Four ways you can make Halloween less scary for wildlife
Ready to be shocked and terrified by spooky species?
You might be surprised to learn that the scariest thing about tigers, bats and ghostly cats is their dwindling populations. Known as the “ghost of the mountains,” snow leopards risk vanishing from the wild. We’ve lost 96 per cent of our wild tiger population and seven species of bats in Canada are at risk.
But Halloween doesn’t have be gloomy for wildlife. To mark the spookiest holiday of the year, we have put together this list of ways you can have fun while supporting species at risk.
1. Wear it wild
Throw the wildest party of the year. Dress up with your family and friends in your fiercest animal costumes and roar into action by raising funds to protect wildlife and wild places. Charge a donation door fee, sell raffle tickets or have a costume contest where guests can vote on their favourite costume by making a donation.
2. Conjure up some Halloween treats
Combine dressing up as your favourite species with a spooky bake and treat sale. Conjure up some tasty, terrifying treats such as spooky paw cookies, tiger-striped brownies or bat cupcakes and show off your baking prowess. All funds raised will support wildlife and critical habitats.
3. Run with monsters
Run wild to help conserve species and habitats from coast to coast to coast. First, sign up to a run a spooky mile, 1K or 5K course as part of Monster Dash happening on October, 30 in Toronto. Then, join Team Monster Dash and create your personal fundraising page to collect donations in support of wildlife. It’s easy, fun and WWF-Canada will help you every step of the way.
Not in the Toronto area? You can turn any existing event into a fundraiser, or host your own monstrously fun run by signing up here.
4. Decorate your haunt
Decorate your wild party or spooky treat sale in true panda style with WWF pumpkin stencils.
- Download the patterns.
- Print out the template image.
- Tape the template onto your pumpkin.
- Trace the design by using an awl or pen to poke small holes along the edges of the shapes.
- Cut along the edges of the shapes with a carving tool.
- Share your pumpkin and party pictures with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.