By Claire Bachand,
More than 41.1 million trick-or-treaters will flood streets across the United States this Halloween, according to United States Census Bureau, and as Oct. 31 approaches some Davis High students settle on passing out candy, while others prepare to go trick-or-treating themselves.
Sophomore Emily Cao, who has not been trick-or-treating for the past two years, decided this year to dress up as a cow, her favorite animal, and trick-or-treat for UNICEF with a few of her friends.
Cao, a member of DHS’ UNICEF club, has never trick-or-treated for UNICEF before, but says that after completing a project on Save the Children, a charity, she became more interested in organizations like UNICEF.
“I’m hoping this will be less about candy and more about UNICEF,” Cao said. “I’m pretty excited.”
Raising just one dollar for UNICEF can provide a child with 40 days of clean water, while 10 dollars can provide 280 vaccinations and 50 dollars can provide 35 children with lifesaving nutrition.
“I didn’t really totally understand what Unicef was about [before],” Cao said.
Senior Hailey Shapiro spent 10 Halloweens trick-or-treating for UNICEF and plans to trick-or-treat again this year.
“Last year I was all alone in a country that didn’t celebrate Halloween,” Shapiro said, referring to her time studying abroad in Switzerland. “It was a sad, sad day.”
2016 was Shapiro’s first year not trick-or-treating.
“The saddest part was that there were no Reese’s or Snickers bars [in Switzerland] and the ones they had were white chocolate,” Shapiro said. “It was a different experience and it was interesting to see how nobody cared about [Halloween] or knew it was Halloween.”
Missing out on Halloween last year has made Shapiro more excited for this year’s Halloween.
“It’ll be good to celebrate with friends again,” Shapiro said.
Furthermore, closing in on adulthood, Shapiro does not want to miss out on her last chance to trick-or-treat. A USA Today survey in 2016 revealed that 73 percent of its readers believed that children should stop trick-or-treating by the time they turned 17.
“It’s our last year being kids and we want to profit,” Shapiro said. “I just want candy for myself now.”