Our 9th Annual Houston Halloween Festival will be taking place on Saturday, October 19, 2019, 5 pm to 10pm, in the Houston Heights. The festival will feature entertainment and activities for the entire family including live music, beer gardens, artist & business vendors, food trucks, a costume contest and a large Kids Zone for our youngest ghosts and ghouls. The kid’s zone will include magician & juggling performances, carnival games, spin art, Halloween arts and crafts, kids cartoon characters, face painting, trick or treating, a kids costume contest and much more! The festival provides a fun and safe community environment for Houston families to celebrate Halloween. All proceeds from this amazing event support our 2020 ‘Too Ghoul for School” Education Fund. For more information on the education fund, go to www.tgfschool.org.
Our primary mission is to raise money to support public school teachers and education. We seek to support paths that may not always have the biggest support financially. In the past we focused on supporting local children’s charities, domestic animal welfare, and wildlife rehab. As we have grown, we have shifted our focus to education and supporting awards that will give back to children and animals. We also volunteer our time at other charitable events to help support local groups when they need volunteer help too!
If you’re one of our Volunteers, thanks for being a member of the Horde! This website has the information you’ll need to support you in your Volunteer role.
If you’re interested in becoming a member of our Volunteer Horde send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org and our Volunteer Manager will get in touch with you!
Yes, however, we have no paid staff. Everyone is a volunteer!
Are you wondering what is takes to be a SUPER Volunteer? Here are a few key pointers:
Pointer #1 – If you volunteer for an event be sure to show up. By being a “no-show” you impact a lot of people…the person you were supposed to relieve, the person who has to fill in for you who wasn’t planning on volunteering, the Volunteer Manager who has to find people to take your place, and the general public if we have to cancel a function during one of our events because we had no one to do the job.
Pointer #2 – If something comes up let the Volunteer Manager know right away so we can fill your spot before the event…not during the event. See Pointer #1
Pointer #3 – Dress comfortably and appropriately. For example, if it’s going to get cool in the evening bring a jacket and don’t wear shorts. If you’re serving beer consider putting your rings in your pocket so you don’t lose them in the icy water (fingers shrink when they get cold!). Plan ahead and be prepared.
Pointer #4 – Come in character! Every HZW event is a costume event. If you do come in costume remember that your first priority is your volunteer role. See Pointer #3!
Pointer #5 – Don’t be grumpy! Even though we’re working, we’re also there to have fun! We all have those days but it’s important to not take things out on your fellow volunteers and make them grumpy too!
Pointer #6 – Remember that you’re an ambassador for HZW! Each and every one of us represents the entire HZW organization when we interact with the public. It’s important to make a good first impression and to leave a good lasting impression. See Pointer #5!