Trick-or-Treat for Unicef – Make Halloween More Than Candy

Growing up, we lived out in the country, so I never really got to trick-or-treat door-to-door like my friends.  Instead we would go to my grandparent’s house and maybe hit up a few of their neighbors, who had put aside special treats just for us.  Looking back, we probably got a way better deal that way.  As I started to understand more about the world around me, I thought the idea of Trick-or-Treat for Unicef was so cool!! I really wanted my own collection box.

Did you know Trick-or-Treat for Unicef has been around for 62 years?  It started as a way to help children overseas during World War II, and has evolved into an amazing and simple way for kids to make a difference.

Here’s a short video about why Trick-or-Treat for Unicef is so important:

And here’s the story of Nirmal, just one of the many kids who have been helped by something as simple as kids collecting coins instead of candy:

Trick-or-Treat for Unicef


Aren’t the new collection box designs cute?  From top to bottom they are: Patches, Bertha de Broom, Shadow, Count Change-ula, Lady Pennyworth, and Frank.




Did you know:


  • 25 cents provides 10 kids with safe water for a day
  • $1 pays for protein biscuits for a starving child
  • $17 keeps a kid safe from 6 killer diseases
  • $24 supplies an emergency first-aid kit
  • $257 buys a school-in-a-box so kids can learn anywhere.

Once you’ve collected the money, here are some ways you can send in your donation:

Donate online

If you’ve collected $5 or more, and know a grown-up with a credit card, you can donate safely online by clicking here!

Text to donate

Text  the word “TOT” to UNICEF (864233) to make a $10.00 donation to Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF *.

Call to donate 

Call 1.800.FOR.KIDS (1.800.367.5437) with an adult to donate using a credit card.

Donate at a Coinstar Center®

To find a Coinstar Center near you, visit the Coinstar website or call 1.800.928.CASH. Then take your coins to the Coinstar Center and select the “U.S. Fund for UNICEF” donation option (code #5555). In seconds, the Coinstar Center counts your change and prints a receipt for the full amount!

Since my kids are too old for trick-or-treating, I will be texting my donation this year.  How do you plan to help?


About Teressa Morris

Teressa Morris is first, a wife and mom of two grown children (who can't seem to move out) and two furbabies. She writes about her family life, as well as causes that are dear to her heart, with recipes, reviews and giveaways on the side. Check her out at Window on the World.
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