Halloween is quickly approaching and kids all over North America are becoming increasingly concerned about the monsters under their beds or in their closets. A father in Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada was in fact having that very problem. Armed with a picture of “monster spray,” he asked a local pharmacy if they could oblige in concocting the magical monster repellent product for his children.
Dee Vivian, a regulated pharmacy tech at the store was more than happy to fight the Halloween ghouls. Equipped with a spray bottle he brought from home, Vivian printed out an official looking medication label commonly found on prescription medicine bottles. The label read, “Spray around bedroom at night before bedtime and repeat if needed,” Vivian told Huffington Post Canada in an interview.
The monster spray went viral after it was posted on Reddit, upvoted approximately 5,000 times within 24 hours. Vivian boasted the monster spray’s 100 percent effectiveness to reporters, mentioning that “bird spray” will be next, in an effort to protect her from the flying creatures that give her the heebie-jeebies.
Is monster spray a good idea?
Most parents at one time or another will need to have a close look around their child’s room and reassure the kids that monsters are not afoot. However, is arming kids with monster spray a good decision psychologically?
Giving children a spray bottle for monsters may be sending the wrong message. For some children battling monsters, armed with monster spray, could be an extremely terrifying notion. Also, by giving children monster spray the adults may be acknowledging that the monsters exist. If children see grown-ups in search of monsters in their rooms, it may trigger more fear and extend the problem beyond when it may have resolved naturally.
As we prepare for Halloween, daylight disappears faster and the prevalence of monsters hiding in closets increases. Is monster spray a good method to repel the shadowy figures lurking in kids’ bedrooms across America? It might not hurt, but it is probably best for the adult to be the one to spray the room; let your child know that you are on the job! Avoiding the prospect of kids having to go into battle on their own armed with monster spray may be the best practice for most children, especially younger ones. Of course, if they have their Ghostbusters Halloween costume on and are ready for anything that goes bump in the night, it could be a big confidence boost.
You can create your very own monster spray at home and print out an official looking label to keep everything on the up and up. Kids are smart, so make sure your monster spray looks 100 percent official. One excellent recipe for monster spray is to mix 6 ounces of water with 3 to 4 drops of natural lavender oil. Lavender is a natural sleep aroma and offers a calming scent to help your children get sleepy, forgetting about monsters.
What do you think about monster spray, good for kids or another psychological barrier?
Stephen Seifert is a writer, professor, adventurer and a health & fitness guru. His flare for travel and outdoor adventure allows him to enjoy culture and traditions different than his own. A healthy diet, routine fitness and constant mental development is the cornerstone to Stephen’s life.