Fall has a brand all its own. From pumpkins to mums, Homecoming to Thanksgiving, and crisp weather made for outdoor gatherings, we can’t celebrate without some seasonal rites of passage. We loved the following collections because they took the traditional rituals we’ve come to expect and gave them a fun, surprising spin. You all make it really (really) hard to pick favorites, but here are five standouts.

Homecoming Mums

In most parts of the country, Homecoming and mums are two different fall traditions — in Texas, they’re one in the same. High school students decorate and adorn elaborate mum corsages for “Hoco” week and this year one middle school joined in. The parent organization sold small mums, $20.00 each, to be pinned on backpacks during the school day before wearing them to Friday night’s game.

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Night of Adult FUNdraising

What’s fall without a festival? Granite Falls Boosters in Granite Falls, Washington, made theirs adults only (21+), with dinner, beverages, dessert, and auction for all attendees, plus a paint party or poker for higher ticket levels. The proceeds benefited the high school’s girls’ basketball and volleyball teams.

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Outdoor Family Movie Night

This event hosted by Olive Chapel Elementary PTA in Apex, North Carolina, was free to attend, but the group created a collection to take preorders of large cheese or pepperoni pizzas. They also offered $20.00 “big screen shout outs” for parents to purchase and submit photos and/or a message to surprise their child before the movie.

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Halloween Donuts

An elementary school PTO took the tried, true and tasty fundraiser to the next level with Duck Donuts “spooky boxes” of one dozen unique Halloween flavors. The $20.00 purchases were delivered to the school for a designated pickup, or people could opt to buy a $20.00 card to redeem in store.

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30 Days of Thankfulness Prize Drawings

It’s a raffle a day for one elementary school PTO. A $10.00 ticket makes people eligible for each drawing, but they can only win once. 

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