It’s October! The whole month seems to be a blur of pumpkin patches and costume prep, building up excitement for Halloween! The excitement and fun of visiting with neighbors as you trick-or-treat is a big part of the celebration. However, eating a bunch of candy has lasting effects for your dental health. As much as we love caring for our patient’s teeth, we want to help you think of ways to celebrate that don’t send all your adorable door-knocking ghosts to the dentist next month!
Glow Sticks or Jewelry
Did you know that kids are 4X more likely to be hit by a car on Halloween than any other night? There are a combination of factors — volume of kid pedestrians near roads, inebriated partygoers driving home, dark costumes, distractions — that lead to this sobering statistic. Save kids lives in addition to their teeth and pass out glow sticks to make them more visible!
Cut up a sheet of temporary halloween-themed tattoos to pass out. Just be careful to keep the clear plastic cover connected to keep the tattoo from getting wet or ripping. Better yet, Set up a tattoo-application table near your front door. Tattoos only take about 30 seconds to apply, and it gives you a chance to chat with your neighbors.
You can opt for sheets of stickers, cut-up into minisheets, or go for individual big stickers. Whatever you choose is sure to bring a smile to their face. If you’re feeling ambitious, organize your neighborhood so that each house has a different type of sticker, and hand out mini sticker-books for kids to fill. You could even choose a theme like “World-traveling” where the books are passports and each sticker represents a country.
Pencils and Pencil toppers
Encourage kids to dive into their writing projects. Have a selection of (unsharpened) pencils and toppers and let kids mix-and-match their own pair. Every student could use an extra pencil. They always seem to go missing at school!
Every kid loves to blow and chase bubbles! Pick up packs of the pen-sized bubble bottles made for weddings at your local party supply store. For a fun twist, decorate the top of the bottles with a sticker or glue on a pencil topper.
What about a time-tested toy that’s been entertaining for decades? Play-dough is great for developing creativity, sensory awareness, and fine motor skills. Get a bunch of Halloween-themed mini tubs here, or you can make your own. If you make your own you can even add spices or drink powders to add scents to your dough. Just make sure to remind kids that it’s not for eating!
Dental Hygiene Packs
Before you laugh-just wait! Even if you pass them out alongside your treats, passing out toothbrushes and floss teaches kids that society as a whole values proper dental hygiene. You can buy toothbrushes and floss in bulk online here and assemble gift bags yourself, or splurge on a pre-assembled bag.
Whatever route you go, try to especially avoid sticky candy that stays stuck to teeth. And for your own crew, don’t forget to brush and floss after you enjoy any sweet treat! We love to help our patients care for their teeth so they don’t need as much repair for their teeth!