With Halloween right around the corner, many of you may be scrambling to get costumes together for yourself and the kids. We have a special place in our hearts for the clever people who incorporate teeth, smiles, and dental-related items into their trick-or-treat outfits. For us, it never gets old. Need some ideas? Read on for a few costume suggestions and for a few “fun facts” about Halloween!

“Toothy” Halloween Costume Ideas

If you haven’t discovered Pinterest, you are missing out on a social media platform that can find all kinds of costume ideas, complete with photos and, many times, instructions on how to make your own! We searched and found great ideas using the search terms below:

  • Tooth
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Tooth fairy
  • Dentist and tooth fairy
  • Zombie
  • Dracula
  • Freddy Krueger
  • Skull (teeth done with makeup)
  • Witch teeth
  • Werewolf
  • Pirates
  • Pennywise the Clown

We would love to see photos of you and your children in costume for Halloween! Please bring them with you on your next visit to the office.

A Little Halloween History

  • The term “trick or treat” first appeared in Canada in 1927, in the Blackie Herald.
  • Trick-or-treating became a widespread practice in the 1930s.
  • “Trick-or-treat” as a term first appeared within the US in 1934.
  • Although Halloween costumes were originally modeled after supernatural figures — ghosts, witches, skeletons, vampires, monsters, and devils — in the U.S., costume choices now include popular fictional characters, celebrities, and general interest characters like ninjas and princesses.
  • Adults and children in the U.S. began dressing up in costumes for Halloween parties in the early 1900s.
  • Mass-produced costumes first appeared in U.S. stores in the 1930s.
  • In 2018, the National Retail Federation predicted that Americans would spend approximately $480 million on Halloween costumes for their pets that year!
  • Americans favor dressing their pets up as pumpkins, hot dogs, and bumble bees, in that order.
  • The Orton and Spooner Ghost House opened in 1915 in Liphook, England, the first of its kind.
  • In the U.S., Halloween-themed haunted houses first began to appear during the 1930s, around the same time that trick-or-treating became popular.
  • The Haunted Mansion at Disneyland opened on August 12,1969 and became a cultural icon.

Take Care of Your Teeth this Halloween!

Have fun and enjoy the holiday but take time out to protect your teeth. Avoiding hard and sticky candies will help reduce the chances of an emergency visit to our office to repair a broken tooth. Be sure to brush and floss after indulging in sweets to reduce the time your teeth spend in a decay-promoting environment. Be sure to contact our office if you have any dental problems! Happy Halloween!

Best Regards,
Dr. Sehnert