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FireLink | Kendra Weikman, Associate Editor

Halloween Pumpkin Patch

Autumn is probably the most popular season for fundraising.

While other groups are selling candy, wrapping paper, and pitching magazine subscriptions for their fundraising activity, how about looking into doing something different this year: organize your own Halloween Pumpkin Patch.

First of all, you need a pumpkin supplier. Go local if you can and don’t be too ambitious in the amount you order. Many suppliers will deliver.

Second, designate a good location at your station to have your ‘pumpkin patch’.

Third, designate responsibilities. Some firefighter will sell pumpkins in shifts, some will help with advertising, and so on.

Advertising is an important part of this type of fundraiser. Along with a highly visible location, your fundraising advertising plan will make or break you. Press releases and newspaper advertising is often free.

Use signage at every available location. Have volunteers stand with signs at heavily traveled intersections directing passersby toward your pumpkin patch.

Make your pumpkin patch visually appealing. Twinkle lights, some synthetic spider webs with obligatory plastic spiders, and any other Halloween decorations your volunteers can supply will make your fundraiser more successful. After all, it’s an event right?

Timing is everything. You don’t want to get stuck with unsold pumpkins. A week or two after pumpkins appear in the grocery stores and discount superstores is the time to strike.

Rent or borrow a free standing tent. The weather can be unpredictable this time of year and you’ll want to keep your customers and volunteers comfortable.

Offer other items like mini pumpkins, gourds, and baked goods. Don’t forget to ask for donations as well.

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