Halloween horrors aren’t just reserved for haunted houses. From finding the perfect costume for your little one to convincing the kids that the candy fairy really does exist, Halloween can be a frightful time of year for any parent! We partnered with Church & Dwight to bring you three tips that will turn tricks into treats! Let’s check them out!
Tips for Surviving Halloween Horrors
1. Start by avoiding the costume craze
Forget the overpriced costumes and consider finding a second-hand costume or creating your own from scratch using pieces from thrift shops or stuff you may have stored away. It’s an inexpensive and fun way for you and your child to create a costume together. Just don’t forget to wash them before you wear them. Whether it’s second-hand pieces or just old clothes, you want to have them looking and smelling like new.
I suggest using Arm & Hammer Plus OxiClean Power Paks in Fresh Scent. The freshening and deodorizing properties of Arm & Hammer detergent, combined with the stain-fighting power of OxiClean, will bring your used clothes back from the dead (pun intended!).
Pro tip: If you’re looking for costume inspiration, Pinterest is a great resource with plenty of spook-tacular ideas to get you and your family in the spirit, ranging from easy to elaborate.
2. Believe in the magic of the candy fairy
If you haven’t introduced your kids to the candy fairy, please Google her immediately. She’s a magical creature who has been rescuing parents around the world from the nightmare of candy overload. I’m serious. Kids love the candy fairy – she takes their candy and turns it into a toy. Brilliant, right? Since the candy fairy comes on November 1, it still gives your kids time to enjoy some of their sugary treats. On one condition – they must brush their teeth!
Speaking of sugary treats, now’s a good time to remind you that according to the Canadian Dental Association, children should be thoroughly brushing their teeth twice a day for two to three minutes each time, once in the morning and before bedtime to get rid of any germs and sugars that cause cavities. As you can imagine, this is especially important after eating so many sugary treats.
Pro tip: Get your kids excited about their oral care routine by coordinating their brush and toothpaste with some of their favourite cartoon characters like Orajel PAW Patrol or My Little Pony Anticavity Fluoride Toothpaste and Manual Toothbrush. Try sneaking in one of these special toothbrushes while you’re handing out candy – it’s a fun treat for kids and parents will thank you!
3. Use technology to prevent nightmares!
What do you do when your child is terrified of spooky decorations yet still wants to go trick or treating? Get tech savvy, of course! If you can, trick or treat with a partner. Have them go ahead of you and “map” out a safe course. They can text you houses to avoid, tell you when to switch sides of the streets to keep away from a particularly scary scene, and even let you know when a street has gone dark because of a candy shortage!
If you don’t have someone to be your guide, you can also go out the night before and map out your own course. Keep in mind that some people don’t finish their spooky scenes until Halloween day, though.
Pro tip: Get a bunch of parents in on a group text message and group source your trick or treating route!
*This post is sponsored by Church & Dwight. All opinions are our own.