Halloween is only a week away! I’ve got my costume picked out. You know those witch-on-a-broomstick decorations that people put up on the side of their houses or on poles that look like the witch crashed?
I’m going to be that witch with a crumpled hat, black eye and leg brace. So look for me in Old Town Fort Collins.
Now about that trick-or-treat thing…I love me a yummy Snickers Bar or Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup but if you’re looking to hand out something other than a sugar treat, how about a book?
My writer friend Teresa Funke mentioned a program where people give out books instead of candy for Halloween. It’s a great idea, especially if only a few kids come to your door each year. It’s called Books for Treats and you can get more information here: http://booksfortreats.org
I contacted the founder and here’s what she suggests neighbors and communities can do:
* Collect gently read children’s books, especially from baby through second grade. Perhaps run a book drive (at work, play groups, schools, churches).
* Sort the books before Halloween. Instructions are in the free downloadable kit at www.BooksForTreats.org.
* Tell your neighbors, friends and coworkers about Books For Treats and encourage them to participate this year.
* Alert your local newspaper so they can do a story on Books For Treats (then send us the link so we can add it to the website).
* Hand out books to trick-or-treaters. Send us your best few pictures from your event and details on who hosted and what city/state (provence).
* If you’d like to make a monetary contribution to support our web hosting, label printing, etc. let us know and we’ll tell you where to send the check or there’s a PayPal link at http://www.BooksForTreats.org. We’re a 501c3 which means your donations are tax deductible!
We also need help writing and distributing press releases. Let me know if you have experience in this area and can help.
Please let me know if you can help!
Founder and Executive Director
Books For Treats
“Feed kids’ minds, not their cavities. Give brain candy.”
May I suggest a fun book to hand out?
Check with your local bookstore to see if they have any in stock or here’s the Amazon link.