(Family Features) Use the excitement of Halloween to encourage children to contribute to a worthy cause. From holding a spooky bake sale to hosting a car wash in costume, your kids will love these fun ideas for giving back to their community.
Ghoulish Giving at School
This Halloween season, talk to your kids about helping their peers around the world by supporting the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign. The organization is launching its first nationwide “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF School Challenge,” designed to help elementary school educators teaching children about the needs of their peers in other countries. Winners will get the opportunity to travel abroad to see programs for children in action.
“Teachers play an essential role in supporting UNICEF’s work each year through the Trick-or-Treat campaign,” said Caryl Stern, president and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. “This year, the campaign’s partners also include HSN, Inc., Key Club International, American Airlines and Coinstar. We want to recognize teachers and our partners for their tremendous efforts in helping to positively impact children’s lives around the world.”
Beyond the classroom, there are many ways for kids to get involved. Here are some other ideas for children to help out with causes important to them:
- Hold a Seriously Spooky Bake Sale
Encourage your kids to whip up some creepy treats for a bake sale to benefit local charity. Make it a monstrously fun time by inviting school buds together to bake Halloween-themed delights for the sale.
- Collect Donations While Trick or Treating
Teach kids to give back this Halloween through the original Kids Helping Kids campaign. While going house-to-house, invite your kids to Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. The campaign raises money to provide medicine, nutrition, clean water, education and more to children around the world who don’t have access to these basic things. For more information on how to participate in this Halloween tradition, visit www.trickortreatforunicef.org.
- Host a Creepy Crawly Car Wash
Who wouldn’t want to get their car washed by a prince or princess? Invite others over to raise money for their school, sports team or library with a car wash. The kids will have a blast seeing each other in their costumes, while helping out their community at the same time.
- Host a Bone-Chilling Chili Cook-Off
Have kids sign-up to make a pot of their favorite chili and serve over their lunch break. Those who don’t want to cook can bring in all the fun toppings. All money will go directly to the cause of their choice.
- Purchase Halloween-themed Items to Benefit UNICEF
From tote bags to nail polish to jewelry and more, multichannel retailer HSNi will offer kids and parents Halloween-themed products that help kids. From September 1 to October 31, HSNi will donate a minimum of 10 percent of the purchase price to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF for each item purchased in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF stores at HSN.com, GrandinRoad.com and Chasing-Fireflies.com to support lifesaving programs for children.