Back to School: Looking Forward to Fall Events

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It’s hard to believe that September is just around the corner, and for some parts of the United States school has already begun. While the back to school season is bitter sweet for many, there is so much to look forward to. There are the academics, of course, but outside of the classroom there are so many extracurricular events that take place throughout the fall. Looking forward, it’s hard not to get excited!

Now is the time to consider how you’d like to shape your year. What sports teams or social clubs would you like to try out for or get involved with? With each activity comes a different set of schedules and commitment. Extracurricular activities can get busy, but being a part of a team or group is an enriching social experience that you’ll always look back on and remember fondly.

If you’re a sports enthusiast, taking note of your favorite team’s fall schedule is definitely something to look forward to. Whether its football, soccer, or the cheerleading squad, participating in any of these teams as a member or as a sports spectator will definitely mean marking your calendar with fun! While some events might be free, there may be events that require obtaining tickets in advance. Plan ahead to purchase tickets so you don’t miss out on exciting events.

What other clubs and committees are available at your school? Do a bit of research and make sure that you know what the options are. From chess to debating, drama to dance, student council to singing, there’s something available for any student’s taste. Each club will have their own fall schedule for meetings and special events. Check your school’s club listings to find something that will be a good fit for you, and if you’re really lucky your school might even offer a Club Day where the groups showcase their offerings.

Homecoming is an annual autumn tradition and many people, towns, high schools, and colleges will likely be coming together sometime in late September or early October to welcome back alumni and former residents. What does your school have planned for homecoming this year? Will there be a banquet? A homecoming dance? Will your school have a football game, or another sporting event? Homecoming is such a great way to feel connected to your school and to your community. Check the date for your homecoming events and make sure to circle it on your calendar.

It might seem early to think about it now, but Halloween is just around the corner and, as the fastest growing holiday, it can also be the most creative and playful. If you’re a spook-enthusiast you might start thinking about your Halloween costume now. Take note of any special Halloween events and dances that will be taking place at your school so you can participate. You might even like to get involved with your school’s event organizing committee. From the decorations to planning theme music to arranging the tickets and promotions, volunteering is a great way to socialize and be connected at school.

Behind the scenes of any of the autumn events taking place at your school, there is always a hard-working organizing committee. Consider volunteering with your school’s committee of hard working visionaries. Many hands make light work, and it can be a very rewarding experience to join in the planning efforts with other school-spirited volunteers. Organizers of any of these school team events should start thinking now about how the events will play out. Now is the time to get the right tickets to make sure that your event goes smoothly. Check out the vast array of tickets at Worldwide Ticketcraft to choose the tickets that will be right for you.

We hope that you have a smooth transition back to school and that this fall is eventful and productive for everyone.

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Fall Festival in Review: How to Get the Most Bang for Your Buck

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A fall festival is a great opportunity for people to get together to celebrate the changing of the seasons, while also taking part in games and enjoying tasty treats and supporting your fundraiser! Whether your festival is for families within a neighborhood, a local school or college, or a neighborhood church, it is a fun way to get people together. The key to planning a successful fall festival is to embrace the prep time and be willing to think outside the box!

Organizing a fall festival is a big undertaking. In order to create a successful event early planning and organization are vital! Know your objectives! When planning try to keep in mind the size you want your event to be and what age range you are planning it for. Are you planning a kid friendly fundraiser, or a fun event that the entire family can enjoy for free? Do you want people to wear costumes to your festival? What size space will you need to hold the event successfully? By asking all of these questions, you can really design a fall festival that will work best for your target audience and yield the best return for your fundraiser.

To begin, it’s important to create a budget and stick to it. As you plan your event, involve your leaders and volunteers in the brainstorming and decision-making process.  By asking the leaders for ideas, feedback, and suggestions from the start, you’re encouraging them to offer their input throughout the rest of the event.

Then, once you have decided who those leaders are create VIP/Volunteer/Crew/Parent or other custom badges for each of your team members – this way it will be easily to spot those important people on your team in a snap! This will be especially important once the festival is buzzing with business.

Next, you will need to decide how to charge for festival games and treats. Roll tickets are the perfect solution to redeem for playing a game. If you decide there will be an all-inclusive price you could use customizable event tickets that include a stub to tear off. Make sure to spread out the festivities – you don’t want ticket sales jammed up with insanely long food lines, so make sure you have the support you will need depending on the size of the event. Make sure that you are utilizing each volunteer, and once the event starts if a particular activities becomes super busy, move team members to that area for back up support.

Third, choose a fun theme – the possibilities are endless when it comes to fall. Pumpkins, ghosts, bats, ghouls, scarecrows – oh boy! Make sure your location is large enough to accommodate your plans so you can spread out activities as much as possible.  It can be as simple or elaborate as you want it to be but make sure it’s fun for the kiddos. Decide if you want to include games, hayrides or other activities. Once you know your theme you can get your decorations, games and posters ordered. This is the fun part!  Puppet shows and face painting are budget friendly options that all kids enjoy – and of course, don’t forget to designate a part of the parking lot for trunk or treat.

Of course, always be sure to have a plan b – begin planning well in advance and give your committee plenty of time to organize, brainstorm and prepare. After all, the purpose of your fall festival is not only to give your community an event they will look forward to – you want your festival to be a fundraising success for the charity that you are raising funds for too!

Fundraising Tricks & Treats: How to Organize a School Trunk or Treat

Tricks and TreatsWith summer fading and October fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about how you can give the kids a safe Halloween experience that still lets them do all the things they love about the holiday — putting up decorations, playing games with their friends, wearing the coolest new costumes, and of course…the candy! This year, organize a trunk or treat!

Seek out like-minded parents who are willing to donate their cars for an evening of fun. You should get the word out in advance so everyone will have plenty of time to prepare. Have the kids help decorate the car trunks and truck beds with their favorite spooky decorations such as bats, ghosts, cobwebs, or skeletons! Have someone there at every car to hand out candy and treats to the kids – parents, this is your chance to get in on the fun, so get working on those costume ideas!

With a good group of committed volunteers, there’s no limit to what you can do with your trunk or treat — haunted houses, organized games with prizes, or even live music! Best of all, you can use this experience to raise money for your child’s school. Sell tickets at the “gate,” for food, drinks, and carnival games, with all profits going to the school. You can create memorable, customized tickets for your Halloween event that they’ll ship right to your door. Find local retailers who are willing to donate to a good cause and set up a raffle. The only thing kids love more than costumes and candy is winning awesome prizes (while dressed in costume and full of candy)! We have got you covered there too — you can pick up a roll of quality raffle tickets at a price that’s less than a penny per ticket!

For a safe alternative to trick-or-treating this year, try a trunk or treat! Your kids won’t get exhausted as they do when roaming the neighborhood, it’s easier to keep an eye on them, and you don’t have to worry about cars passing through. Just as importantly, it can bring your families together while raising money for your child’s favorite club, team, or school library. Use your imagination and the possibilities are endless!