I’ve written before about the fact that we don’t need to freak out about the Halloween candy. Yes, it’s a lot of candy on one day. And yes, candy isn’t the most nutritious thing ever. But if we keep things in perspective and look at it inside the bigger picture of our overall eating pattern, it’s really NOT that big of a deal.
After the holiday itself has passed though, many people find that they have a ton of candy left over. There are various ways of handling that extra candy so that your kids don’t eat their weight in sugar over the course of a couple of days. I think any way that works for your family is great, and there’s no “right” way to approach it.
One of the newer ways of handling the Halloween treats is something I’ve heard referred to as either The Halloween Fairy, or The Switch Witch. I think it’s a super cute idea, and so in case you’re like me and tend to be slow on the uptake with this stuff, I thought I’d do a post about what the Switch Witch is, and give you some ideas to implement it with.
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The Switch Witch is like the Halloween version of the Tooth Fairy. Only, instead of trading teeth for money, she trades candy for a toy.
The general idea is that the children get to eat whatever they like from their candy stash on Halloween itself. Then, they put the rest into a bag to leave for the Switch Witch. While they sleep that night, The Switch Witch comes and “switches” their candy stash for a small toy.
I’m not 100% sure yet what I think of this idea, since I’ve not used it myself. On one hand, I like that it seems to give a fairly painless way to get rid of the extra candy in the house (of which there is certainly more than usual!).
On the other hand though, I wonder about “buying them off” with a toy to escape the uncomfortable situation of relaying the idea of moderation and mindfulness when it comes to sweets. Asking a pre-schooler to exercise some restraint around candy isn’t exactly something that sounds like a good time for mom, right?! And yet, like with so many things in life, I find that addressing something challenging now means that life will be easier in the long run.
But perhaps that’s a topic for another post…
I do think the Switch Witch is an option I will try at some point, if not this year, then maybe next year. And so I wanted to gather some ideas for what The Switch Witch could bring. I’m posting these ideas here so that anyone else thinking of giving this Switch Witch thing a try can get some inspiration too!
I’m keeping all of these to under $20 (and ideally under $10), because let’s be real, the big gift-giving holidays are only two months away and the idea isn’t to shower kids with tons of stuff. This is supposed to be something small (just like the Tooth Fairy doesn’t give $100, the Switch Witch isn’t giving out Power Wheels cars).
I divided this up into categories too. I hope it’s helpful!
For kids that love arts and crafts, here are some ideas you can easily get on Amazon, or at Target.
Some kids love all things dress-up, so here are some ideas they’ll enjoy:
If your kids love playing outside these ideas will be right up their alley
I adore games, so these are things I would totally get as a Switch Witch gift for kiddo.
Learning can be fun, and I know I always loved brain games as a kid.
I hope this post gave you some ideas for some cute little things the Switch Witch could bring to trade for your kids’ Halloween candy stash.
Now the next step is to figure out what the Switch Witch will do with it! 😉