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For Halloween, be a Do-Gooder!

By Isabel Kallman

Picture%2054.pngEven if your little ones are dressed like the Grim Reaper or a whiny princess, there is no reason why you can have them do some good.

UNICEF, the global organization that saves lives in 150 countries by providing clean water, nutrition, medicines, education and emergency aid, makes it quite turn-key for us parents. Here are some of the easy things you can do:

1. Collect Donations while Trick-or-Treating.
There’s the famous orange UNICEF box. Make your own by downloading a canister wrapper or picking up a box at one of their retail partners.

2. Turn your Halloween Party into a fundraiser.
When you register your party at UNICEF you can download their Halloween Party Guide and other items, such as invitations, door signs, door hangers, canister wrappers and stickers. All the things you need to throw a spooktacular fundraiser.

3. Text-or-Treat this Year!

Aren’t we all going green AND on our mobile phones? Well we love UNICEF’s Text-or-Treat idea. This year—for the first time—you can Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF with your mobile phone! Just text the word “TOT” to 864233 (UNICEF) to make a $5 donation.*

Have a happy and safe Halloween, you do-gooder!

* A one-time charge of $5 will be added to your mobile phone bill. Standard messaging rates and additional fees may apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Proceeds benefit the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. Service is available on most carriers. You can unsubscribe at any time by texting ‘STOP’ to 864233.

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Isabel Kallman
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Isabel Kallman

Isabel Kallman is the founding mom of

Feel free to send nice emails to isabel[at]alphamom[dot]com.


Isabel Kallman is the founding mom of

Feel free to send nice emails to isabel[at]alphamom[dot]com.

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Another thing I’ve done for several years is trick-or-treat for canned goods. This started when my kids got to high school but still wanted to go trick-or-treating–they asked each house for a can of food, and most houses also gave them candy. Now it’s grown into a church food drive with their young adult group. The group got paper bags with handles donated from a local grocery store, which they distributed with flyers last Sunday. This Sunday they’ll go pick up canned goods, clothes and toiletries from the neighborhood. They always get a huge pile of donations for our local… Read more »


What an amazing idea. I am going to find out more about this for next year.