6 Things You Must Have For Your Harvest Celebration
Summer has ended. School is back in session. Pumpkin-seasoned everything is practically here, and you’re afraid you're running out of time for fun outdoor activities. Try not to give up! There is still time to toss a hoppin' fall party for your congregation or neighborhood group association. Harvest time is an incredible chance to become more acquainted with neighbors, and foster a safe environment to make new friends. 

Whether you are that energetic soccer mom hoping to keep the kids involved, a church youth leader, or a coach/mentor hoping to raise some funds for your program, you may consider the following for your up and coming party. Here are 6 ideas to get you started:

1) Contact Supports
If your goal is to raise funds, talk to neighborhood organizations about supporting your event. Most business owners would be happy to participate if given enough time, and it's an open door for them to publicize and raise their own brand awareness. If you need volunteers to help run booths and concessions, recruit several weeks in advance. Many high-schoolers are in need of service hours for their extracurriculars anyway.

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2) Locate a Fresh Venue
We've all gone to those under-arranged gatherings in the congregation or school parking lot, to some degree dull in the theme and organization of activities. This can be easily avoided with just a little bit of thought beforehand! Choose whether you're going for a spooky Halloween look, the fun pumpkin and scarecrow get-up, or tasteful leaf style and stick to it.

There are plenty of venues if you look for them. You could even turn a harvested corn field and rusty barn into a venue if you talk to the right people!

3) Provide Healthy Food Alternatives
Let’s be honest, we get enough sugar on Halloween. You may even sneak a chocolate or two from the kids’ Halloween buckets and completely deny it. ;) But this can be a great avenue to let your creative juices flow. Try small to-go snacks like animal crackers, goldfish, cereal bars, granola bites, sugar free gum, cheese and crackers, fruit snacks… if you’re feeling BAKE SALE, go for some zucchini bread or pumpkin rolls.

And if you need prizes, it doesn’t even have to be food! Target has some great adult and child coloring books, Zurchers has cheap jump ropes, Walmart has frisbees, etc.


4) Use Online Networking
In our day and age, this can either make or break your harvest celebrationl. Create a cover photo for a Facebook event that is appealing and descriptive and make it a public event! Friends can then share it with their other friends. You are also more likely to increase attendance when everyone gets a personal reminder on their phone an hour beforehand.

Send flyers home with everyone, always have extras on hand, and spread the word across town. GO BIG OR GO HOME. Print some oversized posters and hang them in highly-trafficked hallways, doors, and bulletin boards. You may even consider reserving a booth somewhere to specifically invite the type of people you want to attend.

5) Offer Awesome Entertaining Activities
make sure there is plenty of entertainment! That’s what draws the audience to come in the first place, right?! Plan some fun carnival games, a huge dance cake walk, hay rides, pumpkin patch scavenger hunts, a pumpkin decorating/painting contest, start a bonfire… Rent some   and a 


6) Display an Open Air Movie
The sun is going down at a decent time again so before it gets too cold, grab the picnic blankets, bean bags, and pillows galore and cuddle up. This can be a fun time to break out Disney/Pixar movies (The Secret Life of Pets, Finding Dory, and Angry Birds are great newly-released options) and pop some buttery popcorn. If you need to censor the movie, check it out from VidAngel for $1. You’re welcome. :)

Also, you can show these in lawns of all sizes. All you need is a projector and the side of a house or a white sheet. (Just make sure your sprinklers are turned off!)

 
These 6 suggestions will have you on your way to enjoying a Great Harvest Party.

And don’t forget to have fun!