Not-So-Scary Halloween: 5 Uplifting Halloween Stories
Have a happy Halloween with these 5 thoughtful, uplifting stories for the season of scares
Halloween can be a truly scary time. But there are also plenty of things to celebrate, things that can make Halloween happy. Cute costumes, acts of charity, fun events, and even funny costume stories can cast some light on this spooktacular season.
So, if you're looking to skip the scares this October, check out our 5 favorite uplifting (and thoughtful) stories from this Halloween season:
1. Spirit Halloween Store's "Spirit of Children Week"
Starting October 16, 2017, Spirit Halloween stores will kick off their “Spirit of Children Week”. Created in 2006, the Spirit of Children program has raised more than $37 million for Child Life departments year-round at 139 participating partner hospitals. One hundred percent of funds raised by the program each year benefit local hospital partners, keeping every dollar in the local community. The funds help in hiring additional Child Life staff, extending Child Life hours, and providing a full-time Child Life specialist in the Emergency Department. The program also provides educational and entertainment items (like iPads and toys) used for distraction during procedures.
The program's 2017 goal is to raise a record $8 million. In addition to their contributions to the Child Life departments, Spirit Halloween will also supply more than 80,000 costumes, accessories, activities and décor, and host nearly 100 Halloween parties in Child Life departments at participating partner hospitals.
To participate, visit your local Spirit Halloween store and make a donation in store. Find your nearest Spirit Halloween location at spirithalloween.com and learn more about Spirit of Children at spiritofchildren.com.
2. Sanrio x Tanaka Farms' Pumpkin Patch
Sanrio and Irvine, California-based Tanaka Farms are hosting a fall festival and pumpkin patch. It sounds like an unlikely combination, a farm that focuses on sustainable and responsible farming and a fictional Japanese character, but it’s all with good intent. The intent, for both brands, is to promote the importance of healthy eating, sustainability, responsible farming, and showing support to your local community. Sanrio’s iconic characters, including Hello Kitty, Keroppi, Chococat, My Melody, and Pochacco will play ambassadors to the farm not just for the run of the pumpkin patch, but for all of the farm’s events over the next year.
The partnership kicked off September 29th with the opening of the Sanrio x Tanaka Farm’s Pumpkin Patch, which will be open daily through the end of October. The pumpkin patch will host a Halloween event with a Sanrio Costume Contest taking place on October 28.
If you’re local to Southern California, be sure to give Tanaka Farms a visit; otherwise, you can follow along on social media at #sanrioxtanakafarms. For more information about the partnership and Tanaka Farms, visit tanakafarms.com.
3. The Pug Cafe's "Double Puggle, Toil and Trouble" Event
On October 28-29, 2017, pug- and dog-lovers alike can gather for a very special “Pug-O-Ween” party at the Pug Café in Guildford, England. The second-annual event will feature free Pugkin Spice Lattes, pug Halloween costume contests, delicious food, and lots of curly-tailed fun. A portion of the booking fee (£5 for pug owners, £10 for pug lovers) is donated to the chosen pug charity, The French & Pug Dog Foundation.
If you missed the booking page on September 30, The Pug Café will be holding several giveaways and opportunities to get tickets, including social media giveaways, a random ballot giveaway, and a charity auction.
The venue, Esquires, is located only 33 minutes by train from London Waterloo. Customers will get 70 minutes each from 8 A.M.-5:30-PM to enjoy a pug-filled hour of Halloween festivities. For more information about the event, visit the Pug Café Halloween Facebook Event Page.
4. Peters Township Public Library Great Halloween Costume Swap
On October 7, 2017, the Peters Township Public Library in McMurray, Pennsylvania hosted their fifth-annual Great Halloween Costume Swap. The group aims to encourage the community to swap their slightly used costumes instead of purchasing new ones to save resources, packaging, transportation costs, and money. People interested in participating were able to drop off gently used costumes for children, teens, and adults on the two days leading up the event.
This year, roughly 100 costumes or costume parts were donated, and about 35 families participated. The club announced that any remaining costumes and accessories not swapped during the event will be donated to a local charity.
5. "Brocktober" Halloween Card Collection
Back in February, seven-year-old Brock Hardwick was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a high-grade cancer, in his brain and spine. While he underwent brain surgery to remove one of the large tumors, unfortunately it came back. It’s not something anyone should be going through, let alone a seven-year-old. But Halloween—Brock’s favorite time of year—is here, and that’s where his family comes in. His parents put together an idea to cheer him up during his treatment—Brocktober, a month-long Halloween Celebration just for Brock.
As part of the Brocktober, Brock’s parents put out a post on Facebook asking people to send over Halloween cards with funny messages for Brock to read. Brock has now received over 1,000 cards from around the world, along with candy, toys, Halloween decorations, and drawings.
What are your favorite happy Halloween stories? Share with us in the comments!