Today is Halloween, and whether you plan on attending wild party later tonight or staying in and watching a classic horror movie, you should be wearing a costume at some point in the next 24 hours. It’s just the right thing to do. In celebration of this frightening holiday, check out the following organizations and opportunities on Idealist. They’re all ghoulishly good at making the world a better place.
Strap on your eye-patch and practice your “Arrrr” as a pirate tonight, and make sure to check out the organization Story Pirates when you’re done swashbuckling. They’re a national nonprofit that works with kids in a very unique way.
Do you believe in ghosts? Idealist has a few organizations that may pique your interest, including the Paranormal Awareness Society in Miami Lakes, Florida. If visitors from the afterlife aren’t your thing, investigate visitors from outer space with the Seattle UFO Group.
Idealists who’d like to tap into their wild side should take a look at this volunteer opportunity in Slovakia. You’ll be tracking wolves in the Carpathian mountains, which is basically the coolest thing you could hope to do with your life. You can also become an intern with Lone Wolf Tribe, which is a multi-disciplinary theater company in Brooklyn. They have nothing to do with actual wolves, but they have a great name.
You may choose to forgo terror this year and opt to dress up as a superhero. In that case, you’ll want to learn more about TinySuperheroes in Seattle and the Skiffytown League of Heroes in Pennsylvania. Or volunteer to be a real superhero to low-income individuals.
Of course, one of Halloween’s most classic costumes is the vampire. While Idealist doesn’t currently have any opportunities to work with the vampire community, you can try volunteering in one of the many countries where the vampire myth arose. The classic vampir has its roots in Eastern Europe, Africa is home to the Asanbosam and the Adze, and the Manananggal comes from the Philippines.
If you can’t figure which ghoul is your favorite, the King Conservation District in Seattle is calling all zombies, hobbits, and fairies for its treasure hunt on November 2nd. If you think calling a hobbit a ghoul is unfair, you’ve never seen Gollum.
Halloween isn’t the only holiday in town. If you’re planning on celebrating Día de Muertos on November 1st, check out these five volunteer opportunities across the United States. Or if want nothing to do with pumpkins and skeletons, it’s never too early to apply for a place in Santa’s workshop.
Have fun tonight and and remember to be safe!