Halloween Horrors… Tips for Surviving the Most Frightful Holiday of the Year #ChurchAndDwight

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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! But with these tricks up your sleeve, this spooky time of year will be so much more of a 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.

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 spooktacular 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!

What are some of your favourite Halloween tips, tricks or treats? Share them with us!


  • Reply robin rue October 12, 2017 at 8:40 am

    We LOVE Halloween around here, but I only have one going out trick or treating this year. My oldest refuses to go :( So that means less candy in the house, which is a good thing!

  • Reply Rachee October 12, 2017 at 9:21 am

    I used to go crazy on costumes and it was too much. Now we have a movie night, pizza and hand out candy. Love this new tradition!

  • Reply Taylor Aube October 12, 2017 at 10:14 am

    My husband and I were talking about those neighbors that everyone has who hands out toothbrushes, and how it’s awesome. Halloween and candy are fun, but there is always a lesson to be learned each year about dental care!

  • Reply Jane October 12, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    Okay I am serioulsy going to have to remember the candy fairy when I have kids. That is BRILLIANT!

  • Reply Carolyn October 12, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    I need to start a candy fairy. I freak out with all the candy they consume and it lasts for weeks. I slowly each night take a few pieces out and throw it away so that it slowly over time gets less and less.

  • Reply Amber Nelson October 12, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    Our dentist will actually pay kids money for each pound of candy they bring in to their office.

  • Reply Melissa Chapman October 12, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    Our candy usually lasts until December so it is important to develop good brushing habits. I had never heard of the candy fairy so I need to google it.

  • Reply AnnMarie John October 12, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    There’s so much candy to worry about! Lol. I think it’s really important that we take good care of their teeth and to encourage them to brush regularly especially after eating all those candies. These are lovely reminders for parents.

  • Reply Charlene October 13, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    Ok first, these are all awesome tips! Secondly, I have never heard of the candy fairy. Going to Google her now! Haha

  • Reply Rachel October 13, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    My kids only wear the costumes for trick or treating and sometimes a party at a friend’s house so I hate spending a kajillion dollars on costumes. It feels like it just never ends.

  • Reply Cindy Ingalls October 13, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    The candy fairy is such a good idea. My mom used to go through our candy and throw out anything that was open or looked sketchy. She would also take things she wanted. Then she let us pick everything we wanted to eat that night. The rest she go rid of, with a few exceptions.

  • Reply Heather October 14, 2017 at 10:41 am

    I feel like this entire month is full of candy! It’s so important for us to really push through a great teeth brushing routine. This is a fun idea!

  • Reply Brittany October 14, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    I love the idea of a candy fairy! I have never “met her’ before. My kids love having their toothbrush and toothpaste match and there are so many character options available!

  • Reply Jenny October 14, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    I love all these tips. My kids are obsessed with brushing their teeth and having fun tooth brushes is definitely part of the reason. Also, can you believe how expensive some of these costumes are?!! It’s crazy, buying used or making your own is for sure the way to go.

  • Reply TColeman October 16, 2017 at 9:12 am

    Halloween is one of our favorite times of the year. We always try and make our costumes as much as we can!

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