My son was just asking me to go to wwwdotunicefusadotcom, or something close to that. You might be wondering why a four year old would want to go to Unicef's website. That is because the commercial on Cartoon Network told him to. He was thinking there would be fun games. He also thought that Unicef was associated with trick-or-treating, something he's already looking forward to. Must have been a pretty cool commercial.
I did not see the commercial myself. What I can tell you is that it was promoting Unicef's new gimmick to turn Halloween into a charity drive. Instead of letting your kids enjoy Halloween, they want you to turn your kids into panhandlers asking for money for other little kids. There's nothing lower than parents dragging their kids into their own political causes which the kids couldn't possibly understand. It's also pretty low to turn around and ask someone who's doing something nice for you to give you even more. Your effectively asking for something else which they weren't offering, and then making them feel bad if they don't want to give it up. That's what the crackheads do if you hear out their sob-lie and give them a dollar. Couldn't you just give me five? NO! Now I wish I hadn't given you one.
Halloween is for kids to enjoy themselves. Not to give out healthy foods because you don't believe in candy. Not to distribute religious pamphlets. Not even for grown people to dress wildly and get drunk. It is for the enjoyment of kids. Probably, because it is simply for the enjoyment of kids, is why it is a dying holiday; it doesn't involve shoving a religious message down anyone's throat or honoring some political cause. But my how quickly I would shut my lights off and blow out my jack-o-lantern if people started hitting up my house for cash after I already spent my hard-earned money to buy candy so I could give it away. That WAS my contribution.
I'm not denying that Unicef is a solid, reputable, organization which really does help children world wide. I'm not saying that people shouldn't give them money. What I am saying is that stealing kids holidays for any reason is wrong, that's what this is, and it's not something to be supported.