Have Fun! Do Good!

Halloween is not just about candy. Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF helps children around the world.

Oct 01, 2013 | By Jaime Joyce
TODD PLITT FOR TIME FOR KIDS

Trick or treat! Halloween isn't only about candy, says UNICEF.

Halloween is a time for costumes and fun. Did you know it is also a time when kids help other kids? Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF raises money for children in 190 countries. The money pays for food, clothing, and health care. It also buys school supplies. Since the program began, in 1950, it has raised more than $170 million.

It is easy for kids to take part in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. First, kids sign up online or at school. They get a special box to collect money. Most kids collect about $2.50 on Halloween. People can give before and after Halloween, too. Finally, the money is sent to UNICEF.

Laura Marano stars in the TV show Austin & Ally. She wants kids to take part in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. "It's really fun, and it makes an awesome impact," she told TFK.

A Helping Hand

Sebastian Azzopardi, 8, has been collecting money for UNICEF since kindergarten. Last year, he raised $500. Friends and family made donations.

UNICEF used the money to help kids in Haiti (hay-tee). "It's important that there be zero children in need of anything," Sebastian says.

What Does the Money Buy?

A little can go a long way with Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF.

- 50 cents = a notebook and a pencil

- $1 = clean drinking water for 40 days

- $3 = a blanket

- $30 = eight library books

- UNICEF also gives kids a School-in-a-Box kit. It holds a notebook, a pen, pencils, scissors, crayons, and a ruler.

 

This story originally appeared in an October 2013 issue of TIME For Kids: Edition 2.