October Fundraising Ideas

October Fundraising Ideas

Fun Fundraising Ideas for October

October is the perfect time to to have FUN while you’re fundraising! Don’t go for the same boring ideas. You’ll raise much more money if you’re having fun while you’re doing it! But, keep in mind, even “fun” fundraisers will require hard work and commitment to be successful.

Remember, customers are more willing to purchase an item that is useful to them. Even if they’re paying more for it, they know that it will help your school, team, or group to raise extra funds. Candy, snack foods, and products that can be used as gifts are perfect for October. Also, no worries about chocolate melting, so bring on the Candy Bars! Now is the time for those order-taker fundraisers. Most have items that can be used as gifts, and if you start in October, the fundraiser could be done and products delivered before Christmas. You could also have a Fall event fundraiser, such as a Carnival, Fall Festival, Hay Ride, Haunted House, Halloween Costume Party, or Bake Sale.

15 Ideas for October Fundraisers

15 FUN Fundraising Ideas for October

October is a FUN month to fund raise! Summer is over, the weather is turning cooler, and football season is in full swing. People are already preparing for winter and the upcoming holidays, the perfect time to sell items that can be used as gifts. Below are fifteen fun ideas for your October fundraisers. Choose one that fits with your school or group. A school will require a much different product than a small club. We have ideas for all types.

1. Halloween Smencils

Halloween Smencils

These fun Halloween Smencils (scented pencils) are a great fundraising idea for October. But, ORDER EARLY, as these sell out quick! Smencils are made of recycled newspapers and come in a tube with a fun collectible topper. Great idea for school clubs and sports teams. Earns a 40% profit. Find out more…

2. Halloween Lollipops

Halloween Lollipops
Halloween Lollipops (Lolliweens) are a fun fundraising idea for October. Great for school clubs and groups. Yummy for students, perfect Halloween treat! Earn 55% profit. Free Shipping. Easy to order online. Find out more…

3. Pretzel Rods

Pretzel Rods for Fundraising
Looking for something different for your October fundraiser? How about Caramel Coated Pretzel Rods or Sweet & Salty Pretzel Rods? These unique and yummy snacks will be welcome treat! Perfect for sports teams and school clubs to offer at sports games and students can sell to family and friends. They will also make a great Halloween treat! Find out more info…

4. Katydids Candy

Katydids Candy Fundraisers
Katydids Candy is one of our most popular fundraisers! October is the month that Katydids become available for fundraising since the warm weather prevents sales in summer months. Everyone loves Katydids, making it a big seller. This fundraiser is available to purchase by the case or you can use a pre-sell brochure. All earn your group a 40% profit. View Katydids Fundraising Options…

5. Candy Bars

Chocolate Bars Fundraiser

Chocolate Bars are an easy fundraising idea for any time of the year. Perfect for October because customers can use them for Halloween treats. There is only a one case minimum order. Your school or group earns 50% profit. Find out more…

7. Albanese Gummi Bears

Albanese Gummi Bears Fundraiser
Albanese Gummi Bears will make a new and unique fundraising idea. Everyone loves gummi bears! Easy to order online. Free shipping! One case minimum Earn 50% profit. Find Out More…

7. Fall Carnival

Ideas for your Carnival Fundraiser

Fall is a great time for a carnival! The cool air will make for a fun time for everyone. Include fall themed games and treats, like caramel apples and kettle corn. Read our Carnival Tips…

8. Fall Festival

A Fall Festival is a big undertaking and more suited for a school or church. Although it’s a lot of work, it’s also lots of fun for everyone involved. There are many ways to earn funds at a Fall Festival, including food booths, bake sales, auctions, games, activities, and usually a raffle. Generally, different classes or clubs will each have a booth that is their responsibility. You could also include Brunswick Stew, Haunted House, and Hay Ride.

9. Halloween Costume Party

This fun fundraiser works for any size group, from a large school to a small club. Charge an admission at the door, and you can also sell refreshments to earn funds. And, don’t forget a raffle of some kind. It could be a giant candy filled Halloween Gift Basket.

10. Bake Sale

There’s no better time of the year for a Bake Sale! And, not only are they FUN, but YUMMY, too! This fundraiser is more suited for a smaller group, for example a school club. You know the routine, everyone bake something for the sale. Set up outside of a local business (with their permission) or at your school Fall Festival. Baked goods should include lots of Halloween or Fall themed items.

11. Raffle

A raffle is always an easy and fun way to earn money for any size school, sports team, club or group. For an October raffle, choose items that are Fall themed. You can have one big prize or one main and several runner-up prizes. You can read the article, Fall Raffle Prize Ideas, for prize suggestions.

You can add a raffle to another fundraising event you’re having or it can stand on it’s own. It’s always exciting when the winner is announced!

12. Brunswick Stew Sale

Fall is perfect for a Brunswick Stew Sale. This will involve adult cooperation and a place to have it. But, this is a tried and true idea for your school, church, or group fund raiser.

13. Chili Cook-Off

A Chili Cook-Off is another Fall fundraising idea, especially for October. It’s cool weather in October and everyone is tired of summer salads and ready for some hot chili! You can do it as a cook-off or as a Chili Supper.

14. Hay Rides

If you have the means to have a Hay Ride or Corn Maze (or both), these are both FUN ideas for October fundraising.

15. Haunted House

Of course, a Haunted House fundraiser in October is always fun (and scary)! If you have a place to have a Haunted House, even if it’s a small place, this can be done for several weeks in October or for the entire month. This would work best for a group with teenage members.

October – It’s Time for Fundraising!

October - Time for Fundraising!

Fundraising Tips:

Always tell your customers:

  1. WHO you are (your name and school/group name)
  2. WHAT you are selling
  3. WHY you are fundraising


  • Smile!
  • Say Thank You!

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