School has officially started for some and others (like us here in Ontario) are waiting a couple of more weeks until the kids hit the books, which means we are just 2 months away from Halloween. Although I have plans on holding off just a little before writing up some Halloween themed posts, I wanted to give you a heads up on UNICEF’s new initiative. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s flagship Trick-or-Treat campaign, which has raised more than $167 million for children in need around the world, is getting a new look this year. For the first time in the campaign’s 62-year history kids will have a chance to design their own collection boxes.
Your kiddos can submit their original designs for the “Create-a-Character” online at trickortreatforunicef.org. Winning designs in three categories will become part of a limited edition collection for next year’s campaign. A winning design from each category (children ages 4-8, 9-12, and 13 years and older) will be chosen and announced on Halloween, Oct. 31.
The box design contest will run from Sept. 1 through Oct. 26.
Participants who prefer a finished box have new choices this year, too. The traditional Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF box has been given a new look, with six spooky new character boxes – a monster, black cat, princess, pumpkin, vampire and a witch. Fundraising kits containing the character boxes, the blank collection box for design and new educational resources may be ordered online with free shipping at trickortreatforunicef.org or by calling 1-800-FOR-KIDS while supplies last.