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"Trick-or-treat, trick-or-treat, it's Hallowe'en!!"

php0cRPLtPMHallowe’en with its costumes and treats is a favourite for the young at heart, but as Harnoor Gill, 16, a Commonwealth Correspondent from Georgetown in Canada explains, it’s also an opportunity for youth to volunteer in the home and in the community.

Hallowe’en is a great time to relax and have fun by scaring your peers or handing out candy to atrocious things that walk up to the doorstep.

It’s a time of enjoying candy, chocolate, lollipops and other goodies that people receive on their trick-or-treating adventure. Hallowe’en is even a great time to get to know your neighbours in a way that you never would have thought to be possible. This is usually what most of us do on this day by decorating our house for the festive night, going trick-or-treating around the neighborhood and scaring the living daylights out of people around you.

But this year why not take a different approach to Hallowe’en by handing out the candy to others, going volunteering the night before, visiting a seniors’ home or just encouraging this new approach of festivity to get communities up and going?

The simplest and easiest way of helping out in Hallowe’en preparation is to take part in of decorating the house during this time. This will allow for you to take on a leadership role and showcase your creativity. You can decorate the house by creating amusing or scary pumpkins and putting up ghosts, ghouls and goblins to show off the festive spirit that’s inside you. Another way of being a good helper around the house is to be the person that hands out candy to those trick-or-treaters who come to the door. This allows for you to get the opportunity to meet and greet people by cheerfully giving them out candy and getting to know the people around your neighbourhood a lot more. These are just two ways that you can easily be of assistance to your family during the festivities of Hallowe’en.

A new way that I encourage everyone to try to participate in Hallowe’en this year is to go out and volunteer the night before. This can be accomplished by volunteering in something that you might have a passion in, whether it is the environment, youth-related, animals, library, community television or even an extra-curricular after school activity. When you are participating in any volunteer experience, it is beneficial because you are giving back to the community while gaining experience at the same time.

Another way you could have a great time while being a productive person in the community is to visit a seniors’ home. By visiting a seniors’ home, you can interact with seniors while listening to their stories and play games with them to help make their day. It’s a great way of getting to know people around you and it’s an awesome experience to cherish as well!

Last but not least, I would like to say that this new and improved approach of a happy Hallowe’en is the way to go and needs to be known to the people around you. This must be spread and the only way it can be spread far enough is to use social networking sites or the media. So use whatever comes across your way through Facebook, Twitter, vine, Pinterest, hotmail, g-mail, yahoo, LinkedIn and Myspace.

All in all have a safe and happy Hallowe’en celebration with friends and family! BOO!

photo credit: hjl via photopin cc
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About me: I am a student in Georgetown, Canada, and founder of the Peace Welcome Club. I love to volunteer, read, write, and play basketball. I volunteer with local environmental and youth organizations and am dedicated to raising awareness about youth volunteering. My writing has been published in Indo-Canadian Voice, Asian Journal, Times of India, The Independent & Free Press, and in Amazing Kids! Magazine.

https://www.facebook.com/PeaceWelcomeClub

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Opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the Commonwealth Youth Programme. Articles are published in a spirit of dialogue, respect and understanding. If you disagree, why not submit a response.
To learn more about becoming a Commonwealth Correspondent please visit: http://www.yourcommonwealth.org/submit-articles/commonwealthcorrespondents/

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