Garfield’s oldest son years ago had some of the same bedtime fears. He came up with a “monster spray” to spritz around his room at night to ward off monsters, she said.
But Jakob wasn’t going to blindly believe in an old home remedy.
“Sometimes he’s a little too smart for his own good,” Garfield said. “So I had to make it completely official. ”
She walked over to the Shoppers Drug Mart with a strange request: a bottle of monster spray. Or at least something like it.
“She told me she had some sort of weird request,” Pharmacy Director Jepal Patel said.
“I wanted to help him… I really loved his idea. ”
A few minutes later, Garfield left with Jacob’s new secret weapon: a spray bottle with an official drugstore label including Jakob’s name and instructions for use.
“Spray around the bedroom the night before bed and repeat if necessary. ”
The ingredients for Monster Spray? Well, it’s top secret, but water is one of them.
“If the monster spray is real, it means the monsters are real”
Garfield added some lavender oil for extra protection from the monsters and handed the bottle to Jakob. She posted a photo of the bottle and the story behind it to her local Facebook group, where it has been shared thousands of times.
Some parents say they borrowed the idea for their own children.
As to how well it worked, Garfield said she found Jakob in bed the first night.
“He looks at me and says, ‘Mom, I think it’s just water,’” Garfield said.
It took a little while to convince, but Garfield was able to convince Jakob to go back to sleep and figure out that with his special spray he would be safe.
“He said, ‘Well mom, if the monster spray is real, that means the monsters are real.
But maybe now, at least, they’ll stay under the bed.