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Bring on the fall with these suggestions for October parent group events and activities.


  • Finalize your Halloween event plans. (And if it’s already October and you’re still deciding what to do, we have some great last-minute Halloween ideas.)

  • Plan a nice treat for your school’s leadership team during Principals Month.

  • October is cybersecurity month, so it’s a great time to plan a Family Tech Talk Night at your school.

  • Plan a winter holiday event such as a holiday shop or a winter-theme Family Reading Night.

  • Organize an adult-only gathering. By this point in the year, your group has had a chance to (hopefully) welcome in some new members. Expand on that by arranging a fun and casual event where everyone has a chance to get to know each other better.

  • Ask teachers whether the PTO can do anything to help during Red Ribbon Week activities.

  • It’s Walk to School Day on Oct. 2. It’s easy to organize a casual walk to school day event. Use this cute Facebook graphic to remind people of the day and your event (and scroll to the bottom for several other cute October-theme graphics to share on your group's Facebook page).


  • Following Halloween, run a candy collection drive with students to put together Halloween care packages for soldiers stationed overseas.

    Halloween Treats for Troops Flyer

  • Reach out personally to anyone who has volunteered so far this school year. Finding new help is a big job for a PTO, but following up with volunteers is equally critical.


Suggested Teacher Appreciation Effort: Conference Meal

October is a popular month for parent-teacher conferences. Hours of back-to-back meetings can leave teachers hungry and low on energy, so providing snacks or meals will certainly be appreciated. If teachers have a meal break planned into their day, you might want to organize a simple potluck in the teachers lounge. If their meetings truly are throughout day, you can to offer portable food they can eat in their classroom.

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