause, but without great prizes the event may fall flat.

Choosing a prize begins with the community. You may find that business owners/representatives in your area are more than happy to help your organization reach its fundraising goal. A locally owned spa, for example, could donate gift certificates for an hour-long massage, or a ski resort could donate five free ski lessons. (An offer to post a sign near the donated item that displays the donor’s business name would likely be appreciated.)

When approaching a business for a donation, keep in mind that in many cases, chain stores aren’t always your best bet. Some outright prohibit making donations, while others may require a written request that must go a few rungs up the corporate ladder before it’s even considered. Locally owned businesses tend to respond more quickly and more positively to donation requests.


It’s a good idea to supplement donations with a mix of other prizes. It’s important to work within a budget when you’re thinking about prizes for your raffle drawing. The more money that’s been budgeted, the more – or more expensive – your prizes can be..

Common ranges for prize values are up to $50 and $50 – $100.There’s a lot you can do in each value range while keeping it exciting for participants. Gift baskets filled with a variety of items are always a popular choice – a coffee-themed basket with different coffees, mugs and flavored creamers, or a baseball-themed basket with tickets to the local game and a baseball hat, are just two of many, many popular themes.

Electronics make great prize ideas, since many people want them but won’t buy them for themselves and they’re relatively affordable depending on your prize budget. A Kindle or Nook e-reader can be bought for under $100, as can a Bluetooth headset or a Wii Fit Plus with balance board.


So get creative with your prizes and have fun at your next raffle!