Halloween is right around the corner… You want your children to participate in this tradition but you don’t want your kids eating all that candy!
If you’re like me, you’re not too happy about all the sugar your children will get on Halloween and are looking for ways to minimize it.
I remember that after going trick or treating I got to pick what I wanted to eat that day and then my mom kept the rest of the candy. I was allowed to chose one candy a day and could always pick whichever one I wanted but in all honesty I wanted to keep them all to myself (and probably eat them all or almost all at once). So this is not something I want to do with my daughter since it didn’t make me too happy.
While looking for alternatives I came across the Switch Witch.
The Switch Witch is a witch that comes on Halloween night, after you’ve gone to sleep, and takes all the candy you leave for her. In exchange for all the candy she will leave an AMAZING toy for you.
She’s like the Tooth Fairy’s sister, except she leaves toys instead of money. You can customize the story of the Switch Witch according to your preference but make sure you tell your children about the Switch Witch before you go trick or treating. Be creative – come up with a fun elaborate story for your kids.
You can ask your children what they would like from the Switch Witch so you have an idea of what toy to get. Once your kids get back home they can decide how much candy they want to leave for the Switch Witch. Remind them that the more candy they give away, the better the gift they will get.
Leave the candy on a special place at home. Once your children go to sleep, switch it for the toy. Make sure you hide well the candy so your children don’t find it or even better, give it away.
I love the Switch Witch because my child will voluntary give away her candy and will be happy to get a new toy. She might even be more excited about getting the new toy than all the candy.
For those of you with trick or treaters this year, will you be telling your kids the story of the Switch Witch?
Free template letter:
To make things easier I made a template of a letter for the Switch Witch. We print this out, either sign it or write our own message and leave it next to the candy so the Switch Witch knows what to do.
To download either of these templates click here.