With October 31st on the horizon and bar/bat mitzvah students everywhere looking for a mitzvah project, may we suggest a Halloween costume collection for those who cannot afford them!
Organize a collection of gently used Halloween costumes from family and friends. Many families you know may purchase new costumes year-after-year. Gather a variety of costumes for boys and girls of all ages. Then contact a local family services agency to help you distribute the costumes to those who need them most!
Here is a caveat to remember when performing this mitzvot:
Halloween is traditionally considered a holiday honoring Saints, therefore, most Jewish organizations do not celebrate or participate in trick-or-treating. However, the reality is that many non-traditional and some traditional Jewish families are participating on some level. Read more about the Reform Jewish perspective of Halloween here.