Some of the most spooktastic Halloween activity from charities 

30 Oct 2020 Voices

Kirsty Weakley looks at how some charities are celebrating Halloween this weekend

Donkey Sanctuary's Halloween Neddy Prize Draw

Like just about everything in 2020, Halloween celebrations aren’t going to be what they normally are (especially if your normal way of celebrating is in a packed bar). But that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways that charities can engage with supporters, and raise a bit of money. 

Here are some of the best examples of what charities are up to. 

Donkey Sanctuary: Spooky crocheted donkeys 

First the Donkey Sanctuary, which is auctioning off some spooky crocheted donkeys (pictured above) this weekend via its JustGiving page.

A supporter has created Silver, Autumn and Hunter and donated them to the charity to raise money. 

The JustGiving page says: “Lovingly called our ‘Neddys’, these unique characters are sure to give our lucky winners something extra special this Halloween.” 

Entries will close at 11pm on Saturday 31st October.

RSPCA: Online fun day in aid of rescue animals 

This animal charity is hosting a whole afternoon of “Howl-o-ween fun” (their pun) from 2pm tomorrow on its Facebook page. 

The festivities start with a livestreamed quiz hosted by influencer Jess Megan. There will also be a a cat-treat baking session with last year’s Great British Bake Off winner David Atherton. 

The day will finish with the final of the Home Pet Show, with five categories including Tricks and Treats, Howl-o-ween Pets and a Spooky Art Class.

Event manager Jo Hockley said: “We know that many people will be disappointed that Trick or Treating can’t take place this year due to Covid-19 restrictions – so we thought it would be fun to organise a day of spooky fun that people could enjoy at home, while still involving the four-legged family members too! 

“All the action will be taking place online, so people and their pets can take part no matter where they are. We hope that people will help us to raise much-needed funds for all of the bats, cats, rats, mice and other animals in our care by entering or watching our Home Pet Show.”         

It cost £4 to enter the pet show and the live final takes place at 4pm on Saturday 31 October. 

ZSL London Zoo: Strong pumpkin/animal content

Zookeepers at ZSL London Zoo have been busy carving pumpkins for the animals to enjoy. 

Tiger Asim might only have been interested in the pumpkins because they contained chicken wings, but hopefully you’ll agree this is excellent Friday cat content. 

Blue Cross:  Tips for happy pets this Halloween 

Earlier this week the Blue Cross held a live stream offering pet owners advice about how to involve pets in Halloween celebrations. 

This includes recipes for pumpkin treats, games, and instructions on building a doggy den. 

RSPB: Halloween nature trails 

Unfortunately, RSPB has had to cancel some of its planned activity this year due to Covid-19 restrictions, but there are still over 40 events taking place at its reserves. 

This includes scavenger hunts and Halloween themed evening events. 

There is a full list of events on its website.

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