Halloween can seem more like a cruel trick than a treat for parents some years. In fact, Halloween can be a scary time of year for anyone that is a parent. You see, Halloween horrors are not only reserved for those scary Haunted Houses. Convincing the kids that the candy fairy really does exist coupled with finding the perfect costume for your little one can be difficult and stressful.
How do you avoid the Halloween Horrors and put the treat back in Trick-or-treat?
Start by avoiding the costume craze
Forego 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. This year we found several great deals at Value Village and our local Salvation Army and used the power of baking soda to help eliminate the unwanted smells from the thrift shop.
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.
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 evils of candy. 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!
Halloween doesn’t have to be scary as long as you make sure you are prepared for it. Enjoy your Halloween this year with the kids and don’t let the stress get to you.
What are some of your favourite Halloween tips, tricks or treats? Share them with us!