Trick-Or-Treat with a Mission

By Cassie Hudson 10.30.2014 blog

By now, you’ve (hopefully!) staked out the best trick-or-treating neighborhoods, made a game plan with your friends and picked out an awesome costume. One thing you might not have? The ‘Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF’ orange box.

You may have seen other trick-or-treaters carrying these iconic orange boxes in the past. Here’s what they were up to (hint: It’s not for candy!) – and how you can get involved.

What’s With the Orange Boxes?
The tradition began in Philadelphia in the 1950s, when a few kids hand-decorated milk cartons and brought them around to collect change while they trick-or-treated. The reason? To help other children affected by World War II. They only made $17, but it marked the start of a campaign that has now spread to more than 150 countries.

Where Do the Nickels and Pennies Go?
The change collected by trick-or-treaters on Halloween has helped UNICEF provide medicine, food, education, emergency relief and more support to children worldwide. Children in the U.S. have collected more than $170 million by going door-to-door on Halloween and by planning other fundraising efforts in conjunction with the initiative.

How Can I Get Involved?
Visit the “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF” website to print out the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Canister Wrapper and make your own fundraising container. You can also check out the “How to Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Guide” and more resources before you get started!

For more information about the “Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF” initiative, visit


  1. isai millan

    my parents dont let me go trick or treating because its the devils birthday and on halloween you might get robed or killed and its not good selebrating the devils birthday because thats bad

  2. Beu4ever

    My parents have never let me go trick-or-treating and they never see fit to give a reason!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Quincy Porter

    HAHAHA lol

  4. Bella Fensler

    I don’t understand why some people think Halloween is “the devils birthday!” There is nothing in the Bible that says that Halloween is the devils birthday.

  5. Faith_is_Life

    My mom says Halloween is a night to hang with friends and do fun stuff with them so ya I love it


    Well Halloween started out from nothing lie just using candles in the doorway. OR just ringing the door way for bloodcakes. It has come a long a way since the bible times. If your catholic you will know about all souls day and all saints day. Thats the beginning of holloween

  7. alexia gonzales

    i like it its cool i would so want one

  8. Martha

    lol didn’t go out had to stay home with babies but i am glad that i got to spented time with them lol

  9. Martha

    lol didn’t go out had to stay home with babies.sad face

  10. jazmyne

    i got soo much candy it filles 2 houses

  11. jada brown

    my mom wont let me trick or treat because she says it is the devils birthday but i still do

    • Anthony Cline

      HAHA LOL

    • Emma Gilles

      That’ wrong. If your parents tell you not to do something you shouldn’t do it. My mom won’t let me go trick or treating. I don’t think I’m at a disadvantage. Instead do something with your family. Your mom is right.

      • isai millan

        it is wrong lol

      • Dj

        just have a Halloween party with your friends instead, that’s what i do

    • BossChickForever

      that is so wrong so wat its better to go have fun then to be bored

    • BossChickForever

      this year im going to be a dark angel

    • Jman240

      You shouldn’t do something that your mom tells you not to do. Your parents are only doing what they think is best for you.

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