It feels like blasphemy to say that Halloween had become my worst nightmare as a mother. I know I am supposed to love it, and for a long time I did. I loved it while my children were little, and so cute in their little costumes as they held my hand and we went Trick or Treating as a family. I could edit their candy score without protest. It was all very Norman Rockwell until we hit the Tweens. These days my kids are a little older, the cute costumes for my oldest daughter now come in Packages labeled “sexy vampire”, “sexy witch”…I mean have you seen the options for a young teen girl these days?! Horrifying! Not to mention that my kids no longer wish to Trick-or Treat when it’s light out, and only the younger two want me to go with them. It gets dark, we head out, and they run off with their friends leaving me frantically trying to find my four dispersed children in costumes, in the pitch darkness. Like I said, a mother’s worst nightmare. They do miraculously make it home safely with their massive hauls of candy, but does any child really need that much candy in their possession? What if all of that candy was money to go to UNICEF, it would certainly add up, even if half of what they brought home were donations. Although the UNICEF boxes have been around for 62 years, I had forgotten about them, so when I was reminded about the UNICEF Halloween boxes this year, I ordered them right away! Finally, I hope to have found a solution to what feels to me like a cute, fun tradition gone completely amok. The UNICEF Halloween boxes are a great way to teach children to give back ,and to feel good about helping other kids around the world. They can get some candy, sure, I bet they will still collect more than enough candy, but they will also be contributing to the over $160 Million dollars already collected by children through the UNICEF Trick-or-Treat box program over the years, money that goes to orphans in Nepal or to provide clean water to a child in Central America. If you are ready to get back to the basics this Halloween too, you can order your UNICEF Trick-or-Treat boxes here today. They offer a great alternative to all the sugar!
I am thrilled to be writing this post as a member of the newly formed Global Team of 200. “Individually we are all powerful. Together we can change the world. We believe in the power of collective action to help others and believe in ourselves to make this world a better place for our children and the world’s children”.-The Global Team of 200 visit the website, follow on Twitter or like on Facebook.