The Switch Witch: A Fun Trick to Help Your Kids Enjoy a Healthier Halloween

Before your kids dive face-first into their trick-or-treat bags this Halloween, give the Switch Witch a try! There are a few different ways that you canmake this part of your family’s Halloween tradition.

Oh, Halloween! It’s so much fun tochoose costumes and head out trick-or-treating.The real trick, though, is often on parents, who end upwrangling sugar-infused children for days or even weeks after candy collecting is done. Of course, it would be great if more people gaveout healthy Halloween treats, but you have the power tomake this Halloween less sugar-laden by introducing your child to The Switch Witch.

The Switch Witch was introduced on the show Shark Tank just before Halloween 2016. There’s an actual stuffed Switch Witch and book that you can buy, but the good news is that you don’t necessarilyhave to buy everything to bring the legend of the Switch Witch into your home. My family did it last Halloween without even realizing thatthere was a product attached to it.The book and toy look like they’d be helpful for getting older kids who have had a lot of Switch Witch-free Halloweens on board, though.

Before your kids dive face-first into their trick-or-treat bags this Halloween, give the Switch Witch a try!

How the Switch Witch Works

The short version is that The Switch Witch comes to your home on Halloween night and trades out your child’s candy for a coveted book or toy.

Before Halloween gets here, youcan start seeding the Switch Witch with your kids. Tell them that they can keep a certain number of candies (or none! Do what works for your family.), and explain that before bed on Halloween, they’llhang the rest of their haul up forThe Switch Witch to find.

When your kids wake up the next day, the Switch Witch will have magically transformed all of that cavity-inducing candy into something much healthier that your kids will still love.

Before your kids dive face-first into their trick-or-treat bags this Halloween, give the Switch Witch a try!

Switch Witch Variations

The prize that the SwitchWitch leaves doesn’t have to be a material one. Instead of a book or toy,the Switch Witch can leave your kids an experience gift, like tickets to a movie they want to see or passes to a children’s museum.

I know that some parents don’t like the idea of deceiving kids with made-up figures like Santa or the Tooth Fairy. If the Switch Witch herself doesn’t fit into your parenting philosophy, you can certainly do this swap without her. Just tell your kids that they get to keep X pieces of candy, and they can trade the rest in for a book, toy, game, or experience that they want.You can even negotiate with them on how many pieces of candy to keep, so they feel moreinvolved in the trade.

No matter how you bring the Legend of the Switch Witch into your home, it’s a fun way tomake Halloween more about spooky fun and less about eating candy. Happy Halloween, everyone!

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You have the power to make this Halloween less sugar-laden by introducing your child to The Switch Witch.

 

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27 comments

Carl R
Carl R10 days ago

Thanks!!!

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Debbi W
Debbi Wood13 days ago

That's a good idea but decades too late for us. Used to buy a bag or two but there aren't any trick or treaters in our neighborhood so no candy.

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Winn A
Winn A14 days ago

Tks

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Winn A
Winn A14 days ago

I buy candy I don't like and if there is any left over I bring it to work. It's ONE day a year. Let kids collect the candy on Halloween. Monitor how much and how often they eat it.

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Tania N
Tania N14 days ago

Thank you

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Jonathan Harper
Jonathan H14 days ago

Noted

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Anne M
Anne M14 days ago

What a rip... - Let the kids have their candy,, it won't kill them to have their candy once a year...

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Ellie M
Ellie M14 days ago

let kids be kids

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Jean B
Jean B14 days ago

Like Ruth S, I was surprised to find that tiny containers of Play-doh were far more popular than the candy I was handing out!

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Ian Crory
Ian Crory14 days ago

;0)

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