October Fundraiser Ideas
- Monster Dash
- Spooky Sprint
- Glow Fun Run
- Superhero Dash
October is the perfect time to add some spooky fun to your fundraiser! A Monster Dash or other Halloween theme is a silly way to make your Fun Run or other athon fundraiser a part of the spooky celebrations at your school.
- Allow students to dress up in their Halloween costumes for the Fun Run (just make sure masks, shoes and long costumes don’t get in the way of being active!)
- Play festive music like The Monster Mash, the Ghostbuster’s theme song, and Michael Jackson's Thriller during the run.
- Serve healthy snacks with a spooky twist for after the run, like halved bananas with chocolate chips for eyes to look like ghosts or broomsticks made from cheese sticks & pretzels.
- Create Halloween-themed incentives, like a classic spooky movie with popcorn, or tickets to local Halloween events (Zoo Boo, for example).
- Get the principal involved by getting toilet paper and having the students help wrap him up like a mummy for the event!
Example: Pike Primary's 2018 Pirate FunD Run
Pike Primary Pirates take advantage of the festive, silly season by hosting a Pirate themed FunD Run! Not only is this their mascot, but it is also appropriate for the costume-wearing month of October. They celebrated meeting their donation goals by having a crazy hair day and a wacky tacky dress up day!
November Fundraiser Ideas
- Turkey Trot
- Gobbler Gallop
- Color Fun Run
Turkey Trots and other Thanksgiving/Fall themed fundraisers are an excellent way to shed some calories and promote a healthy lifestyle! Students can get in some much-needed exercise before indulging in yummy holiday fare.
- Have students dress up like pilgrims or turkeys on event day. They could even make hats as an art project during school.
- Rent a turkey costume for the principal or gym teacher to wear during the event.
- Create an fundraising incentive for the school if the fundraising goal is reached for the principal to dress up like a Turkey for the event or for a whole day at school after the event.
- Serve apples or cider as a healthy snack for students when the trot is over.
Since this holiday is all about coming together make this fundraiser a family event! Encourage moms, dads, brothers and sisters to join in the fun on the day of the fundraiser, bring a dish to pass and after the event everyone can partake in a potluck style feast!
- Consider having this Fun Run during the second half of the school day, or even during the weekend, so it doesn’t cut too much into class time.
- Get the community involved by offering restaurants, bakeries and other food providers exposure and advertising if they give to your fundraiser and bring something for the meal.
December Fundraiser Ideas
- Jingle Jog-Athon
- Reindeer Read-Athon
- Snowy Sprint
- Bubble Run
- Foam Run
Early December is a great time for this fun, fitness event! The Jingle Jog or other winter-themed fundraiser is a great way to host an end-of-the-year fundraiser before Christmas/Holiday break!
For Schools That Don't Get Snow: If you're school is in an area that doesn't get snow, consider hosting a Bubble Run or Foam Run. These fundraisers mimic the experience of jumping and playing in the snow. You can still let students dress up for the holiday season and give out seasonal treats!
For Schools That Get Snow: Did snow come early this year? Is there already frost on the ground, but you are planning an outdoor Fun Run? Why not make it a Snow Sprint and get the kids excited to throw on their snow gear, do a few laps and end with a cup of hot cocoa?
- Encourage students to bundle up with scarves, hats and gloves so they stay warm but still get to run around outside.
- Offer fun, winter incentives like sleds, passes to local ski parks, and packs of holiday-themed movies.
- End the run with sugar-free hot cocoa and homemade cookies (or granola bars, to keep it healthy!)
- Students and parent attendees can dress up like elves, candy canes, gingerbread men, funny holiday socks or other holiday attire.
- Have a staff member dress up in a Grinch costume on event day and have all the elves (students) "Chase the Grinch!”
- Use small candy canes to count laps.
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