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Trick or Treat for Unicef

Happy Halloween!

I have some fantastic vintage decorations I have been planning to share for the 31st. Then my daughter brought this home from school with such excitement yesterday.

Unicef Box 2013 Unicef Box DetailAnd she has hatched a plan at school for trick or treating with her buddies.  Seemed like the universe was steering me away from Beistle die-cuts when I also recalled looking through a magazine and seeing this. From October 1963.

Unicef article 1963 Unicef photo 1963 Unicef caption 1963 What do you think of the costumes above? The word ‘flammable’ comes to mind. I’ve escorted skunks, Gryffindors, pumpkins and lifeguards on Halloween, but have never seen anyone carrying a hoe before.

I can remember the campaign when I was growing up too.  Trick-or-Treat for Unicef started waaaaay before my gypsy/cowgirl/gypsy time.  The program was introduced in 1950.

Box from 1975(ish)

One Halloween night, the Reverend Clyde Allison and his wife Mary Emma experienced mixed emotions as they handed out candy to a parade of trick-or-treaters. “It’s too bad we can’t turn this into something good,” said Mary Emma. “We can,” replied Clyde.

Soon Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF was born, and it grew into one of America’s most successful youth initiatives.  The campaign has changed over the years, but its reasons for being remain constant: make Halloween meaningful by helping children discover their ability to help others.

Kids helping kids for over half a century, gotta love it. We’ll have fun tonight. Sorry for the wonky photos, the color seems to have given up the ghost, but the spirit is present. (holiday pun intended)

Happy Halloween!If you see a young pirate, doctor or superhero with one of these boxes, please consider a donation.

2 Thoughts on “Trick or Treat for Unicef

  1. We used to always trick or treat for Unicef when I was a kid. I don’t think I have ever had a kid knock on my door for a donation, Happy to see it is still around…

    • Thanks! The collection for Unicef was successful. My daughter’s little box was heavy with coins and some bills. She told me she also received a check. I said ‘isn’t that nice’ and went looking for Twix. On the 2nd, I saw it was for $100!

      Love the pink shoes.

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