Celebrate Halloween with UNICEF

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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. Original designs for the “Create-a-Character” contest may be submitted online at trickortreatforunicef.org. Winning designs in three categories will become part of a limited edition collection for next year’s campaign.

The box design contest will run from Sept. 1 through Oct. 26. “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF helps kids, parents and educators celebrate Halloween by raising money and learning about children in other parts of the world,” said Caryl Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. “This year, we want to tap into children’s imaginations by letting them bring their own creativity to the traditional Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF boxes.”

Kids can also Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF with premade boxes featuring a whole new cast of characters for this year, including:

  • Vampire (“Count Change-ula”)
  • Black Cat (“Shadow”)
  • Princess (“Lady Pennyworth”)
  • Monster (“Frank”)
  • Pumpkin (“Patches”)
  • Witch (“Bertha DeBroom”)

Original box designs may be submitted online at trickortreatforunicef.org beginning in September. 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.

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.

Additional resources for kids and parents, including a printable 30-day activity calendar, party planning tool kit, educational materials and more, can be found at youth.unicefusa.org.

Check out this fun video featuring the new characters as they explain the new contest:

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