Did you know that in 1967 LBJ proclaimed October 31st "National UNICEF Day" in perpetuity? And here you thought it was just Halloween! What with Walt Disney's it's a small world, Danny Kaye, Audrey Hepburn and all, UNICEF is a real favorite here in Tulgey Wood...and one of the biggest reasons for that is Trick or Treat for UNICEF. This annual campaign began in 1950, and over the years it has had some fun spokespersons. Lassie hosted the first television appearance of the campaign when she carried one of the trademark orange collection boxes on her Sunday night show. Casper the Friendly Ghost was a spooks-person one year, and in 1969, Bewitched devoted an entire episode entitled "To Trick-Or-Treat or Not to Trick-Or-Treat" to the campaign on Halloween Eve, October 30, 1969. This year, UNICEF has eschewed the traditional orange on their collection boxes in favor of some delightfully childlike designs featuring the faces of monsters, witches and other Halloween favorites. Posted below is the box from a few years ago which was distributed by Hallmark. For more information on this fun and helpful Halloween tradition visit the Trick or Treat for UNICEF website.
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