MADISON, Wis. (10/31/14)--Credit unions are leaving the tricks to the banking industry. On Halloween, for their members and communities, it's all about the treats.
Element FCU, Charleston, W. Va., is offering zombie-themed debit cards to celebrate Halloween this year. (Element FCU Photo)
Nationwide on this spooky day, credit unions have carved out special family events, contests and other ghastly promotions to celebrate Halloween.
GOBankingRates.com has compiled a list of 12 credit unions that are offering scary good deals and hauntingly fun events for their members.
Element FCU, for example, is offering a zombie-themed debit card that it's calling "A No Brainer" because of the low fees and high rates it carries. Members of the $27 million-asset, Charleston, W.Va.-based credit union can choose from five zombie-themed designs.
Summit CU, Madison, Wis., with $2 billion in assets, meanwhile, hosted its fifth annual Haunted Hustle this week, a series of races that included a kid's race, a stroller derby, a 5K, 10K, half and full marathon.
Many credit unions are also holding costume contests, both at their branches and through social media, such as City and Police FCU, Jacksonville, Fla., with $62 million in assets, which is holding a City Kid's Club member Halloween photo contest.
The winner gets a $25 deposit into their jack-o-lantern pail (also known as a City Kid's Club savings account at the credit union).
CitizensFirst CU, Oshkosh, Wis., with $402 million in assets, is jumping all over the pumpkin spice craze by offering its own Pumpkin Spice Loan promotion that allows members to switch over their current vehicle loans to get lower rates, and to let the member hold off payments until January.
And in West Jordan, Utah, Mountain America CU, with $3.9 billion in assets, is giving away pumpkins and handing out vouchers for local Halloween attractions like The Haunted Village.