The Switch Witch- what to do with Halloween candy

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This makes me sugar crazy!

I have NO WILL when it comes to candy-  I can’t eat just a teensy bit, I eat an entire bag.  So, when it comes to my children, I have allowed only a small level of sugar in their diet- after all, someone needs to take charge of it and who better than the sugar addict herself?  So, last year, when faced with the idea of TWO full bags of trick or treat candy, I knew I had to find a way that all of us could manage those mounds of sugar sitting in our home.

Last year, my son ate some of his candy on Halloween night and then gave the rest to me to be taken away while he was asleep. What?! Yes! I had been prepping him all week with the story of the “Switch Witch”: a witch who switches candy for a toy.

The story goes like this: a child gets to eat all the candy they want up through Halloween night.  On Halloween night, before the child goes to bed, s/he lays out all their candy for the Switch Witch. The Switch Witch comes when they are asleep and takes the candy and switches it for a toy. Ta da! Cavity-creating candy is gone and desirable new toy is there instead!

And do you know what? Our son, Birch, never asked me for the candy again. Not one word! And, funny enough, I just found the candy stash last week sitting behind the flour jar. I had even forgotten about it!

Our Birch is a stickler for details though, so here is how I explained how the Switch Witch comes to our house. If your kid is the kind that asks for details too- this might help spark your own stories:

The Switch Witch lives in Hallow Heights which is a little island in the sky by the moon. The Switch Witch loves candy.  All witches love candy, but the Switch Witch loves candy the most and she has the biggest candy stash of all the witches.  Do you know how the Switch Witch gets her gigantic candy stash?  The Switch Witch gathers her candy stash on Halloween night. She is such a generous witch though that she shares it with all the other witches and cats. (Did you know that witches’ cats love candy too? They only eat milk chocolate though as it has delicious milk in it!).  Here is how the Switch Witch gets her candy: late Halloween night, when all the children are sleeping, she visits the houses of children who choose to switch their candy for a toy. How does she know which ones are switching their candy in? A child puts a piece of candy on the door (of their room or house) to let her know that they want to switch.  The Switch Witch flies from building to building on her broom, with her black cat Corn (as in Candy Corn) on the back. They come in through a window using magic- the window does not need to be open.  She takes all the candy the child puts out and puts it into a sac that Corn holds open for her in his mouth.  Then she ties the candy bag to the end of the broom.  She takes out a shiny black bag that is full of toys. She leaves one toy for the child to thank them for the candy.  Then she leaves just as quickly as she came to visit other children and perform more switches. By early morning, she and Corn return home to Hallow Heights where she sorts all the candy into large glass jars. That night, all the other witches come to visit and the Switch Witch doles out the candy they want.  They eat their candy with her, share stories of Halloween, hear about what toys she brought to the children and come back night after night for a treat.  You know how most pictures of witches are flying near the moon?  That’s because they are on their way to Hallow Heights to visit the Switch Witch and share in her gigantic candy stash.  By next Halloween, the Switch Witch has run out of candy and goes back out to do her switches.

Hooray for the Switch Witch. I guess toy stores like the Switch Witch too!

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  1. Thanks for the fun idea. I made up a short story poem about Dandy the duck who uses a dump truck to carry off the candy and leave a toy that’s dandy… trade candy stash for toy or cash don’t be left out on the night of Halloween, trade for a toy and keep your teeth clean. these are a few of the lines.
    I put a 3 to 5 $ limit.
    Thanks again from a happy Grancy

  2. I seems that the flu season always starts right after Halloween. No small coincidence when everyone’s immune systems are paralyzed with sugar! I even saw Halloween cakes and cookies at the grocery store today! Who needs that stuff on top of candy? If there were a scrooge for Halloween, it would be me. Not my favorite holiday…Although I do have to admit that it’s great fun for kids to dress up in a creative costume and parade around the neighborhood in the dark.

  3. That’s so nice Lilly- I made up the detailed story (love to tell stories), but not the concept of the “Switch Witch”.

    This year has been a little different for us: Birch asked for a specific toy for his switch. Argh! I was tempted just to say “you get what she gives you”- but then I thought he might not want to make the switch.

    So, I caved. I told him he could ASK for a certain toy, but it wasn’t guaranteed. When he asked me how to tell the Switch Witch which toy he wanted, I suggested taping a note with the piece of candy on his bedroom door. He bought it, hook, line and sinker. And, now I have to find a transformer somewhere!

  4. Karen- this is brilliant- my daughter absolutely loved it. Did you make this up? Would make a great kids book!

  5. That’s genius! If I can figure out how to make the switch without eating all the candy, it’ll be perfect.


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