Help me spread the word that you don't need to give out candy on Halloween to have fun.
Another Hot Halloween Idea: Collect Donations for UNICEF
In addition to giving out fun party favors, I also encourage parents to invite their kids to think charitably. Indeed, encourage them to Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF.
As I discovered yesterday at a Hallmark's store, you can pick up UNICEF Trick-or-Treat boxes at selected card stores, or you can order supplies online. To join the Original KIDS HELPING KIDS® campaign, just click here, or go to unicefusa.org/trickortreat.
What's really cool about this program is that, as the UNICEF website points out, "Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF has evolved from a traditional door-to-door collection on Halloween into a month-long program that has educated, inspired and empowered kids to make a difference in the lives of children who are less fortunate. Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF supporters have collected more than $132 million since that [initial] night in 1950."
The UNICEF story is a fascinating one. Back in World War II, Philadelphia children became inspired and motivated by reports about children suffering in Europe that they showed such goodwill that they went door-to-door Halloween night to collect money for their peers overseas.