Halloween is coming and if you’ve got kids, you know that can mean candy overload!
In fact, according to data from 2013, the average child will eat about 3 cups of sugar on Halloween…OH. MY. GAWD!
That’s equal to 220 sugar packets! That’s over 16 times the recommended amount of sugar. GASP!
I’ve got a really fun idea to help your kids avoid eating too much sugar – and actually help them be excited about giving up their candy. Yes, for real.
Sound too good to be true? It’s not, I promise!
Meet the Switch Witch.
And while I’m not really all about making my life more difficult with Elf on the Shelf or the Tooth Fairy, the Switch Witch is a fun way for kids to GIVE UP THE GOODS!
Anyway, she even has her own poem.
“Have you heard of the Switch Witch, who loves Halloween?
She comes for the Halloween candy, left after trick or treating!
She’s the nicest but sneakiest witch of her kind,
She swipes up candies and sweets and leaves presents behind!
She swoops from doorstep to doorstep on a long violet broom –
Her black cat rides on the back since there’s plenty of room.
She keeps all her magic in her tall skinny hat
She trades you and then she flies off! Just like that!
So take your leftover candy, set it out by the door,
and in the morning you’ll find what she traded you for!”
I first learned about the Switch Witch a few years ago. As the poem suggests, the night after trick-or-treating, have your kids set their candy by the door and after they go to bed, you swap it out for a toy they want (Legos!) tickets to a movie or concert, or basically any non-candy item they’d like!
This means they get double the fun of Halloween – not only trick-or-treating but also a surprise gift when they wake up the next morning.
You can donate the Halloween candy to a local food pantry, homeless shelter, or the organization Soldier’s Angels (learn more here: Treats for Troops) and get a tax-refundable donation receipt.
Pretty awesome, right?
I hope this helps your family have a healthy (and happy!) Halloween.
PS – Does the Switch Witch seem like too much hassle for ya? Not that kind of parent? NO PROBLEM! Bribe ’em like I do. LOL. My boys are motivated by cold, hard, cash…they don’t need any witch when money is involved. Plus, you are teaching them the art of negotiation!