Today I’m combining two blogging events – Book or Treat and Blog Action Day 2010.

Book or Treat is an annual fundraiser for Unicef, designed to bring book lovers together to blog for the cause.  Blog Action Day “is an annual event held every October 15 that unites the world’s bloggers in posting about the same issue on the same day with the aim of sparking a global discussion and driving collective action.” The topic for Blog Action Day this year is: water.  That topic dovetails nicely with Unicef, whose mission is to bring the number of children who die as a result of preventable causes to zero.  Obviously, giving children access to clean drinking water is imperative for preventing illness, dehydration and death.  In addition to providing health care and immunizations to children, Unicef places a huge emphasis on providing children with safe water to drink.

Here are some of the statistics on the impact of clean water, provided on the Blog Action Day website:

  • Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation cause 80% of diseases and kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war.
  • 90% of the 42,000 deaths that occur every week from unsafe water and unhygienic living conditions are to children under five years old.
  • The UN predicts that one tenth of the global disease burden can be prevented simply by improving water supply and sanitation.
  • In Africa alone, people spend 40 billion hours every year just walking for water. Women and children usually bear the burden of water collection.
  • Time spent walking and resulting diseases keep them from school, work and taking care of their families.

So this October, please consider making a donation through Book or Treat to Unicef.  No amount is too small!  You can either click on the logo or the embedded link to get there.  You can also join the blog party and write a post of your own.

Now, on to the fun Halloween stuff, which is what the Book or Treat blog party is meant to focus on.  I decided to reminisce about costumes past.  Now that I’m a mother, it always amazes me how huge Halloween is now.  It goes on for the entire month of October with countless numbers of themed events, parties, etc.  By the time it’s over, I almost feel as worn out as I do at the end of the Christmas season.

When I was a kid, my mom used to take me to the Benjamin Franklin on Main Street about a week before Halloween to buy my plastic costume – the ones with the paper painted masks with the flimsy elastic band in the back that almost always broke before the end of the night.  Also, the mouth holes were too small, which never failed to make my face sweat (and then freeze because it was usually quite cold on Halloween night in Northern Michigan).  The only specific character I remember dressing up as from those years was Bugs Bunny.

A couple of other memorable costumes were a monster mask my brother made for me out of an empty milk carton and the year I dressed up as a “Fudgie.”  A Fudgie is a tourist in Northern Michigan, so named to describe all the people who come up there to buy the famous Mackinac Island fudge (for more on Mackinac Island and its fudge, see this post).  I wore polyester plaid pants, rolled up of course, a mis-matched shirt and a camera hanging around my neck.

What about you?  Do you have any particular costumes from your childhood you remember?

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  1. Thanks to be part of Blog Action Day!
    Please read my post about Water’s footprint in Fashion: you’d be surprised at how much impact your personal or family clothing preferences have on the environment.
    You can make the difference!

    • Elena,

      Thanks for stopping by. I read your post and found it fascinating. There is so much to learn on the subject of water conservation – it’s really in every single choice we make. I must admit though, I never thought about my blue jeans before reading your post. Good job!

  2. Talk about hitting 3 bulls eyes with one post . . . nice job, Julie!

    My mom made us some wonderful costumes:

    Minnie Mouse
    A Court Jester
    Batman (with bat cuffs on the bat belt!)

    Plus we went as bums, ghosts, hobos, etc.

    Now, I’m a witch. Every year. {{cackles}}

  3. As an adult, my older brother dressed up as a giant and very green frog.

    Also courtesy of my mother’s sewing skills.

    Thanks, MOM!

  4. Your post brought back memories, Julie. We used to get those storebought costumes too. 99 cents at Woolworths in downtown Hartford, CT! And I’m not THAT old. Ditto for the elastic. Ditto for the face sweat. Here in France, Halloween barely exists so I’ve always done a lot of decorating & parties. I even made a black bat cake one year.

    And thanks for raising awareness. We all need these reminders about how difficult the simple things are for others.

    I’d like to see some pics of that Fudgie!

  5. We got one of those fancy water filter things living so close to Lake Erie and hearing about the waste that gets dumped in their from Detroit. The kids were poorly quite a lot when we first moved too, which makes you wonder. Thanks for bringing this to our attention Julie. Unicef is a great charity too.

    • Yes, I’m originally from Michigan, so I remember hearing lots about the state of Lake Erie (and the other Great Lakes). I think they’ve cleaned up quite a bit, but still…

  6. Hey Julie,

    I didn’t mean that you were old! I just thought that 99-cents for the Halloween costume I wore might seem like a price from pioneer days to some people…especially considering what people pay nowadays. 🙂

    • Dana, I know you didn’t mean I was old. I just figured I’d better clarify for other readers. 🙂

      By the way, I did a similar thing with ThAnksgiving when I was living in England that you are doing for Halloween in France. I made a huge Turkey dinner for guests from all over Europe who’d never had a traditional Thanksgiving before. It was loads of fun!

  7. I also posted about water for Blog Action Day. I’m glad you talked about how important water is for children. So many die every day for lack of clean water. I talked about water and livestock. A whole different angle.

    • A different angle indeed, but a great post. There are so so many issues with water, but it’s not discussed nearly as much as oil/petroleum.

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