Halloween Switch Witch

When my boys were small they enjoyed trick-or-treating but I didn't want them to eat all that candy. My friend told me about the Halloween Elf who takes away the candy and leaves a toy in its place. I thought that was a great idea. We let them choose a few pieces then put the rest out by the doorstep at night and in the morning a new toy would be in its place!

Since then I've heard about this tradition from many other parents. Some call it the Halloween Fairy or Switch Witch.

What does your family do?

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We just found out about the switch witch after the holiday last year and definitely plan to start the tradition this year! We have a large candy collection pail and a small, embroidered bag— we will let our daughter fill the little bag with what she’d like to keep and set the pail full out for the switch witch!!


This is our first year planning to introduce Switch Witch! I appreciate you sharing this idea!


I have been considering the switch witch idea! Candy makes our kids bonkers and it’s just way too much! Such a fun way to still trick or treat, enjoy a treat, and get a fun toy!


Hooray for the Switch Witch! We have been feeding our candy to The Candy Monster that we make out of a cardboard box. Once he has the night to chew all the candy, he leaves a gift in trade. This year, I was in a pickle because my youngest has developed a fear of monsters. We will switch to the Switch Witch. Much more catchy! We cannot resist the camaraderie and costumes of trick or treating, so this is a great solution for the “candy problem “.


We sort and keep candy until Christmas in the freezer. Anything that can be chopped up gets mixed in with cookies later.


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