Treats, Not Tricks: Halloween Volunteer Opportunities

Give back this spooky season and sign up for these Halloween-themed service opportunities.


The annual Children’s Halloween Parade starts in Washington Square Park. (Via NYU)

Cloris Yang, Contributing Writer

This year, offer treats instead of tricks and celebrate spooky season by giving back to the community. Help New York City’s vibrant communities thrive by participating in these fun and festive Halloween volunteer events.

CAS Junior Class Board Halloween Blood Drive
Thursday, Oct. 31, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Silver Center, Hemmerdinger Hall

Come to Hemmerdinger Hall, roll up your sleeves and donate blood to the New York Blood Center. Donors of all blood types are needed, so don’t hesitate to sign up on their website. Although walk-ins are available, make sure you sign up early to be guaranteed a spot. Check the New York Blood Center’s website for more information and to see if you’re qualified to donate blood.

Volunteer at NYU/CB2 Children’s Halloween Parade
Thursday, Oct. 31, 3 p.m. at the Washington Square Arch

Want to spend your Halloween with some little ghouls and goblins? The Annual Children’s Halloween Parade is a Greenwich Village Halloween tradition that provides fun for over 3,000 local children. At the parade, children and their families, led by the Grand Marshals, will march around Washington Square Park. After the parade, there will be candy, face-painting, rides and live entertainment. Volunteers are needed on Monday, Oct. 28 and Tuesday, Oct. 29 for trick-or-treat bag stuffing, and on Thursday, Oct. 31 for event set-up and management. If you are interested, check the NYU website, and find and fill out the volunteer form.

Volunteer at Birch Family Services’ Halloween Fun Run
Sunday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m. at Hudson River Park Pier 64

On the Sunday before Halloween, the seventh annual Birch Family Services 5K Halloween Fun Run and Walk will take place at Hudson River Park in Chelsea. Join to raise awareness about people with autism and developmental disabilities. The Birch Family team is looking for people to manage specific race day tasks, including set up, registration and check-in, mile marker volunteering and more. Contact them at [email protected] to offer your help. 

Volunteer at P.S 329’s “Spooky Treats” Halloween Party with Change for Kids
Tuesday, Oct. 29, 3 – 4 p.m. at 2929 W. 30th St.

Looking to add another Halloween party to your calendar? Volunteer at P.S. 329’s “Spooky Treats” Halloween party. The Change for Kids community is committed to empowering young women and children of color, and encourages volunteers of color and women to participate in their events. Families of P.S. 329 will be making spooky, Halloween-inspired snacks. You can help set up activities for the party, support kids while they make the festive treats and celebrate the holiday with children and their families. Email [email protected] to sign up.

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