Thursday, October 26, 2017

Hallowe'en Survival Tips from #ChurchandDwight

Hallowe'en is almost here, and I for one am excited. Not that you could tell from my decor, though. I've been super busy since coming back from vacation, and I haven't had a chance to get any decorations up. The bins are still at the back of the crawlspace somewhere. Oops. Maybe that's Saturday's plan. At least the pumpkins have been purchased and are ready to carve on Sunday.

I asked Boo what he wanted to be for Hallowe'en, and he said a knight. Or maybe a gladiator. I asked him if basically he wanted a costume that involved a sword. Yep. That's the main criterion. As I was browsing at the costume store, the sword-related costumes seemed strangely familiar. I began to question my memory ... wasn't he a gladiator last year? Don't we already have this costume? I'm glad I hesitated, because, yes indeed, he was a gladiator last year. And he was at a different school, the costume still fits him, and I see no reason he can't wear it again. Done!

Do you buy costumes or make them? I actually would prefer to get creative and make a costume, whether from items we have on hand + craft supplies, or by finding inspiration at a second-hand store. But Boo tends to put off making any decisions until it's really too late to do anything other than buy pre-made. Buying a ready-made costume can get really expensive. Creating your own costume saves money, but it can take more time. I guess it all depends what you're looking for. 

My friends over at Church & Dwight suggest you forego the overpriced costumes in the stores and instead look for a second-hand costume (maybe try Kijiji or VarageSale?) or try 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. But remember to wash the re-purposed items before you wear them. Whether it’s second-hand pieces or just old clothes, you want to have them looking and smelling like new.

Use Arm & Hammer Plus OxiClean Power Paks in Fresh Scent for the freshening and deodorizing properties of Arm & Hammer detergent, combined with the stain-fighting power of OxiClean, to 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.

While picking the perfect costume is key, really Hallowe'en is all about the candy. Am I right? Do you find the thought of all that sticky sugar and dreaded cavities frightening? Well, it may be time to introduce your kids to the candy fairy. Never heard of her? She’s a magical creature who has been rescuing parents around the world from the evils of candy. Kids love her because she takes their candy and turns it into a toy. Brilliant, right? The kids still get the fun of trick or treating, and parents can allow them to keep a certain amount of their haul to enjoy in moderation in the days to come, But the excess candy is set aside for the candy fairy to pick up over night, removing a lot of the temptation. Of course, be sure your kids brush their teeth well before the go to bed after sampling their Hallowe'en goodies.

Did you know 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 once before bedtime to get rid of any germs and sugars that cause cavities. As you can imagine, this is especially important after eating a bunch of sugary treats in one night.

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.

His teeth look good.

Disclosure: I am a member of the Church & Dwight Ambassador Program, and as such receive special perks, products, and other compensation for my participation. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.

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