Having fun and doing good aren't mutually exclusive, and this Halloween is a great time to put that theory into practice. There's still time to participate in the following programs, which help parents, kids, and communities make Halloween about more than just a sugar explosion.
- Don't have a Halloween costume yet? Not to fear. National Costume Swap Day is this Saturday, Oct. 8. Everyone wins: kids get a good-as-new costume and parents save money. It's recycling at its finest! Swaps are taking place all over the country; find one near you.
- This Halloween, thousands of children will be reverse trick-or-treating. Instead of receiving candy at each house they visit, activists in training will give out fair-trade chocolate attached to an informational card to raise awareness of the child labor, forced labor, trafficking, poverty, and environmental degradation that is widespread on cocoa farms.
- Trick-or-Treat For UNICEF has been going strong since 1950, raising money for kids in need all over the world.
- Halloween Candy Buy Back is a triple-pronged improvement on the typical Halloween candy binge (also known as the dentist's worst nightmare). Participating dentists buy kids' Halloween candy — with cash, toothbrushes, coupons — and then send the sugar-laden confections to Operation Gratitude or other military support groups who get the candy to US troops.
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