A Healthy, Green and Giving Halloween

03 Oct

Instead of collecting all that sugary candy that creates lots of wrapper and packaging waste, consider having your kids trick-or-treat for Unicef this year.  The website offers free orange boxes for trick-or-treating for donations.  I love the idea of teaching kids to focus on giving instead of getting.  And what a great way to teach about helping less fortunate kids around the world!

You can even choose a specific location and/or program to donate toward and use it as a teaching point to talk to your kids about that area of the world and what’s going on.  For example, kids in Haiti are suffering from the incredible devastation following hurricane Ike and torrential rains and flooding.  Use this as an opportunity to not only teach compassion and giving, but also to talk about geography and science (Where is Haiti?  What is it like there?  What is a hurricane?  Where do they occur?).  Maybe you can even volunteer to match any money they collect, making the donation larger, and sharing in the excitement of giving.

To think about:

  • 6¢ provides water for one thirsty child
  • $2 provides nutrition for one hungry child
  • $44 dollars provides school supplies for 20 children
  • $112 provides emergency blankets for 37 children

Sadly, 25,000 children die every day from preventable causes.  We can all make a difference.

Unicef also offers a parents’ and teachers’ download center with more information, activities and resources (in PDF).

For additional tips on making your Halloween more “green,” visit Green & Clean Mom.


5 responses to “A Healthy, Green and Giving Halloween

  1. jen

    October 3, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    i LOVE this idea! i think asking for pocket change instead of candy is totally appropriate…
    how do you think it would be best to word it??
    would you still have children go trick-or-treating??

    my kiddos have both, ALWAYS (even given the amount of shit i get about it…), requested money towards a chosen something/someone for b-days, in lieu of gifts. we’ve helped zebras, horses, bunnies…
    it has worked wonderfully for us, and the kids LOVE giving…

  2. psychmamma

    October 3, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    Jen – If you click on the link above, you can get a Unicef orange box for collecting change in door-to-door trick-or-treating. I think I would simply have the kiddos say something simple like, “Trick-or-treat for Unicef!” and/or “I’m collecting change for Unicef to help kids around the world.” The parent resources have fliers they could hand out, but I don’t think it’d be necessary. The Unicef website also has some resources for collecting pledges/money before and after Halloween if you want to do more than just on trick-or-treat night. Have fun!

  3. Kylie

    October 3, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    Thanks for following me:). I’ve looked around your blog here and I love that you are a former PhD candidate. Which will be a whole post in and of itself.

    My kids run for Unicef for their school. We do trick or treating here, but it’s different and we have to arrange it and all, so the run for Unicef is THE thing.

  4. shannanb aka Mommy Bits

    October 3, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    I think this is a great idea but I don’t think I could totally eliminate the candy. I am thinking we could do both. I can remember collecting for unicef as a child. Thanks for reminding me.

  5. Green and Clean Mom

    October 4, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    Thanks for the link back. I’ll have to grab that Unicef Badge, super idea. I’m writing a post for Green Living and I’m talking about Unicef. I’ll have to include this post and link back to you. Great idea.


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