Halloween Fundraising: Cemetery Walk Fundraiser

This post is part of the series Halloween Fundraising Ideas

Other posts in this series:

  1. 15+ Halloween Fundraising Ideas
  2. Halloween Fundraising: Planning a Haunted House Fundraiser
  3. Halloween Fundraising: Cemetery Walk Fundraiser (Current)
  4. Halloween Fundraising: Costume Party Fundraiser
  5. Halloween Fundraising: Pumpkin Festival Fundraiser

What is spookier than a cemetery around Halloween?  If you have a user-friendly cemetery, that the cemetery association allows you to use, a cemetery walk fundraiser is a great way to raise funds for your nonprofit organization and to have some creepy fun.  Old cemeteries are the best.  I should know, I’ve lived next to one for over 20 years.

And a cemetery walk isn’t that hard to plan.

Cemetery Walk Fundraiser

Of course, the first step is picking the perfect cemetery.  You’re going to want to look for one that’s easy to walk through.  Not a lot of tree roots, or other obstacles that your guests could trip on.  Nice wide paths.  And of course, a spooky atmosphere.

After you pick the cemetery, you’re going to need to approach the cemetery association for that cemetery to get their permission.  And you’re going to want to contact your insurance agent to make sure that you have the correct coverage and release of liability forms.  Checking with the local city, borough or township where the cemetery is located is always a must too.  You need to make sure that you obtain any needed permits and such.

Next, you’ll need volunteers to help with decorations, advertisements, be guides and sell refreshments, which are always a good idea too.

Vignettes or short skits based on the lives of some of the more notorious “residents” of the cemetery would be a good idea.  Use your creative license here to make up some, if your cemetery is lacking in more notorious residents.  Just remember to mention that it’s fiction.  Or just some ghosts wandering the cemetery can add another dimension.

Lighting the route, or Lantern tour

Lighting the walking route through the cemetery will help your guides and guests stay on course.  Paper bag luminaries are usually pretty easy to make, and you can make them either cute or spooky. Battery operated candles would probably be best.  Or keep a close eye on tea light candles.  You don’t want to scare your guests with a real fire.  Outdoor lighting of any kind could be used.  Or arm your guides with lanterns bright enough to lead the way, and bring up the behind to keep groups together.

Refreshment stands at the end of the cemetery walk serving yummy spooky themed treats, and hot chocolate or mulled cider would be a great end to your cemetery walk fundraiser for your guests.

I’m sure your cemetery walk fundraiser will be the talk of the town!

This post is part of the series Halloween Fundraising Ideas

Other posts in this series:

  1. 15+ Halloween Fundraising Ideas
  2. Halloween Fundraising: Planning a Haunted House Fundraiser
  3. Halloween Fundraising: Cemetery Walk Fundraiser (Current)
  4. Halloween Fundraising: Costume Party Fundraiser
  5. Halloween Fundraising: Pumpkin Festival Fundraiser

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